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When Everything Feels Like the Movies
When Everything Feels Like the Movies
by Raziel Reid
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.08

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy and fact make the Movies write the script, 18 April 2016
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A strangely captivating book that makes you think and challenges assumptions in the context of a fictional narrative. It is hard to review without giving away 'spoilers' so suffice it to say I really enjoyed this book but it is not just for movie fans - it has a real story to tell and is really worth a read.


My Own Dear Brother
My Own Dear Brother
by Holly Müller
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars The horror of coming of age under the Nazis, 18 April 2016
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A powerful if disturbing read. The author cleverly reveals the 'back story' in subtle stages which give you an idea of the history but does not quite spell it out until the end. I found this to be a real page-turner and read it in almost one sitting. It gives a fascinating insight, albeit fictional, into what it must have been like to grow up under a Fascist regime and endure your right of passage against such evil. A definite 'must read' for anyone interested in the Nazi era.


The Anglican Communion and Homosexuality:: The Official Study Guide to Enable Listening and Dialogue: 1
The Anglican Communion and Homosexuality:: The Official Study Guide to Enable Listening and Dialogue: 1
by Phil Groves
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Primacy of Scripture defeats reports good intentions, perhaps, 5 Feb. 2016
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I missed this report when it is was first published but am glad to have caught up with it as much of its content is still very pertinent to the continuing debate about LGBT relationships and the Church of England/Anglican Communion. While the report undoubtedly includes some very helpful information, Bible studies and many other insights derived from science, philosophy and psychology, I think it is ultimately flawed by its basic assumption that the Bible remains an unquestionable authority. The report continues to use the Bible as a 'rule book' in a way that I feel takes no real note of the insights of centuries of Biblical criticism. The bottom line here, as in so many similar reports by the Church on this subject, is to acknowledge the shift in understanding of Scripture but to then promptly ignore this and revert to a rather simplistic acceptance of a continuing primacy of scripture as a guide. This of course is the basic issue; it is not ultimately addressed or resolved. But on the way the reader will be rewarded by a wealth of information and evidence. I did find this report to be disappointing, but finding out why by reading it carefully did provide me with considerable insight and caused me to engage in further reflection on this challenging subject.


It Will Grow Again
It Will Grow Again
by Cecil Bonstein
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.94

5.0 out of 5 stars Hope through joy, 5 Feb. 2016
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A beautiful book that will make you think and change your outlook on life, its meaning and purpose.


But You Did Not Come Back
But You Did Not Come Back
by Marceline Loridan-Ivens
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.09

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5.0 out of 5 stars Compassion and Forgiveness in the face of horror, 5 Feb. 2016
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This powerful and moving memoir is a beautifully written lament for a father the author never sees again after being transported to the Nazi death camps. The story is all the more powerful for being subtly understated and remarkably non-judgmental in the attitude of the author. A book such as this somehow renders the anonymity of '6 million slaughtered' accessible and real. A hard but extremely rewarding read.


Good Times, Bad Times: The Welfare Myth of Them and Us
Good Times, Bad Times: The Welfare Myth of Them and Us
by John Hills
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars The real benefit of a Welfare State, 5 Feb. 2016
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This was not an easy read because the author supports his arguments with detailed statistical tables and charts. These are very helpful but require concentration on the part of 'ordinary' readers. That said, the book exposes brilliantly many of the ill-founded and ill-informed criticisms of the Welfare State and demonstrates unequivocally the mutual benefits that such a state provides. The book is not uncritical of some aspects of the Welfare State but is, I think, ultimately affirming of it as a mechanism for the redistribution of wealth and health benefits. You need to wrk at reading it but it is well worth the effort. I suspect those who most need to read it will not.


Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning
Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning
by Timothy Snyder
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars When will we ever learn?, 9 Nov. 2015
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This book challenges us all - individuals, governments, communities, to really ask ourselves if we have learnt any lessons from history - particularly from the period of the Nazi era. The author suggests that what the Nazis did was to render people (mainly Jewish people) stateless as a means of justifying their mass execution. I had not realized that relatively few Jewish people were murdered if they were German citizens living in Germany - the Nazi ideology protected them! But I think the real concern of the author is to look at what is happening in the 21st century and he draws some uncomfortable parallels between our own and the Nazi era. The bulk of his book is a wide-reaching analysis of who killed Jewish people and where - the answers are disturbing and distressing.


How Corrupt is Britain?
How Corrupt is Britain?
by David Whyte
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.32

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5.0 out of 5 stars Corruption is worse than you think, 11 Jun. 2015
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In many ways this book only served to confirm my worst fears except that it made me vividly aware that actually the extent and nature of corruption within the 'Establishment' is much larger than my worst fears. If anyone still believes that in the UK we live in a democratic society read this book. Thanks to the powerful vested interests at the top of the chain we have effectively lost all control over our lives.
This book explains how we have arrived at '1984' by default. No wonder people are disillusioned with politics, no longer trust the banks and are retreating into their own private worlds. Only they are not their own and they are not private!
The people who most need to read this book and understand its message are least likely to do so. But for those of us who are frankly in despair at what the Establishment is doing to all that is good in Britain this book will act as a powerful motivator for us all to keep up the pressure and demand justice and denounce corruption in high places.
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My Battle Against Hitler: Faith, Truth, and Defiance in the Shadow of the Third Reich
My Battle Against Hitler: Faith, Truth, and Defiance in the Shadow of the Third Reich
by Dietrich Von Hildebrand
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.45

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5.0 out of 5 stars Not everyone swallowed Hitler's ideology, 26 May 2015
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A fascinating document of a courageous stand against Hitler by a leading Catholic German in the 1930's. Far too little is known about the many German people who resisted Hitler and the Nazi mencace and books like this help to put the record straight. But it is also a testimony to the courage and bravery it took to make such a resistance. Eventually Von Hildebrand had to leave Nazi Germany but his writings stand as a witness to his consistent exposure of the evil of Nazi ideology. As a Catholic he is also very honest about those Catholics who were duped by, or thought they could co-exist with National Socialism and he is unsparing in exposing the inconsistencey and incompatability of such co-existence. A brave book by a brave man and a brave witness to his opposition to a great evil.


Mark Rothko: Toward the Light in the Chapel (Jewish Lives)
Mark Rothko: Toward the Light in the Chapel (Jewish Lives)
by Annie Cohen-solal
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A life Rothko that really helps us understand his art, 17 April 2015
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This biography makes a difficult life very accessible and is an easy read without scrimping on detail. The strength of this biography lies in its ability to help us comprehend the psychological, spiritual and ideological tensions that were involved in Rothko's struggle to find an art form that would enable him to express his humanist spirituality. We are given a real sense of Rothko as a fellow human being but also a genius in terms of the way in which he developed his art. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and learnt a lot from it - highly recommended.


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