Reviews: August 2009 Archives

Amanda Craig Reviews Two Historical Novels

Amanda Craig reviews The Bride's Farewell by Meg Rosoff

...The Bride's Farewell has elements of Daphne du Maurier's Jamaica Inn, Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles and a good number of Flambards books, yet Rosoff's vivid, pared-down style brings it closer to a kind of western... AMANDA CRAIG


Troubadour by Mary Hoffman

Well researched and rivetingly readable AMANDA CRAIG

Guardian Review

Philip Ardagh reviews (and likes) What I Saw And How I Lied by Judy Blundell

Some book titles are so good the book itself has a great deal to live up to. Who could fail to be intrigued by the title What I Saw and How I Lied? Questions spring to mind. What did they see? Why did they lie? Who are they? In this, her debut novel, Judy Blundell more than does her title justice...

Times Review

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Amanda Craig's review of Ghost Hunter by Michelle Paver

"To have maintained a consistent quality of writing, storytelling and suspense over six books without missing a beat is extraordinary" AMANDA CRAIG

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Times Review

Time Quake by Linda Buckley-Archer

Buckley-Archer tells her tale with tremendous zest, narrative sophistication and an infectious sense of fun. Anyone with a modest grasp of modern history enjoys playing "what if?", especially about this revolutionary age, but her description of Luxon's men sobbing their loyal hearts out in a Manhattan cinema while watching Lord of the Rings suggests that she has the born storyteller's grasp of what is funny and fascinating. Like the immortal Nesbit, she has a fair stab at leavening two centuries of scientific discovery and political advances with sympathetically drawn characters, both child and adult. AMANDA CRAIG

Guardian Review

[Meg Rosoff would] like to go out on a limb here, and say that nothing in the world of adult summer reading can compare with the revolutionary content of a novel you are likely to find in the young adult section of your local bookshop. Tender Morsels, by the Australian author Margo Lanagan, is funny, tragic, wise, tender and beautifully written. It also left me gasping with shock...
Mature teen readers will love Tender Morsels; I would have devoured it at 15, though not more enthusiastically than I did last week. It is with a mixture of respect and delight that I greet any book capable of blasting an entire genre out of the water with its audacity and grace. Tender Morsels is such a book. MEG ROSOFF

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