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Book Review: David Copperfield

Plot: David Copperfield is the story of a young man’s adventures on his journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Among the gloriously vivid cast of characters he encounters are his tyrannical stepfather, Mr Murdstone; his brilliant, but ultimately unworthy school-friend James Steerforth; his formidableContinue reading “Book Review: David Copperfield”

Book Review: The Old Curiosity Shop

Plot: The archetypal Victorian melodrama, as heartfelt and moving today as when it was first published, Charles Dickens’s The Old Curiosity Shop is edited with notes and an introduction by Norman Page in Penguin Classics. Little Nell Trent lives in the quiet gloom of the old curiosity shop with her ailing grandfather, for whom she cares withContinue reading “Book Review: The Old Curiosity Shop”

Book Review: A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

Plot: The beloved American classic about a young girl’s coming-of-age at the turn of the century, Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a poignant and moving tale filled with compassion and cruelty, laughter and heartache, crowded with life and people and incident. The story of young, sensitive, and idealistic Francie Nolan and her bittersweet formativeContinue reading “Book Review: A Tree Grows In Brooklyn”

Book Review: Winnie-the-Pooh: The Complete Collection of Stories and Poems

Plot: A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh is nothing less than a true children’s classic. Winnie-the-Pooh may be a bear of very little brain, but thanks to his friends Piglet, Eeyore and, of course, Christopher Robin, he’s never far from an adventure. This very special collection will delight fans of Winnie-the-Pooh young and old. Relive all yourContinue reading “Book Review: Winnie-the-Pooh: The Complete Collection of Stories and Poems”

BookClub Reads: The Professor

Plot: The Professor was the first novel by Charlotte Brontë. It was originally written before Jane Eyre and rejected by many publishing houses, but was eventually published posthumously in 1857. The book is the story of a young man, William Crimsworth. It describes his maturation, his loves and his eventual career as a professor atContinue reading “BookClub Reads: The Professor”

Book Review: Riders

Plot: Set against the glorious Cotswold countryside and the playgrounds of the world, Jilly Cooper’s Rutshire Chronicles, Riders, Rivals, Polo, The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous, Appassionata and Score!, offer an intoxicating blend of skulduggery, swooning romance, sexual adventure and hilarious high jinks. Riders, the first and steamiest in the series, takes the lid offContinue reading “Book Review: Riders”

Book Review: Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit

Plot: In this heartfelt tribute to his mother, Sean Hepburn Ferrer offers a rare and intimate glimpse into the life of one of Hollywood’s brightest stars. Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit is a stunning compilation of nearly 300 photographs, many straight from the family album and never before published; archival documents, personal correspondence, and mementos; even paintingsContinue reading “Book Review: Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit”

Book Review: The Sun Also Rises

Plot: Paris in the twenties: Pernod, parties and expatriate Americans, loose-living on money from home. Jake is wildly in love with Brett Ashley, aristocratic and irresistibly beautiful, but with an abandoned, sensuous nature that she cannot change.  When the couple drifts to Spain to the dazzle of the fiesta and the heady atmosphere of theContinue reading “Book Review: The Sun Also Rises”

Book Review: Mr.S: The Last Word On Frank Sinatra

Plot: An insider’s account of life with Sinatra during the heady years of the Rat Pack that’s as cool, original and dazzling as the man himself. George Jacobs is generally considered ‘the last of the Rat Pack’, a member of the exclusive club that has fascinated us for decades. He worked as Sinatra’s valet andContinue reading “Book Review: Mr.S: The Last Word On Frank Sinatra”

Book Review: The Bookshop

Plot: In 1959 Florence Green, a kindhearted widow with a small inheritance, risks everything to open a bookshop – the only bookshop – in the seaside town of Hardborough. By making a success of a business so impractical, she invites the hostility of the town’s less prosperous shopkeepers. By daring to enlarge her neighbors’ lives,Continue reading “Book Review: The Bookshop”

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