Susannah

Among the Janeites

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$15.95
ISBN: 9780547757735
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Published: Mariner Books - August 6th, 2013

Colin Firth has a lot to answer for.  Since emerging from that lake in his dripping white shirt,  Jane Austen has become a pop culture phenomenon.  Deborah Yaffe explores the hoopla and dedication surrounding the cult of all things Jane today;- from fan fiction to regency costume balls and hidden subtext in Austen's novels, a pilgrimage around historic sights in Britain and a literature professor/roller derby queen named Stone Cold Jane Austen, and a peek inside NASNA (North American Society of Jane Austen).  A peon to fandom and quite a touching memoir of a long time passion, Life Among the Janites is totally entertaining and definitely sent me back to read Persuasion again.

Susannah


I Am Small

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$8.99
ISBN: 9780545353700
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Published: Cartwheel Books - October 1st, 2011

The world is very big for a very small, very cute penguin.  But in the eyes of its mother, it is the biggest, most important thing in the world!  Adorable   - a great bedtime read with lovely  illustrations.

 

Susannah


Monsieur Albert Rides to Glory

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By Peter Smith, Bob Graham (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781742376806
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Published: Allen & Unwin Australia - June 1st, 2013

With his usual brilliantly detailed but gentle illustrations Bob Graham shows readers the unusual hero of this children's book - 60 year old Monsieur Albert.  Told by Peter Smith in rollicking rhyme and with mind-stretching vocabulary, this book just begs to be read out loud as it details our plucky bike rider's race from Paris to Nice and manages to be highly evocative of Paris and France too.  Absolutement charmante!

Susannah


The Sweet Life in Paris

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780767928892
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Published: Broadway Books - March 1st, 2011

Food writer and ex-Chez Panisse dessert chef, Lebovitz,  shares the secrets of French cooking and Parisian living.  The quirks and idiosyncrasies of Parisians that often leave visitors outraged (queue jumping, unhelpful sales staff) are explained with humor and Lebovitz also provides a goldmine of food tips such as where to find the best croissants, chocolates and cheese,  when not to use a knife and fork and how to order coffee.  There is a list of his favorite foodie haunts and recipes so you can recreate the flavors of Paris chez-vous. A bonus of useful information for anyone planning a trip but also a delicious read for anyone with a sweet tooth and the ache for French cuisine.

Susannah


Slow Horses

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$25.00
ISBN: 9781569476437
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Published: Soho Constable - June 1st, 2010

This is the first in a series of clever, darkly humorous, and cynical modern spy novels featuring the inmates of Slough House, all MI5 agents who have failed spectacularly in some way and are relegated to the most mind numbing tasks in the hope they will resign from the service.  However, ambition, denial and events conspire to put them back in the game again and the result is highly addictive.  Herron is a modern Le Carre from the world of office cubicles, downsizing and wry, obscure British TV.  The second book in the series, Dead Lions, is even better.

Susannah


The Bromeliad Trilogy

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ISBN: 9780060094935
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Published: HarperCollins Publishers - September 30th, 2003

Originally published individually as three books, this middle reader gem is a brilliant introduction for the young reader into Pratchett's subversive, clever and humorous fantasy.   Set in a department store and featuring a clan of nomes, it is part adventure, part satire and part parable and a whole lot of fun.   My tip of the hat to Terry Pratchett who is bravely facing the end of his writing career and will be sorely missed by fans of all ages.

 

Susannah


My Animals and Other Family

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ISBN: 9781594205620
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Published: Penguin Press - April 18th, 2013

British sports broadcaster and national treasure, Balding, leads us on a full gallop through the whole range of human emotions in this memoir of growing up in an usual household.  Her animals are mostly horses and dogs as her father trained racehorses for the Queen and she proves herself a skillful raconteur, spilling the beans on stories like time when she nearly hit Her Madge with a sausage.  Full of humor, self awareness and charm, I only hope a second volume picking up in 1990 is in the works.  


Susannah


Moranthology

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$14.99
ISBN: 9780062258533
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Published: Harper Perennial - November 6th, 2012

Wunderkind UK Times columnist, Caitlin Moran, tackles burkhas and library closings, Lady Gaga, the Royal wedding, the TV series Sherlock, and the joys of Aberystwyth (can't explain, please just read).  Chatty, original, humorous but with also the canny ability to hit the nail on the head when no one else dare, she is likely to become your new best friend.  For more, see How To Be a Woman which is her memoir slash feminist treatise for todays' young women.

Susannah


Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig

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By Eugene Trivizas, Helen Oxenbury (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780689815287
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - April 1st, 1997

This very funny fractured fairy tale with delicious illustrations by the legendary Helen Oxenbury, will appeal to any young child who just loves knocking things down!   This big bad pig is a can-do kind of fellow and the wolves so post-modern in their choice of house building materials, that an unusual solution to the mayhem has to be found.   
Susannah


Jepp, who defied the Stars

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ISBN: 9781423135005
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Published: Hyperion Books - October 9th, 2012

History is effortlessly interwoven into the story of 15th century dwarf Jepp, who in his search for love, family, respect and a destiny of his own, becomes first a court dwarf then an assistant to a famous astrologer. Jepp is a sympathetic,  entertaining narrator and his adventures and fate completely entrance the reader.


Susannah


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