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Martini Henry

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  67 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Life isn’t an exact science. Things can be troublesome. Like pregnant step-mothers, the ins-and-outs of French existentialism . . . having an unexceptional name.

In 1988, seventeen-year-old Sue Bowl has a diary, big dreams and £4.73. What she wants most of all is to make it as a writer, as well as stop her decadent aunt Coral spending money she doesn't have.

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Hardcover, 416 pages
Published June 16th 2016 by Doubleday (first published January 14th 2016)
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Irena BookDustMagic
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was such a good book. Great actually!
Review to come when I'm back from my holiday, but the one thing I have to say is if you want to expand your vocabulary , I highly recommend this book to you!
Jun 12, 2016 rated it liked it

Martini Henry is the second novel by author and actress Sara Crowe, and one that has been on my radar since the fun reading at a Transworld Showcase last year. While I hadn't read the first novel, Campari for Breakfast, I was told that this one could be read as a stand alone and so I was very keen to take part in the blog tour when the opportunity arose.

Sue Bowl is an aspiring journalist. 18-years-old and fresh off a writing course she's hungry for an inte
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a delightful sequel to Sara Crowe's excellent 'Campari for Breakfast' and I have given it an unusual four stars. Our hero, Sue Bowl, is now a year older and this is perhaps reflected in a mature writing style than the first book, while using some of the same carefully planned mis spellings. There is a real sense of Sue leaving her last vestiges of girlhood and, despite diversions and distractions, getting a grip on her life. Things do get a bit hopeless but Sue never seems to despair. Sa ...more
Victoria Sigsworth
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
The title of the book grabbed me and then reading the first page and finding it to be a quirky read , decided to give it a go. It's a very different book from anything I have read previously. Not easy to describe. It doesn't go at a fast-paced rate and is certainly put downable which is the reason for giving it a 4.
Sue is a writer and is trying to improve it and is always learning new words. While on holiday abroad, she discovers a book which seems to be about the house she is living in with her
Karen Morley-Chesworth
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A funny, charming and entertaining novel, which is a great follow on from her first book Campari for Breakfast.
Another year in the life of teenage, would-be writer Sue Bowl in the late 1980s. Inspiration comes from many sources including the book she discovers about the history of her Aunt Carol’s mansion which is now her home following her mother’s death.
This is a coming of age tale, with historic drama and humanity.
Just love the way Sara Crowe blends two stories into one. A great book for you
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a quirky and slow (in a good way) book. I enjoyed reading this book with several cups of tea. The book cleverly blends two stories into one. While most readers will be engrossed in the plot of the boo, to me it was the learnings and life’s everyday lessons that Sue noted from her experiences that were the real deal.
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This is a distinctive, quirky written novel told via the journal entries of Sue. An 18 year old with aspirations to become a writer and an advanced understanding of the English language. At time it had me running to the dictionary.

As well as the journal articles, we get extracts from the book ‘For the concern of the rich and the poor‘ that Sue is reading, a history of Sue’s house from the 19th century and some of her pensees, which ar
Fleurtje Eliza
May 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Martini Henry is a lovely, slow book. Slow in a good way, I imagine other readers, like me, putting their feet up while enjoying plenty cups of tea.

This book is about Sue Bowl - as in pudding - who wants to be a writer. But there are things that you do for the heart and things you do for the bank, so she needs a waitressing job as an income. But her heart is in keeping up with the things that happen in life as we read her journal from day to day. Her pensees are often short and sometimes funny,
Jun 02, 2016 rated it liked it
I found Martini Henry a quirky book that reminded me of Adrian Mole, told through journal entries of Sue. Sue wants to be a writer and this is set in 1988, we learn about her aunts house, who she lives with and the lodgers who stay there to help pay the maintenance and upkeep of the home.

Reading this novel you feel you are growing up with Sue and helping her come of age, she discovers some treasures from her own family history. This is a different type of read to my everyday choice, I did enjoy
Vicky-Leigh Sayer
May 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Martini Henry is the first novel of Sara Crowe's that I've read, a lovely journey of a novel through the late 1980s with Sue Bowl.

Sue Bowl is an aspiring writer, the year is 1988 and she is taking part in a writing course abroad. All is going swimmingly, she is writing well, and making some amazing friends, in fact Sue's life is pretty perfect until she is called home for the birth of her baby step-brother.

Martini Henry is told in a journal style and reminded me - a little, of Adrian Mole. As Su
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Martini Henry was a wonderful journey. The story is told completely through the journal entries of Sue Bowl, an aspiring writer in 1988. The way the story is told feels very personal. I was able to see into the mind of Sue, and see the world through her eyes.
In entries of her journal, Sue adds excerpts of For the Concern of the Rich and the Poor, a book written by London Taylor, starting in the year of 1857. His story ties into the past of Sue’s home and family, giving clues as to the whereabout
Stacey Woods
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
A follow up to the fantastic Campari for Breakfast, we join Sue Bowl a year after the events of that book, when Sue has matured beyond expectation (as I'm sure she would describe it!) and she is out in the world a a writers' retreat.

Sue is the same loveable, character, who doesn't realise how little she knows of life as she spurns local romantic attachments for more intellectual relationships but, always, Green Place and its residents are always there to keep her feet on the ground.

The book is
Noemi Proietti
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sue Bowl is 18 years old and she wants to be a writer. She lives in a big house with her aunt Coral. To pay for the maintenance of the house they take in lodgers while looking for the family treasure that was hidden a century before. The book is told by Sue’s point of view, through her journals and letters, and as she goes through the family book she writes down extracts from it that sound like a Dickens novel. Sue is funny, sometimes naïve, but she has a great heart and cares deeply for the peo ...more
Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was just lovely
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Sara Crowe is best known as an actress. She has appeared on television, stage and film, including the iconic Four Weddings and a Funeral. She has won the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress, the Variety Club Best Actress Award and the London Critics Circle Theatre Award for Most Promising Newcomer. Sara’s West End appearances include Private Lives, Calendar Girls and Hay Fever. She has also ...more

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