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She Landed By Moonlight: The Story of Secret Agent Pearl Witherington: the 'real Charlotte Gray'
She Landed By Moonlight: The Story of Secret Agent Pearl Witherington: the 'real Charlotte Gray'
by Carole Seymour-Jones
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding account of one woman's exploits iin occupied France., 2 Aug. 2015
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Without doubt the best book I have read - and I have read many, being particularly interested in the subject - of the French resistance to the Nazi occupation. The scale of the atrocities committed by the Germans in reprisal for acts of resistance was a revelation to me and was truly horrifying.. Carole Seymour-Jones, whose obituary I had read a few weeks prior to reading her book, captures the mood of the period, the incredible bravery of Pearl Witherington , and the incompetence of the bureaucrats in London in charge of clandestine operations in occupied France, quite superbly. Highly recommended.


The Go-Between (Essential Penguin)
The Go-Between (Essential Penguin)
by L. P. Hartley
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets., 15 May 2015
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Acclaimed by every member of our book club, mainly couples of "a certain age"! People inspired to buy the DVD of the original Julie Christie, Alan Bates, Edward Fox film. Lyrical descriptions of the Edwardian English countryside in the heat of summer. Lovely!


Nespresso CitiZ and Milk XN730T40 Coffee Machine by Krups - Titanium
Nespresso CitiZ and Milk XN730T40 Coffee Machine by Krups - Titanium
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great little machine, 24 Oct. 2014
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A great little machine! Quick , clean and easy to use. The only downside are the ridiculously expensive coffee capsules as supplied by Nespresso. Have tried cheaper supermarket versions but they are not good. Any suggestions?


Heroes of the Hook
Heroes of the Hook
by John Hollands
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.95

5.0 out of 5 stars A stirring account of one of the greatest battles of the second half of the 20th century ..., 24 Oct. 2014
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A stirring account of one of the greatest battles of the second half of the 20th century written by someone who was actively involved and was decorated for his courage and leadership as a young National Service officer.


A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal
A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal
by Ben Macintyre
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars "Treachery at the top"., 14 April 2014
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Of all the many books I have read about Philby this one by Ben Macintyre is by far the best. It is a searing indictment of the British Security Services and their misplaced faith in the "old boy network". The recent two-part television series while being interesting did not compare with the brilliance of Macintyre's book.


The Last Telegram
The Last Telegram
by Liz Trenow
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Telegram, 2 Oct. 2012
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I was recommended this book by a relation of the author so, one could say, I was naturally predisposed to like it. Having said that the story of a family-owned silk factory is not my natural choice of reading. But, having got into it I found it a fascinating chronicle of a period I remember well, growing up in the country as a child during World War 2. The book captures the period to perfection, the rationing, the dangers, and the tragedies of people going missing or being killed. There is a strong, and quite steamy, love interest too. The affair between Lily and Stefan is graphically described as is the lesbian love affair (consummated or unconsummated ?)between Lily and Gwen after Lily's husband is reported missing and later, dead.

A book with much poignancy and an excellent read.


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