Archive for July, 2011

Far to Go. Alison Pick

Far to Go. Alison Pick by Alison Pick

In books read on July 31, 2011

This is the first book I've picked up from the 2011 Booker Prize longlist. By the end of the Kindle sample - where I usually decide whether I want to keep reading or not - I really wasn't into the story, hadn't figured the characters out and wasn't especially bothered about keeping reading. I went against my own judgement however and carried on. And got captivated by the family story.

In retrospect it is hard to understand why all Jewish families weren't taking every opportunity to flee from Nazism in 1938. This book does a great job of painting the picture of a pretty ordinary family in Czechoslovakia, with Jewish heritage but not really practising Jews, seeing jobs and opportunities taken away from them, being betrayed by friends and still not really getting how bad it was going to get.

As is pointed out in other reviews, the decision to send children to safety on the Kindertransport is central to the story, and I thought the "contemporary framing story" (phrasing stolen from Fleur) was necessary to show the after effects of the Kindertransport and made this into a 21st century book rather than one that could have been told anytime post-World War II. I completely agree with Fleur that it was an excellent decision to tell the main story through the eyes of the non-Jewish non-family member nanny though, Marta had just enough distance from the main characters to tell the story objectively whilst still being involved in the story.

A good book, that doesn't get five stars from me because I found the beginning confusing, but I thought it was well worth a read and a Booker longlist place.

This was a kindle eBook.


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on July 31, 2011 by kirsty

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Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were Here by Graham Swift

In books read on July 30, 2011

I loved this - very possibly the best book I've read this year.

All the reviews I've seen seem to concentrate on it being a story based around the return home of the body of a soldier from Iraq. However I don't think that's really the centre of the story. It's certainly a story with a lot to do with death, dying and legacies left behind, but the return of a soldier is only one part of it and not to my mind the most important part. He's just part of the story of the end of a Devon farming family.

It's a really deep read giving you plenty to think about and although there were a couple of places where I thought it went rather off track - possibly to prevent it from being too dark a read - it was still the most interesting book I've read in ages. I was rather surprised to find it's not on this year Booker Prize longlist, so I'm hoping there are some really *really* good books on the list!

This was a kindle eBook.


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Flickr Pics 30th July 2011

on July 30, 2011 by kirsty

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Liberty Wharf, St Helier

Flickr Pics 27th July 2011

on July 27, 2011 by kirsty

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Cock & Bottle, St Helier

Flickr Pics 26th July 2011

on July 26, 2011 by kirsty

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The Herring in the Library

The Herring in the Library by L.C. Tyler

In books read on July 25, 2011

In the beginning I really enjoyed this light hearted satirical take on the classic mystery. The first few chapters were a really easy and fun read. However it started to grate about half way through and I found I didn't really care very much about the plot or the characters. A pity, as it started in a very promising fashion.

This was a kindle eBook.


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on July 25, 2011 by kirsty

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The House at Sea's End (Ruth Galloway, #3)

The House at Seas End (Ruth Galloway, #3) by Elly Griffiths

In books read on July 23, 2011

I enjoyed this just as I did the first two books in the series. I've marked it down to 3 stars because Ruth gets put in ludicrous danger for the third book running. From here on out I will expect that to happen and go with the flow as I enjoy the rest of the story and the characters and think there is, on the whole, a good set up for a mystery series here.

This was a kindle eBook.

Beekeeping for Beginners (Mary Russell #10.5)

Beekeeping for Beginners (Mary Russell #10.5) by Laurie R. King

In books read on July 20, 2011

This is an ebook only, billed as a novella, and released as some kind of trailer for the upcoming book in the Mary Russell series: The Pirate King. Whilst I'm looking forward to the new full length book, with a little trepidation since I believe it's going to be a lighthearted farcical kind of a story, this ebook didn't really fill the gap for me. I just don't like short stories that much on the whole - by the time I've got the hang of them they are finished.

I think it's worth putting a note in here about the trouble I have ordering Laurie King's books from Amazon in the UK. The books seem to appear for sale in the US edition with the US release date and price and then vanish again. With a physical book order you get a cancellation notice as Amazon can no longer provide the book, with an ebook pre-order it just sits in your account without being fulfilled. Eventually the UK edition appears with a later release date and a higher price and you can order that but without the order being carried across or Amazon's price promise being held to. I had been blaming Amazon UK for this but having contacted them when my eBook order didn't turn up this time it seems that it is the publisher at fault - for eBook orders at least. I will be highly surprised if my pre-order of The Pirate King turns up on the date said at the price given...

This was a kindle eBook.

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