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I'll be honest, here, I am not one of Jodi Picoult's legion of loyal fans. I have read a few of her books in the past and enjoyed them, but found them to get a bit "samey" after a while. However, I heard good things from our customers about her latest, The storyteller, so decided to give it a go - and was very impressed.
Life’s full of those embarrassing little moments, you know, like when you emerge from the bathroom with the loo paper tucked into your pants, you loudly sing the wrong lyrics just when a silence falls over the room, you go in for the kiss when he’s going in for the handshake, or horrors, you pass wind loudly when bending over to pick something up. Miranda asks ‘Is it just me? Well I can tell you straight from the heart that, no, it’s me too and probably you as well. Let’s face it, there are always going to times where we feel a little bit goofy or awkward, or we get caught out doing something idiotic, and well, where’s the manual to help get us out of these situations? Thankfully, comedian Miranda Hart has put pen to paper and provided this handy little guide. Actually as well as a guide to dealing with the day to day hazards of life, Miranda describes a lot of little incidents that have happened to her over the years, so her book is kind of a memoir as well.
January Scholfield is three years old at the beginning of January First. She can read and calculate multiplication and division in her head, and she has dozens of imaginary friends (mostly rats) that come from an imaginary island called Calalini. January, or Jani as she now prefers to be known, requires constant mental and physical stimulation otherwise she doesn’t sleep. Michael and Susan, (her parents) are at their wits end. Suspecting that their little girl has some form of mental disorder, they get her tested and discover that she has an IQ of 146 - which makes her borderline genius. I guess they are somewhat relieved – Jani is highly intelligent and that’s why her behaviour is a little out of the ordinary. Except that if you call her January, she will explode in a fit of rage. And when her baby brother cries, Jani becomes physically violent. So violent in fact that she can’t be left in the same room with him. And when Jani is in the throes of violence, she attacks anyone or anything within reach - including the dog.
In Rubbernecker, 18-year-old Patrick Fort has been obsessed with the mysteries of death since his father died when he was a child. His Asperger's syndrome means he sees the world in a very different way to most people, and his alcoholic mother worries terribly about his fascination with dead things. Accepted into an Anatomy course at Medical School, Patrick hopes the cadaver dissection the students undertake will enlighten him about his own father's death. Cadaver Number 19, however, begins to reveal more to Patrick then he could have imagined, and soon he becomes obsessed with finding out the cause of this man's death.
Kathleen Annie Pannonica Rothschild, or Nica as she was more commonly known, was born in 1913, the youngest of four children. For Nica, being a Rothschild (the fabulously wealthy banking family), meant living a life of privilege in a huge mansion, surrounded by servants, and often dining alone in the nursery. Life was lonely and restrictive for such a free spirit and the only escape was marriage. As a debutante, Nica met and married Baron Jules de Koenigswarter (who taught her to fly), and together they had 5 children. During the War, she followed her husband when he was posted overseas and played an active part in the Free French Army, employed variously as a driver, decoder and broadcaster.