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Slaughterhouse 5, or The Children's Crusade - A Duty-dance with Death
Slaughterhouse 5, or The Children's Crusade - A Duty-dance with Death
by Kurt Vonnegut
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading, 12 Nov 2013
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A brilliant book. If you are only going to read a handful of books on the second world war in your lifetime this should be one of them.


The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot
The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot
by Robert Macfarlane
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Feeble musings on pathways, 12 Nov 2013
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Robert Macfarlane wanders aimlessly along some old paths and writes about his experiences in a relentlessly mild tone. There is not a single angry or sharp word directed at anyone or anything but a continuous yearning for the unattainable past. The most exciting things that happen are that the author falls off his mountain bike, and later he is scared in the dark by screeching owls. The trouble is that he frequently references great walking writers of the past such as Edward Thomas and George Borrow, thus inviting comparison with them and disappointment with his own lack of either poetry or ideas. This book got lots of good reviews in the newspapers in 2013 so I bought it - conclusion: the author is a thoroughly nice person and has lots of friends in the literary community.
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Particle Detection with Drift Chambers (Accelerator physics)
Particle Detection with Drift Chambers (Accelerator physics)
by W. Blum
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Drift chamber bible, 12 Nov 2013
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This is the book you need if you want to understand, use or build a drift chamber. Covers both simple drift chambers and time projection chambers. There is a new edition available since 2010.


Lolly Willowes (VMC)
Lolly Willowes (VMC)
by Sylvia Townsend Warner
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle Witch, 13 April 2012
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The story of Laura Willowes who (belives she has) sold her soul to the devil in return for freedom from her tiresome family. The book begins with the bleak statement that, her father having died and she being unmarried and already 28 years old, Laura must go to live with her married brother in London. Laura is dreamy and unambitious. Unlike a modern fable where she would discover amazing talents and dynamism once released from her family, Laura remains dreamy to the end - good for her! The first half of the book describes the successful, organised, dull life of her brother's family in their London house. Having endured 20 years there and helped bring up one generation of children, the family assumes Aunt Lolly will do the same for the next generation too. But she makes the first of her increasingly frequent stands against convention and goes off to live by herself in a small Chiltern village. The second half, where she escapes further and further from polite society, with the help of mild spells and encouraging conversations with the devil, is the heart of the book. I loved it.
Why have Virago used a stark cover pictre of the folly on Mow Cop? The essence of the Chilterns portrayed in the book is all night sounds, beech leaves, damp soil and darkness - just the opposite of the sharp visual senses.


Offshore
Offshore
by Penelope Fitzgerald
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Living as outdiders in the centre of London, 31 May 2010
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A story about a small community of outsiders living on decaying barges in the centre of London in the sixties. The sinking of one boat on the incoming tide leads to rearrangements in the relations between them. Just as one is beginning to identify strongly with Richard and Nenna and wish that they would get together the pace of events acceleretes again, currents drift them apart and tensions build up sharply. One can only hope that their ties are stronger than some of the mooring ropes, but the chances dont seem too good.

It is quite a short book,very carefully written. I read it too fast and arrived at the end regretting that I had not savoured it more. Some of the sentences are so exact yet surprising thet the demand a second read even though they are quite short. A very visual book, full of references to paintings as well as exact obesrvations of the behaviour of seagulls, cats, mud and the tides and currents of the Thames.


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