Category Archives: Fine Anne

The Illusionist by Jennifer Johnston

DATE FINISHED: May 2nd, 2011

RATED: **** (4.5)

SYNOPSIS:  Martyn lives a double life: he works as an illusionist, and at home he builds the appearance of domestic bliss. But what is his past? Where does he come from? Where is his family? Where does the money come from to support his life with Star? At first entranced by the enigma of his extravagance and arrogance, eventually Stella realises she is being crushed by his controlling ways and that their life, too, is an illusion. The novel begins with Martyn’s shocking death but continues with his wife and daughter struggling to integrate their opposing views of husband and father. There is one last illusion which it seems even Martyn cannot sustain beyond the grave.

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Our Precious Lulu by Anne Fine

DATE FINISHED: April 26th, 2011

RATED: ****

SYNOPSIS: Lulu – ex-stepdaughter/stepsister – is the archetypal cuckoo in the nest. Since their shared childhood, Geraldine has always felt eclipsed by Lulu’s dramatic moods, demands and sneaky tricks, and her mother’s determination to sweep the drama under the carpet at Geraldine’s expense. Luckily, the unflappable and relentlessly supportive Robert is on Geraldine’s side, but as parenthood looms for one of the ‘sisters’, Geraldine’s frustration builds to breaking point. Something has to give – but who or what will it be?

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