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Definitely not a holiday in the sun

Advantages: Entertaining and sometimes poignant black comedy of war
Disadvantages: Seems a little unfocussed in parts

William Boyd is one of those contemporary novelists who has been on my must-try list for a long time. This tale, set mostly in East Africa during the First World War, seemed as good as any with which to start. (For a start, it was the only one of his on ...

JOHNV 03.03.2014 · Read full review
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Review of An Ice-cream War - William Boyd

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Make ice-cream, not war

Advantages: Great, epic story, well-researched, Boyd's wry humour
Disadvantages: Starts off a bit slow

Published: 1982 INTRODUCTION The first Boyd I ever read was Armadillo and since then I regularly pick up his earlier works. The reason I enjoy them a lot is because almost all of his earlier novels are set in Africa and this is probably no accide ...

lillamarta 11.10.2010 · Read full review
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Becoming an Ass about Love?

Advantages: Intersting characters, beautifully set, fascinating story, quick read
Disadvantages: I am not a donkey!

Having enjoyed both La Cucina and Nectar, when I saw that Lily Prior had come out with a third book, I decided I just had to have it. Certainly, since I had liked her second novel more than her first, I was expecting even more from this third effort. To ...

TheChocolateLady 25.11.2005 · Read full review
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Review of Ardour - Lily Prior

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