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Lonely Planet Paris (Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Paris (Travel Guide)
by Lonely Planet
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb guide, 2 July 2015
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This is an excellent guide to Paris. It isn't too heavy so it's ideal to take with you on a holiday to the French capital city. In this book is a really useful guide to the top 16 places to visit in the city. This includes famous attractions such as The Eiffel Tower and Louvre as well as Canal St Martin and Versailles. There is an interesting section which tells the events that take place in Paris throughout the year. From Louis XVI commemorative Mass on the Sunday closest to 21 January to Bastille Day on 14 July, the jazz festival in September and the New Year's Eve party at the close of December, there are always events happening to coincide with your trip. The guide also includes museums, shopping, nightlife, areas of the city to visit as well as details on transport and language. Also included in this excellent guide is a very easier to follow map that can be easily pulled out the book. Packed with colour photos, this book is highly recommended.


Into The Woods: How Stories Work and Why We Tell Them
Into The Woods: How Stories Work and Why We Tell Them
by John Yorke
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent., 7 July 2013
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John Yorke is a very successful commissioning editor and producer. He oversaw one of the most successful periods for BBC soap opera EastEnders and has also worked on popular dramas such as Hustle and Life on Mars. In this highly rewarding book, Yorke examines screenwriting. He considers what a story is, how it is structured and he considers characterisation. Reference is made to numerous tv programmes and to te structure of films such as The Godfather. It is a very enjoyable and interesting book.


Shakespeare in Company
Shakespeare in Company
by Bart van Es
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £26.99

4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting book., 27 Jun. 2013
This review is from: Shakespeare in Company (Hardcover)
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There are so many books available about William Shakespeare that it becomes difficult to believe that every aspect of the world's greatest playwright has not by now been covered. This book seems to displace this viewpoint. In this fascinating book Bart Van Es discusses the role of the acting companies who performed his plays and the influences they had on his work. Familar names such as Richard Burbage appear as well as other lesser known performers. This book is perhaps more geared to people studying Shakespeare but it would also appeal to the more casual reader.


Alexander the Great: The Anabasis and the Indica (Oxford World's Classics)
Alexander the Great: The Anabasis and the Indica (Oxford World's Classics)
by Arrian
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, 21 Jun. 2013
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Martin Hammond's translation of Arrian's work on Alexander the Great offers the reader a detailed account on the career of this Macedonian leader. Alexander died at the young age of 32 yet had still managed in a comparatively short time to conquer vast areas. Arrian was obviously intrigued by Alexander and presents a very detailed study of him. Although he is keen to emphasise Alexander's strengths as a brilliant and thoughtful leader he does not shy away from acknowledging his less pleasing traits.
The introduction by classicist John Atkinson gives valuable information on Arrian's career and on Alexander's life and campaign. He also discusses Arrian's style and his sources.
This edition is enhanced by the provision of maps and a very detailed index. There are also excellent explanatory notes which are most useful and serve to further the reader's understanding of this fascinating period of Ancient History.


Unfinished Empire: The Global Expansion of Britain
Unfinished Empire: The Global Expansion of Britain
by John Darwin
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful account, 23 May 2013
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John Darwin's book 'Unfinished Empire' is a thoughtful and well written account of the influence and demise of the British Empire. This book gives an insight into its formation and expansion. Darwin writes objectively and does not seek to be judgemental. He leaves the reader to draw his or her own conclusions. So often history books can be rather dull and unimaginative in the way that they present the facts. This is not the case with this book as Darwin writes in an interesting way. He explains the apparent anomalies in the thinking of those behind the Empire- for example being prolific slave traders but then also being foremost in abolishing the trade. I would recommend John Darwin's book to those with an interest in the history of the British Empire and who wish to gain a deeper understanding of it.


Doctor Who: Shadow of Death (Destiny of the Doctor 2)
Doctor Who: Shadow of Death (Destiny of the Doctor 2)
by Simon Guerrier
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £10.20

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This will take you back to 1968, 16 April 2013
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It is 50 years since Doctor Who was first shown on television, Shadow of Death is one of many exciting products which has been released in the anniversary year to mark this achievement. The Shadow of Death is the second in the series of 11 audio stories which will feature and link all 11 Doctors. This release is particularly special as current Doctor Matt Smith has often stated the influence of Patrick Troughton's Doctor on his portrayal. The ever popular Fraser Hines who played regular companion Jamie McCrimmon between 1966 and 1969 and later came back for guest appearances in the mid 1980s, steps effortlessly back into the character's shoes. He also does the voices for nearly all the characters in the story, including a spot on impersonation of the second Doctor himself. The only other actor in the story being Sophie Popolovic as Evie Dawnay. Rather than opting for a modern take on the second Doctor era, Simon Guerrier quite rightly tries to capture the tone of this era and write an adventure that could have easily featured on television 45 years ago. We have what many people associate with this period, the adventure of a small group of isolated people in a base under seige from an unknown alien. The Doctor, Jamie and Zoe arrive at an abandoned city which is being investigated by human scientists who are being killed off. The story moves at a fast pace at 1 hour 25 minute. I feel that this release is really about nostalgia and recapturing the magic of a great period in the shows history.
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Argon Digital Radio with iPod Dock - High Gloss (discontinued by manufacturer)
Argon Digital Radio with iPod Dock - High Gloss (discontinued by manufacturer)

4.0 out of 5 stars Good reception and sound quality, 16 April 2013
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The Argon Digital Radio IPod dock is very impressive, it tunes in automatically when you switch it on and also the time comes up automatically, so you do not have to spend time entering this. I often listen to radio 4, and I felt that the reception for this and all the digital stations was very good indeed. It also plays my Ipod very clearly too. The one criticism I would have is that I had problems entering the preset stations and also the alarm facility. I tried to follow the instructions but I could not get these facilities to work. Other than this I would say the radio is a good purchase and it has far superior sound to my other digital radio.


The Lady in the Lake (Classic Chandler)
The Lady in the Lake (Classic Chandler)
by Raymond Chandler
Edition: Audio CD

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent play, 21 Feb. 2013
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For many people the definitive Philip Marlowe is the one so memorably brought to life by Humphrey Bogart in the 1940s. It was not an easy task for Toby Stevens to step into the role in a radio play of one of the lesser known Marlowe stories. However, he is excellent in the role and this is another fine radio play by BBC4. The play has cut out certain parts of the book, but this means you get a good fast paced play with no padding. The BBC successfully recreates the atmosphere of California in the 1940s. Highly recommended


A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
Edition: Audio CD

5.0 out of 5 stars A superb reading of a much loved classic, 21 Feb. 2013
This review is from: A Christmas Carol (Audio CD)
I was very much looking forward to listening to Tom Baker's reading of the classic Charles Dicken's novel 'A Christmas Carol' and I was not disappointment. The reading actually exceeded my expectations. Tom Baker very much loves Charles Dickens rather like his dr who character. He said in an interview he re_reads his novels on a regular basis. The passion Tom feels really comes through. Tom with his famous voice brings the characters such as Scrooge, his put upon clerk Bob Crachett and the ghosts to life. A great moment is early on when Scrooge first sees the face of his dead brother Marley. It is often said that audio books are good to listen to in the background but this demands your full attention. The story is obviously very familar with countless films and tv adapatations but that does not matter as the reading is so engrossing. It can be listened to any of time of year, not just christmas. I can't recommend it enough.


A Beautiful Place to Die
A Beautiful Place to Die
by Malla Nunn
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting thriller, 23 Nov. 2012
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With Scandevia set crime novels proving so popular at the moment, it is refreshing to read a crime novel set in a different location. 'A Beautiful Place to Die' is based in South Africa during the 1950's. The novel, which is the debut by writer Malla Nunn, is about the murder of a Police Office and the subsequent investigation. The main character Emmanuel Cooper finds that his investigation is not as straight forward as he might have hoped. The book deals with race issues and captures the uncertainity of living in South Africa during this period. There are some loopholes within the book, but this is an impressive debut.


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