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London. Portrait of a City
London. Portrait of a City
by Reuel Golden
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 18.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful photos, 26 Mar 2013
Beautiful photos of bygone London, with text in English , French and German- a perfect gift for that polyglot European friend or relative!

The size of the book does justice to the photos.

Not sure I would class this in the same historical league as "Lost London/Panoramas of LL" as its scope is more general, but the selection of photos is excellently judged and connects us to those who walked our streets before us..

And the price on amazon makes it a bargain (I will make amends at my local bookshop in an attempt to assuage the guilt..)


Double Cross: The True Story of The D-Day Spies
Double Cross: The True Story of The D-Day Spies
by Ben Macintyre
Edition: Paperback
Price: 2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't be but gripping, 25 Oct 2012
Thoroughly enjoyable yarn, which skilfully weaves the military details around the fascinating human interest stories of the various agents and their handlers (on both sides).
The author keeps it pacy.
I had read a book about Agent Tricycle before (highly recommended) but was not familiar with the work of the other XX agents.
It might feel more of an introductory work for those already familiar with the subject matter, but for a newbie, it was gripping stuff.


1812: Napoleon's Fatal March on Moscow
1812: Napoleon's Fatal March on Moscow
by Adam Zamoyski
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.09

5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding history, 31 Aug 2012
Brilliantly researched and written,a gripping read. The focus on the human stories behind this epic conflict is particularly fascinating and avoids miring the story in purely political/strategic matters.

If I had to niggle, the maps could be a little clearer and perhaps the photos colour but that is not to detract from what is one of the best written and paced history books you will ever read.


I, Partridge: We Need To Talk About Alan
I, Partridge: We Need To Talk About Alan
by Steve Coogan
Edition: Paperback
Price: 3.86

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest book ever, 22 Aug 2012
Quite simply the pant-wettingly funniest book I ever read*.

I haven't seen the TV series but this stands alone on its own merits. It is pure comedy gold.

Can't recommend it enough.

(*er.. no pants were actually wetted..ahem)


Lifting the Covers: The Autobiography
Lifting the Covers: The Autobiography
by Alan Mills
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must for Wimbledon or tennis fans, 24 July 2012
I really enjoyed this book. Mills comes across as a very likeable chap. I had the pleasure of meeting him (briefly) and my impressions were confirmed: a gentleman of the 'old school'

His descriptions of tackling the herculean task of scheduling without the benefit of modern technology provide for a fascinating behind the scenes account.

Add in his treasury of anecdotes from his many long years running the tournament, and this is the perfect read for any fan of tennis and Wimbledon (the perfect summer holiday read!).


How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in one question and twenty attempts at an answer
How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in one question and twenty attempts at an answer
by Sarah Bakewell
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling life, well told, 12 April 2012
A thoroughly enjoyable and well written biography-cum-anaylsis of his writing.

The author's style was exquisite and thoroughly researched,without being portentuously pretentious.

Like any other book professing the same, it may not give you the answers to how to live your life but will nonetheless provide a fascinating insight into a man ahead of his times in his thinking, and remind you that "plus ca change.."


Take Charge of Your Life with NLP
Take Charge of Your Life with NLP
by Felix Economakis
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.19

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent self-help guide, 30 Jan 2012
Having read quite a few of these types of book, I have found this to be probably the most useful and user-friendly.


Forty Licks
Forty Licks
Offered by Formats
Price: 35.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rollin' on, 8 Nov 2011
This review is from: Forty Licks (Audio CD)
As an overview of the Stones' music, this compilation is hard to better. It's all here, from the London years through to more recent stuff, including a new track (I think).
Good value for money compilation.


The Lost Photographs Of Captain Scott
The Lost Photographs Of Captain Scott
by David M. Wilson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 24.00

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Golden Age of Polar Exploration, 8 Nov 2011
Great photos with intelligent accompanying text.

There is something very moving in these historic photos that document the best in human endeavour and companionship.
A must for anyone interested in the subject.

This book makes a great companion to the excellent "Heart of the Great Alone".


Frozen Planet
Frozen Planet
by Alastair Fothergill
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 20.00

21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical, 8 Nov 2011
This review is from: Frozen Planet (Hardcover)
A wonderful book accompanying the TV series (which is superb).
Superb photos, informative text and serious scientific analysis on the changes to the polar regions.


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