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War's Last Dance
War's Last Dance

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle, atmospheric, lyrical, 22 April 2013
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A rarity these days: not an obsessive Dan-Brown-ish page-turner, but a gentle, smouldering and atmospheric read; something to take you to another time and place.

I have been reading War's Last Dance on my daily commute, and it's completely immersive. An awful lot of effort has gone into historical accuracy, which makes the deft characterisations all the more credible.

Highly recommended.


First Class: A History of Britain in 36 Postage Stamps
First Class: A History of Britain in 36 Postage Stamps
by Christopher West
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A colourful and engaging treasure trove, 20 Nov 2012
This is a fascinating romp through some of the most colourful episodes in Britain's history. If you liked Radio 4's 'History of the World in 100 Objects'; this is just the book for you - it doesn't claim to be a comprehensive historical tome; but rather a glorious treasure trove of insight.

As with '100 Objects', it takes Haiku-like discipline to extract vivid and engaging portraits from nothing more than a postage stamp (although they are unquestionably artifacts of both historical and artistic significance). With Chris West, we are in safe hands. He has an extraordinary ability to assimilate and simplify, with an eye for the amusing and interesting. Another review here says 'If you love QI, you will love this book'; and that's a fair summary - Chris writes like the ideal dinner guest: never droning, light of touch, and yet loaded with knowledge.

Incidentally, if you're a bit skeptical because it's hard to be encyclopaedic with a collection of vignettes, there are advantages, too. Unlike the usual Ferguson/Marr fare, West has no qualms about going right up to the new millennium; and isn't too afraid to make social judgements without the safe distance of history.

Highly recommended.


From Vision to Exit: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Building and Selling a Business
From Vision to Exit: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Building and Selling a Business
Price: £6.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for the Next-Stage Entrepreneur, 12 Jan 2012
I have had the pleasure of meeting Guy. That's not a declaration of interest, but rather an opportunity to tell you that as an avuncular and clubbable yet focused chap, that's exactly his writing style, too. In this book, you won't be mired in academic treacle, but he doesn't skimp on the lessons either.

The key fact for prospective buyers of 'From Vision to Exit' is that the world is currently chock-full of how-to-start-a-business books; some of which are excellent, and some of which are as full of hokum as a homeopathic apothecary. But this isn't a start-your-own-business book. This book deals with the rarefied air of the developing, growing or maturing business; and there are all too few books which tackle this properly. Guy brings a forensic accountant's eye to the job, with a healthy dose of common sense too.

I recommend this book to you specifically if:
- You've lost the wood from the trees and you're happily doing what you've done for a while, but have no idea how to get off the treadmill
- You have a long-running business (a family business, for example) and no plan to speak of
- You're on the brink of making a major decision and need some neutral advice
- Your business is running you, instead of the other way round
- You need to make a step change in either profitability or value


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