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English Country Life

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Taylor & Ramm at their best

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Reviewed: 26-04-20

This feels like the early St. Mary's books, a light funny adventure. Really enjoyed it.

Depressingly plot, depressingly badly written

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-11-19

A truly unbelievable plot, with misery layered on suffering (much of it mine). Badly written happy books are tolerable, well written sad books are illuminating. This is neither. One dimensional characters, none of whom it is possible to empathise with, trapped in a house under threat of a deadly virus. The best hope would be to brick the house up and move on.

Wonderfully written, charming, funny and real

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Reviewed: 29-07-19

One of my favourite Audible purchases. Sally writes with humour, authenticity and touching honesty. Janine's narration is absolutely flawless and I will look out for her work again.

The book takes through a year on a Northumbrian mixed farm and shares the worry, joy, anxiety and contentment of a farming family, assorted sheep and neighbours and one fat pony.

If you liked James Herriot or enjoyed Amanda Owen then you will love Sally Urwin.

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Leave out the addresses!

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Reviewed: 22-06-19

I generally love John's books, but this one is short, lacking in cohesion and, literally, ends with a list of (probably out of date) addresses. Not the authors best work very poorly adapted.

Mostly a "stream of consciousness"

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Reviewed: 20-06-19

Not a bad book but one lacking any structure. The author aims for a simple, off grid, life. His musings on the subject are interesting but could do with less numerous quotations from other authors (had I wanted their thoughts, I would have bough their book). I made it to the end and salute the author for his aims, but often, not his methods.

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Terrible narrator choice

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Reviewed: 27-11-18

Love Lyalls books but the choice of narrator with a weird accent for a supposed WWII British pilot totally spoiled the book. The narration was okay but the accent absurd

Classic Francis

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Reviewed: 30-09-17

The master of the genre at the height of his prowess. Superbly narrated. A period piece now, but no worse for that.

A classic action story

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Reviewed: 17-08-17

If you just want action, real men, real women and no politically correct nonsense, this is the story for you

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To right one masterpiece may be luck. This exceeds

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Reviewed: 29-07-17

If you were forced to read To kill a mockingbird at school by a lack lustre English teacher too dense to realise that such a work requires an adult perspective, then read on. For many years, classic literature was ruined for me by dullard teachers trying to make an English child in a nearly all white county understand racial segregation, Southern USA manners and historical ideas. Coming back to the book in Audible format opened my eyes to the fact that book was indeed superb, just the teaching was poor. Having loved To kill a mockingbird and read about how Harper Lee did not publish again, I feared that Watchman would not live up to her standards. For the second time, I was wrong, this book deserves the term "masterpiece".

Twee

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Reviewed: 29-07-17

Unusual for me not to finish a book of any kind, but this kind of saccharine chintzy writing gave me cavities. If you are "a woman of a certain age" with a penchant for cats and cheap sherry, this may be for you. If you like a robust story, give it a miss!