It’s not really the meaning of life, just a little help for my friends!

Decoding book reviews and Publishers blurbs

Enchanting – there’s a dog in it

Heart warming – a dog and a child in it

Heart rending – they die

Thoughtful – tedious

Haunting – set in the past

Exotic – set abroad

Prize winning – set in India

Perceptive – set in NW3

Epic – editor cowed by writer’s reputation

From the pen of a master – same old, same old

In the tradition of – shamelessly derivative

Provocative – irritating

Spare and taut – under researched

Richly detailed – over researched

To everything there is a meaning – As usual the Navy has a phrase for it “You can slide farther on bulls**t than you can on gravel. – In the Hitchhiker’s guide to the Galaxy they would say “So long and thanks for all the fish”!

About Jake

Long retired travel writer, author and freelance journalist. Educated at Wolverton Grammar and Greenwich Naval College. Happily married since 1958, with a married son and daughter, a married granddaughter and an adult grandson. Hobbies rock-climbing, dinghy racing and ocean racing. Still regularly working out in the gym.

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