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H is for Hawk
H is for Hawk
by Helen Macdonald
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £4.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Took the edge off my enjoyment., 15 Nov 2014
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Lovely book, I've been looking forward to it - but what idiot at Amazon or the publisher decides to stick a non-peelable 'winner of blah prize' sticker on that lovely dust jacket? Doh! Took the edge off my enjoyment.

Bearded Tit: A Love Story with Feathers
Bearded Tit: A Love Story with Feathers
by Rory McGrath
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.37

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More to this thank meets the eye, 21 Jun 2008
Funny; romantic; full of anecdotes and facts about British birds. And it has a huge, heartwarming twist on practically the last page, which when you've grasped it, works its way back through the whole of the rest of the book and lights up virtually everything else you've read. Highly recommended.

Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C. S. Lewis
Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C. S. Lewis
by Michael Ward
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.63

186 of 188 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'must-read' for anyone serious about C.S. Lewis, 9 Mar 2008
I continue to be astonished by the sheer depth and breadth of research, investigation and knowledge exhibited by those who are passionate about the writings of C.S. Lewis; even those who are not professional academics or theologians go to tremendous lengths to understand and relate small details of Lewis's life and the background to his writings. Michael Ward's book goes far beyond this; he moves easily across the whole breadth of Lewis's own writings, the literature with which Lewis was familiar (which is to say, most of the literature of Western civilisation), and the subsequent critical and biographical writings about Lewis and his works. I'm not qualified to judge the correctness of his central thesis - that the Chronicles of Narnia are themed on the seven planets of the medieval cosmology. But whether Ward is right about this or not, he has certainly produced a work that achieves something else of great importance; he illustrates again, and powerfully, in detail, the fundamental unity of the whole of Lewis's works, arising from the consistency of Lewis's thought and understanding of the nature of things. He answers some of the more well-known criticisms of recent biographers and commentators (specifically, A.N. Wilson and Philip Pullman). Although (and rightly) a scholarly book, which will best be appreciated by those who have some exposure to the same literature as Lewis or are prepared to go and look up references which they don't recognise, nevertheless this book can be read simply as an enlightening and enjoyable sketch of Lewis's major imaginative works - Narnia, the Cosmic Trilogy, some of his poetry. Highly recommended.

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