Search Results: "Philip Hensher"


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SCENES FROM EARLY LIFE by Philip Hensher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Neither history nor autobiography, this well-crafted, illustrated hybrid offers insight and warmth yet remains something of a literary curiosity."
Events both immense—like the painful birth of a nation—and humdrum are observed through the eyes of a child from a wealthy Bengali family, in an unusual novel-as-memoir by a celebrated British author. Read full book review >

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THE MISSING INK by Philip Hensher
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Informative, amusing and idiosyncratic—just like an interesting letter written in unique hand."
Critic and novelist Hensher (Creative Writing/Univ. of Exeter; King of the Badgers, 2012, etc.) laments the loss of handwriting instruction and surveys the history of our love affair with the pen. Read full book review >

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THE MULBERRY EMPIRE by Philip Hensher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2002

"The producers of The Jewel in the Crown ought to take a close look at this one."
The first Afghan War of 1839 (the English tried and failed to displace a potentate unfriendly to its colonial ambitions) is the subject of this fascinating US debut. Read full book review >

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THE NORTHERN CLEMENCY by Philip Hensher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 17, 2008

"Hensher's saga of 19th-century proportions is worth reading, even if the plot plods from time to time."
Full-to-bursting drama of family and place from Hensher (The Fit, 2005, etc.), a finalist for this year's Booker Prize. Read full book review >

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ROSIE AND THE NIGHTMARES by Philip Waechter
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Similarly, the seemingly random arrangement of illustration types (full bleed, spot, cropped and more) is redeemed by the constant presence of the small, determined heroine, whose outlook seems rosy indeed. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In this amusing paean to overcoming monster-sized fears, Rosie wakes shaking from yet another nightmare. Read full book review >

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VALENTINE AND HIS VIOLIN by Philip Hopman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Delightful whether or not you've ever attempted to play a stringed instrument. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Valentine's violin teacher says he's doing very well, but the effect of his playing on others is dramatic in a different sense. Read full book review >

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THE BREAK-UP ARTIST by Philip Siegel
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2014

"A true chick-lit charmer, ideal for a chilly winter night or a sunny beach chair. (Chick-lit/romance. 12-16)"
Breakin' up may be hard to do but not if you get a little help from a cynical teenager who's found a niche market for her special skills. Read full book review >

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SCRIVENER'S MOON by Philip Reeve
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Quiet and somber, but still deeply satisfying. (Steampunk. 13 & up)"
The third (and final?) Fever Crumb story reminds readers of the serious themes beneath Reeve's often madcap, always entertaining tales. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2004

"Dahl and Snicket fans will find themselves on familiar ground. (Fiction. 10-12)"
The famously large and hairy author of the "Eddie Dickens" trilogy opens a new trio of Unfortunate Events—er, "Unlikely Exploits," with the fatal plummet of young Fergal McNally from a 14th-floor window. Read full book review >

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A DARKLING PLAIN by Philip Reeve
Released: May 29, 2007

"All stops are pulled out in this pyrotechnic conclusion that follows multiple narratives with such rapid-fire transitions that it will have readers gasping for breath—and humming with satisfaction at the just-right end. (Fiction. 12+)"
Taking his cue from "Dover Beach," Matthew Arnold's musing on isolation and anxiety in a world without faith, Reeve delivers a suitably explosive finish to his grueling Hungry City Chronicles. Read full book review >