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Stonehenge (Wonders of the World)
Stonehenge (Wonders of the World)
by Rosemary Hill
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Summer Solstice, 5 April 2009
From Mrs E Cumming

Rosemary Hill does so well in "Stonehenge" to combine erudition with all the acadmic dryness taken out of it somehow... there must be the most intense research, not a reference missed from earliest in 937 to the present, and this takes us through all sorts of literature, art, history, cultural periods, it is really compelling and makes me determined to visit Stonehenge properly with all this information bringing the whole thing into bright light instead of just staring and being overawed in an ignorant greyness..
I like the way she starts by declaring that the book supports none of the theories! Then throws out so many that you wonder how she managed to stay objective herself.

And there are bits of humour, like Dr. Johnson being so dismissive... "there is neither art nor power in it" and he wouldn't want to see any more such, thank you very much... and what about Aubrey and friend having dinner on top of one of the trilithons !
And the connections with the architecture of Bath, Piccadilly Circus and even Milton Keynes...

The Dilemmas of Harriet Carew
The Dilemmas of Harriet Carew
by Cristina Odone
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read, 5 Mar. 2008
A great read! This is a warm and funny romance, a family saga that is also a love story and a witty take on the new class system. Harriet Carew is such an engaging heroine that when I finished the book it was as if a friend had left me. Her dilemmas -- ex boyfriend vs husband? stay at home mum vs paying the bills? private school in London vs moving to the country for the better schools -- feel absolutely genuine. And so do her fears about the posh mums at the school gates, the snobbish in-laws, the sexually voracious au pair. The three main characters are totally believable, the minor characters very entertaining. (My favourite is best friend Charlotte with her 'Manic Organic' obsession.) Could we have a sequel, please?

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