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Fiction - Modern Fiction - ISBN: 0701181753, 0099513420, 0061374032

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Excellent

easy to read; well written; sympathetic characters...

sensitive subject matter may by disturbing to some...

I had never heard of this book until it was selected as a book group read. The plaudits on the back cover suggested it was written in a similar style to ‘Atonement’ so, having loved that book, I was keen to read this. The premise Under the neat façade of the church-going, lunch-attending 1950s...

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Excellent

“Struggling with the tragedy”

published 04/05/2012

Excellent thought provoking novel

Prologue was wrong

Synopsis of the book: The war is over and Lewis Aldridge life changes dramatically when the man he only has distant memories of returns. Being an only child he has always had a very close relationship with his mother and he feels this is threatened by his father returns. And while he settles back...

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Good

“Oh Lewis.....”

published 15/08/2009

Great charaters, good depiction of the era

dreary and depressing at times, some scenes I foun...

I have had this book on my bookshelf for quite a while, and finally got to it this week. I'd read some very positive reviews on it, knew it had been a Richard & Judy book club book and had been both won and been shortlisted for awards, so was looking forward to it and had quite high expectations...

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Super

“We need to talk about Lewis”

published 10/08/2008

Superb characters, very evocative, compelling stor...

Seems somehow lacking

Nineteen year old Lewis Aldridge is released from prison - for an offence we aren't fully informed of until much later in the book - and returns to Waterford, his childhood home where his stepmother is nervously expecting him. He receives a frosty welcome not just from his stepmother and his...

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Excellent

great book

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I was looking for something a little different to read and a friend of mine recommended The Outcast by Sadie Jones. It is this author's first novel (although she has now written another) and it had been short listed for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction in 2008, as well as being recommended...

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Super

Good story,interesting read, well researched

Some graphic and disturbing scenes, some character...

I was lucky enough to receive this proof copy from Waterstones, the second such book I have received from them, so I felt quite lucky when this one arrived at my house! I will be honest and say that this is not the sort of novel I would go for, as you can see from my other book reviews, but I...

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Super

“A sad little book !”

published 15/10/2008

Unusual story, well written, great characters

Very sad! You might want to stop reading, but don'...

I've just finished reading this book, and I have to say it is one of the saddest books I have ever read - heres why. THE PLOT The Outcast is about a boy called Lewis Aldridge and his life in a small town outside of London post WWII. The book begins with Lewis leaving prison at the age of 19 for a...

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Super

A beautifully written and subtle recreation of a b...

Ever so slightly overlong and starts going round i...

I greatly enjoyed Sadie Jones first novel, which is a tale of a tearaway teenager in the 1950s and how his family's repression leads his behaviour to worsen rather than improve. The book was a rather odd choice for Richard and Judy's Summer Read Book Club as it is a rather darkly themed book, but...

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Not for me

published 24/03/2008

The most commonly used word in the Bible is AND; In his autobiography Miles Davis used the word MOTHERFUCKER 333 times. In the dreadful novel The Outcast Sadie Jones uses the word WAS 9833 times. The book is a miracle of the passive voice. How it ever won any awards or ever received a positive review is astonishing - and really points to our times . . . Pure dreck. Ms Jones should take a few writing courses or at the very least buy a copy of Strunk and White.

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