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In Tasmania: Adventures at the End of the World
In Tasmania: Adventures at the End of the World
by Nicholas Shakespeare
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tasmanian Tales, 7 Nov. 2005
Nicholas Shakespeare's 'In Tasmania' is a reminder of the sheer absurdity of the human condition, equally applicable 200 years' ago as to today. There are tales aplenty that only real life can produce. 'In Tasmania' is one of those books so rich in prose and so vivid in content that one comes away as if one had actually been present across the decades in this most bizarre of places. How fascinating our collective heritage is. Mr Shakespeare has produced a tremendous read.


Midnight in Some Burning Town: British Special Forces operations from Belgrade to Baghdad
Midnight in Some Burning Town: British Special Forces operations from Belgrade to Baghdad
by Christian Jennings
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Burning Burning Burning, 13 Sept. 2004
Christian Jennings' book 'Across the Red River'left me reeling owing to its devastating content. His latest book is infinitely more sober and measured. Of course the genre is different. The book is a very thorough insight into the British Special Forces and their deployment around the world. Interestingly Christian also covers non-British Special Forces' activity and thus creates a valuable context. I came away better informed and now itching to read what he'll write next. Buy this book.


Under The Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
Under The Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
by Jon Krakauer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fundamentalism from Within, 30 Aug. 2004
This book no doubt has its detractors. In typical fashion they will try to defend themselves which of course is completely justified. However, if one reads Jon Krakauer's book with an open mind (I know of no other way to properly read a book) then you will appreciate the sheer enormity of the challenges this book poses in trying to understand the human condition. This book is about way more than religious fundamentalism, it's an inquiry into the extent that we justify our thoughts, rituals, beliefs, actions and even the 'justification of our justifications' in an effort to find our appropriate place in this infinitely complex human 'order'. It's a powerful book dedicated to the ever-elusive pursuit of truth. To come away from this book unchallenged means only one thing, ignorance. Well done Jon. A masterpiece.


The Gates of Africa: Death, Discovery and the Search for Timbuktu
The Gates of Africa: Death, Discovery and the Search for Timbuktu
by Anthony Sattin
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taming the Sands, 11 Aug. 2004
What an incredible read. I started it on my 5-hour journey by train from Moscow to St Petersburg expecting to spend more time gazing out of the window at the passing scenery (my first time to Russia)and yet I found myself completely immersed in tales of almost fictional proportion but, as the old adage goes, truth is literally stranger than fiction. Mr Sattin has certainly done his homework and yet manages to take us on a journey of epic dimension without it being a history lesson. The new craze for adventure travel or extreme travel isn't new. Pioneering men and women beat us to it centuries ago. Mr Sattin allows us to meet them almost as if we were their benefactors anxious for their success. Read this book. Vicarious living it is.
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