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Hanns and Rudolf: The German Jew and the Hunt for the Kommandant of Auschwitz
Hanns and Rudolf: The German Jew and the Hunt for the Kommandant of Auschwitz
by Thomas Harding
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.40

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tale of two Germans, 9 Feb 2014
Two Germans. One Jewish, one not. Both grow up affected by the rise of the Nazis. Hanns flees to London whilst Rudolf, a family man, becomes Kommandant of Auschwitz.

Harding's storytelling is compelling, and the book is real page-turner.

The war ends, and Hanns, as a member of the British Forces, goes to Europe to track down war criminals. Ironically tracking down Gustav Simon, the Gauleiter of Luxembourg proves a challenge, whereas locating and capturing Hoess is much simpler.

You're rooting for Hanns, yet trying to comprehend why family man Rudolf initiated and oversaw such atrocities.

It's a very moving book, and reminds us of the horrors of the Holocaust, its impact and why we can't forget it.

Highly recommended.


Letters of Note: Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience
Letters of Note: Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience
by Shaun Usher
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 19.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The title says it all, 27 Jan 2014
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A great 'dipping' book of fabulous letters. Some of the writers I’d heard of, some I hadn’t.

Notwithstanding, all letters offer real insight into the writers, and provide interesting and alternative perspectives of them- Ronald Reagan’s letter to his son, the kamikaze pilot’s letter to his family etc.

The production values of the book are high. The large format provides the perfect canvas to set out each letter and its story. The facsimiles of each give the book its visual charm, depicting handwriting styles, typewriter fonts, bonded papers, telegrams, hotel and airline headed papers from a bygone age- and the ‘translations’ of each ensure you don’t miss a word.

The ‘Letters of note ‘website and blog caught my attention some months back, but this book surpasses both in terms of the ultimate presentation of Usher’s archive.

The perfect gift, or treat for yourself.


Losing Mum and Pup: A Memoir
Losing Mum and Pup: A Memoir
by Christopher Buckley
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.44

5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected pleasure, 26 Jan 2014
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This book was a recommendation from a friend.

I delayed reading it for 2 years as the subject matter had 'tough read' written all over it.

I picked it up over Xmas and couldn't put it down. It's a sensitive, funny, sad and very touching read that really does cover some very tough times for Buckley. The writing is superb and never does the tone become maudlin or self-indulgent. In fact,at times I laughed out loud! A fine memoir.

For any father or son it's a 'must read'.


The Long Shadow
The Long Shadow
by Mark Mills
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 10.49

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Approach with caution, 20 Jun 2013
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Mark Mills states at the outset that this novel is a change of direction for him- a contemporary novel.

However, unlike his previous fiction (the excellent Whaleboat House, Savage Garden and Information Officer) where place, period and plot work so well together, this change of direction falls flat.

The characters aren't convincing, and the plot literally plods along, so much so that I struggled to finish the book.

If you've enjoyed Mill's earlier books, approach with caution.I was looking forward to this book, but it disappointed.


Journey into Fear (Penguin Modern Classics)
Journey into Fear (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Eric Ambler
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1940 classic thriller that will keep you hooked `till the last page, 9 Mar 2013
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Strange to think a spy story written 70 odd years ago would be hard to put down, but Journey into Fear is just that.

Other reviewers here have set out the plot, but I believe the strength of this book is in Ambler's concise, clean and pacey storytelling. It makes this novel as fresh and readable now as it no doubt was when published. In just 200 or so pages he keeps the story moving. It's such a refreshing change from so many of today's spy/thriller novels that are burdened by the prolixity of their authors.

A 5 star read.


Prague Fatale: A Bernie Gunther Novel (Bernie Gunther Mystery 8)
Prague Fatale: A Bernie Gunther Novel (Bernie Gunther Mystery 8)
by Philip Kerr
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb WW2 noir thriller, 8 Mar 2013
Historical facts and fantastic descriptive detail bring 1941 Berlin and Prague to life in this 'noir' crime procedural in which disaffected Berlin Police detective Bernie Gunther is seconded into the service of the Reichsprotektor Richard Heydrich, the infamous `Butcher of Prague'.

Gunther is invited to Prague to solve a murder at Heidrich's county house, a murder that that leads him deeper into the ruthless and violent world of the Third Reich, and the intrigue and infiltration of the German high command by the Czech nationalists.

If you haven't read any of Kerr's previous Bernie Gunther novels, don't be concerned. Start here. I can't recommend this one highly enough.


11.22.63
11.22.63
by Stephen King
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb science-fiction, 6 Mar 2013
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Despite the fact I'm not a fan of all King's work, and haven't read Sci-fi since my teens, the thought of King's story-telling skills, time-travel and the Kennedy assassination all mixed into one, was compelling.

So compelling in fact that I waited until I could devote holiday time to reading it.

It was 3 days well spent.

This is a superb, addictive story that keeps you turning all 700+ pages, although the section of Epping observing Oswald could do with a bit of judicious editing, you'll still keep turning.

King mashes up period detail with the wide cast of people involved in the JFK assassination ( much factual detail) and uses time-travel devices from the best of sci-fi, Groundhog Day and Back to the Future. He adds a dose of the supernatural to give what could be a straightforward story about going back and changing the course of history a classic King twist, making it a riveting read.

He completes the book listing his sources and views on the facts that underpin the story, and provides further reading references if you need them.

A great read.


Diaries, 1971-1983
Diaries, 1971-1983
by James Lees-Milne
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brutally honest diary, but of its time, 24 Nov 2012
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The footnotes read like extracts from Debretts, supporting a lot of lunching, motoring and aristocratic hobnobbing.

So why read theses diaries?

They provide an insight into the way of life of blue bloods, who, although these diaries were written in the `70s and early `80s, were still living in `the past'.

I'm sure his entries about being `tucked up' with other boys, or letching after teenage girls would be expunged now, but that aside, these diaries are eloquently written using the kind of language and descriptions we rarely hear these days.

And whilst they also reek of snobbishness, prejudice and contain many acerbic and indiscreet comments about people, politicians, royalty, `new money' and the demise of standards, JLM is a least honest to himself, sharing things in his diary that he would not have with others.


Proporta HTC One X Leather Flip Case Cover with Protective Aluminium Lining
Proporta HTC One X Leather Flip Case Cover with Protective Aluminium Lining
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Price: 53.85

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You get what you pay for, 9 Nov 2012
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A good quality leather case, well made, and with aliminium protection built into the sleeve.

Just the protection you need for screen and case, and a good looking leather accessory too.

Sure, there are lots of cheaper cases around, but this one certainly appears to be built to last.


What Are You Looking At?: 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye
What Are You Looking At?: 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye
by Will Gompertz
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.40

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's worth reading if you are a sceptic about Modern Art, 25 Oct 2012
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I've never really `got' modern art. It's always been too abstract, too `out there' or just appeared to appeal to art snobs - those who wish to appear in `the know'.

Gompertz writes an interesting perspective that made me think about much of it, re-evaluate my views, and also re-inforced my view that some of it is still rubbish.

But it's an excursion that is well worth taking, my appreciation is much greater and Gompertz is a good guide.


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