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Ossie: King of Stamford Bridge
Ossie: King of Stamford Bridge
by Peter Osgood
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good fun, 15 Jan 2003
Written in the breezy style which epitomises the subject and laced with many excellent anecdotes, this is a entertaining and sometimes compellingly honest football biography which nicely brings back to life a well remembered period
There are few deep thoughts about the game or life in general but ossie nicely comes across as someone who does not and has not taken himself or life too seriously.
Thankfully, unlike many of these bios, match descpritions are kept to a minimum and my only complaint about this excellent rea isthat it should and could have been longer.


Bullitt (Widescreen Edition) [VHS] [1968]
Bullitt (Widescreen Edition) [VHS] [1968]
VHS
Offered by scrumpyjane
Price: £2.99

2 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric, 5 July 2002
For some reason this film has always passed me by and last night i settled down and watched it for the first time
Most people will be familiar with the piece, but for me the strengths were the production values and beautiful photography as well as the great city in which its located
On the ther hand, i remebered why Steve McQueen has always left me cold. He may have a sort of presence but is frankly a hopeless actor. The plot is a bit plodding and the dialogue a little too clipped being completely without irony or humour
A film to watch rather than absorb


The World We're In
The World We're In
by Will Hutton
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little predictable, 10 Jun 2002
This review is from: The World We're In (Hardcover)
My sympathies tend to lie largely with will Hutton's views and after reading this, you do start to feel more optimistic about the prospects of the european ideals as well as possibly the economic power becoming pre-eminnent over the coming years.
But maybe not. Unfortunately I found that the arguments were seemingly shaped to fit the authors prejudices rather perhaps the other way round. Despite protests, there is certainly an anti american strain running throughout the book and some of the negative references made, seemed a bit gratuous. This for me, undermimed the text
I also felt that examples were slightly thrown at the reader whilst the sharp observations, wit and clear headedness which is well demonstrated by Paul Krugman say, was missing. It felt as if Will was shouting at you.
Overall though, the debate is definately worth absorbing and the author does in patches, argue his case particularly well. Personally, I found the Airbus vs Boeing example evry illuminating
In total the book was perhaps a shade overlong , but on balance, recomended


The Cold Six Thousand
The Cold Six Thousand
by James Ellroy
Edition: Paperback

3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear, 6 Jun 2002
This review is from: The Cold Six Thousand (Paperback)
Ive ben a big fan of Ellroy up to now, but frankly found this latest novel to be quite disappointing. The sentences are rarely more than six words and the sharp stacatto style can become quite unreadable at times
Maybe he novelty of his unique style has worn off somewhat, but i couldnt finish this and found myslef less engaged than expected with the array of characters, which semed to be less sharply drawn than before


Seabiscuit: Three Men and a Racehorse
Seabiscuit: Three Men and a Racehorse
by Laura Hillenbrand
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 22 April 2002
An absolutely wonderful read, effortlessly conveying the excitement and tension of this extraordinary horse's racing career, whilst beautifully but dispassionately retelling this remarkable story involving disparite and unusual characters.
I have never read a better book on horse racing (there are many telling insights into the animals character) and it is no suprise that this has won so many awards
Wonderful...


The Rotters' Club
The Rotters' Club
by Jonathan Coe
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful...to a point, 12 April 2002
This review is from: The Rotters' Club (Paperback)
Being almost exactly the same age as the author, the pangs of recognition throughout this entertaining read were almost painful. Often very funny and sometimes touching, the large array of characters are well managed and generally clearly defined.
However, without giving too much away, the last quarter of the book was, to me anyway, rather overdramatic and spoiled but the unnecessary intervention of a boring celtic nationlist, the point of which remained unclear
perhaps given that there is to be a sequel, the reader should have been left gasping for more rather than rushing through the last few pages, but this shouldnt put anyone off for the most part, a lovely read


New Ideas from Dead Economists: An Introduction to Modern Economic Thought (Penguin Business)
New Ideas from Dead Economists: An Introduction to Modern Economic Thought (Penguin Business)
by Todd Buchholz
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 2 April 2002
...the tone of this excellent breezy but informative read is certainly to the right of centre, but not so emphatically that all readers of all persuasions will find this a rewarding read...
The main objective of quickly but entertainingly describing economic thought over the past 500 odd years and clearly describing the ideas,is effortlessly acheived. For the average reader with an reasonable interest in the subject, this book is as good as you are going to find.
Thoroughly recommended


London (Lonely Planet City Guides)
London (Lonely Planet City Guides)
by Pat Yale
Edition: Paperback

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars curiousity, 13 Feb 2002
out of curiousity,following some publicity, I had a good look at this guide and whilst i am London born and bred I am not starry eyed about the city of my birth.
However, maybe I wasnt born there after all because the city portrayed in this sour little guide is not recogisable to me or I would imagine millions of others.
The shame of it is that this might serve to put people off visiting a unique city, but then again maybe not
you sense that the authors had their minds made up before they even tackled the subject, which is really not the point of the exercise
Ignore this rubbish and head for one of the Time Out guides, which are balanced and intelligent


Life Sentence
Life Sentence
by Mark Hodkinson
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a lovely read, 19 Dec 2001
This review is from: Life Sentence (Paperback)
Since Fever Pitch there have been numerous books detailing a football season from the fan's perspective, but none are probably quite as acutely observed as this
the author is a journalist in "real life" and these columns had appeared in the Times, so the writing is good and very much to the point making for a breezy read
Many of the neat assumptions of the football armchair audience are neatly turned on their head (familys at football and "second teams" being examples) and there are many excellent anecdotes which vary from the funny to the quite strange
A fine read


Wherever Green is Worn: The Story of the Irish Diaspora
Wherever Green is Worn: The Story of the Irish Diaspora
by Tim Pat Coogan
Edition: Paperback

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps unfair, 7 Nov 2001
I really just dipped in and out of this book which was passed to me by a friend who hated it (and is irish). Quite frankly it comes across as a load of nationlistic drivel, which if i was irish I would find embarrasing
As the previous reviewer pointed out, the stereotypes come shining through and are evry very very tiresome
tim Pat Coogan can certainly write but he needs to take those green tinted glasses off if he is to be taken at all seriously.


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