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Miss Read vividly evokes a tale of rural village life which is so charming and gentle it makes you want to pack your bags and move to the country.
One legendry books that holds secret knowledge sets two boys alight bringing power, magic and danger into their lives. Full of ideas and excitement, this is a thought provoking read for confident readers.
Voted 2009 Penguin Orange Readers' Group Book of the Year. Initially it is difficult to believe that the young son of the commandant of Auschwitz is as innocent as he is, then you begin to accept his ignorance and follow a developing friendship through to its dreadful conclusion. That this is written for children is easy to forget. I urge you to read Morris Gleitzman’s Once, too, for the Jewish perspective. A "Piece of Passion" from the publisher... ‘This is a short book but it packs a huge emotional punch. It leaves you feeling emotionally drained and desperate to talk to someone else who has read it to share your experience. I read the book with a mounting chill, almost knowing what would happen but hoping against hope that it wouldn’t. This is one of the few books that genuinely appeals to both adults and children and can, and indeed should, be read by all ages.' Judith Welsh, Managing Editor at Transworld
Reviewed on Richard & Judy on Wednesday 7 March 2007.This review is provided by bookgroup.info.The cover of this book is a triumph of marketing over good sense. The title is, I guess, a parody and, along with the doughnuts (sorry, donuts), it makes the book look like yet another diet manual. All very smart, but it doesnât do justice to what is a hugely enjoyable and amusing story about a man who has the misfortune to be very rich and living in one of the most affluent and beautiful places in the world. Richard Novak has amassed a fortune by trading on the stock market and lives in a house on millionaireâs row in LA. But somewhere along the way he has shut down emotionally and withdrawn from the world, his only contact being through the internet and with the various people who service his house needs. It takes a physical crisis and a visit to A & E to start his journey back to being a fully-feeling human being. Richard the recluse suddenly finds himself a local super-hero who saves a horse (hoisted out of a hole by a movie star with a helicopter), a woman kidnapped by a psycho and a man drowning at sea, amongst others. His ex-wife keeps turning on the television to see him at the centre of yet another drama. It is very funny and there are some telling off-camera moments, like the childâs birthday celebration in a restaurant where the child, given a knife to cut the cake, repeatedly stabs it while his parents look on, bewildered.Through his random acts of generosity, Richard becomes involved with some great characters and goes some way towards redeeming his self-centred loveless years. He also, poignantly, begins to repair the pain he caused by abandoning his son, Ben.So, ignore the cover and the really rather embarrassing endorsement by Mark Haddon (â€œWeird and warm and wise and really rather wonderfulâ€), and read it. It wonât change your life but itâll certainly give you some pleasurable hours as well as an insight into California life as the apotheosis of consumer culture.
All the different strands are still rushing around in my head, still astounding me, pulling me back for I read it like a galloping horse, so totally hooked was I. The chapters alternate between what is happening in the City and Laura Byrd struggling to stay alive in the Antarctic. The link between the two is spellbinding, utterly brilliant. Highly recommended.Similar this month: None.Comparison: Unique but you’ll enjoy Audrey Niffenegger, David Mitchell, Yann Mantel.
One of Vincenzi’s contemporary novels, set in the nineties as New Labour come to power. Octavia and Tom Flemming seem to have it all till Octavia discovers that Tom is having an affair and her life utterly falls apart. If you like the characters in the books you read to be likeable then maybe best to avoid this one as there’s barely a decent human being amongst the whole cast of their friends and families, but it’s thrillingly compelling to watch as their lives and marriage crumble.
A brilliantly funny novel that looks at whether you should turn your back on a steady, solid and slightly boring marriage in favour of a final fling before gravity has taken itâ€™s toll on your body and the opportunity is gone. This will make you laugh out loud as well as look at what is important in really keeping a marriage alive.
This is a coming-of-age, incredibly thought-provoking, beautifully written and utterly original book. The book thief in the story is a nine-year old girl but this incredible story will resonate with any teenager. It’s 1939 in Nazi Germany and as the bombs begin to fall, the story of Liesel, the nine year old girl and the inhabitants of Himmel Street begins to unfold as narrated by ‘death’. Put simply, this book is breathtaking.
A 2012 World Book Night selection. A fictionalised account of the brief period Brian Clough spent at Leeds United as manager. Even if football is not for you there is plenty to keep you turning the pages with a story of "what might have happened" with the man who is considered by many to the greatest manager British football has ever had. He also had his personal demons and to battle as well.
The fourth in a series which I highly recommend. They are all Italian based, this one being Venice, and they all feature detectives Nic Costa and Gianni Peroni. They are atmospheric, exciting, intriguing and well worth getting hooked on.Similar this month: None but try Barbara Nadel.Comparison: Donna Leon, Dan Brown, Magdalen Nabb.
Reviewed on Richard & Judy on Wednesday 28 February 2007.If youâ€™re a fan of Griff Rhys-Jones and there are thousands of us out there who are, then do read this, if for no other reason than to get more of a handle on him. Given his comedic talent and intelligence I thought it would be beautifully written but was a little disappointed. However, it doesnâ€™t detract too much as his stories about growing up during the â€˜60s and â€˜70s provide interesting reading, particularly for those who grew up during that time. Interesting choice for inclusion in the R&J promotion, but not the one Iâ€™d have gone for.
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