Search Results: "Elizabeth Buchan"


BOOK REVIEW

WIVES BEHAVING BADLY by Elizabeth Buchan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 24, 2006

"Flabby, meandering and emotionally vacuous."
Second wife gets short shrift in Buchan's sequel to Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman (2003). Read full book review >

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EVERYTHING SHE THOUGHT SHE WANTED by Elizabeth Buchan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2005

"Barbara's story is the more realized; Siena's a tritely topical afterthought: neither profits from the pairing."
Two stories, set decades apart, reflect unreliably on the gender wars. Read full book review >

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THE GOOD WIFE STRIKES BACK by Elizabeth Buchan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Another winner from the author of, most recently, Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman (Feb. 2003)."
Buchan again agreeably celebrates a middle-aged woman's use of guile and smartness to score subtle points and victories in taking back her life from a demanding husband. Read full book review >

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CONSIDER THE LILY by Elizabeth Buchan
Released: Oct. 6, 1993

"Absorbing romance, well-drawn, sympathetic characters, vivid evocation of the beauties of English gardens and country houses- -plus a nice fillip of the supernatural."
British writer Buchan (the paperback Daughters of the Storm, 1990) weaves a romantic, nostalgic tale of passion, dark family secrets, and the gentle solace of gardening, set in England in the Thirties and Forties. Read full book review >

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REVENGE OF THE MIDDLE-AGED WOMAN by Elizabeth Buchan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2003

"A wry and elegant tale about a woman of a certain age fighting back and winning unexpected victories."
Britisher Buchan's US debut, the story of a middle-aged wife who, when her life and marriage fall apart, manages to fight back, move on, even hope for something better. Read full book review >

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SEPARATE BEDS by Elizabeth Buchan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2011

"The comforting message here seems to be that the family that loses its money together stays together."
The already iffy equilibrium of a couple in mid-marriage distress comes under new pressures when the British economy crashes in Buchan's good-natured domestic dramedy (Wives Behaving Badly, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"The publication date is whimsically appropriate. (Picture book. 9-12)"
A stylish oversize edition of the Baron's adventures in Russia, including the Turkish Campaign that culminated in his temporary employment as the Sultan's beekeeper and slave. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 28, 2003

"A readable companion to Arthur Herman's like-minded How the Scots Invented the Modern World (2001)."
A lively portrait of the city once called the "Athens of the north"—and for good reason. Read full book review >

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THE GOLDEN PLOUGH by James Buchan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1995

"More Cold War commentary than plot here, along with aloof characters who do little and pontificate much, virtually chatting one another into submission."
British journalist Buchan follows up his Whitbread Prize- winning A Parish of Rich Women (1985) with a knowledgeable but overly talky and terminally informative tale of sex, spies, and missile brinkmanship in the last years of the Cold War. Read full book review >

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FROZEN DESIRE by James Buchan
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"These often murky essays will add precious little to anyone's understanding of what makes the world go around."
A discursive and idiosyncratic appreciation of currency, from British novelist and former Financial Times correspondent Buchan (High Latitudes, 1996, etc.), who, the subtitle notwithstanding, never manages to construe its many-splendored meanings. Read full book review >

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DAYS OF GOD by James Buchan
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"A solid, accessible look at the making of modern Iran."
British novelist and journalist Buchan (The Authentic Adam Smith, 2006, etc.) revisits the Iranian revolution for a clarification of the historical record. Read full book review >

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CODE OF THE FOREST by Jon Buchan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 4, 2012

"High moral tone, low narrative appeal."
Corruption, Southern style: Good-old-boy power brokers are challenged by an idealistic newspaper publisher in this lumbering debut. Read full book review >