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Bobby's Open: Mr Jones and the Golf Shot that Defined a Legend
Bobby's Open: Mr Jones and the Golf Shot that Defined a Legend
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2.0 out of 5 stars Just a compilation of statistics and journalism, 29 Jun 2013
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Very little original thought seems to have gone into the writing of this book. The author has simply culled loads of newspaper and magazine articles from the period and filled up the book with statistics. I managed to finish it, but it was a real struggle. The most interesting part of the book was the section of photos.


Waiting for Sunrise
Waiting for Sunrise
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, 13 Jan 2013
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First book I've read on an e-reader. Decentish plot and well thought, realistic characters. As usual with Boyd, well written but easy to read prose. Not at the level of his early work, but worthwhile none the less.


Acer 5742Z 15.6 inch Laptop (Intel Pentium P6100 Processor, 6 GB RAM, 640 GB HDD, DVD-Super Multi DL Drive, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit)
Acer 5742Z 15.6 inch Laptop (Intel Pentium P6100 Processor, 6 GB RAM, 640 GB HDD, DVD-Super Multi DL Drive, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit)

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Value for General Home Computing, 27 Oct 2011
Just the thing for general home requirements - we do mainly browsing, email, a bit of basic gaming. Fine for video skype calls and watching films. Very happy with the product, so much so that since buying it, I bought a 2nd one for my wife.


No Way Down: Life and Death on K2
No Way Down: Life and Death on K2
by Graham Bowley
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Respectful and sensitive account of a disaster, 2 Feb 2011
Many of the other reviewers comment negatively on the fact that the author is a journalist and wasn't a member of one of the many expeditions on K2 when these deaths occurred. I felt that that Bowley's journalism background ensured that not only is the book well written, it is fair, balanced, respectful and sensitive. I've enjoyed many other books on climbing, such as Into Thin Air, The Death Zone, Touching the Void, and many others by Krakauer and Simpson. Krakauer was at his best, I felt, when he wrote Into the Wild, an account of events in which Krakauer did not participate. He showed in this excellent book that it's not necessary to have "been there" to write a gripping story.

Bowley's book does not explore the moral issues involved in climbing, or at least does not comment on them; and unlike Into Thin Air, there is no attempt to apportion blame for the events leading to the 11 deaths. This, I feel, is appropriate for a journalist with no personal experience of climbing. It is entirely correct for experienced climber-writers like Jon Krakauer or Matt Dickinson [The Death Zone] to comment and criticise on mistakes; but not for a non-climber such as Bowley.

In summary, I found this a sympathetic, balanced, and very well-structured book.


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