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Raich Carter: The Story of One of England's Greatest Footballers
Raich Carter: The Story of One of England's Greatest Footballers
by Frank Garrick
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 12.95

3.0 out of 5 stars Raich Carter - great footballer and a bighead., 17 April 2014
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My Dad was a Sunderland supporter and used to rave about Carter. I saw him play for Hull City and you could hear his voice bellowing out instructions - not always in the supportive tone, although his class was there even at this stage in his career.Whilst manager at Leeds he used to turn out for friendlies, when John Charles was playing, and some supporters used to believe he used to play the ball to Charles, just out of reach in an attempt to discredit the Welshman. In fact he told Charles that if he was playing, in his prime, the spotlight would shift to Carter. In his book King Charles, the Welshman has some interesting quotes about his manager, not always complementary. Frank Garrick does mention Carter's arrogance reputation, but a certain amount of hero-worship, by the author, does immerge. His depth of research for the book is to be commended and is a worthwhile read about one of England's all time greats.


Graeme Le Saux: Left Field: A Footballer Apart
Graeme Le Saux: Left Field: A Footballer Apart
by Graeme Le Saux
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.13

4.0 out of 5 stars Reflections of Graeme Le Saux, 1 Oct 2013
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One of the few professional footballers who is intelligent enough to pen his own story. He writes with honesty and insight into a rapidly changing game and comes across perhaps as being too sensitive for his own good. Never-the-less I enjoyed the book and recommend it to other football fans!


The Mournes, The (Irish Discoverer Series)
The Mournes, The (Irish Discoverer Series)
by Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland
Edition: Map

5.0 out of 5 stars The Mournes - Discoverer Series Map., 12 Nov 2011
I bought this map for a cycling tour I was planning next Spring. The detail is excellent and is everything I hoped for. It came in a convenient plastic cover for protection. The scale is adequate - 2 inches to the mile and is ideal for purpose. I usually photocopy the routes before hand and highlight my routes thus saving wear and tear on the actual map. The map had been used and came at a bargain price. Highly recommended!


Moll: Making of Molly Parkin - An Autobiography
Moll: Making of Molly Parkin - An Autobiography
by Molly Parkin
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Larger than Life Molly Parkin, 9 Jun 2011
I first heard Molly Parkin being interviewed on Desert Island Discs. Such was her frankness and honesty about her rollercoaster life I decided to get her book. I was not disappointed. Most certaintly she would not be everyones idea of a roll model, either as a Mother or Celeb., but she led her life without constraint and a great deal of devil may care attitude. Anyone with memories of the swinging sixties may be drawn to this book. As an old woman now she still seems to have that zest for life. What a character! Ken Smith.


Scapa Flow - The Story of Britain's Greatest Naval Anchorage in Two World Wars
Scapa Flow - The Story of Britain's Greatest Naval Anchorage in Two World Wars
by Malcolm Brown
Edition: Paperback

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scapa Flow, 8 Aug 2010
Looking at Scapa Flow now it is difficult to imagine the importance, this lonely expanse of water, played in British Naval history. I recommend you read this book before visiting Scapa Flow- I wished I had done so because I missed so much, such as a visit to the Naval museum at Lyness on Hoy This is not one of those dry as dust history books, but offers the reader a fascinating collection of reminiscences from service personel who serviced there in both World Wars and of course the great events enacted from the Flow, including the Battle of Jutland and the scuttle of the German Fleet. Considering the amount of research that had to be undertaken,the authors should be congratulated on what has obviously been a labour of love.


Ernest Shackleton: Biography (A & E Biography (Dorling Kindersley))
Ernest Shackleton: Biography (A & E Biography (Dorling Kindersley))
by George Plimpton
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ernest Shackleton - biography, 22 Jan 2010
George Plimpton has produced a well-presented, attractive and entertaining backdrop of Ernest Shackleton. However, despite these attributes it is hardly Shackleton's biography lacking much detail of his early life and the follow on years which really made him the man he became. The author often goes off in a tangent and I find myself being diverted from, what should have been, the main thrust of the story. Nevertheless, I did enjoy the book and as a labour of love the author is to be congratulated.
Ken Smith.


Shackleton [VHS] [2002]
Shackleton [VHS] [2002]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shackleton, 20 Jan 2010
This review is from: Shackleton [VHS] [2002] (VHS Tape)
Kenneth Branagh gave one of his best performances in this film and it harmonizes perfectly with Shackleton's book, 'South' - anyone wanting to extend their knowledge of this rather complex person should be encouraged to read his account of the epic. It is interesting that although he recommended most of his crew for a medal awarded for their outstanding service in Antarctica he with-held the name of Chippy McNeish without whose skill in making the 'James Caird' seaworth Shackleton would never have reached landfall and with it the dire consequences of failure. McNeish, somewhat of a barrack room lawyer, clashed with Shackleton on several occasions and, if we are to believe the film, Shackleton threatened to have him shot because of insubordination on the ice.
Despite his leadership qualities, seamanship and knowledge of the Anarctica questions may be asked whether or not should the 'Endurance' should have been put in that situation in the first place? Ambition, it would appear, can be a terrible taskmaster!


North York Moors (OS Travel Series - Tourist Map) (OS Travel Map - Tour Map)
North York Moors (OS Travel Series - Tourist Map) (OS Travel Map - Tour Map)
by Ordnance Survey
Edition: Map

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Rough Map Guide to North Yorkshire, 26 Mar 2009
A well laid-out map for the tourist new to this part of the world. Handy for the glove compartment and on the spot information or for planning your day. Rather limited for the cyclist seeking those remote, off the beaten track, lanes and byeways. Never-the-less, a well produced mine of information from Ordnance Survey.


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