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  1. Restored Thread 1st April 2012, 02:35 PM leyla * Here's my review in today's Indy on Sunday of Marina Lewycka's new novel: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/various-pets-alive-and-dead-by-marina-lewycka-7605949.html #2 6th April 2012, 02:36 PM Viccie Lovely review and one that makes me want to read the book. Thank you Leyla. #3 8th April 2012, 03:33 PM leyla Pleasure, Viccie, thanks so much for the compliment.x
  2. I haven't read A Short History .. but I know it was very popular with Reading Groups. I read Two Caravans in about five days, as I found it an easy read. Although the novel was presented through multiple narratives, it had a straight forward plot. At first I wondered what the significance of many of the episodes were - the trip to the old people's home, the visit to the protesters camp - and I decided they all had something in common. They were all people outside of society; whether through choice or not. This gave them a connection with the migrants. Living in Dover I found the de
  3. The Orange Prize is awarded on Tuesday 7.6.2005 - so will this book be the winner? As I suggested it for the Group Read, I suppose I should be its staunchest supporter ..... however, this is not the case. My own reaction to the book reflects the ambivalent views already expressed in this forum. Initially appealing because of the quirkiness of its packaging and the humour blended with the mix of serious themes, it sounded marvellous. It got great reviews on the BBC Pageturners series and, to be fair, in almost every newspaper review I have read since then. I so wanted to love it .... a
  4. I thought I'd continue the tradition of a 'first impressions' thread for the book group choice. I haven't started reading Tractors yet (copy just arrived yesterday) but my very first impression is what a wonderful book jacket. I know some people may find it a bit gimmicky but I just love it. It is a perfect imitation of a typical Soviet book cover, right down to the colour of the ink and the slightly squint graphic. Having spent a lot of time in Soviet Russia in the early 80's I was immediately transported back there as soon as I saw it. Off to actually read it now....
  5. Below is the synopsis of the latest choice for the BGO Book Group. This is currently only available in hardback, but if you buy from an online bookseller, it will cost you little more than a paperback. If you buy through us, using the BGO Amazon link, a small proportion of the cost will eventually come back to us and help subsidise the running of this site. Synopsis: For years, Nadezhda and Vera, two Ukrainian sisters, raised in England by their refugee parents, have had as little as possible to do with each other - and they have their reasons. But now they find they'd better learn how to
  6. For years, Nadezhda and Vera, two Ukrainian sisters, raised in England by their refugee parents, have had as little as possible to do with each other - and they have their reasons. But now they find they'd better learn how to get along, because since their mother's death their aging father has been sliding into his second childhood, and an alarming new woman has just entered his life. Valentina, a bosomy young synthetic blonde from the Ukraine, seems to think their father is much richer than he is, and she is keen that he leave this world with as little money to his name as possible. If Nadazh
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