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For Queen and Country: Social History of the Victorian and Edwardian Army
For Queen and Country: Social History of the Victorian and Edwardian Army
by Byron Farwell
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars Check before you buy!, 24 Dec 2014
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This is a very useful book but I shall not be reviewing it in depth. I comment here only to warn everyone the same book was also published under a different title: 'Mr. Kipling's Army.' They are identical and sadly I only found out after ordering both. Be warned.


Macedonian Armies after Alexander 323-168 BC (Men-At-Arms (Osprey))
Macedonian Armies after Alexander 323-168 BC (Men-At-Arms (Osprey))
by Nick Sekunda
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money., 3 Jun 2014
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So disappointed. Osprey books are usually excellent but this one was very poor. There are some good bright illustrations by Peter Dennis but the Macedonian 'warriors' look like they've stepped out of a fashion catalogue. Not fighting men at all but fancy-dress soldiers. Far too many old coins, cracked vases, photos of faded stonework and mosaics from Pompeii. Not much on the fighting men or their equipment. Not a single image of men at war, just a lot of well-dressed people shaking hands!


The Carthaginians 6th2nd Century BC (Elite 201)
The Carthaginians 6th2nd Century BC (Elite 201)
by Raffaele D'Amato
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Well researched., 3 Jun 2014
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A brand new Osprey book (published 2014) well researched by Andrea Salimbeti and Raffaele D'Amato, only marred by poor murky and unattractive illustrations by Giuseppe Rava. The book is slim and quite a lot of space is taken up with photos of rusting helmets or featureless stone figures. None of the usual magnificent action scenes as a guide to the historian & wargamer. The pictures of Carthaginian warriors are badly proportioned and lacking in detail. I expected the graphics to be far superior. Perhaps the Carthaginians did have arms and legs of different lengths or retractable limbs? A great pity the illustrations provide such poor support for the text, which is thorough and detailed.
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Les Misérables: Highlights From The Motion Picture Soundtrack
Les Misérables: Highlights From The Motion Picture Soundtrack
Price: £5.00

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother., 16 Jan 2013
This was a mistake. I was pleased to get the CD so quickly but very disappointed to find such a strange collection of 'songs'. Anne Hathaway, yes and Eddie Redmayne's solo 'Empty chairs/empty tables'but the big rousing hit 'Do you hear the people sing?' is missing. Instead we get a six minute medley of battle scenes; hardly a song at all. Just sound effects set to music.
Clearly they are planning a proper soundtrack album and this is just a quick release to cash in. Don't bother.
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She Was Aye Workin': Memories of Tenement Women in Edinburgh and Glasgow
She Was Aye Workin': Memories of Tenement Women in Edinburgh and Glasgow
by Helen Clark
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grim and graphic; a real eye-opener., 29 Dec 2012
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This is an excellent introduction for anyone exploring the grim realities of life in a tenement block prior to the 1960s, when many of the worn out Victorian buildings were flattened by Corporation bulldozers. Life certainly had its charms with close-packed and close-knit families sharing their hardships as well as their joys. If you want to know how to feed a family on rice and a sheep's head, or have an essay to write on the role of nursery education in 1920s Glasgow, then this is the book for you. Lots of personal accounts, anecdotes and confessions from people who either endured the worst imaginable housing conditions or escaped by migration to Australia, Canada etc. The authors treat their subjects with sympathy and respect.
There was one very telling story about a ward full of young mothers in a Glasgow maternity hospital during the Second World War. They couldn't be moved during an air raid, so the nurses just handed them their babies and then disappeared to the shelters! The poor women were left to cradle their tiny babies as the bombs rained down! There are lots of stories like that.


Il Figlio Di Spartacus
Il Figlio Di Spartacus
Dvd ~ Gianna Maria Canale
Offered by Made in Italy
Price: £6.46

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bring it out in English!, 5 Sep 2012
This review is from: Il Figlio Di Spartacus (DVD)
I saw this film back in 1962 when it was out in the cinema, no doubt cashing in on the success of Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus (1960) with Kirk Douglas.
So called Peplum movies have been pretty well vilified over the years but I think this is one of the best. Steve Reeves is great as Randus, a Roman who finds out that he is indeed the son of Spartacus and sets out to right a few wrongs using his Dad's old armour. I just wish there was an English language version. I was left with a life-long love of ancient history and remain fascinated by the whole era. This was a big-budget effort for the time and should be more widely available.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality product, 29 Aug 2012
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I was very pleased to get this new T-shirt for my father. It is very comfortable and fits him well, reminding him of his last visit to the Holy Land with the other Knights in 2007. There is a small cross design on the front and a larger cross, central, on the back of the shirt. Quality product.


Surrey Murders
Surrey Murders
by John Janaway
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Suddenly Surrey isn't such a safe place., 2 July 2011
This review is from: Surrey Murders (Paperback)
I'd be happy to reccomend this fascinating study of some local murders, many of them still unsolved. Read through a couple of chapters right after watching an episode of CIS and marvel at the amount of evidence lost or ruined before modern forensic techniques came along.
I was particularly interested in the Wrecclesham murder. A young man found dead and the village constable arrives 20 minutes after the body has been found in a field - only the body is surrounded by a crowd of gawpers. All the evidence has been picked up, handed around, moved, trampled or taken away as a souvenir. No wonder the killer got away with it!


Victorian Rector and Nine Old Maids: 100 Years of Cotswold Village Life
Victorian Rector and Nine Old Maids: 100 Years of Cotswold Village Life
by Michael Boyes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.03

3.0 out of 5 stars More to this than meets the eye., 8 Jun 2011
An interesting read based around the story of nine spinsters living in the village where their father was rector. The family history is OK but the book really scores well on period detail - things like medicine and medical treatment, health and diet, the servants duties and entertainments. There are sections on transport (apparently bicycles are unladylike) also schools, amatuer dramatics and sports. There was a long description of the problems with taking a bath back in Edwardian times.
I was disappointed to find my copy had about 30 pages bound upside down so no marks there for the publisher and it makes for an annoying distraction so maybe go for the paperback version.


Graveyard of the Atlantic
Graveyard of the Atlantic
by David Stick
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too broad a brush., 24 Mar 2011
I was slightly disappointed by this book because I had hoped for a comprehensive guide to the wrecks littering the eastern seaboard and instead got a series of interesting but sketchy anecdotes about various vessels coming to grief in difficult situations, a little melodramatic, without any rigourous attempt to locate the wreck or include details such as latitude and longitude, so that each incident became a sort of snapshot incident. More like a collection of newspaper articles, gleaned from the pages of the New York Times. I'd have liked a more in-depth study of a few detailed wrecks and the lessons drawn from each.


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