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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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Scathing polemic against masculinity.

Advantages: It does emphasise the importance of literacy.
Disadvantages: Grating, bigotted, miserable rhetoric filled bile.

...This book came up on a search for dystopian fiction, and when I noticed the author's the name, I remembered that not two teachers whom I had greatly admired had both quoted this author in lectures, so I decided to give it a try. Swastika Night was writt ...

Marge3781 16.03.2014 · Read full review
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Review of Swastika Night - Katharine Burdekin

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Not A New Novel Novel*

Advantages: I didn't buy the book.
Disadvantages: None, I can sell it (hopefully).

When you think of Dirk Bogarde (in real life Gaspard Ulric Niven van den Bogaerde, 1921 - 1999), do you think of the actor, the writer or the painter? Maybe of all three and maybe just in that order. He starred in more than sixty films, published seven vo ...

MALU 14.05.2004 · Read full review
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Review of Jericho - Dirk Bogarde

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A Whispered Name to Remember

Advantages: Interesting, moving storyline
Disadvantages: Quite small print!

I can honestly say that WWI fiction is not something that I would usually read. However it was selected as the book of the month for my reading group so I felt obliged to try it, after all the whole point of me joining was to stretch my reading experienc ...

Meggysmum 16.04.2010 · Read full review
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Review of A Whispered Name - William Brodrick

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