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Reform!: The Fight for the 1832 Reform Act
Reform!: The Fight for the 1832 Reform Act
by Edward Pearce
Edition: Paperback

17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reform! Brilliant, exciting and very important, 28 July 2006
This is an excellent book written by Edward Pearce. This is an entertaining and informative book about an event perhaps not well known to all, but an event that was so important it should be taught in every school and ingrained into our memory. The great reform act of 1832 was an event that started the process towards true political reform - namely the representation of eveyone and not just the aristocracy.

Coleridge said that parliament should be a 'representation of ideas and not just a delegation of men'- underlying the contemporary relevance and importance of the 1832 reform act and consequently this book.

This book is great because it vividly recounts the struggle to get this bill to royal ascent, the rich and powerful didn't want it, the people who were desperate to get the vote started riots in their frustration at the setbacks this bill endured.

The book is entertaining as it uses dialogue straight from Hansard reports from the house of commons and shows how brilliant speeches, long debates and the occasional drunken diatribe helped make this a fascinating era in parliamentary and social history.

Well written, with detailed research. My favourite chapter was the last but also chapter 7 (the Lords: the outcome).

Read it! You will be surprised.

Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Edward Craig
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent start for any novice of philosophy, 26 Mar 2005
This is part of the very short introduction books and is an excellent start to philosophy. The author does not try to align you with any particular philosopher or school of thought, he simply introduces the central themes of philosophy and mentions some of the famous philsophers. As it is a short book, it does not discuss a great number of philosophers - and does not pretend to. The great thing about this book is that it made me aware of philosophy and pointed me in the right direction as where to go next.
Unlike some 'philosophy' books, it does not claim and indeed does not 'change your life' but it is an enjoyable read and a gateway to entice you into the world of philosophy. If you have ever wondered what philosophy is or do not know where to start, try this book.
Highly recommended

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: v. 2 (BBC Audio)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: v. 2 (BBC Audio)
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £16.11

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes volume 2, 22 Aug 2004
This is the 4th cassette in a series of 18 of the BBC Radio dramatised adaptations of the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The stories included are; the five orange pips, the man with the twisted lip, the adventure of the blue carbuncle and the adventure of the speckled band. These four stories are amongst the best penned by Doyle and is even better due to the excellent Holmes played by Clive Merrison and just as good Watson played by Michael Williams. Definitely the best audio adaptations of these stories due to the scripts and the actors. Would highly recommend these to Sherlock Holmes novices and fans alike. Great listening and immense fun.

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