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John Keats (Everyman's Poetry Vol. 4)
John Keats (Everyman's Poetry Vol. 4)
by John Keats
Edition: Paperback

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, attractive and amazing value, 7 Dec 2009
I defy you to find a cheaper and more useful addition to your poetry bookshelf. Keats needs no star rating but this little book is a great introduction or an ideal travelling companion for those who don't want to pack their leather bound edition for a walk in the park or a lounge by the pool. All your favourites will be there and a few besides.


Alan Bennett at the BBC [DVD]
Alan Bennett at the BBC [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Normington
Price: 9.75

34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb value, 7 Dec 2009
Being in the "Alan Bennett can do no wrong" camp I would give it five stars, but if you are new to his work this collection is a superb introduction, excellent value for money and more than deserves the star rating. You will find a wide range of his work on these DVDs and can track his development as a storyyeller and observer of human foibles and failings. The newly filmed introductions for each piece are also worth the purchase price alone. Enjoy!


The Book Group: The Complete Second Series [DVD]
The Book Group: The Complete Second Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ Anne Dudek
Offered by Helen's Goodies
Price: 8.04

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Second series - second best, 7 Dec 2009
The first series of the Book Group was original, quirky and altogether fascinating and is a must see. The second series, while retaining some of these elements veres off in an odd direction. At times, a little post-modern, sometimes sentimental, sometimes hilarious and at others a little more like bad porn. I was disappointed with this series after raving to all about series 1. I suspect that for completeness you should see both but the first series is the one on which to concentrate.
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Elaine Stritch at Liberty [DVD]
Elaine Stritch at Liberty [DVD]
Dvd ~ Elaine Stritch

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime, 7 Dec 2009
If you love musical theatre, if you love entertainment, if you love a great story - then this DVD will not disappoint. Elaine Strich is a consumate performer and her one-woman show - here filmed at the Old Vic in London - is dazzling. She will transport you back to Broadway and make you live it along with her. She will make you laugh and - yes - she will make you cry. This is her no-punches pulled story and you will want to watch it again and again.


Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Cartooning But Were Afraid to Draw (Christopher Hart Titles)
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Cartooning But Were Afraid to Draw (Christopher Hart Titles)
by Chris Hart
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.02

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Buy, 18 Aug 2009
I bought this book beacuse I wanted to learn how to draw some simple cartoons that I could use in my teaching at University. The book provided just what I needed. It's very simple and straightforward with a good range of styles on show. There is not too much in the way of construction techniques especially in the latter part of the book but it certainly is a very good place to start if you are a beginner like me. And yes, I did draw those cartoons and use them with my students.


Revolutionary Road, The Easter Parade, Eleven Kinds of Loneliness
Revolutionary Road, The Easter Parade, Eleven Kinds of Loneliness
by Richard Yates
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 12.29

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everyman's Yates, 16 Mar 2009
Everyman's Library books rarely disappoint and this collection of Richard Yates is no different. Yates is a neglected genius and his "Revolutionary Road", now brought to wider audience through the recent film, is a masterpiece showing the disillusionment with the American Dream that Scott Fitzgerald had also dealt with three decades earlier. "Easter Parade" is also a superb, if somewhat melancholic read, with characterisations that many contemporary authors would love to emulate. Finally, his short story collection, "Eleven Kinds of Loneliness" is very mixed in format and subject matter, but is uniformly very well written. The only downside, and what stopped this review achieving five stars, was the very short and somewhat superficial introduction. Everyman's Library books usually have an excellent literary essay as an introduction. What we have here are personal reminiscences of Yates the man, and even these are sketchy.

Otherwise an excellent buy.


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