Search Results: "Leigh Byrne"


BOOK REVIEW

BYRNE by Anthony Burgess
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"This is a swan song like no other, and one of the most delightful books of the decade."
The prolific (over 50 books) and protean Burgess (1917-93), author of such amazingly varied fictions as Enderby (1967), Napoleon Symphony (1974), and A Dead Man in Deptford (1995), left this rambunctious "novel in verse" completed at his death. Read full book review >

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CALL ME TUESDAY by Leigh Byrne
Released: Feb. 15, 2012

"This true-life-inspired account of child abuse from a monstrous mother is well told but painful to read and premature in its resolution."
In this slightly fictionalized memoir, a young girl suffers horrific abuse for years after being scapegoated by her disturbed mother. Read full book review >

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VIVIEN LEIGH by Kendra Bean
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"A worthy tribute to an eternally fascinating star."
Sumptuously illustrated life of one of stage and screen's greatest tragic figures, published in time for the centennial of her birth. Read full book review >

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PATRICK LEIGH FERMOR by Artemis Cooper
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"A solid biography that should introduce more readers to Leigh Fermor's work."
A fondly admiring account of the English wayfarer captures his enormously infectious spirit. Read full book review >

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FLEUR DE LEIGH IN EXILE by Diane Leslie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"A female Holden Caulfield in a hell-away-from-hell. Sometimes funny, relentlessly arch."
Hollywood brat goes to boarding school, in a sequel to Fleur de Leigh's Life of Crime (1999). Read full book review >

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PATRICK LEIGH FERMOR by Patrick Leigh Fermor
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Recounting triumph and tragedy, these letters help round out a portrait of a writer who had long ago reconciled himself to a minor role in literary history—but who deserves a wide readership all the same."
A collection of correspondence to friends and family over more than half a century, recounting the noted British traveler and writer's adventures over a long life. Read full book review >

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LEIGH ANN’S CIVIL WAR by Ann Rinaldi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"A mess. (author's note, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Veteran Rinaldi spins a tale that combines low melodrama, cringeworthy faux-Indian mysticism, a back story only the author could possibly understand, a saccharine depiction of slavery, two pregnancies of convenience and only a passing regard for historical accuracy for a nearly 300-page slog that seems to have enjoyed zero editorial intervention. Read full book review >

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The Legend of Imogene Byrne by James McGrath
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 26, 2016

"An action-packed thriller, marred by a lumbering plot and mechanical prose."
A real estate agent is unwittingly drawn into a murder mystery that involves political intrigue in this debut novel. Read full book review >

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THE TRIUMPH OF KATIE BYRNE by Barbara Taylor Bradford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 27, 2001

"Bradford's chatterbox style and cast of thousands create nothing but confusion, but her fans probably won't care."
A ho-hum mystery of sorts from megaselling Bradford (A Sudden Change of Heart, 1999, etc.), this about a young actress who's haunted by a violent attack on her closest chums. Read full book review >

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I WANT TO GO FIRST! by Richard Byrne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Though little ones will understand the desire to be in front, Elphie's means are questionable. (Picture book. 3-5)"
On their way to the nature reserve's watering hole, Elphie, the littlest elephant, wants to move to the front of the line and so enlists readers to help. Read full book review >

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THIS BOOK JUST ATE MY DOG by Richard Byrne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Misses the mark. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A carnivorous book invites readers to participate. Read full book review >

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KICK by Paula Byrne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016

"At first, the book is less a biography and more a society report of England's upper class, but it evolves into an exciting, heartbreakingly tense love story."
The Kennedys all kept journals, and Byrne (Belle: The Slave Daughter and the Lord Chief Justice, 2014, etc.) uses them to the fullest in this biography of Kathleen, aka Kick (1920-1948).Read full book review >