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Book Review: The Other Hand by Chris Cleave

29 Apr

“Once you have read it, you’ll want to tell everyone about it. When you do, please don’t tell them what happens either. The magic is in how it unfolds.” I’ve never agreed with the blurb of a book more. Chris Cleave’s quietly powerful novel manages to engross you from it’s first sentence. “Sometimes I wish I was a pound coin.” perhaps it’s these incredibly simplistic sentences that manage to captivate the reader. It enters your mind without any graces or claims to change your life yet Cleave’s grip on suffering and grief is so tight, it’ll captivate your mind and your heart.

The blurb on the back is deliberately vague as is my description of the book. Little Bee is released from a detention centre in London, the place she has come to after leaving her home of Nigeria. Sarah works as a magazine editor, she has a five year old son. Something dramatic has changed her life. The two have already met. That’s all I can divulge.
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Book Review – The Understudy by David Nicholls

11 Aug

I felt that I had to do this review because of the upcoming movie One Da the book of which is by David Nicholls who is also adapting the book for the screen. I read One Day and of course instantly fell in love so I had to see what else he’d written. Most known for his screenwriting, he has done Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Cold Feet and Much Ado about Nothing. He’s written three novels, One Day, Starter for 10 and The Understudy. All of these have had screenplays written for them and Starter for 10 and One Day have both been made into films.

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