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The Children Act
The Children Act
Price: £3.66

3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 15 Mar. 2015
This review is from: The Children Act (Kindle Edition)
Not his best novel, but still a very good read for one of the masters of prose.


Understanding Jurisprudence
Understanding Jurisprudence
by Raymond Wacks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £26.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful, absolutely indispensable guide to this difficult subject, 15 Mar. 2015
A wonderful, absolutely indispensable guide to this difficult subject. Highly readable, and even funny in places. Lots of very helpful questions at the end of each chapter, and useful lists of further reading and references. It makes jurisprudence fun without dumbing it down. I love it!!


Privacy and Media Freedom
Privacy and Media Freedom
by Raymond Wacks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £31.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 15 July 2013
This is an outstanding analysis of a difficult, and highly controversial, subject. The author provides a persuasive account of the concept of privacy and how it can be reconciled with freedom of expression. Raymond Wacks is an acknowledged expert on the law of privacy and has written numerous books and articles in this area, and his views are the result of almost 40 years of reflection and participation in law reform. He even offers a draft bill that would, at least in this reader's view, successfully protect both rights. I strongly recommend this excellent book.


Blood Meridian
Blood Meridian
by Cormac McCarthy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Dazzling masterpiece, 19 May 2012
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It is not easy to find the adjectives to describe this coruscating work of artistic brilliance.

It takes a while to get into, but by page 20 you will be hooked. The scale of the novel, the luminous, incandescent language, the powerful images, the extraordinary atmosphere will have you gasping with admiration, if not excitement.

Great novels appear only rarely. This one is up there with Moby Dick and other classics of English literature.

If the Nobel Prize for Literature has any meaning (which I doubt since it has been awarded to a number of writers who are, I fear, barely fit to saddle McCarthy's stallion) there is no doubt that this is the man who thoroughly deserves it.


Any Human Heart
Any Human Heart
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo!, 19 May 2012
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This novel is a triumph.

I have long been a fan of Boyd's, and I rate this extraordinary work as his best (at least of those that I have read).

Yet again, he exhibits a remarkable grasp of the fundamental elements of the novel. In this well-paced, electrifying journey through the twentieth century, the author demonstrates his ability to keep the reader utterly riveted by a plot that (though occasionally a little far-fetched) sparkles with humour, pathos, and profoundly moving insights into the human condition.

A wonderfully satisfying read.


Ordinary Thunderstorms
Ordinary Thunderstorms
by William Boyd
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable, 19 May 2012
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William Boyd is among the best novelists of his generation. This book is no exception to his literary skills.

Both the plot and the characterization are exceptionally well crafted, and he demonstrates masterful control over the pace of what is, in effect, a thriller.

I have read several of Boyd's novels, and they all display an amazing virtuosity in respect of every genre he attempts.

A truly superb read.


Hitch 22: A Memoir
Hitch 22: A Memoir
by Christopher Hitchens
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incandescent, 19 May 2012
This review is from: Hitch 22: A Memoir (Paperback)
This rates as one of the best of Hitchens' brilliant collection of writing.

Not only does he write like an angel, but his insight, knowledge and especially his devastating attacks on political correctness are extraordinary testimony to his journalistic genius.

Whether or not you agree with his arguments (I, generally, do) you will be spellbound by his passion and his astonishing skill in marshalling an argument.

I cannot recommend this book too highly.

Hitch will be greatly missed.


Understanding Jurisprudence: An Introduction to Legal Theory
Understanding Jurisprudence: An Introduction to Legal Theory
by Raymond Wacks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £27.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT & UTTERLY INDISPENSABLE, 18 May 2012
An absolutely indispensable guide through the complexities of jurisprudence. The author has established himself as the best textbook writer in this subject. The new edition is even better than the previous one. Professor Wacks has produced a textbook that is wonderfully clear, incredibly helpful - and even amusing!

Having taught legal philosophy for 30 years he really understands where students need help and advice. I find the many questions at the end of each chapter extremely useful and the comprehensive reading lists are also excellent.

You will not regret buying this book. It is also moderately priced. As another reviewer put it: "Thank Heavens for Professor Wacks!"


White Lies
White Lies
by Raymond Wacks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable!, 16 April 2012
This review is from: White Lies (Paperback)
I read this wonderful novel in a single sitting. I found myself alternately laughing out loud and then wiping away a tear! I was enchanted by what is an exceptional first novel by a former law professor who grew up in South Africa in the Sixties. It brilliantly captures what life must have been like for a white teenager with a conscience - coming of age in an evil and repressive society.

There is so much to enjoy here. Apart from the hilarious episodes (school, national service etc) which are vividly described, the characters are evoked with a combination of sympathy and humour. The moral contradictions encountered by the Jewish community are portrayed with considerable psychological insight by the author. The plot, too, is gripping - with a number of unexpected twists and turns. This is that rare thing - a comic novel underscored throughout with wisdom.

The writing is so clear that I found myself imagining White Lies made into a movie!

I loved this book, and have recommended it to several friends, all of whom have echoed my enthusiasm.

One can only hope that Raymond Wacks will produce a follow-up to this delightful work.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous boots, 15 Feb. 2012
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I ordered these in the charcoal and am delighted with them. They are smart, lightweight, and wonderfully comfortable. And well worth the price.


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