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By Sian Evans - Mrs Ronnie: The Society Hostess Who Collected Kings
By Sian Evans - Mrs Ronnie: The Society Hostess Who Collected Kings
by Sian Evans
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars I had a lot of fun reading this book - probably not as much fun ..., 13 Jun. 2016
I had a lot of fun reading this book - probably not as much fun as Mrs Ronnie had just living, though…Highly recommended if you enjoy social history.


Barbarians
Barbarians
by Tim Glencross
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars but has anyone noticed the brilliant typography on this book over, 27 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Barbarians (Paperback)
I know I'm going against the grain here, but has anyone noticed the brilliant typography on this book over? No: I'm not the designer. Just think it's brilliant.


Unreasonable Behaviour: An Autobiography
Unreasonable Behaviour: An Autobiography
by Don McCullin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.68

5.0 out of 5 stars Very compelling, 29 Mar. 2014
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This book reads well, documents a fascinating life, and is very thoughtful and provocative. It's also very interesting on the general atmosphere of the 1960s. Highly recommended. Few pictures, though - for that, buy another of his books. My heart goes out to Don McCullin's womenfolk - they must have seen very little of him. When his first son was born, he was on a plane out to darkest Africa the very next day.


In Praise of Older Women: The amorous recollections of András Vajda (Penguin Modern Classics)
In Praise of Older Women: The amorous recollections of András Vajda (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Stephen Vizinczey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hype rules, okay, 24 April 2010
Stephen Vizinczey's novel has received a lot of attention recently. It comes across as a form of biography, and although the character of Andras is well drawn - and is an unusual one - I suspect a lot of the interest in this book is really vicarious - because we British can't imagine a sex life as prolific as Vizinczey's seems to have been. Otherwise, although this is an enjoyable read, it doesn't stand up to the grandiose claims that have been made about it as a 'modern classic'. It is at times incredibly sketchy, and structurally, it is flawed. The ending, particularly, drifts off into space.


In Ruins
In Ruins
by Christopher Woodward
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best, 23 April 2010
This review is from: In Ruins (Paperback)
I don't really know why, but this is a special little book. It's a ramble through lots of different ideas and influences. It's very discursive, and a bit inconclusive. But for some reason, I return to it again and again.


Art Forms from the Ocean: The Radiolarian Prints of Ernst Haeckel
Art Forms from the Ocean: The Radiolarian Prints of Ernst Haeckel
by Olaf Breidbach
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.48

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally brilliant, 23 April 2010
This is the guy who inspired Gaudi's remarkable organic-form buildings. The drawings are just beautiful. You will enjoy.


Augustus Pugin Versus Decimus Burton: A Victorian Architectural Duel
Augustus Pugin Versus Decimus Burton: A Victorian Architectural Duel
by Guy Williams
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Heavy, but...., 10 Jun. 2008
This is well-researched and lovingly so: the story of a deadly duel between two Victorian architects that symbolised the fight between classicism and Gothic revivalism. It is hard to find much information out there on Burton, and this is a good place to start.


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