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Railway Ribaldry
Railway Ribaldry
by W. Heath Robinson
Edition: Hardcover

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A quiet joy., 8 July 2002
This review is from: Railway Ribaldry (Hardcover)
For when modern life seems too hectic, and you need reminding that there is an alternative, you need Heath Robinson illustrations.
An alternate world of "progress", where things are done exactly how you imaged they were when you were a child. Railway engines polished by teams of workmen, the truth about pulling the communication cord, Broad and narrow gauge railwaymen. If you commute by train you need this book to remind you how it ought to be "in the best of all possible worlds".

Boring Postcards
Boring Postcards
by Martin Parr
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Social History, 8 Jun. 2002
This review is from: Boring Postcards (Hardcover)
One of the charms of this book is finding your town, and seeing how dull the postcards were in the late 1960's.
It is a snapshot of approximately 30 years ago, all the things that were thought notable and interesting were photographed, so there a cards with "The Swimming Baths", or "New Post Office" on.
It started debate amongst my family about which buildings were pulled down for the new ones, and which, of the buildings pictured, survived.
If you live in or near a "New Town", I would heartily reccommend this book. If only to have some history for your town.

Dictionary of the Khazars
Dictionary of the Khazars
by Milorad Pavic
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Intellectual Curio, 27 May 2002
A very strange book, it comes in the form of a dictionary. The plot is, therefore, almost random access. You cross refer through to develop the story. I believe there are two versions in existence, a Male & Female version, whch differ only by one sentence.
So, in short, if you like your entertainment to be cerebral, it's one for you.

Sir Henry At Rawlinson End
Sir Henry At Rawlinson End
Offered by Rikdev Media
Price: £5.73

64 of 67 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes me glad to be English, 28 Mar. 2002
The original version of the late Mr Stanshall's magnum opus, it is the story of a deranged English squire, and his manor house full of grotesques.
Stealing a line from it, "English as tuppence, changing yet changeless as canal water, Rawlinson End sat armoured and effete." This is true, electric soup poetry. It parodies, and laments the end of an England that never really existed.
Warm, english surrealism, as comforting as strong tea and hot toast. Buy it, it will improve your life.

Bigot Hall
Bigot Hall
by Steve Aylett
Edition: Paperback

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars English Psychedelic insanity, 22 Mar. 2002
This review is from: Bigot Hall (Paperback)
I'ts hard to do this book justice in a capsule review. Mr Aylett uses language like a virus, I have found myself repeating some of his more "martian" similes ~ "As eminently punchable as a Town Crier" in coversation, to the slack jawed horror of my friends and colleagues.
It is, to be fair, a "love it or hate it" book. I have forced friends to read it with mixed results, some are as passionate about it as I am, others regard it as a complete waste of time. So please keep that caveat in mind.
It is a collection of linked short stories, about a boy growing up in a "Alice in Wonderland" style inversion of logic. In that way, it is part of the grand tradition of Carroll and Chesterton, as much as it is of William Burroughs and JG Ballard.
Magic Surrealism, in a word.

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