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The Something Rain/San Sebastian 2012 [VINYL]
The Something Rain/San Sebastian 2012 [VINYL]
Price: £15.24

4.0 out of 5 stars Only One LP, 14 Jun 2014
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This is a beautifully presented live version of The Something Rain, minus one track (Chocolate) with a nice insert of the paintings that form the cover. I've knocked off one star for the misleading description, which suggests that you get a vinyl of the original album. No. Only disc two is present, the live one, but it's worth having for keen fans.


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5.0 out of 5 stars At last, we need no longer feel (quite so) guilty about shopping at Amazon!, 11 Jun 2014
My right-on friends look down on me for using Amazon. My excuse is that a) I'm an author, so relatively poor b) I make more money from sales on Amazon than anywhere else, so boycotting it would make me a hypocrite. The arrival of a living wage for its workers will make me feel less guilty about using this highly efficient service. Now, if Amazon could just start paying a fair amount of tax and stop driving publishers into bankruptcy by cutting their profit margins to the bone, I might encourage others to use Amazon too...


Love Will Tear Us Apart (A Short Story)
Love Will Tear Us Apart (A Short Story)
Price: £0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No Joy In This Division, 20 Dec 2013
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This is a vivid, unusual horror story, with lots of black humour and a very original take on Zombies. I love The Walking Dead, but it never told me what effect Zombies have on house prices in central London. Builds to a very satisfying ending, too.


Bob Dylan : London Bridges Tour Of England 1965 CD/DVD Set
Bob Dylan : London Bridges Tour Of England 1965 CD/DVD Set
Offered by Garageland
Price: £59.99

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid, 29 Nov 2013
This is a commercial boot rip-off item stolen directly from a fan sourced project that can be easily found in trading circles and elsewhere on the net, for free. Shouldn't be on sale here.
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Born Weird
Born Weird
by Andrew Kaufman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.09

5.0 out of 5 stars Whimsical & rather wonderful, 13 July 2013
This review is from: Born Weird (Hardcover)
Andrew Kaufman showed in his excellent The Tiny Wife that he can pull off an extended whimsical conceit in a brief novella. Now he does the same in a full length novel. Other posts spell out the plot, which is a fable that reminded me of 'The Royal Tenenbaums' at one extreme (ie a very screwed up, yet tight family) and the novels of Richard Brautigan at the other. This is a lot of fun. I read it in two sittings during a rare UK heatwave which suggests that it's gripping, yet not too demanding. The fable does have a moral or five, but that's not done in a heavy handed way. I could see Sofia Coppola filming it (indeed, the novel has tonal similarities to Euginedes' 'The Virgin Suicides'). Whimsical and rather wonderful.


An Exquisite Sense of What is Beautiful
An Exquisite Sense of What is Beautiful
by J. David Simons
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.87

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So good I had to ration myself to make it last, 12 April 2013
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You know how you save up one book that you know you want to take on holiday and read with complete concentration? For me, this was that book. I was delighted when it was published the week before we went away. I was knocked out by Simons' previous novel, The Liberation of Celia Kahn and initially disappointed that this wasn't the concluding volume of that historical trilogy. This, however, is a more commercial book, one that could almost be described as a beach read, which is not to say that it is any less well written. Simons has a terrific, fluent prose style. He lived in Japan for seven years and it shows in this story of an aging author and his return to the grand hotel where he wrote his first novel. It flips between the past and present in alternate chapters with a masterly control of suspense and compulsive plotting: the less you know about the story before you start reading, the better. All I'll say is that it's an immensely satisfying read. I made it last two days by rationing myself and, as soon as I'd finished it my partner commandeered it and read it with equal speed and pleasure. If this novel doesn't break through big for Simons and win prizes then the publishing world really has gone to pot.


Water Drops
Water Drops
by John Lucas
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.35

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absorbing, intelligent war-time drama, 19 Feb 2012
This review is from: Water Drops (Hardcover)
This is a first novel by a well known academic, poet and memoirist, best known for the prize-winning 92 Acharnon Street and the fine 50's memoir Next Year Will be Better: A Memoir of England in the 1950s. This remarkable debut moves adroitly between the Second World War and the mid-90's, building a mystery about the fate of the central character's father. At times, the reader worries that they are being cheated of some necessary, vital detail, only for the answer to appear at exactly the apt moment, taking the story deeper into the past. The writing is assured, reminiscent at times of Stanley Middleton. Lucas cuts between a convincing portrayal of a young boy observing the world of parents separated by war and the viewpoint of his father, stationed in Malta, where events take place that will not be fully unravelled for 50 years. An intelligent, absorbing novel that is also, in its unique way, a powerful love story.


Nine and a Half Psychedelic Meditations on British Wrestling of the 1970s and early '80s
Nine and a Half Psychedelic Meditations on British Wrestling of the 1970s and early '80s

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't matter if you hate wrestling, 9 Nov 2011
This is another stand-out Luke Haines album, with nary a dud moment and the usual lyrical elan - makes no odds if, like me, you've never enjoyed The Wrestling (maybe I'm missing out - after all, I like Simon Garfield's work too, and that's the only book of his I haven't read). Memorable tunes and, best of all, this album is only half an hour long. Short and sweet.


The Night and The Music (Matthew Scudder Book 18)
The Night and The Music (Matthew Scudder Book 18)
Price: £2.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short, memorable, essential stories for Scudder fans, 30 Sep 2011
This collection includes every short story that Lawrence Block has written about Matthew Scudder, so provides a kind of alternative chronology or companion to the Scudder novels. Block famously says he never knows whether a series is over, but the final story here, 'One Last Night At Grogan's', has an air of finality about it, neatly summarising many of the events in the life of Scudder and the series' central characters. (There's also a fun, previously uncirculated squib about bar-owner Mick Ballou that interprets the final scene of 'The Sopranos'). It's a satisfying ending to a collection that will prove essential to Scudder devotees and an ideal introduction to those new to one of crime fiction's most memorable, best written investigators.


The Tiny Wife
The Tiny Wife
Price: £1.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Tight, entertaining novelette, 8 Sep 2011
This review is from: The Tiny Wife (Kindle Edition)
Not sure if this is long enough to qualify as a novella, it's more of a novelette, and a rather entertaining one. The story is a set of extended conceits like Fitzgerald's Benjamin Button and (unlike the movie of that story) it goes on for just the right length. Whimsy, sure, but the physical edition is just the right size to carry in a pocket and it's a good length for an eBook. The writing is tight and wry. Fun.


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