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Both Sides of the Fence
Both Sides of the Fence
by Reg Fearman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.88

5.0 out of 5 stars Fences demolished!, 20 July 2015
This is an extraordinary auto-biography because, with a few exceptions for sensitivity, bares the bones of a complex wholehearted life. From my personal knowledge of Reg, I was aware that he had a few enemies but also that he had a huge, world wide number of friends. Even now, decades later, when I meet old friends the first thing people say is, how is Reg Fearman.
Much of the early part of the book concerns the history of Speedway and is worth reading for this alone. His difficult relationship with some of the riders, Malcolm Simmons and Michael Lee, is fully explained as is the desperate time when the bank pulled the plug on Poole Pirates in the 70's. Nowadays it is accepted that banks play the role of the bad guys, but for some reason, not then. It was a huge setback for Reg and I don't think his account relates how upset he was and what a huge thing it was to come back. I don't think he relates, and how could he, how kind he was to his sister, his mother and his wife Joan, as they all went through their last illnesses. I was also touched by the way he allows the last words to go to his current wife, Eileen, who admirably gives her own reflection on Reg's story.


The Mythology of Richard III
The Mythology of Richard III
by John Ashdown-Hill
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.88

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A story of betrayal!, 22 May 2015
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This a story of obfuscation, betrayal, ambition, arrogance and empire building. No, I am not talking about Richard III but Leicester University! The prime purpose of the book was to examine, dissect and ultimately refute the myths around Richard III. In the process, John Ashdown Hill, the man who identified the site of the body of Richard III in 2005, finds that the old myths are being replaced by new ones and academics who should know better. Ashdown Hill is at his best examining questions that we all ask but the traditionalist historians avoid. His background knowledge is always thorough and wide ranging. But in this book, he is clearly angry and I for one, do not blame him. He had the vision, did the work and supported the finding Richard project and yet, Leicester University, to their discredit, tried to airbrush him out of the event. He deals with nearly all the myths but the reason I give the book 4 instead of 5 is because he omits the fascinating story of the battle site of 'Bosworth.' He recently examined the Lambert Simnel story in his 'Dublin King'; will he next deal with Perkin Warbeck!


The Third Plantagenet: George, Duke of Clarence, Richard III's Brother
The Third Plantagenet: George, Duke of Clarence, Richard III's Brother
Price: £9.48

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clarence clarified., 26 Oct. 2014
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Yet another fascinating book from John Ashdown Hill. He works from scratch and ignores the non-substantiated traditional accounts and thus comes up with his usual fresh approach. The reasons that Clarence changed against his brother and back again are clearly put. There is the suggestion, clearly explained, that Clarence may have been smaller than his brother Richard. I note criticism from others that there are too many mights and maybes but a possibly from the man who told Time Team the exact site of Richard IIIs grave in 2005 is worth a lot of other people's probablies. I can't wait for his next book, the Dublin King. If there is anyone who can solve the mysteries of the pretenders, it is John Ashdown Hill.


Gettysburg: The Last Invasion (Vintage Civil War Library)
Gettysburg: The Last Invasion (Vintage Civil War Library)
Price: £8.47

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Typical Guelzo, 20 Oct. 2013
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An intensely readable account, I have already read it twice, making sense of the complex event with much background I was unaware of. Guelzo's scholarship is always impeccable but this is the account of someone who has walked and absorbed the battlefield and understands its confusing topography and the significance it imparted to the events. The maps are very good and on Kindle the references can be found so easily. One caveat is that JEB Stuarts role on the 3rd day, which would explain so much, is passed over.


Richard III, King of England - A Short Biography
Richard III, King of England - A Short Biography
Price: £1.04

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Standard reading, 7 Feb. 2013
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Gairdners account of Richard III is standard reading and fairly straightforward. He is not an overt admirer of Richard but fully accepts the pre-contract of Edward IV with Eleanor Butler which rendered Edward V illegitimate therefore making his reign untenable and therefore making Richard the rightful Yorkist candidate as indeed, Henry VII acknowledged in 1495.


Apple iPad 2 16GB (Black, Wi-Fi Only) - Genuine UK Stock
Apple iPad 2 16GB (Black, Wi-Fi Only) - Genuine UK Stock

5.0 out of 5 stars Can't do without it, 7 Feb. 2013
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The best present I have ever given to my partner who now reaches for it in the morning before she reaches for me! But we manage. It is so easy, useful, functional and flexible it is in use each day, home or away. Something better will come along but it is hard to imagine.


She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth
She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, 7 Feb. 2013
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People often underestimate the role of women in English society. They had to operate by more demanding rules than men but could be very effective. Helen's treatment of these women was sympathetic and understanding, and great fun.


The Battle of Piedmont and Hunter's Campaign for Staunton: The 1864 Shenandoah Campaign
The Battle of Piedmont and Hunter's Campaign for Staunton: The 1864 Shenandoah Campaign

4.0 out of 5 stars Piedmont, 7 Feb. 2013
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This is one of the two definitive accounts of this little know but important battle and well written and explained.


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5.0 out of 5 stars A joy to watch, 7 Feb. 2013
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It was easy to set up and everything works so far although it will take some time to use all the functions. Sound and vision are stunning and I look forward to the 3D. WiFi works well.


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4.0 out of 5 stars No problems, 7 Feb. 2013
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It functions beautifully and better than my last one which was pretty good. It is clean and efficient and easy to set up


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