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The Lodger: Shakespeare on Silver Street
The Lodger: Shakespeare on Silver Street
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well researched, 4 Sept. 2012
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It is difficult to lift the lid on any part of Shakespeare's life, but here a small corner is turned up to give us something of the man's life in London. One for the scholar's library.


The Shakespeare Guide to Italy: Then and Now
The Shakespeare Guide to Italy: Then and Now

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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Effort, 4 Sept. 2012
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This book contains some interesting nuggets of background information that are new to me & probably many other folk, too, but it could really have benefited from academic interrogation before it hit the presses.

Not written by an academic, it goes about its premise in a flawed manner, which is a pity. Insinuations are made, but not backed up (Shakespeare must have been able to speak Italian, for example) & conclussions reached that are easily undermined (no Jews in London at the time of MoV) so some of the credibility has to be questioned.

The writer is not sure who the 'Poet' is, which is fair enough, but the cover seems to show the Stratford man viewing Italy. Did any candidate for authorship of the plays travel to Scicily, & if so, why?

The nuggets of geographical information ask further questions, and for that alone the book is worth reading. Doubtless, someone will build on some of the 'facts' unearthed and take this further.
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Tellatale Doorway Puppet Theatre
Tellatale Doorway Puppet Theatre
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4.0 out of 5 stars Puppet theatre, 19 Jun. 2012
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
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I bought this to entertain my Grandchildren (4 & 2), but instead they entertained me! It allows creativity to blossom whilst they have fun. Well worth the money


Prisoner of the Japanese: From Changi to Tokyo
Prisoner of the Japanese: From Changi to Tokyo
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most astonishing FEPoW accounts, 21 April 2012
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Most first-hand accounts, excellent & harrowing they all tend to be, are not written by professional, experienced writers. This account is by a man who was a journalist, so he tends to make the story that much more 'readable'. Like all FEPoW books, it makes this reader angry & greatly saddened but This one especially angry.

There is a stunning sting in the tail which a bit of follow up research on Google makes the events told all the more astonishing & thought provoking when one reads what happened to one of the main characters post-war.

It adds a little bit more 'meat' to the history of a shocking & unforgivable period


An Awkward Truth: The bombing of Darwin, February 1942
An Awkward Truth: The bombing of Darwin, February 1942
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating History, 11 Mar. 2012
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For Europeans born after WWII who get fed American versions of the history of the war in the Pacific, it is refreshing to learn about a little known paragraph of that war told by an Aussie. Well written, and worth the read.


Wildest Dreams 1911 (Princes of the North Book 3)
Wildest Dreams 1911 (Princes of the North Book 3)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Riddled with modern idioms, 11 Mar. 2012
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This series starts so well, but loses itself in modern idioms. Did Edwardian Canadians use expressions like 'the elephant in the room? I suspect not. It is a shame that the editors don't do the job they were paid to do and spot such errors. They distract the reader and frustrate the narrative journey.


Held Fast For England A Tale of the Siege of Gibraltar (1779-83)
Held Fast For England A Tale of the Siege of Gibraltar (1779-83)
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Ripping Yarn, 11 Mar. 2012
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This is straight from the 'Boys Own' comic of years ago. Schoolboy does daring deeds - captures robbers, fights pirates, rescues a maiden, calls everyone "Sir" - and all for King & Country. A good read, if not taken seriously. Strange punctuation, though. Mr Chips would have marked it down on punctuation, but commended it on imagination!


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