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The Rector's Daughter (Virago Modern Classics) (Virago)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Anne

Elegant writing - well observed

This is a story of loss and regret as Mary, the rector's daughter of the title, grows up plain and virtually unwanted, sees the possibility of happiness, tastes it for a brief moment and then has to live without it. It is a well observed book about the real plight of some women in 1920s Britain who are required to live a life constrained by the expectations of others. In places I ...

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Freedom’s Child (Harper)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

A one-off read. Quick and easy

The writing style of this book is very "in your face", especially the bits that are told from the point of view of the main character Freedom/Nessa. She is a difficult woman with some real problems including drinking too much, starting fights and swearing. It is obvious from the beginning that she has experienced trauma in her life and that she is struggling to cope with things fr ...

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The Perfect Neighbours (Killer Reads)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Lots of Questions

Helen is the new wife who comes into a settled ex-pat community in Germany set around an international school. She quickly finds it all a bit overpowering and claustopobic. Her husband Gary is away teaching all day and she feels bombarded by Louisa, the headmaster's wife, to conform and join in all that she does. From coffee mornings to the school shop from the swimming club to the local outdoor pool, Louis ...

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The Dark Tower II: The Drawing Of The Three: (Volume 2) (Hodder Paperbacks)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Stephen Found

The creation of the Ka-tet.

The second volume of a series of seven. The Dark Tower is a fantasy story, set in another world. This story picks up from where book 1, The Gunslinger, finishes. At the end of the first book Roland learns that he must find three accomplices to help him on his quest to find the Dark Tower and this book tells us how that is done. We are effectively given three mini stories, two of which interlink and the mai ...

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The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger (Hodder Paperbacks)

5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Stephen Found

Welcome to Rolands world

The first volume of a series of seven. The Dark Tower is a fantasy story, set in another world. The purpose of ths volume is to introduce us to Roland of Gilead, the last gunslinger in his world who is on a quest to find the Dark Tower. What the Dark Tower actually is we do not know and more importantly, neither does Roland. Roland just knows how to find it and that he has to do just that. We meet Roland w ...

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The Toymakers (Del Rey)

5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Debra Found

A Magical Book in a Magical Emporium

This is a magical story about a magical place. The Emporium sits in a quiet alleyway in London. It opens on the night of the first frost and closes at the flowering of the first snowdrop. Inside is a magical toyshop like no other. The building doesn't seem quite big enough to contain the many aisles and floors that exist on the inside. The toys are just a little bit more special and magical than real toys. ...

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The Black Painting (HQ)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Solid Plot with Plenty of Twists

Teresa's Grandfather owned a black painting by Goya. Supposedly it put a curse on the family causing all sorts of problems - they are certainly dramatically dysfunctional. It was stolen 15 years ago causing a rift through the family that never healed. However, Teresa has now been summonded back to the house at Owl's Point by her Grandfather. I knew nothing about Goya's black paintings before I stated this ...

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The After War (Brandon Zenner)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Well Constructed - Not That Original

Set two years after an apocalyptic disease has wiped out society and much of mankind, we see a new USA. There are pockets of people struggling to survive by whatever means - fair means or foul. We follow Brian and his cousin Steve as they leave their bunker for the first time in two years. They plan to journey east to connect with other family members. At a similar time Simon and his dog Winston leave their ...

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Julius Zebra: Entangled with the Egyptians! (Walker Books)

5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Funny but Stacked with Facts

This is the second of the Julius Zebra series which I have read. In this book we follow Julius and his friends as he travels to ancient Egypt and is mistaken for a god......well until it all goes wrong and they get into all sorts of scrapes! These Julius Zebra books are full of high energy fun and silliness which exactly appeals to the junior school age. Things go predictably wrong and Julius gets into all ...

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Coldmaker (HarperVoyager)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Interesting World

Set on a planet which is mostly desert, the Nobles have control of the cold and the lowly Jadens get the merest leftovers. Micah is an unusual boy. Scavenging amongst the rubbish at night he tinkers, creating forbidden mechanical inventions. Death is a constant threat but then so is rebellion. The bottom line of this book is not disimilar to many post-apocalypic type books. However, there is no guarantee t ...

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Pick a Pine Tree (Walker Books)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Christmas is Beginning.....

This is an ideal book to read in the run up to Christmas. It tells the story of putting up a Christmas Tree from the choosing and buying, decorating and then singing carols around it when completed. Not every family will do everything in this book but there is enough there for every child to recognise at least something. The illustrations are wonderful. Each double page opening is covered with a ...

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National Theatre: Play in a Box (Walker Books)

5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Great Set - Imagination Has No Bounds

So many children love to put on plays for friends and families. This little box is stacked with ideas to help facilitate this and stretch a child's imagination. The very sturdy box contains - Character cards Plot Twist Book Setting Cards A Programme Template Tickets Stagecraft Handbook The handbook contains suggestions for making costumes and scenery, how to structure the play, lighting and ...

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