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Siegfried Sassoon
Siegfried Sassoon
by Max Egremont
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A long and powerful read about a long and powerful life, 19 Oct. 2006
This review is from: Siegfried Sassoon (Paperback)
Unlike with many bioraphies I have read, upon reading this book I was not left feeling like I had just read a history text-book or run a marathon. The 'narrative' is skillfully crafted to make this seem more like a novel than a factual book and this adds to it greatly.

As for the content, one would think that Sassoon had had enough information written about him- how could this biography be any different? Well, first of all, there was the input of George Sassoon, who has never previously been involved with one of his father's biographers. There is also the skillful weaving in of Sassoon's poetry- either to explain his feelings at a particular point in his life or as a study of his character.

From a personal point of view, I enjoyed reading about Sassoon's relationship with W.H.R Rivers, a great hero of mine, and I was also intrigued by the new poetry and photos that have been added to this biography.

10 / 10 and I would strongly recommend this book.

Live and Let Die (James Bond 007)
Live and Let Die (James Bond 007)
by Ian Fleming
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 4 Jan. 2004
The plot is pacey and exciting and this book is a must have for all Bond fans!

Birdsong (Vintage War)
Birdsong (Vintage War)
by Sebastian Faulks
Edition: Paperback

19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking read, 16 Aug. 2003
This review is from: Birdsong (Vintage War) (Paperback)
Bird song has to be one of, if not the best book I have ever read. In the first 100 pages the reader is introduced to the character of Stephen and he is portrayed to begin with as a passionate man with no clear idea where his life is going as the book progresses however he becomes a much more complex character and you gain an insite into his inner most feelings.
As well as the book charting the life of Stephen Wraysford it also concentrates on the lives of Jack Firebrace (a so-called 'sewer rat'), Michael Weir (Stephens' closest friend and Jack Firebraces'officer) and Elizabeth Benson (Stephens' grand daughter).
Another feature of the book is that the dates change in differnt sections of the book. The reader starts off reading about Stephens life in pre-war France (date: 1910) the story then shifts to 1916 and the lives of the people in, and indeed under, the trenches as well as describing in startling detail the horrors of the Battle of the Somme. Part 3 is set in 1978, part 4 in 1917 part 5 in 1978-79 part 6 in 1918 and part 7 in 1979.
Birdsong is a heart renching, thought provoking and amazingly powerfull book which makes the reader realise just how bad the First World War was. It made me personally feel a pang of guilt that the war ever took place even though it quite clearly had nothing to do with me. The book brings to light just how bad human nature can be and how the price of war is so often much greater than the gain.
To conclude, Birdsong is an utterly brilliant book which I would recommend to anyone.

In Search of Happiness with Angus Deayton
In Search of Happiness with Angus Deayton
by Angus Deayton
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happiness is book shaped, 8 July 2003
What can I say? This book is an exemplary example of British humour and is a tribute both to the BBC for arranging for the book to be written and most of all to the talents of Angus Deayton without whom there would have been no book. Deayton, for the purpose of the book and the BBC series, was placed into a series of amusing and often slightly dangerous situations and his writing had me in fits of laughter for hours.
If you are in Search of Happiness or even just in search of a good laugh then this book is for you!

Johnny English - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Johnny English - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £9.84

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Bond Spoof Soundtrack, 14 April 2003
The soundtrack for Johnny English is, like the film, very much a James Bond spoof. Don't let this put you off though because the music is still very good and if you have seen the film you will know that it fits in perfectly with the story.
I myself am not a Robbie Williams fan but I have to say that the man for all seasons song has to be the highlight of the soundtrack; it has a good tune and catchy lyrics and is very difficult to get it out of your head.
All in all it is a very good buy for all those who really loved the film as I did.

Pierce Brosnan: The Biography
Pierce Brosnan: The Biography
by York Membery
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could his life be more depressing?, 29 Jan. 2003
It is a great read, don't get me wrong, but the thing I usually enjoy most about reading famous peoples biographies are that they are mostly rags to riches tales. Even if the accounts of their lives in these books are untrue they make refreshing and enjoyable reading. In Pierce Brosnan's biography however it seems that every good thing that happens in his life is followed directly after by two bad things. I am not over exagerating read it for yourself and you'll see. It is a good book but be prepared to cry, it's hard not to. It isn't easy being Bond!

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