Search Results: "Penelope Jardine"


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THE INFORMED AIR by Muriel Spark
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 29, 2014

"Spark's haughty disdain is evident in many essays, but Jardine's judicious selections offer glimpses, as well, of a softer, gentler writer."
An autobiography in essays from an esteemed Scottish writer. Read full book review >

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THICKER THAN WATER by Penelope Farmer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1993

"Unusually rich and involving. (Fiction. 10-15)"
In a subtle exploration of loss, grief, and family ties, Farmer (Charlotte Sometimes, 1969, etc.) incorporates an uneasy ghost yearning for decent burial into an orphaned boy's difficulties adapting to a new home. Read full book review >

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FAMILY ALBUM by Penelope Lively
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 2, 2009

"Cool, anticlimactic storytelling, lacking the Booker Prize-winning author's customary delicacy and depth."
Lively (Consequences, 2007, etc.) anatomizes a sprawling but not especially enthralling middle-class clan. Read full book review >

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THE PURPLE SWAMP HEN AND OTHER STORIES by Penelope Lively
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"A treasure trove of fictional gems."
How well do we ever know another person? That's the leitmotif of this witty but piercing new collection by Man Booker winner Lively (Dancing Fish and Ammonites, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >

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POISONED CHERRIES by Quintin Jardine
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Mindless but harmless British import."
Oz Blackstone, p.i. and movie actor (Autographs in the Rain, 2001, etc.), underwhelms as both. Read full book review >

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FATAL LAST WORDS by Quintin Jardine
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"At 400-plus pages, Skinner's 19th drags more than a little, but admirers of this bestselling Scottish crime-fiction writer probably won't mind."
Someone is killing the bestselling crime-fiction writers in Scotland. Read full book review >

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GRIEVOUS ANGEL by Quintin Jardine
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"Despite a 400-page albatross of a prequel, big Bob remains entertainingly Rabelaisian. And who cares how he got that way."
Big, blustery, bawdy Bob Skinner, Scotland's top cop, is a holy terror on both sides of the crime line. But how did he get that way? Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 2, 2003

"As solid as its subject's surviving buildings, and a useful addition to Restoration studies. (16-page color insert, b&w illustrations throughout)"
A lucid portrait, abrim with encyclopedic detail, of the English architect, scientist, and inventor. Read full book review >

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PACK OF CARDS: Stories: 1978-1986 by Penelope Lively
Released: March 11, 1986

Though Lively (Moon Tiger; Perfect Happiness) can be satirical, even wicked, these 36 stories (two earlier collections from England plus assorted recent stories, some published in US magazines) are mostly gentle, affectionate portraits of English men and women who muddle through. Read full book review >

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LETHAL INTENT by Quintin Jardine
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"Spirited entertainment. Jardine's randy blokes and birds in blue are reliable page-turners."
The Albanians are coming. Can DCC Bob Skinner save Scotland for the 15th time (Stay of Execution, 2004, etc.)? Read full book review >

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DANCING FISH AND AMMONITES by Penelope Lively
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 2014

"Readers will share her relief that dementia has not made an appearance. Although they will long for her next novel, few will regret that she has taken time off to write this unsentimental, occasionally poignant meditation on a long life, mostly well spent."
An insightful book of self-reflection from the acclaimed novelist—"not quite a memoir," she writes, but "the view from old age." Read full book review >

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AFTERSHOCK by Quintin Jardine
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Too long and too talky. Fans may long for the time when Jardine (Death's Door, 2007, etc.) served them up taut and tense."
Is a copycat killer at work in Edinburgh? Could it be DCC Bob Skinner himself? Read full book review >