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Who Wants to be a Batsman?
Who Wants to be a Batsman?
by Simon Hughes
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.14

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun and interesting insight into batting., 15 July 2015
Having read a few of Simon Hughes' books, I was really looking forward to reading this one. It didn't disappoint.
Hughes manages to mix an intelligent and reasoned thesis on batting with his own humerous self-depreciation, and the theme gradually cross-reference the experiences of his own children as they grow into young cricketers.
If there is a criticism, the book is perhaps too short, but most enjoyable nevertheless.


A Higher Call: The Incredible True Story of Heroism and Chivalry during the Second World War
A Higher Call: The Incredible True Story of Heroism and Chivalry during the Second World War
Price: £3.96


Upon Dark Waters
Upon Dark Waters
by Robert Radcliffe
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Another beautifully written wartime novel from Robert Radcliffe, 2 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Upon Dark Waters (Paperback)
This is the third of Robert Radcliffe's novels that I have read and to be honest, his work is so good I'd read a shopping list if he put his name to it.


Hart of Empire (George Hart 2)
Hart of Empire (George Hart 2)
by Saul David
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, 16 Dec. 2010
The second Hart novel that I've read and I found it much as expected- good fun but nothing too serious. The character is growing into himself, and Saul David is starting to give George Hart a personality of his own.
Worth the read.


Blood of Honour (Jack Tanner 3)
Blood of Honour (Jack Tanner 3)
by James Holland
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars The Jack Tanner series needs to up its game, 5 Nov. 2010
I have now read all three of the Jack Tanner books and James Holland has to be very careful that he does not become over-cliche'd. As with the other two, the hero has his run in with a priggish officer. As with the other two, the hero is met by a hateful Nazi who kills civilians. As with the other two, there is a really unneccessary encounter with a beautiful woman. As with the other two, the hero and his sidekick stumble across a cache of explosives which they use to great effect against the enemy.

One cannot fault Holland's enthusiasm for his topic. His novels are well researched and well written, but there really needs to be a bit more originality to the storylines!

If and when it is written, the fourth Tanner novel needs to be pretty sharp to persuade me to go for a fifth.


Under An English Heaven
Under An English Heaven
by Robert Radcliffe
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning, utterly engrossing novel of war and romance., 17 Oct. 2010
I bought this novel via the Amazon recommendations and was not disappointed with my choice.

Under An English Heaven describes in terrfiying detail the extremities of the air war waged against Nazi Germany between 1943 and 1945, and the appalling stresses the bomber crews endured during those dark days. However, it also offers some sympathy to those people affected by the bombing campaign from either side, which is a sentiment that is somewhat unusual in novels like these.
Combined with the graphic detail of the sortees is with a robust storyline of love, passion and the struggle for life on the ground, with attention focussing on the inhabitants of a Suffolk village close to the USAF air base where the bombers were housed.
Too often I read novels that have plots that ultimately spin themselves away from reality, and a pet hate of mine is unneccessary love scenes. Under an English Heaven has neither. Radcliffe's writing is uncomplicated and very easy to read, the plot being totally and hair-raisingly credible, and what love scenes there are fit perfectly and sympathetically to the prose.
It is often all to easy to dish out five stars for a book one has just finished reading, but I feel this book warrants all five without hesitation. You may also try reading Sam Halpert's 'A Real Good War', and Len Deighton's 'Bomber', both of which are excellent fictional accounts from the perspective of bomber pilots.


You've Done What, My Lord?
You've Done What, My Lord?
by Rory Clark
Edition: Paperback

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A gentle and amusing insight into the country estate, 7 Jun. 2010
'You've Done What, My Lord?' provides a light hearted view of the role of a resident Land Agent on a rural estate. being "in the trade" myself, I can relate to many of the light hearted anecdotes Clark writes about, and enjoyed the book as an easy read.
Plus points: well written, amusing (not really laugh out loud), interesting
Negatives: Unnecessary and inappropriate love scenes (very mild, but just not needed), James Aden, the main character is irritatingly perfect, and it would be better to have read about instances where he has not fallen quite so comfortably on his feet and has made a horlicks of things (I have yet to meet a Land Agent who hasn't experienced at least one!).


An English Country Manner
An English Country Manner
by Rory Clark
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars A well-written, enjoyable novel, 6 Jun. 2010
Like one of the two previous reviewers, I am a Land Agent as well, so can relate to much of what Rory Clark writes, and can almost always recollect a similar situation as to the various tales he tells.
It is a very easy read, and was very enjoyable, but if I were to criticise it it would be to say that the, albeit tame love scenes just aren't warranted for a book of this genre. I want to read about funny and interesting anecdotes, not how the main charater gets on in bed with his lady friend, thanks!


The Owl Killers
The Owl Killers
by Karen Maitland
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another dark, absorbing novel, 26 Feb. 2010
This review is from: The Owl Killers (Paperback)
Having read many of the reviews already written about The Owl Killers, it is hard to differ from their opinions in as much that the novel gently gathers pace rather than smacks you from the start, and the first person perspective takes a bit of getting used to. However, once engrossed in the book, I found the pace of the story just right, and really enjoyed each of the characters.
There have never been so many misunderstood people as there are in Ulweic, the setting for the novel, although their complexity of each of the narrators is crucial to the storyline.
I preferred The Owl Killers to the very good Company of Liars, by the same author, but feel that in both instances, she needs to fine tune her endings, as my feeling was that they both ended without a gritty, satisfying conclusion.


Flight Of The Conchords - Complete HBO First and Second Season [DVD] [2009]
Flight Of The Conchords - Complete HBO First and Second Season [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Bret McKenzie
Price: £11.38

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius., 21 Jan. 2010
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The first series of FotC is innovative, funny, and engrossing. Series two perhaps suffers a little from second season syndrome, but is nevertheless enjoyable.
Brett and Jermain, the main characters are superb, and the plots rich with anecdotes and quirky endings.
The best way I can describe it is like The Mighty Boosh in the real world, and without the drugs. If you're not a dan of the Boosh, don't let that put you off, as it is as different as it is similar.


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