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Mark Hill (Aljezur, Faro, Portugal)

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Ghost Train to the Eastern Star: On the tracks of 'The Great Railway Bazaar'
Ghost Train to the Eastern Star: On the tracks of 'The Great Railway Bazaar'
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars He has lost it, 13 Feb. 2013
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I love the early Paul Theroux.

But, I fear, he has lost it.

In his early days he seemed to be a young man out in the world experiencing things and meeting people.

But in this book he just seems to be dialling it in. There are pages and pages of historical bumpf that sound like they've been re-written from a bit of Googling and a quick scan of Wikipedia.

All-in-all, it's just a boring book.


Too Close To The Sun: The Life and Times of Denys Finch Hatton
Too Close To The Sun: The Life and Times of Denys Finch Hatton
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pointless, 13 Feb. 2013
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I can not see the purpose of this book.

Denys Finch Hatton is, by all accounts, a dull nonentity. He did nothing of any interest. He accomplished nothing of note. Why he merits a biography is beyond my understanding.

This book chronicles a boring and meaningless life and, is such, a boring and meaningless book.


Up the Agency
Up the Agency

2.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money, 8 Feb. 2013
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Superficial. Reads like it was written in a couple of hours on the train between breakfast and lunch. It's not a pricey book, but even at its low price, it isn't worth the money.


Call of the White: Taking the World to the South Pole
Call of the White: Taking the World to the South Pole
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected, 2 Feb. 2013
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In many of these adventure explorer books, the first one-third can be interesting. Planning the expedition, getting a team together, fighting for sponsorship - this stuff is usually interesting. Then the expedition sets off and it's just page after page of 'oh my god, we could have been killed!'. But by focusing on the individual women on the team and how the environment affects each personality differently, Aston keeps up the pace and holds your interest to the last page. This is a good read.


Holidays in Heck
Holidays in Heck
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Best avoided, 30 Oct. 2012
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PJ O'Rourke has a problem. When he was young he was too concerned with being cool, and was therefore a poor writer. Now that he is old, he is simply dialling it in, cashing in on his reputation, and also writing poorly.
The true and only readable PJ O'Rourke works are from his middle years - the years when he'd stopped being stupid, had learned how to write, but still cared about his craft.
Sadly, this book is just a hastily written, half-hearted work clearly done just for the money and is best avoided.


Driving Like Crazy: Thirty Years of Vehicular Hell-bending, Celebrating America the Way It's Supposed To Be -- With an Oil Well in Every Backyard, a Cadillac ... of the Federal Reserve Mowing Our Lawn
Driving Like Crazy: Thirty Years of Vehicular Hell-bending, Celebrating America the Way It's Supposed To Be -- With an Oil Well in Every Backyard, a Cadillac ... of the Federal Reserve Mowing Our Lawn

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Skip this one, 30 Oct. 2012
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My goodness, this is a boring book. It's just a load of tired articles from years ago when oh-my-goodness-I-am-drinking-and-driving passed for quality writing and has now been regurgitated and packaged as a book because anything with PJ's name on it will sell. Save your money. Skip this one.


Minding My Peas and Cucumbers: Quirky Tales of Allotment Life
Minding My Peas and Cucumbers: Quirky Tales of Allotment Life
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but too many recipes, 11 Oct. 2012
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When Sexton is writing tales of allotment life, this is a good read. She writes well and the stories are interesting, amusing and, as promised, quirky. Unfortunately, there are so many recipes that there isn't enough space left to provide a full book's worth of reading material.


A Taste of the Sun
A Taste of the Sun
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just a cookery book, 11 Oct. 2012
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The product description promises "writings and recipes" but this is nearly all recipes and almost nothing of writings. If you want a cookery book, this is probably all right. But it's not a book to sit down and read for pleasure.


Grape Expectations: A Family's Vineyard Adventure in France
Grape Expectations: A Family's Vineyard Adventure in France
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An adventure that rings true, 3 Oct. 2012
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Nicely balanced with just enough about making wine to give a sense of what it's like, but not so much that it turns into a technical manual. I like the calm restraint. In too many of these "Year in ..." books, every local person is a colorful character, every setback is a major catastrophe (always with hilarious results) and it gets tiresome. Feely just tells it like it is and trusts the power of a good story. She doesn't feel the need to bash the reader over the head every few pages.


Writing at the Kitchen Table: The Authorized Biography of Elizabeth David
Writing at the Kitchen Table: The Authorized Biography of Elizabeth David
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dry and disappointing, 30 Dec. 2011
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This is a disappointing book. It ought to be a rollicking good story. After all, it is the tale of an energetic young woman who brings the vibrancy and colour and richness and taste of the sunny Mediterranean to a dull, gray, drab post-war Britain. But this book captures none of that. It's a plodding recitation of facts punctuated with dozens of dull characters who appear for no reason and disappear soon after. I'm sure it's fine as a reference book. But it's a dull read.


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