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The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: or the Murder at Road Hill House
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: or the Murder at Road Hill House
by Kate Summerscale
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shedunnit well, 1 Dec. 2009
I have watched this book sail in the seas of sensational sales for months and wondered why it was there. Now I know.
It is the best book of its kind I ever read. Perhaps it is the only book if its kind I ever read. It is difficult to define.
The characters reflect those in a whodunnit and yet they are real. Kate Summerscale paints them with warts and all, even the eponymous Mr. Whicher.
Then just when you think she's told you whodunnit you start thinking who whomightadunnit instead.
Baffled? Read the book.


Life on Air
Life on Air
by David Attenborough
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TV Discovery Book, 10 Jan. 2009
This review is from: Life on Air (Paperback)
This book gives an insider's view of the development of television. When Attenburgh joined the BBC, television was very much the poorer relative of radio. He describes how it became the motivating medium of the age. And he had a lot to do with that.
We think of David Attenburgh as the honey voiced presenter of wild life TV shows ad infinitum. But this book shows that he is much more than that. He is a television pioneer. Just as he treks through the jungle and through arid wastelands in search of strange creatures, so he haunted the corridors of power at the BBC to launch trend setting TV. It is amazing to read here that it was he who first put the idea of the Civilisation series into the mind of Kenneth Clarke. It was he who was in charge of proceedings when Anthony Eden announced the invasion of Suez.
This background at the very seat of television power, along with frequent treks to outlandish, exotic locations for filming gave Attenburgh the training he needed to produce the amazing material he now does.
The writing is easy to read. You never know who or what you are going to meet on the next page. It's a good book. Read it.


Coming Back To Me: The Autobiography of Marcus Trescothick
Coming Back To Me: The Autobiography of Marcus Trescothick
by Marcus Trescothick
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A depressed cricketer bares his soul, 9 Jan. 2009
If you are interested in cricket or depression or both, then this book is for you. It sets out to show the reader that even a strong sportsman at the top of his game can fall foul of this dreadful illness.
No words are spared to show the feelings on a Test match cricket square or those of a man under the ravages of mental illness. It's a fascinating, harrowing book.
The book begins at the end of Trescothick's England career. He suffers a mental breakdown at Heathrow Airport on his way to Dubai with his County side Somerset. The writer then takes the reader on the life journey which got him to that decisive and destructive point. There are statistics and stories of cricket and deeply moving descriptions of a mind caving in.
It's not all doom and gloom. There are many high points. Particularly his well made centuries and the victory in the Ashes series.
His relationships with other players are seen in delicate tones, and there are other things brought out about the England cricket set-up which the discerning reader will see between the lines.
Get it and read it. It will do you good.


Story of My Village: Ingleton, 1840-50
Story of My Village: Ingleton, 1840-50
by Anthony Hewitson
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most influential book in my life, 31 Jan. 2008
When Bilbo Baggins picked up the ring in the Hobbit the writer says that this was the most important thing he ever did but did not realise it at the time. It was so for me with this book.

I picked it up in Denbigh's bookshop and took it home. What I read so intrigued that I began a quest which has now become my way of life. From the pages of this book I got to know the fascinating men who populated Ingleton in the time of Charles Dickens. I later looked into all sorts of original documents to discover about them, and I still am.

I produced a series in the Craven Herald about them and I have just written two booklets. The first, Ingleton's Dickensian Characters goes into more detail about them, and the next Voices of Old Ingleton carries on with other characters. This book is a must to read if you love the history of Ingleton.


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