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Eva's Story: A Survivor's Tale by the Step-Sister of Anne Frank
Eva's Story: A Survivor's Tale by the Step-Sister of Anne Frank
by Evelyn Julia Kent
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £6.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eva's Story, 18 July 2013
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Like the Franks, Eva's family had relocated to Holland for safety. They too hid in Amsterdam before being betrayed to the Nazis in 1944. Eva's story is as fascinating as that of her step sister, Anne Frank and well worth reading.
Recommened.


Alicia: My Story
Alicia: My Story
by APPLEMAN
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £5.31

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Alicia My Story, 18 July 2013
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This is an incredible story of what a 13 year old Jewish child from Poland achieved during the war years, and the post war years, all the way to arriving in Palestine. I found it almost unbelievable to read all she did to save herself ..and many others.
Alicia was certainly one of those who fought back, a very different story from the majority of Holocaust memoirs.

While interesting to read such a different account, I think I would have found it easier to read if it had been written in the third person.


Toby's Room
Toby's Room
by Pat Barker
Edition: Hardcover

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4.0 out of 5 stars Toby's Room, 18 July 2013
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A very powerful novel full of dark secrets in the run up to and during the 1st World War. Certainly up to the standard of her previous books. Recommended.


Three Came Home
Three Came Home
by Agnes Newton Keith
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Three Came Home, 18 July 2013
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Written back in 1948 from notes kept throughout her time in a Borneo PoW camp, this book is alive with the issues and feelings of being in Japanese captivity with her young son.

Agnes Keith was already the proclaimed author of 'Land Below the Wind' having lived in Sandakan, Borneo since 1934. Three Came Home is a well written, hard to put down book.

Highly recommended.


We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of American Nurses Trapped on Bataan by the Japanese
We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of American Nurses Trapped on Bataan by the Japanese
by Elizabeth M. Norman
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We Band of Angels, 18 July 2013
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Excellent - so interesting to read more about the American experience in the Far East. Written in 1999, the author was able to meet the nurses she is writing about, which lends authenticity and personal interest to the book. She was therefore also able to provide us with actual photos of the nurses in the book which is a real plus. These nurses really were a band of angels and I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the Far East war - or indeed anyone interested in other peoples lives.


Stolen Childhoods: The Untold Story of the Children Interned by the Japanese in the Second World War
Stolen Childhoods: The Untold Story of the Children Interned by the Japanese in the Second World War
by Nicola Tyrer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.28

4.0 out of 5 stars Stolen Childhoods - in Far Eastern PoW Camps., 18 July 2013
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Interesting and well researched, well worth reading. For me, it slightly failed as it is mainly about the PoW camps in China, especially Shanghai. From the title, I expected far more about the far worse camps in Indonesia. But recommended all the same.


Farewell, Titanic: Her Final Legacy
Farewell, Titanic: Her Final Legacy
by Charles Pellegrino
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.89

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Farewell Titanic, 18 July 2013
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As someone with a large library of Titanic books, I did not enjoy this one. it was lazy writing - Mr Pellegino has nothing new to say about the Titanic and warbled off at a tangent about his personal life and feelings. Irritating book and not recommended.
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After The Raj: The Last Stayers-On and the Legacy of British India
After The Raj: The Last Stayers-On and the Legacy of British India
by Hugh Purcell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars After the Raj, 18 July 2013
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I found the book fascinating - a part of history too easily ignored. The stories of those who stayed on after 1947 vary enormously, each one interesting, and the changes in life in India over the last 60 years is well brought out. Recommended.


The Fishing Fleet: Husband-Hunting in the Raj
The Fishing Fleet: Husband-Hunting in the Raj
by Anne de Courcy
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.60

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Fishing Fleet, 18 July 2013
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Enthralling book - a different look at women's lives in the days of the Raj, with plenty of personal stories. Not the gilded life many of us may have thought. Excellent social history and highly recommended to anyone with an interest in any aspect of Indian history.


Titanic: A Fresh Look at the Evidence by a Former Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents
Titanic: A Fresh Look at the Evidence by a Former Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents
by John Lang
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.67

5.0 out of 5 stars A new book on Titanic from a a very different viewpoint, 18 July 2013
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The saga of the Titanic has always had a special and personal significance for me; my late great uncle was first officer of the Carpathia and was on the bridge when the distress call was received. From childhood, the tragedy of this great ship's foundering has fascinated me, and, when I last counted, I found I had over sixty books on the subject, together with numerous papers and essays.
So, when asked to review Admiral John Lang's new book, I was a little afraid it had all been said before. How wrong I was. There was plenty to learn. Perhaps a clue lies in the book’s title: ‘Titanic: A Fresh Look at the Evidence by a Former Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents.’ This is emphatically not a potboiler of the type of content I have seen so many times before in other books. It was not about comments and questions such as, ‘what Captain Smith had for lunch on the fateful day,’ or ‘did J. Bruce Ismay have a second glass of port after dinner?’
The book begins with an excellent summary of how the North Atlantic seafarers developed, from the vagaries of sailing ships to the great steam-driven ocean liners. We see how seafarers were trained and how they learned the different skills required of them. We also gain an understanding as to how the great shipping lines developed from humble beginnings, as well as an insight into the massive immigration influx to North America, which, of course, underpinned the growing transatlantic passenger trade.
We also learn how Marconi developed his radio system, which was to play such a key role as the tragedy unfolded, and the extraordinary way that the Marconi men operated in a kind of limbo.
At the end of these useful and fast-flowing sixty or so pages, then it is down to the serious stuff! Here, the author takes the reader through the available evidence and considers the findings of the formal investigation led by Lord Mersey. One most interesting part is the amount of attention given to human factors, such as fatigue, and the fact that the officers and crew of the Titanic had never had a proper shakedown voyage to embed teamwork and to check that prescribed procedures actually did work in practice.
Lang refers to his work as a ‘Report into the Loss of the Titanic,’ and casts an experienced seafarer's eye over the evidence. The panic and confusion that occurred as the tragedy unfolded, together with the fact that many key people such as Captain Smith, some of the senior officers and Thomas Andrews died in the sinking, gave rise to many contradictory statements being made at both the British and US Senate inquiries. The book strives to set out the sequence of events in a methodical manner, and the author makes it very clear when he is or is not able to form a judgment on a particular point. The style in which the book has been written and the way the facts are set out will allow the reader to form their own conclusion.
The unusual and novel approach to one of maritime history's most infamous tragedies alone make this a book to read carefully; your reward will be an excellent insight into the Titanic's loss and into the factors building up to it. From childhood, the tragedy of this great ship's foundering has fascinated me and I am delighted to add John Lang’s brilliant book to my library.


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