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The Gentleman's Guide to Life
The Gentleman's Guide to Life
by Steve Friedman
Edition: Paperback

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little too american, 26 Dec. 2002
A welcome addition to the field, though as the title suggests, a touch "the wrong side of the Atlantic". In short it gives hints on how to appear european.
In it's defence, it is better than PJ O'Rourke's guide to life "The Bachelor's Home Companion", though if you seriously want to learn savoir faire you really do need to read Debretts' Modern Manners.
It is more akin to the Bluffers guides that were popular in the recent past; it has short paragraphs on virtually any subject, and more then enough hints & tips on how to appear effortlessly stylish in a variety of situations.
My main criticism is its' Americanism. It is too american for my English taste.
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Ginger Geezer: The Life of Vivian Stanshall
Ginger Geezer: The Life of Vivian Stanshall
by Chris Welch
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tragically short life., 23 Nov. 2002
An excellent book, recounting the life, warts and all, of Viv Stanshall, the lead singer in the Bonzo Dog Doo-dah Band.
With many interviews and photos, it charts the rise and fall of a Great Briton (accept no substitute).
Stanshall was an eccentric, as wonderfully surreal as anything he recorded, and this book illustrates this with many charming anecdotes.
If you want a happy ending, don't bother with thsi book. It also shows how alcoholism ended the promise of this man's life.
A balanced portrait of an underappreciated artist.


The Confessional
The Confessional
by S.T. Darke
Edition: Paperback

17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nasty-minded & disturbing, 16 Nov. 2002
This review is from: The Confessional (Paperback)
There is no love in this book. There is sex, domination and submission, but no love. There is no sense of "adult play", or transgression, only unremitting nastiness. Avoid!


The Fencing Master (Panther)
The Fencing Master (Panther)
by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A grand old "ripping yarn", 4 Oct. 2002
Like a less intellectual Umberto Eco novel, this is a well written and intelligent thriller.
Senor Perez Reverte keeps the pace going all through the story, though you may guess the odd twist, the whole is a thoroughly satisfying novel.
Don Jaime is a fine protagonist, and if you are like me you want him to win through, if only to refute the "modern" world, emerging in the story. There should always be Gentlemen, and Don Jaime is a fine example.
If you enjoy Umberto Eco or Iain Pears, I would heartily recommend this book.


FSOL Present Amorphous Androgynous: The Isness
FSOL Present Amorphous Androgynous: The Isness
Offered by The Source
Price: £19.63

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Radical change of pace, 9 Aug. 2002
The more things change the more they stay the same. FSOL have changed, radically, yet are as they were. They now have a much warmer, "organic" sound; real instruments and "soul" instead of their previous "alien" sounds.
63 minutes of good chillout stuff, warm and relaxing. Dare one say it, Prog Rock?
It keeps their trademark experimentalism, but adds grain and texture. As warm and friendly, as "Dead Cities" was cold and threatening.
I warmly recommend it.


Ludo
Ludo
Price: £9.64

35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strangely "Listen with Mother", 30 July 2002
This review is from: Ludo (Audio CD)
A charming,though short, collection of songs from the Ivor Cutler Trio. 32 minutes worth of childlike (though, not childish) whimsy.
Possibly not an essential purchase, but one which you will find rewarding later. When you want to contact the "child within" play it.
The original recording is quite old, and Mr Cutler's voice sounds younger than the contemporary listener may be used to. But stuff like this is priceless, so if you are already a devotee, buy it. If not, the lack of length goes against it's value, think about it rather than blindly buy it.


That Summer
That Summer
by Andrew Greig
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetic Battle of Britain story, 18 July 2002
This review is from: That Summer (Paperback)
Like a companion piece to Sebastian Faulk's "Fatal Englishman" or Richard Hilary's "Last Enemy", this covers the events of Summer 1940 and the battle in the air with a beautiful sense of poetry.
Written in an endless present tense, like the lives of the protagonists, a Hurricane pilot and a Radar Operator, you grow to love and care for the people who are only sketched in. No one seems to want a deeper relationship, as no one is certain that they will be alive at the end of the day.
It describes the beauty of flight, the exhileration of take off and the terror of close air combat.
If you enjoyed Sebastian Faulkes' stories, you'll like this. If you had airfix Spitfires over your bed as a child, you'll love this. Surprisingly moving, a wonderful read.


The Jeeves Collection: A BBC Radio 4 Full-cast Dramatisation: Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves/Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit/Inimitable Jeeves (BBC Radio Collection)
The Jeeves Collection: A BBC Radio 4 Full-cast Dramatisation: Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves/Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit/Inimitable Jeeves (BBC Radio Collection)
by P. G. Wodehouse
Edition: Audio Cassette

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tonic, 17 July 2002
Wodehouse needs no introductions, and this is an especially fine presentation of three collections of Jeeves & Wooster stories.
Richard Briers is in fine form as Bertie Wooster, and Michael Hordern's Jeeves is as magisterial as you could want.
When the world gets you down, you can do worse than to reach for these tapes, make yourself a stiffener and sit back and relax into the sunny world of Wodehouse.


Preludes Airs And Yodels [A Penguin Cafe Primer]
Preludes Airs And Yodels [A Penguin Cafe Primer]
Price: £5.99

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "When this old world starts getting you down..", 14 July 2002
A minor revelation, the PCO do the hardest trick of all, make simple music sound easy.
Hard to catgorise, but I'll have a go; an accoustic Kraftwerk. Loads of simple, humm-able melodies. My personal favourite is track 5 "Telephone and Rubber band", which I realised I first heard on an advert for Mobile phones years ago.
Ideal "chill out" music; deft, closed loops of melody. As restful as chinese green tea, which I am sure they serve in the Penguin Cafe.
Buy it, you'll like it!


Humours of Golf
Humours of Golf
by W. Heath Robinson
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More for the completist, or Golfer, 8 July 2002
This review is from: Humours of Golf (Hardcover)
To be honest, I bought this because I wanted any Heath Robinson Books I could find, and I write as a dedicated Anti-golfer. But it nearly (stress "nearly")converted me to the pass-time.
Gentle, whimsical humour and beautiful illustrations. If you know a Golfer who likes these things, buy them this book.


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