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Love the characters, conceit annoying

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

Reviewed: 16-02-20

Think there may have been a surfeit of 'Groundhog Day' style-ee plots in recent years. After a while, I just wanted a continuing narrative with, perhaps, different characters experiencing the many things our central character experiences in her parallel universes. It was saved, for me, by those very characters and Kate's obvious fascination and depth of research into its period setting. Preferred both subsequents, but still pretty d.g.

Extraordinary

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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: 26-08-19

The most marvellous, engrossing book. Long, yes, but never feels it. One of the best ever narrations, his range of voices put you in the heart of Bombay and its slums.

Peaks and troughs

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

Reviewed: 20-01-19

A slow burner initially with too much detail in the first and last parts and often rather stilted delivery. But stick with it as the meat of the real life betrayal and escape is completely gripping.

Nothing wrong with that!

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

Reviewed: 19-04-18

It's Coronation Street meets The Famous Five meets Whistle down the Wind. Which is all good. Very funny, moving, beautifully read.

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You know what you're going to get, but still great

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

Reviewed: 13-04-18

Not 'Me Before You', better than the sequel, and all three better than most. Yes, I'm a bloke and yes, it's a literary romcom but love the characters, New York adds some great new ones and you do want to find out what happens to lovely Louisa. Great performance and accents, too.

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Loved this book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-17

Buying any W novel is always a plunge into the dark. This is a very unusual book with an unusual lead character and its initial strangeness reflects that of Eleanor herself.

However, she is a wonderful creation and this book had me laughing out loud and often crying at its tragedy. The ending is life affirming and the narration excellent, switching from Eleanor‘s voice to a range of great Scots accents. Highly recommended.

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Less camping but still fun

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

Reviewed: 20-08-17

Went straight on to this having (with all the family listening in the car on the way to France!) devoured 'The Tent, the Bucket and Me'. It's no match but still great fun (at the expense of Emma's gap year suffering) and made me move on quickly to her first novel.

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Laugh out loud funny

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-08-17

One of the funniest books I've read in a long time. As a child of the seventies, I can relate absolutely to much of Emma's childhood memories. Only ever went on one camping holiday, which was enough for both my parents and me. So glad they had more sense than Emma's.

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A real 'Brucie Bonus'

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-17

Don't usually rate rock star biogs, mostly ghosted and self-serving. And I fall into the 'like some of his stuff but not a fanatical fan' category. Heard his interview with Simon Mayo and thought I'd give it a try.This is a marvellous book. He's an honest and powerful writer and narrator, beautiful prose, often poetic and lyrical. I now want to listen to all of his music, beyond the 'Greatest Hits'. Highly recommended, even if you've never ventured beyond 'Born to Run' (the song!).

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Freya's poorer prequel

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

Reviewed: 10-06-17

Bought this having listened to the marvellous 'Freya'. It's set 10 years earlier, maybe written 10 years earlier as it's a very different kettle of fish. Much more of a period whodunnit, glad I read Freya first (which is very highly recommended) as this would not have lured me in.

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