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I, Said the Spy
I, Said the Spy
by Derek Lambert
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Non-pretentious thriller - but very, very well done, 4 Jun. 2014
This review is from: I, Said the Spy (Paperback)
This is a really excellent thriller. OK, the characters don't have much depth and the prose is not War & Peace. But what you get is a fantastic story, well-written, beautifully plotted with a lovely twist and (unusually for this genre) a very satisying ending. It's all set against the backdrop of Bilderberg, which is very much fact, although the book is entirely fictional. George Osborne attended this year - interesting to think he might have been one of the victims... Anyway, this story is worth tracking down to read and then remember whenever you see Bilderberg mentioned on the news.

Half Magic
Half Magic
by Edward Eager
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.12

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific story which has not dated at all, 25 Nov. 2012
This review is from: Half Magic (Paperback)
Having first read this book thirty years ago, and buying it again now for my own children, I was a bit worried that this book might have dated, seeing as it was written in the 1950s and set in 1920s America. Would it still have appeal for children in 21st century London? The answer is undoubtedly yes - it's a terrific read which I enjoyed nearly as much as my 6-year old daughter. Funny, poignant and also quite clever (includes some lovely references, e.g. to the Jabberwock, which children won't get but adults might). And somehow even though it's set nearly 100 years ago it still feels fresh and relevant. Highly recommended.

Little Red Riding Hood (Flip the Flap)
Little Red Riding Hood (Flip the Flap)
by Tony Mitton
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful, 28 Dec. 2008
With so many great children's books to choose, don't go for this one. The language is ponderous and changed from the language that makes the original great. If you can't get "All the better to see you with, my dear" into Little Red Riding Hood, you're not trying very hard. Several words and ideas are changed from the original for apparently no reason (the woodcutter is now a lumberjack and the grandmother a gran). And the story all finishes with a delicious cake for everyone. This is one of the few stories I would hide from my two-year old daughter so that I didn't have to read it to her - but it isn't necessary as she has no interest in it either. Avoid.

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