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The Scapegoat - The life and tragedy of a fighting admiral and Churchill's role in his death
The Scapegoat - The life and tragedy of a fighting admiral and Churchill's role in his death
by Steve R Dunn
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 12.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Timely Vindication of All Those That Died at Coronel, 11 Mar 2014
My Great Uncle, Tom Rees, was the Chief Stoker on HMS Monmouth, one of the two ships sunk at Coronel. Steve Dunn's book has really brought to life the realities of what the officers and crews must have felt going into such a one-sided battle. The book highlights the period for the Royal Navy, where the embers of sail ships are dying out, but all of the battle plans are still based on tactics that Nelson would have still recognised. The book also covers the disgraceful way that politicians - in this case Churchill, use war for their own glory, with little apparent thought for the lives of the forces that they so reckless use as their pawns.

This book should stand as a memorial to all of those lost at Coronel - from the Admirals down to the Able Seaman.


The Convicts of the Eleanor: Protest in Rural England, New Lives in Australia
The Convicts of the Eleanor: Protest in Rural England, New Lives in Australia
by David Kent
Edition: Paperback
Price: 16.95

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5.0 out of 5 stars A tale of two halves, 15 April 2013
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This book is split into two distinct halves. The first deals with the political, social and local issues that faced the individuals in Wessex who made up the payload for this trip of the Eleanor. The convicts had all be transported for their actions in the Swing Riots of 1830. What the first half of the book does is put their protests into a real context - one that really does show how worried the authorities were of such unrest and why they ere determined to make an example of these individuals.

The second half of the book deals with the convict life in New South Wales, Australia. This again gives far more detail of the type of future that faced these men and uses this discrete population of convicts to map out what happened to many of them.

For anyone who has a family connection to any of these convicts (in my case to Abraham House), this book is a great way to learn so much more about the reality of their situation, rather than just dates and document references. However, the book is also a very useful guide to the political changes that led up to the Reform Act of 1832 in the UK, as well as the way that the colony managed the balance between free settlers and convict labour.

For those that may want to take things further, the book has copious footnotes (which are worth reading rather than skipping over) and a good bibliography.

Highly recommended.


Greater London: The Story of the Suburbs
Greater London: The Story of the Suburbs
by Nick Barratt
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 17.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Massive book for a massive topic, 27 Mar 2013
Well I have just got to the end of the book and as a Londoner I have been amazed at how much info Nick has managed to put into this book. To see the growth of London from its early days to the current sprawl - and see how different parts of London have gone from desirable to unloved and back again really shows how organic London is. Truly a world city, London has been a magnate for people from the rest of the UK and the four corners of the world and that melting pot of cultures, beliefs and practices has moulded the city over time. I have learnt all sort of interesting snippets, which have helped flesh out the places where my ancestors lived and worked. If you have an interest in London beyond the 'city' (which has retained a remarkable control over its own dominion), then this is a book that is really worth having. Enjoy.


Harvest (Hyddenworld Quartet 3)
Harvest (Hyddenworld Quartet 3)
by William Horwood
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.59

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Saga Continues, 12 Nov 2012
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Book three in the Hyddenworld Quartet has really began to take the whole series up to a new level - with several interesting plot twists. The characters are still well formed and I am looking forward to the concluding book.


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