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Genealogy: Essential Research Methods
Genealogy: Essential Research Methods
by Helen Osborn
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.99

27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential title for all genealogists, 25 Oct 2012
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This is a fabulous and welcome addition to the vast sea of books relating to family history. It may look like a small fish but boy, does it pack a punch.

Genealogy - essential research methods by Helen Osborn is indeed essential. I'm wondering which of my many genealogical and non-genealogical friends would benefit from the addition of this book to their personal library. I want to give it to all of them, regardless of their interest in the subject because although the focus is genealogy, the information handling and organisational skills described in the book apply to any subject.
The book is lucidly written and provides a structured approach to all aspects and methods of research, specifically for the genealogist but the advice provides essential guidance for all researchers. The author is honest in her approach, telling the reader she has made the mistakes she describes and detailing how to avoid making the same errors. Some of the highlights of this book include:
* Effective search techniques;
* Document analysis
* Planning your research, which is given a high profile, as is the importance of citing your sources. Let me repeat that again.
* Citing your sources. An action as important as locating the information itself.
* An invaluable chapter relating to organisation and storage of your research.
* The bibliography is excellent, suggesting eight core titles as recommended reading, followed by more extensive and supportive book/website lists. I would add a ninth title to the short core reading list, namely Helen Osborn's own book.

If you are just starting out on the genealogical trail, all on your ownsome, make this book your first purchase. Read it, refer to it but don't lend it to fellow genealogist. You will never see it again. Christmas is approaching and it would be a golden deed to give this to a friend. It could be the most useful genealogical gift or all time!
Highly recommended and likely to become the authoritative text on the subject.
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The Sacrificial Man
The Sacrificial Man
Price: £4.31

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ruth Dugdall goes from strength to strength, 20 Jun 2011
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Wow.
What an excellent third novel from the talented Ruth Dugdall. Starting from a base of 'this is a good author you MUST read', each successive title has proved better than the last. "The Sacrificial Man" is simply excellent. The examination of a bizarre assisted suicide in novel form is done in an informed and compelling manner. The author has created an absorbing read but also her clever use of voices provides triangulated points of view which allow the plot to move forward.
I am full of admiration for Dugdall's writing and careful plotting and recommend this to anyone who doesn't just want a riddle solved but asks the question, "WHY?" Fab book, Ms Dugdall.
Keep them coming please!


The James Version
The James Version
by Ruth Dugdall
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder revisited, 12 Jan 2011
This review is from: The James Version (Paperback)
My reading group read Ruth Dugdall's book, "The Woman before me" and I then read this earlier title relating the story of Maria Marten and the Red Barn murder in 19th century Polstead (Suffolk). The author takes this well known story looking at it from a different perspective. The story is told from the point of view of the stepmother,Ann Marten. Dugdall's thoughtful psychological approach offers an alternative motive and this combined with a decided flair for storytelling, make The James Version a grimly engaging read. 'Scapegallows' by Carol Birch would be a good follow up as would Dugdall's second novel, 'The woman before me', a contemporary psychological novel.
Looking forward to the third novel later in 2011!


Britten and Brulightly
Britten and Brulightly
by Hannah Berry
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.24

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sparkling black diamond of a novel, 31 May 2008
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This review is from: Britten and Brulightly (Paperback)
I'm not particularly well read when it comes to graphic novels, but a chance introduction to this book has left me wanting more from this astonishing writer. Hannah Berry has produced an extraordinary tour de force in her debut graphic novel, which deserves to be left lying around, in multiple copies, for friends to stumble upon and enjoy. Stunning and brilliant art work combined with a witty interpretation of detective noir, has resulted in a highly readable and appealing novel which will certainly lure innocent readers into wanting to develop their relationship with graphic novels.

The characters of Britten and his alter ego, Brulightly are cunningly developed and the plot is both black and clever. Just a fabulous introduction to the possibilities of graphic novels!
Can someone recommend another writer who has produced similar work. Or alternatively, does someone know when the next Hannah Berry will be published? Make it soon, please!!


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