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After the End cover art

A courageous book<br />

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-09-19

Simple, honest and moving account of the loss of a child and its repercussions. Recommended

The Lake House cover art

A lightweight read

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-06-19

This story of some fact and rather improbable fiction does not reflect the true tragedy of Tyneham. I trust the author sought the permission of the real families, especially from those who owned the estate and Tyneham House itself before embarking on this lightweight love story. As a relative of an evacuated family in 1943, I have heard first hand some of the sadness and hardships that followed the non-return of Tyneham to former residents by MOD.
The owners of Tyneham house were greattly misrepresented and if any family members read this book I am sure it might offend.
Despite the above, I would strongly recommend a visit to Tyneham where the sadness is palpable, and where it is said there are times with no birdsong despite the once glorious setting.

Elizabeth Jane Howard cover art

An admirable biography.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-05-19

This is a thoughtful, insightful book about an extraordinary woman. Elizabeth Jane Howard wrote with such apparent ease and with great observational excellence, yet it was eye-opening to read what a tortured soul she was. She was evidently an indulged woman, very needy in every regard, but seemed to carry a burden of never feeling she was good enough, having failed to find the 'great love of her life'. Her charisma and beauty did not seem to give her the confidence one would expect but she used these to attract to her an enormous group of admirers, most of whom she regarded as friends and on whom she was constantly reliant. She was evidently a kind and generous woman but these traits were seemingly often repaid by an expected loyalty.
It is now apparent that she had an enormous work ethic....only partly for her writing, but in the efforts she made in entertaining lavishly, in fundraising, and in her many talents in gardening, sewing and all forms of creativity. One feels she would be rather exhausting company, albeit entertaining. However, whilst never making judgemental comment upon her subject Artemis Cooper leaves one aware that despite writing books which have enjoyed a constant large following, she had some real character flaws. As a mother, a mistress and as a wife she remained essentially a self-absorbed woman.who was never quite truly happy. Nonetheless, by the end of this biography one can only be in awe of such a force of nature as Elizabeth Jane Howard.
The clarity, simplicity and honesty of this biography are to be applauded. Great research has obviously been done to ensure its accuracy. Highly recommended.


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War Horse cover art

Stunning performance

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-04-19

This wonderful story is made reai, inspiring and deeply touching by the reading ..Dan Steven's delivery of the author's words make this such a superb listen for young and old .

The Tattooist of Auschwitz cover art

Heartbreaking but inspiring.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-03-19

This remarkable book should be required reading for schoolchildren in their teens. It is imperative such histories of the Holocaust and the suffering endured is NEVER forgotten and never out of print.

Jumping the Queue cover art

An extraordinary first novel from an older author.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-19

This is a very good read....the story is an unusual look at ageing, family relationships, fears and deceptions. A true ' must keep reading' story. Anna Massey narrates beautifully.

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A thoughful read.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-19

This is a very charming book. It is very dated now, in 2019, but it tells of friendships of war and their aftermath . Those early days of colour prejudice in Britain are sensitively handled without being mawkish. Nevil Shute's characters always become real people to the reader and one cares about them.

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You Left Early cover art

A masterpiece.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-07-18

This extraordinary book should be read by anyone living with or alongside alcohol addiction. It is so searingly frank, brave and patently honest, that the pain and effort to write it must have been tremendous. I can only hope the Author has found it, now published and well received, a cathartic and healing experience. As with her other writing, she expresses herself in a scholarly and detailed manner, but with great emotional input. I cannot express strongly enough how listening to Louisa Young read her book makes her love and devotion to Robert Lockhart a truly inspiring read. One is left bereft by the overall sense of 'what might have been'.


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