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Carols From Queen's
Carols From Queen's
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas cheer!, 15 Dec. 2015
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An excellent selection of carols, beautifully sung. The recording brings out the separate parts remarkably well.


Hunters in the Dark
Hunters in the Dark
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3.0 out of 5 stars Green but not Greene., 24 Jun. 2015
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Rather disappointing after the reviews in the broadsheets, one of which had compared it to Graham Greene. Hard to become interested in the main character who was admittedly an aimless wanderer. His thoughts and emotions had to be described by the author; in Greene they would have emerged from his speech and actions.


Master and Commander: Aubrey/Maturin series, book 1 (Aubrey & Maturin series)
Master and Commander: Aubrey/Maturin series, book 1 (Aubrey & Maturin series)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Aye, aye, Captain., 1 Mar. 2015
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I've heard about the Aubrey novels for years and came late to them. I fully understand why my friends admire them - a brilliant account of the life of Napoleonic War sailors with a subtle description of the main characters. and enough naval information to fill a frigate.


The Madness of July
The Madness of July
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant start, 20 April 2014
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James Naughtie has written other books but this is a first venture into spy fiction. It's remarkably mature with a nice philosophical style. Whitehall (as far as I can tell) is well described though perhaps a touch flattering about civil servants. The story itself is intriguing and keeps you guessing. Let's hope he keeps writing.


Waugh in Abyssinia (Penguin Modern Classics)
Waugh in Abyssinia (Penguin Modern Classics)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The true story of "Scoop", 2 Mar. 2014
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This is the factual account of Waugh's experiences as a reporter in Ethiopia (which he calls Abyssinia) at the time of the Italian invasion of 1936. The fictional version was "Scoop". I read it while travelling through the northern part of the country. Waugh mainly despises the Ethiopians, though he admires their Christian faith. He has no time for Hailie Selassie. As one would expect from Waugh, it is wonderfully written. It ends full of hope for the country as an Italian colony. In the event, of course, the Italians were driven out by the British five years later. But what if...?


Lion Heart
Lion Heart
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3.0 out of 5 stars Richard, then and now, 28 Feb. 2014
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This is two books in one. The first is a somewhat unconvincing contemporary tale of love and loss; the other is an account of Richard I. You might find the Richard I story interesting on its own account or you might find it an unwelcome interruption to the contemporary story. It doesn't quite come off though I learnt a lot about Richard I. The hero (it's a first-person story) isn't completely convincing. You have to take his word for it that he's (a) brilliantly clever and (b) devastatingly attractive to beautiful women. Dream on!


TransAtlantic
TransAtlantic
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5.0 out of 5 stars Always connect, 28 Nov. 2013
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Linked stories, through time and space about actual people. Wonderfully written and there is a great sense of people behaving with dignity and decency, eg Senator Mitchell, the peace-maker of Northern Ireland.


The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures (FSG Classics)
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures (FSG Classics)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Among the Hmong, 28 Nov. 2013
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This is a wonderful book about the clash between two cultures. it's beautifully and sympathetically written and there is an excellent afterword, looking back at the time it was first published, It's mainly a very sad story with a few heroes; but even the villains are doing what they think is right.


Santo Gordo: A Killing in Oaxaca (Santo Gordo Mysteries Book 1)
Santo Gordo: A Killing in Oaxaca (Santo Gordo Mysteries Book 1)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Lost in Oaxaca, 28 Nov. 2013
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I was in Oaxaca as I read it and there is a good account of the city but the story is unconvincing.


The Deaths
The Deaths
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too clever by half, 12 Nov. 2013
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A first novel by TV personality Mark Lawson. It's a very "knowing" novel, full of information that would be limited to the rather nasty and pretentious characters (what they eat, what they drink etc). But a knowing novel has to get things right and this novel doesn't. And the plot is pretty absurd.


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