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The Motorcycle Diaries
The Motorcycle Diaries
by Ernesto "Che" Guevara
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The Diaries part 1., 23 July 2014
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I bought this book after seeing it on a bookshop shelf. I have not seen the film, yet.
I enjoyed this book a great deal, well written, with candour and humour, along with images taken by Guevara, a keen photographer, on his travels.
As the journey progresses, Guevara's attitude to the treatment of his fellow man starts to show through more and more, sowing the seeds for his later life as a revolutionary.
If you want to see a side of the man, that many people never really knew existed, read this book.
It may surprise you.


Latin America Diaries (Che Guevara Publishing Project)
Latin America Diaries (Che Guevara Publishing Project)
by Che Guevara
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.46

5.0 out of 5 stars South American travels part 2., 23 July 2014
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I bought this book as a follow up to "The Motor Cycle Diaries".
It's a very good read.
If you have read "Motorcycle" in my opinion you will see a dramatic change in "Che's" political ideology as this book progresses.
One down side was the fact that some of the Appendices, photo copies of newspaper items and his poetry, is in Spanish.
Well worth the read as part of the "Diaries" series.


SoulBoy [DVD]
SoulBoy [DVD]
Dvd ~ Martin Compston
Price: 5.27

5.0 out of 5 stars It's in the music!!, 23 July 2014
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A Good film, great music and a reminder of life back in the early 70's.
The story is easy on the mind, not to taxing, the actors are faces well established in British TV and Film roles.
The soundtrack is the clear star of this film.


The Autobiography of a Thief: The Man Behind The Great Train Robbery
The Autobiography of a Thief: The Man Behind The Great Train Robbery
by B Reynolds
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars The Dapper Dressed Thief., 30 Jun 2014
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Written by a self confessed career thief, it makes good reading. He tells you of his upbringing, how he went into a life of crime, riches, fast lifestyle and his involvement in the biggest heist, in history of UK crime, at the time. He tells you of how the gang were recruited and their roles in the robbery, a life on the run, subsequent arrest and his life during incarceration. Notoriety for his leadership role followed him for life and his love of a good Cigar before "Doing a job"


I'm Not Really Here
I'm Not Really Here
by Paul Lake
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.19

5.0 out of 5 stars Lakeys Honest Story., 30 Jun 2014
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One for those with fond memories of Lakey.

A really good book, very frank and to the point, about one of City's greatest players, cut down early in his prime. Paul Lake is to be highly commended for his honesty, humour and candid truth about his black times.


Looks Like Scunny Next Season: The 1999 Manchester City Team That Came Back from the Dead
Looks Like Scunny Next Season: The 1999 Manchester City Team That Came Back from the Dead
by David James Mooney
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A dying seconds goal saved this club., 30 Jun 2014
If you were there on THAT day, buy this book.
Good honest insights from the squad that saved the club from almost disaster.
Those that remember Aguero's goal will need to be reminded that this squad started putting the club on route to that very day and uncannily similar scenario.


The Playboy and the Yellow Lady
The Playboy and the Yellow Lady
by James Carney
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Playboy and the yellow lady, 19 April 2013
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I bought this book thanks to having watched the film "Love and Rage" one evening on RTE2 and saw the book title on the end credits.
I had an interest in Achill Island, having visited there on holidays and unbeknown to me, I had actually visited Valley House, the centre piece of the book. It is now a walkers hostel with a bar and accomodation.
Carney has written an account of what James Lynchenhaun was really like, with good research, in my opinion. He details the life of the self centred Lynchenhaun before his doomed relationship with Mrs McDonnell, he was a former Police constable in Manchester and rural school teacher in Ireland, amongst other jobs. McDonnell was the owner of Valley House, who had come to live their whilst "seperated" from her husband in England.It tells of resentment for people like McDonnell at a time when the Irish were starting to stand up for themselves.
The book then details the assault and enquiry leading to Lyncenhauns arrest and his eventual escape, whilst on route from Castlbar Prison to court and his subsequent appearance in the USA, where he successfully fought extradition back to Ireland for the assalut, claiming his crime was politically motivated.
Lynchenhaun was deemed a hero by pro Irish Republicans living in America, only to be snubbed by the great Irishman Michael Davitt who branded him a "common criminal" when asked he he would meet him whilst he himself toured the USA garnering support for Irish Freedom. This was a time when the men of Ireland were rising to their feet seeking to end British landownership and rule from Westminster.
If you buy it,I think you will enjoy it.


One Of Our Submarines (Penguin)
One Of Our Submarines (Penguin)
by D.S.C Commander Edward Young D.S.O
Edition: Paperback

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5.0 out of 5 stars A story of the secret war., 31 July 2010
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I bought this book and was glad I did so. There is something unique about living the life of a submariner, never more so in the days of WW1 and WW2. They didn't have the mod cons of later submarines and luxuries taken for granted.
He accurately describes the life of himself and his fellow crewmembers.
The story is plainly told, humerous in the right places and also very sad as he recalls the news of untimely deaths of former submarine colleagues in the war.
He tells with accuracy how he sank ships, missed targets and almost gets sunk himself.
It is an excellent read for anyone who wishes to imerge themselves in what it was like to be both a hunter and the hunted.
It is perhaps the best book about WW2 submarine service.
I recommend it to anyone who has an interest in this part of naval history.


Violent Enemy [1968] [DVD]
Violent Enemy [1968] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom Bell
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Price: 7.50

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1.0 out of 5 stars A load of the ole blarney, 19 Aug 2007
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This film was bought by me as I liked the idea behind the synopsis, IRA, Power stations and starring Tom Bell.When I put it on and sat back after 15 mins I realised this was a mistake. I know it was made in 1968, but that doesn't excuse the poor excuses for the lamentable accents employed by Bell and Susan Hampshire.He sounded more scouse and she was off a picture postcard of bygone Ireland, if you get my drift. (Brad Pitt was better)
Bell escapes from prison as he cannot take the thought of spending more years inside for his political crime.(A message has got through to him that his remission and parole have been refused) (a lie), so being a bomber, who is in charge of explosives at the prison quarry! Yes you guessed it, he blows his way out and makes it back to Ireland. There he agrees to carry out one last job for the opportunity to retire to Mayo in peace! He helps two English hoods who it turns out are double crossing everyone(sowers of the original lie by the way). Take that and some old romantic IRA leader from years gone by who urges him on by drinking whiskey and talking drivil, continually boring the pants of his fellow town residents about the gold old days of the Old Brigade and the film goes down hill faster than the Blackpool Big Dipper.
The plot is paper thin, throw in a romantic interlude between Bell and Hampshire, an amiable Irish Garda Inspector, who quite likes Rogan(Bell) in a weird sort of way and thats about it. Cue, betrayal, dodgey explosions and long gazes of a sexually repressed Ireland of the time between Bell and Hampsire and you have it.
The baddies get caught and it looks like Bell will not have to do too much time in the nick as he sort of helped the Garda catch the hoods, in a roundabout sort of way. It's not a power station they attack, it is in fact a small electricity sub station used to power an electronics factory and they steal the wage money.A bit misleading in the Amazon description I think.
I like the late Tom Bells film and TV stuff, hence this purchase, but I suppose, like him, I got it wrong this time.
Oh yes, the background music was more akin to Walt Disneys "Derby O'Gill", however there was not one jig in sight.


North Soho 999: A True Story of Gun-crime in 1940s London
North Soho 999: A True Story of Gun-crime in 1940s London
by Paul Willetts
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine Grain Detail., 23 Jun 2007
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This book speeds along faster then the wireless cars used by the Met in their heyday. It grips from start to finish and you won't want to put it down until the last page. Fabian and his team work tirelessly to capture a gang of 1940's hoodlums, fresh from the doldrums of WW2 who now lead a life of crime, armed and dangerous, a worrying crime trend at the time.(sound familiar to today?) As you read in minute detail how the crime was committed, investigated and finally prosecuted, you might get bored, DON'T,this fine grain detail is as meticulous as the police interviews with the suspects and it helps sharpen the picture of long gone London in your head.In your minds eye the scenes are only in Black and White, like the photos used as support to the riveting text. You must remind yourself, this is a true account and not a work of fiction, not solved in two hours on TV by and Inspector and his side kick. Full credit to Willets, he writes like he was a copper himself, part of the Fabian team, double breasted de-mob suit, trilby, raincoat and obligatory fag hanging from his mouth. Great stuff, well done!.


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