The Understudy by David Nicholls

The Understudy

The Understudy by David Nicholl



My rating: 3 of 5 stars


l liked the bitter sweetness of The Understudy. The fact that things sort of went OK, but not quite. At the end Stephen C. McQueen did get his girl, but without the syrupy sweetness that usually accompanies a story. A ‘happy ever after- maybe’. Realism at its best, as always with David Nicholls.



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The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

The Beekeeper of Aleppo

The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was written from the authors experience of working with refugees in Athens. It is a narrative about the horror and desperation of war. Of being driven out of your own country, a country that you love with all your heart. Of leaving behind family and friends- those still alive and those that have been killed. Of the dangerous journeys’ taken to escape to a life that the refugees can’t even imagine. Of having no choice but to rely on other people- some good , some bad- of literally putting yours and your families lives and futures in their hands. Underlying this utter sadness the bees of Aleppo and of England provide continuity with the past and hope for the future.




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The Pianist of Yarmouk by Aeham Ahmad

The Pianist of Yarmouk

The Pianist of Yarmouk by Aeham Ahmad

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The inspirational story of Syrian-Palestinian pianist Aeham Ahmad, who lived through and escaped the hardship and desperation of the Syrian war and siege in Yarmouk, near Damascus. Ahmad became known worldwide after videos of him playing piano on the bombed out streets of Yarmouk were posted on YouTube.
This is Ahmads narrative of the displacement of Syrian refugees, his journey to Europe and the power of music to give him hope in a desperate situation.

‘I’m a pianist…. My revolution is music… Music was going to be my form of protest…’ p.170



https://www.unrwa.org/crisis-in-yarmouk

https://www.bing.com/search?q=pianist…





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