Friday, 16 February 2007

Hung over. Go away.

But before you do, try to pick up a copy og Big Issue Wales and the South West in which my new hangoverbuddy Debbie Green has written a great review of Bless 'em All (Launched last night):

'Whatever it is that you normallu look for in a good book, Allen Saddler's Bless 'em All is guaranteed to have it. Jam-packed with humour, murder, lust and social history, this novel will surely have every reader's eyes popping from start to finish. Set in the the early 1940s, Bless'em All follows the lives of a rather eccentric collection of London residents, at the centre of which are chalk and cheese brothers, Maurice and Bernard, who cannot agree on the future of their family Bookselling business. While literature lover Maurice wants to stick to the classics Bernard's hand in the business involves dealing sleazy backhanders of supposed 'photographic art' and DH Lawrence to the sketchy back streets of Soho.

Meanwhile an unlikely friendship forms between housewives Bunty and Betty. A beautiful blonde bombshell, Bunty is completely deaf and dumb. The moment her husband goes to work each morning, a lavishly dressed Bunty prepares to spend her day dancing in the hottest hostess club in Soho. Bunty's neighbour is young, naive, new to married life and very bored. Caught up in the excitement of Bunty's glamorous clothes and glitzy lifestyle, Betty doesn't realize what she is letting herself in for. Throw into this mix some more brilliantly carfted characters, the tension of the blitz and a tur of extraordinary events and you've got a blast of a read. A journalist with four novels, many children's stories, TV programmes and radion monologues under his belt, Allen Saddler's experience and talent as a writer is clear in this latest release. His style is intriguing, humorous and easy to read. But what really makes Bless 'em All a compulsive page turner is its sense of realism. Having spent the war years in London himself, Saddler seems to invest some personal experiences within his fictionalized tale. A tiny bit Desperate Housewives, a tad Eastenders and a pinch Midsomer Murders, Bless 'em All is a superior, unisex version of a soap opera. This engaging novel will suit anyone who is just a little bit nosey.'

Now go away.

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