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When the Alps Cast Their Spell: Mountaineers of the Alpine Golden Age: Mountaineers of the Golden Age of Alpinism
When the Alps Cast Their Spell: Mountaineers of the Alpine Golden Age: Mountaineers of the Golden Age of Alpinism
by Trevor Braham
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy winner, 20 May 2011
This comprehensive tribute to the Victorian Alpinists was a worthy winner of the 2004 Boardman Tasker award. Essential reference work on this period of mountain history and well illustrated with many of the main figures of that time.


Whisky, Wit and Wisdom: A Verbal Distillation
Whisky, Wit and Wisdom: A Verbal Distillation
by Gavin D. Smith
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating stuff, 24 Dec 2009
Here is a really interesting collection of whisky-related writing and anecdote along with the odd Punch cartoon and some other illustrations. It's the sort of book you can dip into at any time and enjoy with a wee dram beside you. How important is whisky? The author suggests Humphrey Bogart's last words are worth remembering: 'I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis.'


Action Stations!: U-boat Warfare in the Clyde in Two World Wars
Action Stations!: U-boat Warfare in the Clyde in Two World Wars
by Alastair Alexander
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.52

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting primer on Clyde naval warfare, 8 Dec 2009
This may be a slim volume but it is well designed and illustrated in black and white with some new images previously not published. There are good pics of captured German POW's and a decent passage on the harrying and sinking of U33 off Arran which includes the salvage of the Enigma machine rotors that were thrown overboard by the Kapitan before he scuttled her. That single episode helped Bletchley Park to reconstruct Enigma. Recommended.


Grape Britain: A Tour of Britain's Vineyards
Grape Britain: A Tour of Britain's Vineyards
by David Harvey
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.07

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grape Britain, 30 Oct 2008
Brilliant travelogue based on a trip around the vineyards of England and Wales in the summer of 2006. Very detailed with over 300 vineyards from the tiny to the large covered and it's clearly an independent guide as he pulls no punches when he finds something awry. Tasting notes are straightforward and not having been an English wine buff before, I learned a lot from these regarding grape types and styles of wine. The book lacks maps but is none the worse for it as there are plenty of contact details including map references. It is also beautifully presented and copiously illustrated in full colour. Highly recommended.


Wilderness Dreams: The Call of Scotland's Last Wild Places
Wilderness Dreams: The Call of Scotland's Last Wild Places
by Mike Cawthorne
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.46

30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Feeling for the Landscape, 5 Dec 2007
Mike Cawthorne's excellent series of essays on the wilderness areas of Scotland is centred around his epic 'on-a-shoestring' round of the Munros in 1986 with his pal Dave. Both of them out of work, but realising that this would be a life-changing adventure. It was. Mike's subsequent adventures take him down the Dee by kayak, and into the flow country of Sutherland where he meets squatters who are living on the edge of economic sustainability and reason. This is engaging writing and was commended by Lord (Chris) Smith at the 2007 Boardman Tasker awards.


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