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BOOK REVIEW Book Review BORROWED, SOMETHInG S


BLUE…so goes the old wedding saying and for this month’s picks it seems quite appropriate. ‘Something old’ – Sisters Against the Sea by Ruth &


Frank Milton (RRP £24.99) is being re-published in July 2013. It tells the story of the lost village of Hallsands, its collapse into the sea and the destruction of an entire village. All this is described through the eyes of one family of four sisters, whose home was washed away in the 1917 disaster. The book is written by one of the last remaining descendents of the Trout sisters, who still lives in South Devon and his wife Ruth. It is a very personal account of this famous bit of South Hams history with a wealth of photos to build up a picture of how the disaster


affected one family and how they tried to rebuild their lives in the following years. What’s more you can order it now from the Community Bookshop at the knockdown price of £12.99. My ‘Something new’ is a top tip for a summer read and one


of the New York Times’ bestsellers. Its been tipped by Vogue as “THE beach read of the summer.” It has something to get you in the mood for sun, sea and dreams with a splattering of Hollywood & Italy – in my eyes a perfect mix! Beautiful Ruins, £8.99 (Viking) is written by an American, Jess Walter and tells the story of an actress who escapes to a remote Italian village after filming Cleopatra in 1962. Cut to 50 years later and we continue the story with an elderly and dapperly dressed Italian man who is searching for aforesaid actress in Hollywood. The novel has an intricate plot, fascinating and larger-than- life characters, dreamy settings and even cameo appearances by Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton. In short, “just about the perfect summer read. It is intelligent and thought-provoking,


but also a lot of fun. Reading hours fly by and reaching the final page feels like a genuine wrench” - Sunday Times. Onto ‘something borrowed’ – with that I refer to the Kingswear Castle Paddle Steamer which is on ‘long loan’ to the Dartmouth Rail River Company from the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society. Kingswear Castle and Steamers of the River Dart, £14 is written by Richard Clammer & Alan Kittridge (Twelveheads Press) and is a compact and informative guide - with an impressive range of photographs - to the life and history of this boat which


OMETHInG OLD, SOMETHInG nEW, SOMETHInG


by Emma Jones


returned to the Dart in 2013, with its nostalgic toots, after almost 50 years. No doubt it will be a perfect backdrop for Hercule Poirot later in the year. ‘Something blue’ – now I could choose another bit of ‘ mummy porn’ or I could even try and persuade you to take a look at Anne Widdecombe’s new autobiography – but I’m not and I won’t. I’m going to be somewhat more obtuse and go for a book with a blue cover, Don’t You Dare by Sharky and George (Egmont £12.99). It is in fact a children’s book which describes itself as a an ultimate book of fun, full of games, riddles, stickers, tricks and best of all pranks! I was put onto it by a friend and I believe her recommendation


says it all, “..the hunt is OFF for the Perfect Present for boys and girls aged 12 and under.... utterly brilliant, funny, endlessly inventive, with no expensive props needed. It’s like Dangerous Books for Boys but BETTER: the humour and look and feel of a Tom Gates book, the hilarity of playing out the perfect prank, or game or magic trick. We LIKE LIKE LIKE …..” I won’t add anything else apart from my children’s comments, “brilliant and hilarious” – essential qualities of any boredom-busting book for those long 6 weeks of the summer. And the unforgettable bookie event of the month – Ways with Words – Festival of Words and Ideas at Dartington Hall from 5 – 15 July 2013. Once again the programme is varied and full and very good value. Tel: 01803 867373 or check the programme online at www.wayswithwords.co.uk.


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