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Horses And High Heels
Horses And High Heels
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sorry Marianne, but..., 26 Jun. 2013
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I've liked some of her albums such as Broken English and 20th Century Blues. Her studio albums have generally fantastic musicians on board, with immaculate arragements. And there's no doubt she is sophisticated and charismatic. But most of the songs on this album are pretty ordinary despite this and her voice is not as strong as it was. Love Song is a good track as is Going Back and The Old House is wistfully effective. We've seen her in concert a couple of times in the last ten years and she seems to be better live than in the studio. This album is disappointing though.


Live With The BBC Concert Orchestra
Live With The BBC Concert Orchestra
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great but there should be more tracks!, 11 Feb. 2013
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Seth Lakeman's songs are given a sumptuous edge with the wonderful BBC Concert Orchestra. This doesn't detract from the original recordings but the whole thing comes over very well. He's a great performer, and rightly has a loyal following. We've seen him in concert twice and he gives more than 100%. With the orchestra things are taken to a different level, it's obviously not as homely as the folk concerts but Seth's voice and dramatic delivery are complemented by the super orchestrations. The only quibble is - why so few tracks?


Mist Over Pendle
Mist Over Pendle
by Robert Neill
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done, 7 Feb. 2013
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This a skilfully written story, great characterisation. I was disappointed in the TV dramatisation years ago but this is probably better on radio or just to read so you can exercise your imagination. As a lover of the Pendle neighbourhood, I can imagine how backward and isolated it must have been in the early 17th century, Robert Neil brings this vividly to life. Wonderful.


The People's Cookbook: A celebration of the nation's life through food
The People's Cookbook: A celebration of the nation's life through food
by Antony Worrall Thompson
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Great concept, 7 Feb. 2013
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A good book based on the TV series. Illustrations were great as are the vignettes of the contributors. And the recipes worked. It shows that many people love home cooking. Reassuringly comforting


Memories, Dreams and Reflections
Memories, Dreams and Reflections
by Marianne Faithfull
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but a bit disjointed, 7 Feb. 2013
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Enjoyed the original autobiography very much. This is more low key, interesting but not very well constructed. Nevertheless her personality and character shine through and she has great powers of observation. Very entertaining. MF would make a great dinner party guest!


Golden Lads: A Study of Anthony Bacon, Francis and Their Friends (VMC)
Golden Lads: A Study of Anthony Bacon, Francis and Their Friends (VMC)
by Daphne Du Maurier
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.67

4.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting, 6 Feb. 2013
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Very well witten as might be expected. Didn't know so much about the Bacon family, but Daphne du Maurier is a skilled, unemotional writer who did a great deal of research and brings the period vividly to life. Don't know if this was ever a Book at Bedtime on radio, but it deserves to be. Well worth a read.


Mullion
Mullion
by Mabel Esther Allan
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Childhood Favourite!, 6 Feb. 2013
This review is from: Mullion (Hardcover)
We had this book many years ago when I was young, at the time we were reading Enid Blyton, and a bit later Arthur Ransome. More adult in tone than Blyton, it is nevertheless a classic tale of young girl sent on long railway journey to a Castle in Cornwall, and the predictable adventures that follow. But the author keeps the pace going and it's a wholesome and well written tale that delighted us when we were young, so I've bought another copy for future generations!


The Daughter Of Time
The Daughter Of Time
by Josephine Tey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read, 5 Feb. 2013
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One of my favourite books and sure to be back in fashion now the body of Richard III has been identified. It made a very good radio play some years ago. Why not televise it? Written in almost laconic and undramatic style,it's obvious that Josephine Tey had done a lot of research and the format is brilliant - Alan Grant laid up in hospital and having time - and assistance - to investigate and research. She would have been excellent history teacher.

The plot runs seamlessly between the early 1950s and the 15th century. Part of the appeal is that Grant doesn't have the Internet, he relies on his young American friend to research in the old fashioned way. And he satisfies himself that Richard was basically a good man who probably did not murder his nephews. Of course, later research not available to Josephine Tey may put a different slant on things. But the book is ingeniously constructed and succeeds in its aim of making Richard III more human and likeable than the Tudors did.


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