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The Lady and the Chocolate The Lady and the Chocolate

Edward Monkton
ISBN 9780007198283 (0007198280)
HarperCollins, 2005

Category: Gift Books

Every now and then you discover a book that's a delight to read and, even better, a delight to give: this is one such book.

I discovered it this weekend whilst visiting the shop at Salisbury Cathedral and, within moments, I knew I had to buy it. For my wife, of course, who loves chocolate even more than me. More, dare I suggest, than I love books.

It's a cartoon strip story of one lady's encounter with some chocolate and the conversation that ensues between the lady and the chocolate. The chocolate wants to be eaten, the lady wants to eat it — but like most ladies, this lady is concerned about her figure. So who wins? Not telling — but the story is quirkily and hilariously told and had me chuckling away in the shop. Had it been the story of the Man and the Book, then know this: the book won.

It's one of a series: The Pig of Happiness, The Penguin of Death and The Shoes of Salvation are just a few of the others, all quirky, some irreverent: whatever your mood, there's sure to be one to suit. But beware: you may find yourself in one of these stories.

Phil Groom, May 2007

Phil Groom is this site's Webmaster and Reviews Editor. He's a freelance blogger, writer and web developer who spent ten years managing the bookshop at London School of Theology alongside eight years writing web reviews for Christian Marketplace magazine before he came to his senses and went independent. You can find him on facebook or follow him on twitter @notbovvered.

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