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OxTravels: Meetings with remarkable travel writers (Ox Tales)
OxTravels: Meetings with remarkable travel writers (Ox Tales)
by Rory MacLean
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect travel companion, 7 Jun. 2011
This is an amazing collection of travel stories. I must confess that I don't usually read travel, so it's opened my eyes to some great writers, as well as taking me to places I hadn't expected to go. It's all in here - Africa, the Americas (North and South), Europe, Asia, and even Antarctica! The range of the stories is huge, not just geographically. From Nicholas Shakespear's moving piece on slavery to Sara Wheeler lovely story of a love affair, there's stories here that will make you laugh and others that will break your heart. An absolute joy to read from start to finish. Thoroughly recommended, whether you read on planes, trains, on the beach, or tucked up in bed.


Ox-Tales:Water
Ox-Tales:Water
by David Park
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful stories, 12 July 2009
This review is from: Ox-Tales:Water (Paperback)
These are wonderful stories, collected together to raise money for Oxfam. Highlights include William Boyd's hilarious tale about a young actress, Bethany Next-The-Sea, and Giles Foden's gripping (One Last) Throw Of The Dice. The most impressive thing is that this book - and the other Ox-Tales collections - showcase the best in British writing, so as well as reading great stories by your favourite writers, you are bound to discover some fantastic writing from authors you might not already know. Get the set!


Ox-Tales:Air
Ox-Tales:Air
by Louise Welsh
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful stories, 12 July 2009
This review is from: Ox-Tales:Air (Paperback)
These are wonderful stories, collected together to raise money for Oxfam. Highlights include two terrific Caribbean tales, DBC Pierre's Suddenly Doctor Cox, and Helen Fielding's Trouble in Paradise. Perfect reads for your summer holiday! The most impressive thing is that this book - and the other Ox-Tales collections - showcase the best in British writing, so as well as reading great stories by your favourite writers, you are bound to discover some fantastic writing from authors you might not already know. Get the set!


Ox-Tales:Earth
Ox-Tales:Earth
by Marti Leimbach
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.00

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful stories, 12 July 2009
This review is from: Ox-Tales:Earth (Paperback)
These are wonderful stories, collected together to raise money for Oxfam. Highlights include Rose Tremain's The Jestor of Astapovo, a brilliant re-imagining of the last days of Tolstoy, and Hanif Kureishi's ghostly Long Ago Yesterday. The most impressive thing is that this book - and the other Ox-Tales collections - showcase the best in British writing, so as well as reading great stories by your favourite writers, you are bound to discover some fantastic writing from authors you might not already know. Get the set!


Ox-Tales:Fire
Ox-Tales:Fire
by Geoff Dyer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.00

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful stories, 12 July 2009
This review is from: Ox-Tales:Fire (Paperback)
These are wonderful stories, collected together to raise money for Oxfam. Highlights include Mark Haddon's The Island, a brilliant re-telling of the myth of Ariadne, and Jeanette Winterson's delightful Dog Days. The most impressive thing is that this book - and the other Ox-Tales collections - showcase the best in British writing, so as well as reading great stories by your favourite writers, you are bound to discover some fantastic writing from authors you might not already know. Get the set!


Sandinista!
Sandinista!
Price: £9.54

16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Clash at their worst (and occasionally best), 12 Oct. 2007
This review is from: Sandinista! (Audio CD)
I still love The Clash 30 years after first hearing them, but having just recently revisted this album, I have to take issue with some of the other comments posted about Sandanista! It is by far the worst record they released. A two-and-a-half hour long treble album containing every studio experiment, regardless of quality? What were they thinking? The album contains some of my favourite songs (Magnificent Seven, The Call Up, One More Time), all of which are individually very strong, are musically diverse and epitomise the politically engaged nature of the band. But an album is a collection of songs, and this collection contains so much dross that it becomes unbearable after a while. Who actually listens to Mensforth Hill (which is Something About England backwards) or the endless dub versions that fill Side 6? This album could, at a push, have been a very interesting double album. Trimmed to 12 killer tracks, it would have stood up next to the best of The Clash's work. But as a treble album, it stinks.
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Ballyhoo: The Best of Echo & The Bunnymen
Ballyhoo: The Best of Echo & The Bunnymen
Price: £5.62

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One song short of five stars, 28 Oct. 2003
A great collection of songs by one of the eighties' finest bands. I could listen to Rescue, The Killing Moon and Bring on the Dancing Horses any day and every day and never grow tired of them. However, I'm sorry to see The Puppet is missing from this best of. I only have it on an old tape of Songs to Learn and Sing to remind me of its greatness. And why isn't it on the remastered and expanded version of Crocodiles either? Is there a conspiracy against that wonderful song I don't know about, or what? If I want it on CD do I really have to shell out 40 quid to get it on the Crystal Days box set? Are fans like me being made to feel like puppets being manipulated? Twas ever so, I suppose.


21 Singles
21 Singles
Price: £6.74

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best band from the eighties, 12 Sept. 2002
This review is from: 21 Singles (Audio CD)
Listening to this was like being given a shot of nostalgia generating adrenalin. Can't believe I'd stopped listening to them years ago. Psychocandy was an amazing aural experience, Darklands a more mature and reflective work, Automatic and Honey's Dead choc-a-bloc with top rock and roll songs. My personal favourites have to be "April Skies" (sublime) and "Head On" (awesome). This timely compilation is recommended to anyone who loved JAMC and needs to be reminded of what they achieved. And for anyone who hasn't heard them and needs to be reminded of what great rock and roll can sound like.


Mali Music
Mali Music

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspired collaboration, 13 May 2002
This review is from: Mali Music (Audio CD)
There's something for everyone here. You don't have to love world music to appreciate such songs as Sunset Coming On, whilst tracks like The Diembe and Niger, which mix dub reggae with laid back Malian vibes, prove irresistable. On top of these are a wealth of African sounds that will convert those unsure about what such music sounds like. Damon and friends are to be congratulated. They've managed to produce what will be an essential soundtrack of the summer for all those who buy this CD.


Sampled
Sampled
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Price: £9.69

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars There are better collections than this, 24 Nov. 2000
This review is from: Sampled (Audio CD)
I was eager to hear this collection, being a big fan of soul, funk, jazz (and occasionally disco). I also read some rave reviews both on Amazon and in the music press. Well, I was very disappointed. It's an eclectic mess of a collection, with no sense of continuity. One minute you're listening to a funk record, the next it's a folk song. Some of the better tracks have been edited, so you don't get the full flavour of them either. Many of the tracks are best forgotten, having been eclipsed by the newer versions (Spiller is a good example). Others are so awful you will wish you'd never heard these originals (eg Soup for One). My recommendation is to forget this compilation and instead to go out and buy one of the Blaxploitation compilations (which feature many of the better tracks such as Be Thankful and Expansions in their full length version). These CDs have been lovingly put together; Sampled is a cynical cashing-in exercise.


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