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Avril Sawers

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Le Carre at his best

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Reviewed: 02-01-20

Delicious narration by Le Carre himself, and character / story delicately spun out like a web which sucks us in. Ending a shock too. Always a good sign.

The ending will thrill you

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Reviewed: 02-01-20

What I want from thrillers are believable characters, and twists and ending I cant predict. This book delivers! Enjoy

Just awful

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Reviewed: 20-12-19

Awful narrator, awful re-telling, such an easy fairy tale to perform beautifully, not at all sure how this could have been reduced to such drivel.

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The power of love and grief in perfect balance

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Reviewed: 01-06-19

Greene’s narrative which takes us through the agony of parent grief is so delicately but compellingly written that one feels one has travelled a little of the road these parents have. Through his narrative, the reader's emotions are etched by the agony of the journey. But more importantly, we also experience the miracle of human recovery in the aftermath of such an event. Luminous. A MUST READ. Dont shy away because it is painful. It is a beautiful love story, and hugely uplifting.

Unputdownable

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Reviewed: 11-02-19

A memoir of an abusive childhood, the dawning realisation it was so abusive and abnormal, and then the momentous struggle to emotionally and physically escape it. A very moving story.

Unforgettable

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Reviewed: 11-02-19

Easy to use platitudes - so many deeply moving books about the holocaust - but a beautiful book about ordinary people in extraordinary times. About humanity, courage, the journey of life, recovery. An unforgettable story. Written with such a light and luminous touch.

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Feel good, enchanting .....

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Reviewed: 07-12-17

Fabulous, heartfelt, humanity at its best ..... a fading hollywood film star, a warm and funny liverpool family, a very tender love story, what a fabulous mix xx

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Takes us heart-stoppingly back in time

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Reviewed: 18-10-17

Robert Harris writes with his inimitable fluency and ease, effortlessly he carries his reader with him through a very tense moment in our history. Narration is first class. Terrific book, and terrific audio book especially!

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Utterly Predictable ....

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Reviewed: 14-09-17

I guessed the end by the third or fourth chapter ... and I am no detective. I pushed on in the hope that it was too obvious and a false lead. No such luck, ended pretty much as I suspected, with a surprise which had no bearing at all on the whole story and therefore was completely unbelievable. Main character voiced every twist and turn of her internal agonies, and with such immature character writing the reader is unable to empathise through suggestion as we are so closely directed. A waste of time for sure. Joanne Froggatt does her best, and probably the only good thing about the book.

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A clear, objective analysis of coalition govt

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Reviewed: 23-09-16

Whatever your politics, a fascinating analysis and insight into the challenges of Coalition Govt, and the sucking out of the life of the centre ground in our democracy. Read it. We all need to understand as we move forward into a very different future.

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