Wednesday, 1 May 2013

April Book Reviews

A very different kind of book for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Fans of The Thick of It will enjoy Nobbs' satire of the modern world and his take on those with all the power. Our "hero" like all brilliant protagonists is horribly flawed but I can't help liking him as he explores his newly found humanity. He realises that he seems to love his children and care for his wife... by this point we may as well say that all is lost! 

This has been sitting on my book shelf for at least 18 months and so I selfishly put it on my reading group programme and I'm so glad I did!

The Outcast is Lewis Aldridge - as a young boy he is witness to his mother's tragic demise, an event which affects the rest of his life. Part of a family that does not know how to be a family in a village where appearances can be deceiving Lewis will do anything to feel human, anything to not be alone, anything to find the love he cannot have at home... a stunning debut novel.

Zoe did a bad thing, a very bad thing. The only person she can tell is Mr Harris... a prisoner on death row.

The second YA novel from Annabel Pitcher is no less emotive or absorbing than My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

An easy throw-away read. Luisa Perez is one of ten Luisa's at Colonel Dunfield, counting down the days until she can leave "Dumpfield" and start her real life. When the school gets embraces the city wide literacy competition things start to heat up. Luisa's favourite teacher asks her to write a column for the school paper chronicling the schools efforts under the pseudonym Newshound, whilst an anonymous male counterpart, Scoop, does his best to undermine her at every turn. Humourous and realistic, Luisa has to deal with life, love, school and work whilst trying to figure out who Scoop is and how to beat him!   

A stunning debut from Hannah Richell exploring the family dynamic when it is shaken by tragedy. 

Helen and Richard married after only 3 months when Helen was pregnant with Cassie. After the death of Richard's parents they decide to move from London down to the family home - Clifftops in Dorset. As the family grows cracks start to appear in the dynamic which Richell explores with emotion and honesty.  Looking forward to the next offering!

Dermot is overweight, starting big school and in need of friends... roll on a humourous and witty diary novel complete with doughnut count! In much the same vein as diary of a wimpy kid, this is an easy read for ages 9+ with stock characters including the bully, the lovable misfits and crazy parent figure. Will Dermot survive his first term at big school? Will he have to spend half term at camp Fatso? Complete with fart and poo jokes to amaze children the nation over - The first in a series and one I'll be recommending over the Summer!   

A selection of short stories by the master himself which have made it to the big screen. I read the short story Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption. I obviously already knew the plot from the amazing 1994 adaptation starring Tim Robbins as the unsuspecting Andy Dufresne to Morgan Freeman's lifer Red. I was happy to find out how faithfully the film had kept to the story, at just over 100 pages King is able to pull the reader into life at Shawshank and all the colourful characters therein. Happy to be able to finally tick this off my list.and may need to watch the film again soon!

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