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Life After Life
Life After Life
by Kate Atkinson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.19

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Read The Stranger's Child or Howard's End instead, 16 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Life After Life (Paperback)
Many other reviewers have described the unconventional structure that underpins this story - and divides opinions about its readability. I liked it; found it engaging and thought provoking, wondering each time an episode recurred what elements would be repeated and what would change, and what would be the implications for Ursula's character. I liked the fact that the different scenarios weren't presented as better or worse.

But apart from that, I found the writing lacklustre. The characters were two dimensional, period detail was heavy handed, the style was at moments annoying. As an exploration of Englishness, I infinitely preferred The Stranger's Child (Alan Hollinghurst) and Howard's End (E.M. Forster). A good read while stuck in bed with a cold; didn't live up to the hype but would make a good TV drama.

River Cottage Fruit Every Day!
River Cottage Fruit Every Day!
by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Handsome and inspiring, 15 Oct. 2013
Another handsome book from HFW containing an inspirational mixture of intriguing foreign influences and quirky modern ideas as well as a few British classic recipes. This will definitely help me get more varied use out of fruits in future and I shall especially enjoy trying out the salad and meat combinations.

Compliments to Bloomsbury on the design except for one complaint that the introduction is almost unreadable because of the very poor contrast between black print and shiny fuschia pink paper.
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Unexpected Lessons in Love
Unexpected Lessons in Love
by Bernardine Bishop
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 14 Oct. 2013
I picked this novel after reading an encouraging short review in the Guardian but was sadly disappointed. The most interesting aspect is the variety of opinions articulated by the characters about life and health. But the characters themselves were wooden and there were aspects of the plot that were frankly implausible, which took away from my enjoyment.

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