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Moab Is My Washpot
Moab Is My Washpot
by Stephen Fry
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is a clever man who speaks extremely cogently and well - how did he write such a boring book? Didn't finish it, 16 Sept. 2015
This review is from: Moab Is My Washpot (Paperback)
Got it at a village fete, thinking it would be well written and amusing, at least. How wrong. Shapeless, unplanned, self-regarding drivel. Where was the editor? This is a clever man who speaks extremely cogently and well - how did he write such a boring book? Didn't finish it, needless to say - what a waste of time.


The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon
The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon
by Richard Zimler
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 23 April 2015
Very disappointing. For some reason I thought this would be a good book. It is very poorly written, more like journalese than literature. It's hard to believe in the characters, or to care much what happens to them. I wonder if all the horrific events aren't gratuitously gruesome and disgusting, and how much they are based on historic records. In spite of the horror, I find I don't much care. I don't think I shall waste time finishing it.


February House
February House
by Sherill Tippins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.00

1.0 out of 5 stars One Star, 24 Sept. 2014
This review is from: February House (Paperback)
List of illustration but no pictures in my copy. :-(


4D Cityscape Jigsaw Puzzle London
4D Cityscape Jigsaw Puzzle London

4.0 out of 5 stars good fun, 7 Jan. 2012
We really enjoyed this, but its too hard for an 8-year-old (the minimum age suggested). Putting the buildings in is fun, and the overall effect is wonderful. Ours was all complete. The buildings in the City overflow into adjacent areas - but that's inevitable given the scale of the City - the puzzle would have had to be much bigger for accuracy. Other buildings are also a bit misplaced, so its quite inaccurate - but that doesn't matter so long as you aren't planning to teach someone the geography of London with it. Londoners would probably have chosen a different set of buildings - I've lived here 45 years and never heard of some of those selected. The worst error is that London Bridge is called 'King William Bridge' on the modern map. Why?


Street Drugs
Street Drugs
by Andrew Tyler
Edition: Paperback

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars very out of date, 18 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Street Drugs (Paperback)
This book was out of date in 1995; it must be much worse now. It is interesting and readable but but only useful for the general information which will not have changed. The list of addresses was out of date in 1995 when it was supposedly 'fully revised and updated'. It doesn't inspire confidence in those parts of the text which refer to other information that may change. Not a good buy.
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Bright Young People: The Rise and Fall of a Generation 1918-1940
Bright Young People: The Rise and Fall of a Generation 1918-1940
by D J Taylor
Edition: Hardcover

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a thoughtful view, 14 Nov. 2007
I really enjoyed this book, which uses a large amount of original material - letters, diaries of the subjects and their families, as well as more public sources, to discuss this flamboyant and often tragic group in a very sensitive and thoughtful manner, with a good idea of the contemporary context and how this changed with the 1930s. Nice use of language, with something of a flavour of the times.


Coconut Chaos: Pitcairn, Mutiny And A Seduction At Sea . . .
Coconut Chaos: Pitcairn, Mutiny And A Seduction At Sea . . .
by Diana Souhami
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars history and humour, 7 May 2007
This is a book of several levels, moving between the present day events of the author's own intrepid trip to Pitcairn (and back), a perceptive and thoughtful history of the Bounty and associated events, plus the odd philosophical musing on chaos theory and the strange relationships between apparently random events. Its written with a light touch and the contemporary events, both fact and fiction - and who can be sure which is which? - are hilarious and lighten the rather grim history. Highly recommended.


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