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  1. I'm more than willing to give the author another try and will definitely keep an eye out for what I see is her first novel. I didn't think this was 'bad' just inconsistent and a bit 'here and there' if that makes sense. Certain parts I liked, other parts, not so much. I never knew how the narrator really felt about the landlady.
  2. I didn't really like this, but as I did read it through and not abandon it I'm being a little harsh. The time period is the first thing I'd like to readdress. I thought it was a present-day novel at first and didn't realise until later from reading other forums that this all happened in the 1960s. I thought that the fact he worked on cars from that era would have been perfect understandable as they were classics and he didn't work on Ford Cortinas or Austin Princesses. The interior narrative was well done, especially the way he felt about his mum. What I didn't like is that there w
  3. Oh, I say! Very impressive. Filling Station
  4. This thread is to discuss this book and nothing else.
  5. This book is about...lots of things Language is at the heart of Wilkins' latest novel. Speech also. How do you pronounce the word 'language'? How does your tongue make the sound? And how weird is the word tongue anyway? Supposedly a mid-life crisis novel this is anything but. Paddy Thompson is turning fifty but very happy. He's bought an apartment on the fifth floor in in a newly built apartment block in Wellington, and also moved his mother into the flat next door. He's a speech therapist is Paddy, and much of the novel revolves around his patients. However, his mother one day wak
  6. So it is. I'm apparently as interested in this as most others. I'll stick with my number and so, counting both of Barblue's that would make it Netherland by Joseph O'Neill. I'm not sure votes do help in gauging numbers. Sometimes the number of different people who posted was less than the number who voted. Indications of interest most welcome.
  7. My prime number was 5 so Wally Lamb "The Hour I First Believed" is the book. Does anyone even care? Even in the slightest?
  8. I gave this my best shot but I didn't get past page 30(?) of the illustrated edition. I know what the Eiffel Tower looks like so I don't need a photo of it. It did nothing for me, and reminded of that Antarctica book I read by Mark Reilly. Literally. I never did bother to read far enough to wonder why he started one line 'Oh!' and the next line 'O!' - it's almost as if there wasn't a spare aitch in the second anagram. I really wanted to hit someone with the book as I returned it to the library. Some librarian, because no one would complain, they'd just see which book it was and
  9. Great chef, terrible TV person. The way he did the voice overs 6 months later really stood out. Awful programme, not helped by the skinny guests, Kathy Lette excepted. She's the best. And the closeups on his face mean the director should be fired.
  10. Adrian

    Have a Rant!

    I didn't see it myself but I always thought Nick Griffin and Gordon Brown do in certain ways see eye to eye.
  11. I think it could. As a mature adult (yes, really!) reading a CYA book I find it difficult to think now whether it would have appealed to me when I was the age of its intended audience.
  12. Clay lies still, but blood's a rover; Breath's a ware that will not keep. Up, lad: when the journey's over There'll be time enough to sleep. From A Shropshire Lad, by A.E. Housman
  13. I feel that everything in a book should be there for a reason. So, first of all, what is this here for? (each story gets its own Shawn Tan drawing preceding it) It's like some psychiatrist is trying to trick me into revealing my inner-most thoughts by talking about the picture. "What do you see here?" Well, the left tusk has obviously been taken by Lesothon ivory smugglers, and regardless of the injunctions we all know what Andrew Marr has been up to with his 'trunk' and why does it only have one knee and I bet that bird has pood into his hand and is that Hazel's snake at the end of the tru
  14. Nowhere else would have me.
  15. I haven't followed Lynda LaPlante's recent career (this and Prime Suspect are all I've watched) but I do know that when she's on form there's no better writer of British TV drama. The basic premise is: What's a Para to do when he leaves the forces? Sure, he learned a trade, but that trade doesn't translate so much into civilian life. Frank leaves the Paras after a long period of service but whilst still young. Among the places he served was Belfast, where a bomb in a pub did much to change him and his colleagues, both physically and otherwise. This incident is used a lot in flashback a
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