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It's for Oxfam, innit?
on 27 May 2012
I'm enjoying these stories as bedtime reads. Not normally an avid reader of short pieces (other than in the papers), it's been a pleasant change.
One of the surprises has been that I enjoyed some chapters more than I expected to: Victoria Hislop's for instance, looked unpromising given that she hadn't gone to the most obvious sources to research "The Island" (her travel piece describes her encounters with a Spinalonga leprosy victim, the subject of her bestseller). Tricky. But it was quite nicely done and she appeared to have built up a genuine relationship with the man, not to mention going to the trouble of learning Greek. So, hats off after all, Victoria.
Others, by contrast, didn't live up to my expectations. It would be churlish to go through those perhaps.
But it's all in aid of Oxfam, innit, so I've thrown in an extra star for that, and I'd say this would be a good present for anyone when you don't know what to get for their birthday. Even if they don't like to travel, there's always the armchair version. And for people who do travel, it's a no-brainer. They will enjoy it.