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Book Review: Wonders of the Universe

Authors: Brian Cox, Andrew Cohen Current poster-boy of popular science Professor Brian Cox accompanies his BBC TV documentary series, another pop-corn exploration of space, with this book. Beyond the Wonders of the Solar System, Wonders of the Universe throws all the biggest numbers it can at you: 13.7 billion years old, 93 billion light years … Continue reading

Review: Nick Hornby – High Fidelity

High Fidelity is an entertaining self-help novel for men on how not to handle relationships. How much men will enjoy this, I don’t know, but I can tell you, from a female’s point of view, it is very funny. It lays out men’s insecurities and relationship foibles to a tee, with an egotistical hero who … Continue reading

Review: Cecilia Ahern – Thanks for the Memories

The quotes in praise of most of Cecelia Ahern’s novels are from women’s magazines, and this sums up the quality of these stories. Ahern spins out some original ideas, but in Thanks for the Memories these aren’t developed between the initial turning point (when Joyce starts sharing Justin’s memories thanks to a blood transfusion) and … Continue reading

Event: Cheshire the Cheese-Loving Bear Launch Party

Friday 15th July, Cheese Please, Lewes, Sussex Cheshire the Cheese-Loving Bear is a children’s book written by broadcaster John Henty and illustrated by veteran politicial cartoonist Alex Noel Watson, with an accompanying CD by international audio-book legend, actor Martin Jarvis (Just William, Jeeves and Wooster). At £7.95, all proceeds go to The Royal Marsden Cancer … Continue reading

Review: Alice Sebold – The Lovely Bones

Bones of Contention If you’re into crime fiction, The Lovely Bones isn’t the book for you. It may look like a whodunnit, but it’s about the emotional repercussions of crime. And unlike most murdered characters in crime stories, 14-year-old Susie Salmon has one advantage: she gets to show us what she’s really like. She’s unnervingly … Continue reading

Dawn breaks on end of Twilight. Sad or glad?

A successful series, but the books won’t be as immortal as the vampires. Before you get the wrong idea, I love the Twilight Saga. A gentlemanly belle époque-style hero who happens to be a vampire is a character I find strangely appealing. And I can’t get enough of Robert Pattinson either. But, for me, the … Continue reading

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