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Bedouin of the London Evening: Collected Poems
Bedouin of the London Evening: Collected Poems
by Rosemary Tonks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.40

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for all poets, 4 Oct 2014
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Superb quirky poems - private, intelligent, erotic - from a writer who became increasingly disturbed and overwhelmed by life.


The Home Place
The Home Place
Price: £8.58

5.0 out of 5 stars Good reading, 4 Oct 2014
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Subtle, intelligent, thoughtful play - we used it for a home drama group reading and 12 of us were all gripped, entertained, and made to think.


The Gatekeepers [DVD]
The Gatekeepers [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dror Moreh
Offered by Leisurezone
Price: £5.37

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 4 Oct 2014
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Utterly brilliant, gripping and illuminating documentary. Should be shown throughout the world in all 6th forms and Sociology degrees.


Conspirata: A Novel of Ancient Rome
Conspirata: A Novel of Ancient Rome
by Robert Harris
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad PR for Amazon, 4 Oct 2014
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Do not be misled by the title into thinking that this is a new Robert Harris title. In fact it is the second novel of the Cicero series, published in the UK as LUSTRUM. I suppose the Americans cannot deal with a title whose meaning and significance they cannot immediately grasp. I felt deceived by the Amazon advertising for this novel: it should have made it plain that this was already published as LUSTRUM. Bad PR for Amazon, for the sellers, and for the American publisher. CBG


Outside the All Stars
Outside the All Stars
by Jonathan Asser
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Highly original, accessible poetry, 24 Nov 2013
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This book of poems deals with the twenty-first century urban world: the poet has a penetrating and witty, if wry gaze, and writes brilliantly about his encounters and observations on his own and others' lives. A real addition to the current crop of poets. Spare, a tough-tender romantic, he conceals his love for what he observes behind a capacity for cool, accurate, and often funny observation. Highly recommended.


The Forging of a Rebel
The Forging of a Rebel
by Arturo Barea
Edition: Paperback
Price: £20.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One man's story, lived out in 20th century Spain, told by a brilliant writer, 3 Jun 2012
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I owned this book for some time before I began to read it, slightly put off by its size - 3 books in one volume. But when I eventually began, I could not put it down, even for short aeroplane trips abroad. It gripped me from page 1: superbly well-written, and equally well translated by the author's wife, both of them writers by profession. The first volume is an account of a childhood in Madrid in the early 20th century, seen through the eyes of an unusual child - perceptive, highly intelligent and determined. Volume 2 concerns Barea's young man-hood in the army, and Volume 3 centres around his activity in the Spanish Civil War, again in Madrid. This is not a conventional 'history' - it is a deeply personal and passionate story, full of incident and observation. Wait till you reach the account of the landing of an emormous Moray eel...... I recommend this book very highly indeed: it is one of those that makes one feel bereft to have finished it, and to have to do without. I've since given it (a new copy) to one or two very good friends.


Penguin Cordon Bleu Cookery
Penguin Cordon Bleu Cookery
by Rosemary Hume
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best ever, 4 Oct 2011
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This is the best of all cookery books for both beginners and experienced good cooks. No fancy recipes requiring 'drizzles' of anything at all, no larks' tongues, but a wide variety of expert fundamental recipes which work absolutely unfailingly. I had my first copy when I was a student, and have just bought my third, in hardback, because it gets so much use. However, it's time Penguin brought out an edition with measures in grams and kilos, since this book still uses ounces and pounds and pints. But there's a conversion chart in the back. The whole thing WORKS. Very highly recommended.


Complete Plays: "Entertaining Mr. Sloane", "Loot", "What the Butler Saw", "The Ruffian on the Stair", "The Erpingham Camp", "Funeral Games", and "The ... "Funeral Games" "Good and Faithful Servant"
Complete Plays: "Entertaining Mr. Sloane", "Loot", "What the Butler Saw", "The Ruffian on the Stair", "The Erpingham Camp", "Funeral Games", and "The ... "Funeral Games" "Good and Faithful Servant"
by Joe Orton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.64

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A big surprise, 30 July 2011
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I joined a play-reading group with virtually no knowledge of drama post 18th Century. In my first term we started to read Joe Orton's plays, which I got via Amazon for the princely sum of One Penny (plus p and p)from the Bournemouth Oxfam. (Highly recommended). We read LOOT first, and then WHAT THE BUTLER SAW and THE ERPINGHAM CAMP. It was a revelation to me - highly intelligent writing, with a serious theme in the background (our hypocrisy about death; the ludicrous side of the medical profession; a parody of a Butlin's holiday camp) and also extremely and wickedly funny. The play-reading had to stop once or twice because the readers were laughing so hard they were crying. I highly recommend Orton's work and am very pleased to have the rest of the plays.


The Planets (3-Disc Box Set) [DVD]
The Planets (3-Disc Box Set) [DVD]
Price: £6.75

22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Planets - brilliant but marred by intrusive music, 20 Mar 2011
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This is a fascinating series which can be watched again and again - a great deal of information and some extraordinary visuals, both actual and computer-generated. It explains and teaches, as well as informs. However, to English ears (mine at any rate) the endless accompanying music is portentous, banal and completely unnecessary. It 's a pity they did not let the intrinsic interest of the subject matter and the expert commentaries speak for themselves.


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