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Inland Waterways of England
Inland Waterways of England
by L. T. C. Rolt
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Inland Waterways, 23 May 2013
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The book that started the Inland Waterways Association. Without this book, millions of us would have been unable to cruise the canals and rivers of England as freely as we can. If you have a canal boat, or are thinking of getting one, read this book.


The Long Way
The Long Way
by Bernard Moitessier
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A classic, 23 May 2013
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What else is there left to say about Moitessier? This is the classic book about the mind of a lone sailor. Anyone with an interest in the sea, sailing or people's motivations should read this.


Holloway
Holloway
by Robert Macfarlane
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.49

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Only a little book, 23 May 2013
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An excellent book, if you're a MacFarlane fan - which I am. It is poetic and concise, but maybe a little too concise. I'd not read the reviews fully before I bought this, so I was expecting something more like his previous three books. However, this is only a small anthology of 40 pages, including drawings. Having said that, it was a very enjoyable read and I'm glad to add it to the shelves.


The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
by Deborah Moggach
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.86

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the Film!, 16 Mar 2012
This book by Deborah Moggach was first published under the title 'These Foolish Things'. Re-issued and re-titled on the back of the success of the film 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' many will buy it because, as I did, they want to know more about the individual characters, who are somewhat sketchy in the film. They will be disappointed. Some characters have vanished altogether, while others have been completely changed. I won't say who, as it may spoil the enjoyment of reading the book itself.

Having said all that, it is a very good book, full of real people and genuine pathos. There is humour, but not as much as in the film. There is a lot more about the difference in attitudes to older people in British and Indian society, as well as ageing in general. There are also many references to the conflict between traditional Indian society and the new.

A good read (I couldn't put it down), entertaining and thought-provoking, humourous and sad but beware, it is not the book of the film!


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