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review 2016-01-07 23:01
A Snow Garden and Other Stories by Rachel Joyce
A Snow Garden and Other Stories - Rachel Joyce
bookshelves: published-2015, radio-4, shortstory-shortstories-novellas, winter-20152016, dec-2015-free-for-all
Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners
Read from December 10 to 31, 2015




Description: Rachel Joyce's new collection "A Snow Garden and Other Stories" glides through the festive season with interlinked stories which delight and surprise. From an unexpected birth at an airport full of stranded travellers, a famous son wanting to escape the madness for a normal family dinner, to a divorced father's wish to give his two little boys the one thing they really want, a white Christmas. Five stories as funny, joyous, poignant and memorable as Christmas should be.

1/5: A Faraway Smell of Lemon

2/5: A Snow Garden

3/5: I'll be Home for Christmas

4/5: Christmas Day at the Airport

5/5: Trees

Rachel Joyce is the author of the Sunday Times and international bestsellers The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Perfect and The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and has been translated into 34 languages.

She is the award-winning writer of over 30 original afternoon plays and classic adaptations for BBC Radio 4.

Read by ..... Rachel Joyce
Produced & Directed by ..... Gemma McMullan.
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text 2015-01-06 02:15
Writers who parents are writers (Rice and Rice)
The Snow Garden - Christopher Rice
Light Before Day - Christopher Rice
The Moonlit Earth - Christopher Rice
Blind Fall - Christopher Rice
The Vampire Lestat - Anne Rice
Interview With The Vampire - Anne Rice
Vittorio: The Vampire - Anne Rice

Anne Rice used to my favorite writers when I was young. Once she went back to the Catholic Church, I stop reading her books. And of course, the books themselves are not so great. 


Plus the fact that she sided with nasty writers do give me reason to stop reading her work.


Her son is difference. He is an openly gay writers who write crime mystery books with gay characters.


He is also very good looking gay who goes to book tour with his mom.


Anne Rice support for her only son is endearing and so normal that restored some of her more negative image.


Christopher Rice is the son of two writers. So, it is not really a big surprise that he turned into a writer himself. But his writing style is very difference from his parents. At least for me, he is much more contemporary and more down to earth with reality in the city. 


Still a fan of Christopher Rice. Started again to read the Wolf series by his mom after she departed from the Catholic Church again. Not that good. She has lost her touch. But it is still way better than the crappy Twilight books. 

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review 2014-12-07 00:00
The Snow Garden
The Snow Garden - Christopher Rice,James Daniels I had the misfortune of reading this dreadful novel. It was one of the few novels that is so bad that I couldn’t finish reading it. Set in Atherton University, the two main characters are freshmen Kathryn and Randall. Like three quarters of the characters in this poor excuse for a mystery novel, Randall is gay. The fact that just about every character in the novel is either gay or has gay tendencies, makes it kind of lose any significance. To make matters worse, even though there is sort of a mystery with a possible homicide of a professor’s wife, the novel is really about the sexual relationships of the characters in the story. Everything else is in this novel is filler.

The characters in this novel are poorly drawn, to be kind. They are so dripping with teen angst and so self-absorbed, that they could have been taken from the cast of Twilight. There isn’t a single character that I found the least bit interesting. The writing style is such that it seems as if Christopher Rice is trying to wow the readers with his prose rather than tell a compelling story. There was a not a single thing that I found redeemable about this novel. This is one I strongly recommend skipping for your own sanity.

Carl Alves – author of Blood Street
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review 2002-12-01 00:00
Review: The Snow Garden
The Snow Garden - Christopher Rice

I might've been too young to fully grasp the nature of complicated relationships and how people tend to complicate everything they touch.

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review 1993-08-01 00:00
The Snow Garden
The Snow Garden - Christopher Rice I really liked this book I think it was more fun then his first one which was a bit confusing/heavy. This was very engrossing and I can’t wait for the next one. Randall, Katherine, and Eric are the main characters. I think I need to read it again to make sure I got it all.
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