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Big Man
Big Man
by Clarence Clemons
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh I miss the Big Man, 1 Aug. 2012
This review is from: Big Man (Paperback)
A very sympathetic and endearing insight into life in one of the world's greatest rock bands.

Clarence Clemons is at his most vulnerable within these pages, and his natural humour and good nature seep through the lines and infect your soul. At times I just couldn't stop smiling. From great anecdotes to touching scenes it doesn't disappoint.

Anyone who is a fan of rock 'n' roll, Bruce Springsteen or being a 'free spirit' should pick this up and read it.

It is such a shame that there wasn't an Epilogue detailing the last year. Maybe a later edition would contain this and then the tears will really flow.

Brodeck's Report
Brodeck's Report
by Philippe Claudel
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful and moving, 16 Jun. 2012
This review is from: Brodeck's Report (Paperback)
Brodeck's Report is one of those books seemingly written just to make you think. Set in a mysterious village located in German speaking France during and after the Second World War, it tells the story of how the closed village community deals with a surprising newcomer.

The introverted nature and subject matter of the book forces the reader to consider his/her own ideas about change and newness. There are episodes within the text that are challenging and particularly emotional, and they force one to question what lengths one is willing to go to to survive. There is enough sensitive material here to make one weep in some instances, sometimes from the tenderness of the writing, sometimes from the sheer frustration at how wrong and miserable humans can be.

The book is so affecting because most of its content rings home. This is why I liked it. And this is why, when I'm ready, I will read it again.

The Art of Fielding
The Art of Fielding
by Chad Harbach
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

4.0 out of 5 stars An insightful and sensitive debut, 13 Jun. 2012
This review is from: The Art of Fielding (Paperback)
The Art of Fielding may not be a book that changes or life. I may not have a story that will be produced on the big screen or talked about by children and adults ad infinitum.

What it does have though is a beautiful language and images. It is brilliantly written and the pace is perfect. It is one of those books that almost doesn't need a plot, such is the subtlety of the writing, the literary allusions, the creations of images and ideas. Some of the similes will stay with you and in my case, I found them so unique that it showed me how far you can go to create singular and personal images that can be totally unambiguous, elegant and descriptive.

On the evidence of these skills, I look forward to further work by the same author, and even if you know nothing about baseball there is enough in this book for you to be able to enjoy and appreciate the writing thoroughly.

Lunatic Express: Discovering the World via Its Most Dangerous Buses, Boats, Trains, and Planes
Lunatic Express: Discovering the World via Its Most Dangerous Buses, Boats, Trains, and Planes
by Carl Hoffman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lunatics all round, 8 Jun. 2012
I took a punt on this book after it was recommended by Amazon, and was pleasantly surprised.

Not only does the author convey beautifully the ubiquitous sense of bedlam on each of his journeys, but he does it so convincingly that I feel that I needn't ever put myself through the travails of South American coaches or Indonesian ferries.

It really is a lovely travel book, with revelations occurring for the author himself too: I particularly resonated with his temptations in India (something that has happened to me on my travels too) and enjoyed the story about the ear cleaners enormously.

On the whole it is a fun, exciting and interesting book that is perfect for one's commute. It made me realise how lucky we are that the London Underground is what it is...

Between Silk and Cyanide: A Codemaker's War 1941-1945
Between Silk and Cyanide: A Codemaker's War 1941-1945
by Leo Marks
Edition: Paperback

5 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars We get that you're clever already, 2 Jun. 2012
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Leo Marks, the author has a great tale to tell. The only problem is, Leo Marks. He has some fascinating insight into the workings of the code makers and breakers of The Second World War. The lives of men like Yeo-Thomas and Nicholls are an inspiration to us all, but sadly they are forced to play second fiddle to Marks.

For all his ability, Marks is an unlikeable character. His smugness comes out in a number of ways, least of all in the fact that this book could have been written to greater effect in only 300 pages, rather than the 600 he chose. Too much of it is repetitive blurb about coding, wherein, what a surprise, he personally cracks another indecipherable. In short, Mr Marks likes the sound of his own voice.

Sadly too much of the book follows exactly that pattern and one yearns for more about the lives of the agents, rather than a constantly in trouble 23 year old code maker. His trouble never even compares to that faced by captured agents and yet it they who are depicted as expendable commodities whilst he can sit in London and make witty poems slagging off the Allied commanders.
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Latin Stories: A GCSE Reader
Latin Stories: A GCSE Reader
by Henry Cullen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.59

2 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deus Dat Incrementum et librum splendidum, 12 Aug. 2011
..after having published (Abl. Abs) frequently over the past 20 years - my rendition of the Iliad was a bestseller in The Pound - I can genuinely recommend this book. It recently helped me as I struggled through the latest edition of Minimus - no easy feat.

Taylor's done it again, though was he offered a scholarship at Balliol College Oxford in his last year at Prep me? Tut tut - Lucem meam sequitur.
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