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An Awful Lot of Books: Reviews from Queen 1959-61
An Awful Lot of Books: Reviews from Queen 1959-61
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every review is a joy, 20 Nov. 2013
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This is a wonderful collection of reviews: every one of them an accomplished and judicious appraisal of a book. Her warmth and fairness shine through. She says in her introduction that the point of the pieces was to recommend books rather than savage them and there are some recommendations that I'm following up. She also tells great stories. For example, I love this one she tells in her review of James Thurber's 'The Years with Ross' (about Harold Ross's struggles to establish 'The New Yorker'):
'He spent two years trying to get the magazine started at all, and when he did, its first year was a sensational flop - a printing of fifteen thousand in February had dropped to twenty-seven hundred by August - staff was cut to a minimum and there is the melancholy story of Ross running into Dorothy Parker and saying: `I thought you were coming into the office to write a piece last week - what happened?' Mrs. Parker turned upon him the eloquent magic of her dark and lovely eyes. `Somebody was using the pencil,' she explained sorrowfully.'


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40
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 18 July 2013
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This review is from: 40 (Kindle Edition)
This is a joy: short, original pieces by Margaret Drabble, Matt Haig, David Eagleman, Olivia Laing, Patience Agbabi and many others; fantastic new artworks by David Shrigley, Simon Tofield, Alasdair Gray, Dave Brown and others; all tied together by Tom Gauld's brilliant illustrations. Oh, and it's free. Treat yourself.


The Affair
The Affair
by Gill Paul
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugely enjoyable, 6 Jun. 2013
This review is from: The Affair (Paperback)
The Affair is a terrific read. The story at the centre of it is full of glamour,intrigue and life in Italy in the 60s. What marks it out though - apart from the very easy style and the adept weaving together of the plot lines - is the fact that the weight of detail brings the setting, the characters and the on-set antics to such convincing life. The research gives the narrator's voice the authority of someone who was actually present while Burton and Taylor played out their extraordinary affair. It's a compelling and vivid portrait of a celebrated moment in twentieth century cinema history - and a perfect holiday read. Highly recommended.


All Fall Down
All Fall Down
Price: £3.99

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced compelling thriller, 7 Jan. 2013
This review is from: All Fall Down (Kindle Edition)
I loved the other books Mark Edwards and Louise Voss have written so came to this with great anticipation and excitement. It doesn't disappoint: a fast-paced, snappy thriller with a compelling (and convincing) subject and characters you really engage with. A fantastic piece of writing: treat yourself, you will enjoy it.


Wired for Sound: Now That's What I Call An Eighties Music Childhood
Wired for Sound: Now That's What I Call An Eighties Music Childhood
by Tom Bromley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent, 28 Nov. 2012
Tom Bromley's brilliantly funny, personal and richly informative account of music in the 80s is difficult to put down once you start. His writing is effortless, the tone spot-on and the range of anecdote entertainingly broad. Even if you are either too old or too young to have experienced teenage-hood in the 80s this is a superb account of a great decade in the history of music. Highly recommended. If you buy and enjoy 'Wired for Sound' don't miss his book about television in the 80s All in the Best Possible Taste: Growing Up Watching Telly in the Eighties


Then We Came to the End: A Novel
Then We Came to the End: A Novel
by Joshua Ferris
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So disappointing, 25 Feb. 2008
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There has to be a new great novel about office life. This, sadly, isn't it: dull (nonexistent) storyline, cardboard characters and a very thin 'appreciation' of office politics and the effects it can have. Don't believe a word of the hype or the blurbs, this is thin and poor.
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The Shadow of the Serpent An Inspector McLevy Mystery
The Shadow of the Serpent An Inspector McLevy Mystery
by David Ashton
Edition: Paperback

25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, atmospheric thriller, 29 April 2007
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If you like your thrillers written with a scintillating, intelligent voice, with a cast of characters from Queen Victoria and Disraeli to Edinburgh prostitutes and with Victorian fog enveloping every page, then you'll find Shadow of the Serpent unputdownable. A superb transition from the highly acclaimed radio series.


The Night Watch
The Night Watch
by Sarah Waters
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 4 Feb. 2007
This review is from: The Night Watch (Hardcover)
This is one of those books that, if you have any aspirations to write fiction, will fill you with despair; if you don't, it is a joy. Superbly written, effortlessly put together - the sort of book that you genuinely will go back to. A rare thing indeed.


How We Can Save the Planet
How We Can Save the Planet
by Mayer Hillman
Edition: Paperback

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The forerunner, 17 Jan. 2007
Hillman's book is the original call-to-arms. For years he has been telling people what they don't want to hear and this book is a distillation of his message - it's uncomfortable but essential reading for everyone. We have to cut our emissions now but more importantly the government MUST take a lead and push for carbon rationing. One of the most important books of this new century.


The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters
The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters
by G.W. Dahlquist
Edition: Hardcover

20 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Installments the redeeming feature, 9 Jan. 2007
I got this in ten installments before Christmas - it's a great marketing ploy and I loved getting each edition. Sadly, that was the only good and memorable aspect of this clumsily written, limp and dull novel. If I'd been faced with a further 700 pages having struggled through the first 50 or so, I'd have abandoned it and demanded my money back. It fails so utterly to conjure up an alternative world and the ideas are so poorly delineated that it seems hardly credible that Viking should be publishing it. For once, and this is perhaps a first, the marketing department should be congratulated.


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