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So engrossing

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Reviewed: 07-03-20

A huge undertaking for Ben Miles, and every credit to him for his flexible multicoloured interpretation of this complex man, Thomas Cromwell, and his world.

At first, I found it hard to accustom myself to the story but persevered, and I’m very glad I did. This book has kept me totally engaged from start to tragic finish. I’m sad this is the end of Ms.Mantel’s interpretation of the Tudor story, but thank her for ensuring these books have been committed in their entirety with such understanding and integrity by the excellent actor, Ben Miles. Obviously, a very rewarding collusion.

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Past and present health secretaries take heed

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-11-19

Excellent, funny and painfully real, this shows the real state of the Nhs. Significantly underfunded since the 60s, and now on the point of collapse thanks to micromanagement, negative interference from politicians, bureaucracy, and loss of staff due to absolutely impossible working conditions. And let’s not forget the ludicrous and highly damaging axing of the nurses bursary ( don’t forget, that also includes O.T.s, physios, orthotics, etc.). We have to address this criminal incompetence before we lose the Nhs to the likes of Trump and Boris. Vote Labour on the 12 December. Otherwise, it’ll be lost to the money grabbers.

🤷‍♀️what's all the fuss about?

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-06-19

Another overhyped book which didn't merit its advertisement.
Strangely lacklustre and quite tiring to follow. Unsatisfying, if it hadn't been read so well, i wouldn't have stuck with it. As it was, I didn't gain anything by doing so. Must have been a hard read for Finty Williams, who managed to maintain a sprightly and intelligent tone throughout. Well done, Ms Williams!

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not enjoying this....

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1 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 14-04-19

I may not finish this book. It is extremely hard to listen to, the narrator has a harsh, hurried delivery. It might have been easier to listen to if the narrator had a more sympathetic and interested tone. Why oh why, ( and I have included this in review before) aren't narrators better? So many ruin books- in fact, I don't buy them when I see the narrator whom I know to be dire. It really is a poor do.
The story is alas, so far , hard to follow - I cannot distinguish one woman from another. Also, their deaths don't seem to have taken place in relation to the story - author will be relating some aspect, and then, all of a sudden, the death has apparently occurred, I must have fallen asleep or something.....and she's talking about the coroner? I'm baffled. Don't think I can take much more.

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Mary stroke ananda!!!!

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2 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 28-10-18

I tried to like this book. I really did. I love Stratton, and the previous books have been highly engaging, with some humour and good characters. But I couldn't get into this, I've tried more than once. Why did Sean Barrett reiterate time after time 'Mary stroke Ananda'? It drove me crazy. It just was totally superfluous and unnecessary. I mean, you wouldn't read it in the book like that - so why say it? Aaargh! I give up. Didn't like it. Ballard got on my nerves, Stratton and he had a good comradeship in previous book, but this time he had to get home to his wretched wife and 'read the nipper a story.' Very disappointing after the first three books. I'm afraid they are the best, the last two just aren't up to standard. A great pity.

Tragedy

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Reviewed: 20-10-18

An excellent , satisfying , but ultimately sad story in the wonderful Stratton series. I am at present revisiting the Stratton books, and this is as good as Stratton's War, if not better.

If only this series could continue, but like all good things, it appears to have ended .

Coincidence?

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-10-18

At the start, this bears close resemblance to Laura Wilson's hero, set in the same timeframe, with a similar backstory (and not a few references to her characters). But the story develops and takes a different turn to 'A Capital Crime.'
It's a blow by blow account , which does become a bit tedious and long winded . The narration is excellent. Overall, I enjoyed the book, and hope the author has a return planned for Anna and Richard.

Intriguing

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Reviewed: 28-07-18

A balanced and thoughtful account of the brief reign of Richard iii . The main characters of that time are discussed, with the likelihood or otherwise of their involvement in the disappearance of Edward V and his brother, Richard. An intelligent and objective approach to a subject which has been distorted by Tudor historical propaganda, and enshrined Shakespeare's unpleasant defamatory play.

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Accurate title

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Reviewed: 20-02-18

This is a well-written story, very up to date with #MeToo disclosures. I'm unsure if the '60s working class entrants to an Oxford college would feel quite so unsure of themselves. The over-entitled upper-class members of the thinly disguised Bullingdon set were detestable in the extreme- unfortunately their attitudes are still all too visible in our present day society. ( Mentioning no names, obviously). Despite spotting the outcome early on, this didn't prevent me from being totally involved to the end. And I couldn't prevent a mental casting of James Norton as the MP. Wonder if this will make it to the TV.?

He's back!

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-02-18

Thrilled to see a new Robicheaux on the block. Usual suspects, either real or imaginary. Greatly relieved by the absence of Cletus' ghastly daughter, and minimal outing of Alafair.
But why...oh , but that's a plot spoiler ......see what you think ;)!