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Review - The Year of Living DanishlyThe Year of Living Danishly
by Helen Russell

Average Review Rating Average Rating [6/10] (1 Review)
Ben Macnair has sent in a review for The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell. When she was suddenly given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, journalist and archetypal Londoner Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: the happiest place on earth isn’t Disneyland, but Denmark, a land often thought of by foreigners as consisting entirely of long dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries. What is the secret to their success? Are happy Danes born, or made? Helen decides there is only one way to find out: she will give herself a year, trying to uncover the formula for Danish happiness. From childcare, education, food and interior design (not to mention 'hygge') to SAD, taxes, sexism and an unfortunate predilection for burning witches, The Year of Living Danishly is a funny, poignant record of a journey that shows us where the Danes get it right, where they get it wrong, and how we might just benefit from living a little more Danishly ourselves... more»»
Ben Macnair 31st May 2019 [6/10]
Review - The Love DetectiveThe Love Detective
by Angela Dyson

Average Review Rating Average Rating [9/10] (1 Review)
Chrissi has reviewed The Love Detective by Angela Dyson. Clarry is 26, attractive, funny - and on the road to nowhere. Living a makeshift existence as a waitress, she knows life should be led with some sort of plan, but unfortunately planning is something she needs to get around to. Enter her best friend Laura with a seemingly simple request: check out Simon, estate agent and new boyfriend, to make sure he really is interested in Laura and not the solicitor help she can provide. Clarry is no detective, unless you count tracking down where her next tip is coming from. Still, what harm could a little amateur sleuthing do? With the aid of Flan, a glamorous septuagenarian, Flan's lover, and a cast of colourful characters from the restaurant she works at, Clarry plunges into the investigation with a few pitfalls, pratfalls and a dodgy moment where she's mistaken as a pole dancer (and not in a good way). It isn't until 1) she discovers that Simon's a two-timing creep, and 2) in a sinister turn, she uncovers an evil criminal enterprise, that she realises amateur sleuthing is not for the faint of heart... more»»
Chrissi 30th April 2019 [9/10]
Review - Try Not to BreatheTry Not to Breathe
by Holly Seddon

Average Review Rating Average Rating [7/10] (1 Review)
Ben Macnair has sent in a review for Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon. Alex is sinking. Slowly but surely, she's cut herself off from everything but her one true love - drink. Until she's forced to write a piece about a coma ward, where she meets Amy. Amy is lost. When she was fifteen, she was attacked and left for dead in a park. Her attacker was never found. Since then, she has drifted in a lonely, timeless place. She's as good as dead, but not even her doctors are sure how much she understands. Alex and Amy grew up in the same suburbs, played the same music, flirted with the same boys. And as Alex begins to investigate the attack, she opens the door to the same danger that has left Amy in a coma.
You won't be able to put it down. Just remember to breathe... more»»
Ben Macnair 30th April 2019 [7/10]
Review - The Appointed HourThe Appointed Hour
by Susanne Davis
Average Review Rating Average Rating [9/10] (1 Review)
Paul has sent in a review for The Appointed Hour by Susanne Davis. In these luminous interconnected stories, Susanne Davis crafts characters whose roots run deep into the land. A woman experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder finds her voice in communion with other women. A Mayflower descendant wrestles with the legacy of a controversial monument that honours his ancestor. A tattoo artist fights for the passionate dream of his art. A couple confronts the foundation of their marriage when faced with a terminal diagnosis. The Appointed Hour shines a compassionate light on a changing rural America, spanning generations and locations by exploring the emotions that accompany life's trials. The heart-wrenching challenges draw Davis's characters together in feelings of love, loss, hope, and community, united throughout history by the place they call home... more»»
Paul Lappen 30th April 2019 [9/10]
Review - An Incidental Death in Monterey An Incidental Death in Monterey
by John J. O’Hagan

Average Review Rating Average Rating [9/10] (1 Review)
Molly has sent in a review for An Incidental Death in Monterey by John J. O’Hagan. Father Juan Ibarra is a Franciscan friar in California. He also happens to be a physician. He has been sent to the territory to bring some relief to the native Californians, who are suffering terribly under the imposed rule of the Spanish Empire, particularly from introduced disease. Father Juan is asked to perform a routine autopsy on a young Indian woman. To his dismay he discovers that she was murdered. As he and Major Eduardo Carrillo, the commander of the Monterey Presidio, investigate the death it develops that the young woman was an unwilling concubine to the governor of California. Further, she had recently been threatened by the governor’s wife. It turns out sexual infidelity is not the governor's only failing. He has been dealing under the table with the captain of an American ship in the harbor, and the dead woman served as a courier in financial dealings between the governor and the Americans, all to the detriment of the King... more»»
Molly Martin 30th April 2019 [9/10]
Review - I Can Make You HateI Can Make You Hate
by Charlie Brooker

Average Review Rating Average Rating [6/10] (1 Review)
Ben Macnair has sent in a review for I Can Make You Hate by Charlie Brooker. Would you like to eat whatever you want and still lose weight? Who wouldn't? Keep dreaming, imbecile. In the meantime, if you'd like to read something that alternates between laugh-out-loud-funny and apocalyptically angry, keep holding this book. Steal it if necessary. In his latest collection of rants, raves, hastily spluttered articles and scarcely literate scrawl, Charlie Brooker proves that there is almost nothing in this universe, big or small, that can't reduce a human being to a state of pure blind hatred. It won't help you lose weight, feel smarter, sleep more soundly, or feel happier about yourself. It WILL provide you with literally hours of distraction and merriment. It can also be used to stun an intruder, if you hit him with it correctly (hint: strike hard, using the spine, on the bridge of the nose)... more»»
Ben Macnair 30th April 2019 [6/10]
Review - IndecentIndecent
by Ethan Brant
Average Review Rating Average Rating [8/10] (1 Review)
Paul has sent in a review for Indecent by Ethan Brant. Being a criminal isn’t as simple as it seems! There was a time when six countries were united by one man named Tito. He defended the country from the tyranny of Hitler, thus establishing himself as a leader. His system of government was Socialism controlled by his Secret Police - the UDBA. Most of the population was thrilled to live such a life and they considered the agents their protectors, but one brilliant kid disagreed. Zlatan, at the age of sixteen, decides to live outside the system, but that leads him to prison, to serve a sentence of five years. Inside he meets his teacher, Uncle, a former spy for Tito’s Gestapo, who arranges an early release for him, but it comes with a high price. In front of the prison gates, two agents catch him and give him an ultimatum - do or die. Zlatan agrees to their criminal requests but not for ‘King and Country’ but for the freedom he craves. His actions lead him to discover something dark in the pit of his mind. He learns there are greater things to fear than the police and other criminals. He must answer the question, is he actually free... more»»
Paul Lappen 30th April 2019 [8/10]
Review -  The Night the Penningtons Vanished The Night the Penningtons Vanished
by Marianna Heusler

Average Review Rating Average Rating [9/10] (1 Review)
Molly has sent in a review for The Night the Penningtons Vanished by Marianna Heusler. Alone in her aunt's gift shop How Do I Love Thee? late one evening, Isabella Ripa opens the door to a glamorous woman carrying a birdcage. Isabella is enchanted by the woman's love birds and agrees to take them - at least for the night - until she can persuade her Aunt Talullah to adopt the pair, called the Penningtons. But in the morning the birds are gone. In their place is a book of love poems. As Isabella and her friends set out to recover the birds, they become embroiled in a mystery of a missing actress, a robbery and an intruder in Aunt Talullah's house. The Night the Penningtons Vanished introduces a delightful trio of friends who work together to solve one strange problem after another. Buffetted by the demands of her teen years and conflict with her older sister, Isabella is determined to get to the bottom of the Penningtons mystery.
2003 Edgar Nominee, Best Young Adult Novel... more»»
Molly Martin 30th April 2019 [9/10]
Review -  The Monster at the End of this BookThe Monster at the End of this Book
by Jon Stone

Average Review Rating Average Rating [9/10] (1 Review)
Molly has sent in a review for The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone. The original Little Golden Book has sent generations of readers into gales of laughter and has become a true modern classic. This addition to the Sesame Street collection provides pre-schoolers with a fun-filled tale as Grover uses suspense to build up to the mystery monster at the end of the book. By all accounts, this book is a favourite among toddlers and adults alike. Generations will recall their first time reading along as lovable, furry old Grover begs the reader not to turn the page... for a monster is at the end of the book! But, of course, the monster is none other than Grover himself. A classic, not to be missed... more»»
Molly Martin 31st March 2019 [9/10]
Review - Celebrity WerewolfCelebrity Werewolf
by Andrew Wallace

Average Review Rating Average Rating [8/10] (1 Review)
Nigel has reviewed Celebrity Werewolf by Andrew Wallace. Suave, sophisticated, erudite and charming, Gig Danvers seems too good to be true. He appears from nowhere and sets about revolutionising science and promoting humanitarian causes, using his growing influence for the benefit of all humankind. But where did he come from, and are his critics right to be cautious? Is there a darker side to this enigmatic benefactor – one that's more in keeping with his persona as Celebrity Werewolf? Andrew Wallace masterfully blends horror with high concept science fiction, in a short novel of first contact that is both moving and funny, yet plumbs the darkness of the human soul. The result is a story of surprises, wonder, and of hope... more»»
Nigel 28th February 2019 [8/10]
Review - Paul Simon the LifePaul Simon the Life
by Robert Hilburn

Average Review Rating Average Rating [8/10] (1 Review)
Ben Macnair has sent in a review for Paul Simon the Life by Robert Hilburn. Through such hits as The Sound of Silence, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Still Crazy After All These Years, and Graceland, Paul Simon has spoken to us in songs for a half-century about alienation, doubt, survival, and faith in ways that have established him as one of the most honoured and beloved songwriters in American pop music history. Yet Simon has refused to talk to potential biographers and urged those close to him to also remain silent. But Simon not only agreed to talk to biographer Robert Hilburn for what has amounted to more than sixty hours, he also encouraged his family and friends to sit down for in-depth interviews. Paul Simon is a revealing account of the challenges and sacrifices of artistry at the highest level. He has also lived a roller-coaster life of extreme ups and downs. We not only learn Paul’s unrelenting drive to achieve artistry, but also the subsequent struggles to protect that artistry against distractions – fame, wealth, marriage, divorce, drugs, complacency, public rejection, self-doubt – that have frequently derailed pop stars and each of which he encountered. From dominating the charts with Art Garfunkel and a successful reinvention as a solo artist, to his multiple marriages and highly publicized second divorce from Carrie Fisher, this book covers all aspects of this American icon... more»»
Ben Macnair 28th February 2019 [8/10]
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