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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; First Edition edition (2 Mar 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670843458
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670843459
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 308,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fisher's Face by Jan Morris is a biography of Lord Fisher, Edwardian socialite and founder of the World War I British Navy. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Jan Morris was born in 1926 of a Welsh father and an English mother, and when she is not travelling she lives with her partner Elizabeth Morris in the top left-hand corner of Wales, between the mountains and the sea. Her books include Coronation Everest, Venice, The Pax Britannica Trilogy (Heaven's Command, Pax Britannica, and Farewell the Trumpets), and Conundrum. She is also the author of six books about cities and countries, two autobiographical books, several volumes of collected travel essays and, most recently, the unclassifiable Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere. Hav, a novel, will be published by Faber in 2006. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Henk Beentje TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 May 2009
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It's not a biography, it's not a hagiography (we're shown his warts, as well) - it is a story about an infatuation. And Morris' wonderfully ironic, non-detached writing is again a delight, writing about John Arbuthnot 'Jacky' Fisher, legend, upstart, First Sea Lord, manic dancer, inspirer of Winston Churchill, the man who made Royal Navy change from old to new, from coal to oil; who invented armoured trains, and destroyers; and who thought (before World war 1) that the airplane and submarines would be the future.

I learnt a lot, not just about her infatuation with Fisher, but also that HMS Dreadnought was precisely the same length as Westminster Abbey, and therefore 'bound to be all right'.

This is such a nice book. It is irritating that the Faber&Faber paperback version has rather bad printing, with many a line with all the letters shifted a pixel above/below some strange equator - I almost subtracted a star for that. But this writing surely deserves five, even when it is rather badly reproduced. When she talks about HMS Renown, 'suavely awned', or about William Watson, 'one of the less immortal of the Edwardians', I am charmed.
Churchill said that being with Fisher was like breathing ozone, and Morris conveys that very well. By the time, towards the end, when she writes about 'our Jacky', she's absolutely right; she has dragged you to her private window on this amazing person, she has shared that window with you, and she has utterly convinced you. Well - she did me. A delight!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Coffee Lover on 7 July 2012
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Jan Morris has produced an immensely enjoyable, immensely informative, biography of Admiral Sir Jacky Fisher. Whilst his foibles and failings are on clear display, this is nevertheless a sympathetic portrait of one of the most charismatic, and important, figures that the Royal Navy has produced since Nelson. Eschewing the normal linear historical narrative of his life, she brings his character to life and takes us alongside him during the major episodes of his life and career so that we get to know him in a way that no other biography can bring about. To say that she brings him to life is an understatement. The reader is left feeling that one has actually met this intriguing, infuriating, impressively brilliant and all- too human personality, and been alongside him during the major incidents of his colourful life. I cannot recommend it too highly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Q. R. Mccutcheon on 15 Jan 2013
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A splendidly written, well-researched portrait of our most important naval figure since Nelson. Brings the man to life very entertainingly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RoyRumba on 30 Dec 2011
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At first blush this would not be a book that any serious student on British Navel history would enjoy! However as one who has read a fair few of the factual historical accounts of the period, including Arthur Marders 5 Volume "From the Dreadnought to Scapa Flow"(several times)I really enjoyed Jan Morris's account of Fishers life.It was quite refreshing to have a book that concentrated on the man himself and gave a real flavour of his character while keeping roughly within the Historical context.A most enjoyable book and one which which would spur anyone to explore further the history of the Navy in this period.
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The author obviously has a fascination with Fisher and occasionally this leads to assumption that might not stand the test of time, but I really enjoyed the book and the insights it shared and would happily recommend it to anyone wanting to understand more about Fisher and the people around him at a moment in time.
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