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The Road To Lichfield
The Road To Lichfield
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely novel, 13 Mar 2014
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Penelope Lively is a wise woman.The Road to Lichfield is the first book of hers I read many years ago and on re-reading it I found it just as good as I remembered it. She has written some wonderful novels, full of humanity, wisdom and humour and beautiful prose.


ED: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader
ED: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative book, 28 Dec 2013
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I learned a lot from this book. It was enlightening about Ed Miliband' s family background, both parents having escaped persecution in different countries in Europe. His growing up in a household steeped in politics led to his understanding of the need for an underlying framework of political philosophy as a background to decision making. This,I think, will stand him in good stead when events demand quick responses. The book outlined the several occasions where he has surprised us with strong,courageous stands against powerful interests. I found it an enjoyable and fascinating read.


The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike)
The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hopefully the start of a great series, 13 Aug 2013
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It is understandable that readers thought this book too accomplished for a new author. It is warm,funny,with some well drawn characters and a decent plot.


Two Evils
Two Evils
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth waiting for, 13 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Two Evils (Kindle Edition)
The previous books in this series were some of the most exciting thrillers I have read. This is great too.


Whatever it Takes: The Real Story of Gordon Brown and New Labour
Whatever it Takes: The Real Story of Gordon Brown and New Labour
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and revelatory, 16 Jan 2013
As a firm supporter of Gordon Brown I was hoping for a book that would go some way to explain his character without being a hatchet job like Rawnsley's.
This is a balanced but sympathetic description of a good man who achieved much. At the same time Steve Richards takes us through the Blair Brown years giving readers a potted history of the era. He reminds readers of how wary the Labour leadership were of alienating what they saw as an essentially right-wing electorate. In the narrative we get a year by year, sometimes hour by hour exposition of the political manoeuvring, plotting, attempted coups as Brown tried to get his way and get his policies through.
The most telling sentence in the book is Richards' observation that if power is concentrated in the hands of a few people at the top of a party and those few people act in an undisciplined way, that is just as harmful to the public perception of the party as an undisciplined party would be. Blair and Brown emasculated the Labour party to avoid unsightly rows and then provided us with a soap opera with a cast of two.


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