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Burford, United Kingdom
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-04-18

Nothing wrong with that!

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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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-18

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

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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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-17

Loved this book

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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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-08-17

Less camping but still fun

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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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-08-17

Laugh out loud funny

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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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-17

A real 'Brucie Bonus'

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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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-17

Freya's poorer prequel

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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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-17

Cold Wars

Set in post war London and Kent, there's plenty of period detail and feel but the characters (and this is really a character piece more than a thriller) were often more annoying than involving and sympathetic. Didn't, however, second guess the denouement and there was, at least, a satisfying ending.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-03-17

Loved this book!

Heard about this via Simon Mayo's book club, not always reliable for my tastes and did think it might be chick-lit-y (despite a male author). The characters, though, are beautifully drawn, particularly that of Freya herself, wonderfully self-confident though flawed, and those who surround and pass through her life. I cared about Freya, her ambitions and life and shed a tear at the (happy) end.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-17

Big disappointment, Jojo

Have loved most, or at least many, of her books, especially The 1+1, Me after You and its sequel. Impression here is that she had to churn something out to meet a deadline and chucked a few short stories together. In most cases (especially the title tale), you could write the ending by the end of the first few paras; and it has the most annoying narrator of all time. Pretty sure the honeymoon tale is a revamp of something of hers which I've read before. Guess we all have our moments.

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