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Gulliver's Travels (Broadview Editions)
Gulliver's Travels (Broadview Editions)
by Jonathan Swift
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic insight into a classic work, 28 Mar. 2012
In this edition of Gulliver's Travels Allan Ingram expertly lifts the veil on the wicked satire that Swift weaves throughout this book. Having originally read Gulliver without any footonotes or explanations I had enjoyed it, but completely missed its real genius in terms of Swift's parodies of English politics and monarchy. In this new edition Ingram guides the reader through all of the cryptic back stories and obscure language, bringing the depths of this classic text into proper focus. Ingram's pithy footnotes and careful edits combine for a really engaging and informative read that will delight Swift novices and 'old hands' alike.

The Truth About Climate Change [DVD]
The Truth About Climate Change [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Attenborough
Offered by A1-Media
Price: £16.99

59 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Chip Documentary Making, 12 Sept. 2008
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I'm biased in reviewing this, as I had the huge honour of working with Sir David Attenborough on parts of the second film that is contained in this DVD. But, from a climate change scientist's point of view, I think the BBC really have excelled themselves here. The content is well-balanced and fast-moving, the facts are well laid out and reflect the consensus of the scientific community. All this is against the incredible back drop of Sir David's myriad programmes from the last few decades, programmes that have brought the wonders of the natural world into the living rooms of millions. With him as our expert guide we have seen so many animals, plants and ecosystems to which previous generations were oblivious. Now he shows us how many of these species and habitiats are at risk, how millions of humans are also threatened, and the ways in which the most extreme impacts of human-induced climate change can be avoided. It's not about beautiful footage (though there is plenty), it's not about a relaxed couple hours letting David's soothing tones wash over you (though he is on top form), instead this is a documentary that puts all those of the superb 'Life' series into fragile perspective.
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A Natural Life
A Natural Life
by David Bellamy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Role Model's Life, 28 May 2004
This review is from: A Natural Life (Paperback)
From an early age David Bellamy has been a role model for me, his enthusiasm for science combined with his obvious expertise in all things botanical served as the catalyst for my own career in biology. This autobiography is much of what I had hoped for, but not all. We find out that not only is Bellamy a great broadcaster, he is also an extremely successful scientist in his own right. He has amassed a set of publications in the leading journal 'Nature' which would make most academics green with envy. This book is a pleasure to read, though there is very little introspection and, aside from learning about his many achievements, you don't feel much the wiser about what drives the man himself.
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Patterns of Madness in the Eighteenth Century: A Reader
Patterns of Madness in the Eighteenth Century: A Reader
by Allan Ingram
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing and oft disturbing view of 1700's mental illness, 9 Jan. 2000
This book brings together a range of first-person accounts of living with mental illness in the 18th century. The treatment of 'madness' by both the establishment and the general populace at times make you shudder. Considering that most of us at one time or another will be as emotionally vulnerable as the contributors to this book, we can only count ourselves lucky to be the readers.

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