A Song for Issy Bradley

 

BABT

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04d8dvt

Description: This is the story of what happens when Issy Bradley dies.

It is the story of Ian – husband, father, maths teacher and Mormon bishop – and his unshakeable belief that everything will turn out all right if he can only endure to the end, like the pioneers did. It is the story of his wife Claire’s lonely wait for a sign from God and her desperate need for life to pause while she comes to terms with what’s happened.

It is the story of the agony and hope of Zippy Bradley’s first love, the story of Alma Bradley’s cynicism and reluctant bravery, and it is the story of seven-year-old Jacob. But mostly it’s the story of a family trying to work out how to carry on when their world has fallen apart.

Incredibly moving, unexpectedly funny and sharply observed, A Song for Issy Bradley, explores the outer reaches of doubt and faith. Author Carys Bray was brought up in a devout Mormon family. In her early thirties she left the church and replaced religion with writing. She was awarded the Scott prize for her debut short story collection Sweet Home. A Song for Issy Bradley is her first novel.

1/10 It is little Jacob’s birthday, and he wants all the family to have breakfast together.

2/10 Claire is trying to keep control of Jacob’s birthday party, and Issy says she feels unwell

3/10 Issy has been rushed to hospital suffering from meningitis. She is in critical condition.

4/10 It is Issy’s funeral, but little Jacob is hatching a plan to make everything better.

It wouldn’t be the first time that my reticence would be proven unfounded and it was that reasoning that I embarked upon this Book at Bedtime insert. Unfortunately it was as dismal as the description makes out, a real playing on the heart-strings. It is fair to say I am not the target audience here. Abandoned at 40%

NEXT!

Frederica by Georgette Heyer

bookshelves: fraudio, spring-2011, regency-romp1811–1820, chick-lit, period-piece, published-1965, dog-steals-the-show

Read from May 03 to 04, 2011


** spoiler alert ** The tape is a bit harsh on the ears but a gift is always lovely.

I learnt that it is milch cow (cow which gives milk or is kept for milk production) not mulch cow, the term I have been erroneously using all the xx years of my life.

Learn something new everyday.
;O)

The Baluchistan Hound steals this wonderful story.

The year is 1818 – …(of a temple in Green Park): “erected there as part of the pageantry of the Peace celebrations in 1814, but as this temporary structure had been demolished, Charis thought, four years, later, that the Green Park was hardly worth a visit.”

Alverstoke is three years Brummell’s junior (Chap. 6) and he has given his age to Frederica as 37 (Chap. 3). Since Brummell was born in 1778, Alverstoke must have been born in 1781, therefore it is now 1818.

Uh-oh – there is a ‘heart-shaped face’ mentioned in chapter ten so a star is deducted.

Longbourn by Jo Baker

bookshelves: summer-2014, spring-2014, flufferoonies, period-piece, published-2013, fanfic-writeback, chick-lit

Read from May 22 to June 07, 2014

 

BABT

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b044gs0q

The story of ‘Pride and Prejudice from the servants’ point of view.

Description: It is wash-day for the housemaids at Longbourn House and Sarah’s hands are chapped and raw. ‘If Elizabeth Bennet had the washing of her own petticoats’, Sarah thought, she would be more careful not to tramp through muddy fields.’

Episode 1: The peace – or monotony – of domestic life below stairs is about to be disturbed the the arrival of a new footman, James.

Episode 2: Sarah is suspicious of the new footman, James Smith, even though his presence lightens her workload.

Episode 3: Sarah notices the presence of the militia makes James uncomfortable.

Episode 4: Sarah is charmed by the Bingleys’ footman, Ptolemy.

Episode 5: Sarah gets to know the Bingleys’ footman.

Episode 6: It is the day after the Bingleys’ ball, and everyone is feeling unsettled, including Sarah

Episode 7: Mr Wickham is bothering the servants.

Episode 8: Sarah is to go to Kent with Elizabeth Bennet but she does not want to leave James.

Episode 9: James has left without saying goodbye. Sarah and Mrs Hill are both distraught.

Episode 10: Sarah still has had no word from James, but the Bennet daughters have good news.

Valley of the Dolls

bookshelves: radio-4x, recreational-drugs, spring-2012, classic, chick-lit, doo-lally, eye-scorcher, lifestyles-deathstyles, mental-health, north-americas, ouch, scary-clowns-circus-dolls, sleazy, too-sexy-for-maiden-aunts, re-visit-2014, play-dramatisation, women, winter-20132014, published-1966, new-york

Read from April 07, 1968 to February 07, 2014

 

** spoiler alert ** Description: Sex and drugs and shlock and more — Jacqueline Susann’s addictively entertaining trash classic about three showbiz girls clawing their way to the top and hitting bottom in New York City has it all. Though it’s inspired by Susann’s experience as a mid-century Broadway starlet who came heartbreakingly close to making it, but did not, and despite its reputation as THE roman á clef of the go-go 1960s, the novel turned out to be weirdly predictive of 1990s post-punk, post-feminist, post “riot grrrl” culture. Jackie Susann may not be a writer for the ages, but — alas! — she’s still a writer for our times.

Jacqueline Susann drama with Madeleine Potter.

1. Anne heads off to the dazzling lights of post-war New York in search of a career. Jacqueline Susann drama with Madeleine Potter.

2. One of New York’s richest men has proposed marriage to Anne.

3. Anne meets famous torch singer Helen, and Neely understudies the lead in a new musical.

4. Anne’s relationship with Lyon grows passionate, and Neely gets her big break.

5. Anne’s fallen for Lyon Burke, but her friendship with Helen is put to the test.

6. Set on showbiz careers in New York, Anne, Jennifer and Neely move in together. Jacqueline Susann drama with Barbara Barnes.

7. Jennifer is keen to marry Tony, and Lyon visits Anne’s family home in Lawrenceville.

8. New bride Jennifer visits Neely, who has become a big Hollywood star.

9. Jennifer is invited to star in French films and Anne gets work in the new medium – television.

10. Neely has won an Academy Award, but her second marriage is already on the rocks.

11. With Anne’s help Neely agrees to perform on TV, but this creates big problems.

12. Just as Jennifer finds love and happiness, tragedy strikes.

13. After the tragedy, Neely gets agitated and Anne gets a visit from an old flame.

14. Lyon is back and Anne still has feelings for him, despite being engaged to Kevin.

15. Betrayed by Neely and with Lyon becoming more distant, Anne turns to the dolls

This is just as bad as I remember it. Love me some trash. Isn’t it a shame that more of the rich and famous didn’t read this before their worlds imploded under their own addictions and vanity. Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson etc etc

Theme tune: Dionne Warwick