corner corner Inside The Whale (Shortlisted For The 2008 COSTA First Novel Award, Daily Mail Richard & Judy New Writers Book of the MonthRRP: £12.99)

This book is in the wild! This Book is Currently in the Wild!

3 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by waderwoman on Wednesday, August 11, 2010

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To the lucky finder of this book...

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Journal Entry 2 by waderwoman at on Friday, September 17, 2010

7 out of 10

Just finished this-quite enjoyed it, some of it a bit tearjerky! I got a bit irritated by the swapping between characters each time it was a new chapter though.
To be released in the Animal Challenge. 

Journal Entry 3 by waderwoman at on Saturday, September 18, 2010

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Released 7 yrs ago (9/18/2010 UTC) at


If you are reading this then you have found me!
Please do a journal entry-Thanks xx
taking it along to the meetup, if not chosen it will be left on the bookshelves .
#14 Animal release  

Journal Entry 4 by beeofgoodcheer at Sheffield, South Yorkshire United Kingdom on Monday, September 27, 2010

6 out of 10

This wasn't bad, although perhaps I'm mad of sterner stuff than most, as I didn't really find it a tear-jerker, although there were moments of sadness and pathos.

It was a good account of how war can affect people, in lots of little ways.

My major quibble with the book was in the differing viewpoints. If you are going to have two narrators, it's really helpful if their narrative voices can be more easily distinguished... 

Journal Entry 5 by beeofgoodcheer at Sheffield, South Yorkshire United Kingdom on Thursday, December 30, 2010

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This book is still with me. I'm having a bit of a declutter and clear out, so will be moving this book on as soon as I can. 

Journal Entry 6 by beeofgoodcheer at on Friday, March 18, 2011

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Released 6 yrs ago (3/19/2011 UTC) at


Happy trails, little book! I hope you have an interesting journey!
Will be released at the Bookcrossing meet, and if not chosen, left on the shelves for the lovely customers (or the equally lovely staff) of Up! to enjoy 

Journal Entry 7 by waderwoman at on Saturday, March 19, 2011

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OOh fabulous! Ive got this back ready to send on to my Birthday buddy! 

Journal Entry 8 by waderwoman at Viterbo, Lazio Italy on Monday, April 18, 2011

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Released 6 yrs ago (4/20/2011 UTC) at Viterbo, Lazio Italy


I am popping this off in the post to LindyLouMac- hope you enjoyt it Linda! x

Happy Birthday to youoooooo!!! xxxx 

Journal Entry 9 by LindyLouMac at Viterbo, Lazio Italy on Wednesday, May 04, 2011

6 out of 10

A wishlist gift from my Birthday buddy, along with some chocolate and a card. thankyou for spoiling me waderwoman.

‘Inside the Whale’ is Jennie Rooney’s first novel and although I read it in just three sessions it was more because it was quick to read with large print and not very long rather than particularly riveting. In fact it took me a little while to decide if I was actually enjoying it as at first it was confusing trying to keep track of the story. When it did all click into place, which it did all rather too conveniently, I had already worked out what was going to happen. So unlikely but as I have often said before fiction is entertainment and the story provides that even if it is rather simplistic.

Narrated in the first person alternately by the two main protagonists Stevie Stanford and Michael the man she met in 1937. In the summer of 1939 her lover joins the Royal Signals and is sent to fight in WWII in Africa. Set in modern times they are now both elderly and telling their stories of London and Africa during the second world war to the reader, completely unaware of each others existence. Stevie is recently widowed, staying with her daughter and granddaughter, whilst she struggles to mourn for her husband. Michael is dying of cancer in hospital and having already lost the power of speech is trying to convey his life story by writing it down for a caring nursing assistant. The ending is moving and well written even if unlikely, although maybe not, one never knows!

A romantic novel written with humour and poignancy about a wartime love affair and the long term effects of such a relationship.


Journal Entry 10 by LindyLouMac at Premier Inn in Salisbury, Wiltshire United Kingdom on Monday, May 16, 2011

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Released 6 yrs ago (5/11/2011 UTC) at Premier Inn in Salisbury, Wiltshire United Kingdom


Dear Finder of this book,

I'm so glad it has found a home with you. I hope you enjoy reading it and that you might take a few moments to jot down here what you thought about the book, or about finding it, or about bookcrossing.

You don't have to join or sign up or anything to bookcrossing to leave a comment here but if you do join, you will receive emails to alert you when others make a journal entry for this book and track its travels across the world. If you decide to join bookcrossing, now that you have discovered the site, I'd be delighted if you would mention me - LindyLouMac - as the person who introduced you to the site.

Happy reading


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