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My Family and Other Disasters
My Family and Other Disasters
by Lucy Mangan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Lucy's fun, 21 Oct. 2014
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Splendid stuff. Having enjoyed Lucy Mangan's weekly column in The Guardian, now mysteriously dropped, it was a delight to find this book to, as it were, renew acquaintance with her. I may not believe quite ALL her stories but they are fun to read. Funny girl.


Last Year In Marienbad [DVD] [1960]
Last Year In Marienbad [DVD] [1960]
Dvd ~ Delphine Seyrig
Price: £9.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Last Year? No, every year., 12 April 2014
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Ninety minutes of fascination, a film that is one of the most enigmatic ever. Alain Resnais depicts the French New Wave, as it was then termed, with a film that is stunning in its depictive beauty. A puzzle? For sure. Bewildering? Yes, that too. But endlessly fascinating, and beautifully filmed.


Night & Fog - The Criterion Collection [DVD] [1955] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Night & Fog - The Criterion Collection [DVD] [1955] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £7.61

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best, 12 April 2014
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For years I've sought this little gem, one of the first cinematic reflections on the horrors of the Holocaust. And I reckon the best, chilling, unsettling in its suggested conclusion. But gripping. Alain Resnais' film is to be treasured.


Up the Tyne in a Flummox
Up the Tyne in a Flummox
by Leonard Barras
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Smile please - again and again, 12 April 2014
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Reading a book by the late lamented and much under-rated Leonard Barras is not unlike stumbling in all innocence into the middle of a comic crosstalk routine. It's funny, always makes you smile, sometimes makes you laugh out loud, and leaves you (well, me, anyway) wondering how on earth he does it. Such flights of fancy, neatly set in the most ordinary of backgrounds. Comic tales of life and love, eccentric of course, and to be treasured.


Bonjour Tristesse and A Certain Smile (Penguin Modern Classics)
Bonjour Tristesse and A Certain Smile (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Francoise Sagan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bonjour - encore!, 3 April 2014
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Did you realise that this famous novel first appeared over here in 1955? Originally, some "naughty scenes" were removed for English publication, but not now. This comes with a new translation, and a renewed chance to be amazed anew. This is still a remarkable achievement for a first novel, and by an author who was only 18. If you haven't before, discover it. If you've read it before, maybe long ago, read it again. Its embrace is still clinging.


The Chocolate Cream Society
The Chocolate Cream Society
by Leonard Barras
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Keep smiling, 3 April 2014
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At long last I have discovered a writer I'd heard about, from a distance. Now I have met his work, and what a treasure to discover. He's been described as a disgracefully neglected comic writer, and that is not a bad comment. In this book, full of fantastical flights of fancy, even surrealism at times, entertainment stalks every page. The humour is to be treasured. It is set in a fading shipyard in the North East, where one of the main characters is a talking ghost horse. Bizarre? You bet. The title itself may be a puzzle, but be patient, an explanation does await. Barras is great fun. Go find him.


Umbrellas Of Cherbourg - 50th Anniversary Edition (2 Discs) [DVD] [1964]
Umbrellas Of Cherbourg - 50th Anniversary Edition (2 Discs) [DVD] [1964]
Dvd ~ Catherine Deneuve
Price: £9.37

5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating, 1 Mar. 2014
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This 'film in song', as its director Jacques Demy described it, stunned when it first appeared. Now we are enriched with this 50th anniversary edition, and its romance is as potent and winning as ever. Catherine Deneuve, of course, is a delight, but she has fine support from a young and enthusiastic cast, and the enchantment of a winning story of the anxieties of love continues to win young and old alike - assuming they have the slightest touch of romance about them, that is.


Alexandria: The Last Nights of Cleopatra
Alexandria: The Last Nights of Cleopatra
by Peter Stothard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Alex's mark, 1 Mar. 2014
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Enticed by one review in particular, I found that for once the critic was absolutely right. This book has an elegance in the writing as it encompasses a variety of decades yet retains its core purpose, to pursue a book about Cleopatra which has been years in the writing. Along the way we engage with a variety of disparate souls. Deeply satisfying.


The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris
The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris
by John Baxter
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars I love Paris, 17 Jan. 2014
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At last, a book that really lives up to its title. This is not just an entertaining amble through the streets and boulevards of Paris, it is also full of distractions, particularly of a literary nature. So we are diverted into the cafes of Hemingway and Scott Fitzgerald, how and why the characters of the late 19th century lived, and places to seek out when you are lucky enough to return to the City of Light. C'est magnifique!


The Eyes of Max Carrados (Tales of Mystery & The Supernatural)
The Eyes of Max Carrados (Tales of Mystery & The Supernatural)
by Ernest Bramah
Edition: Paperback
Price: £2.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blind faith, 8 Dec. 2013
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Max Carrados is a blind detective. Lack of eyesight has considerably sharpened all his other senses, and he has an invaluable manservant to act as eyes. This may sound fanciful - indeed, is fanciful - but Ernest Bramah, following the path established by Conan Doyle, weaves some intriguing tales in early 20th century London. The style may seem old fashioned these days, but stay with the descriptions: the stories are neat.


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