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The Wake
The Wake
by Paul Kingsnorth
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.89

19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most extraordinary book of the Old England, 19 July 2014
This review is from: The Wake (Hardcover)
This is a weird and wonderful book which I thoroughly recommend to anyone who has an interest in English history.

It is weird because for it the author has constructed a unique ‘Anglish’ language -- partly Old English, partly Modern, partly neither and yet partly both. It takes a few pages to get the hang of it, but with a few glances at the ‘Note on the Language’ and at the ‘Partial Glossary’at the end of the book, the reader will quickly find that becomes easy to read.

And it is a wonderful book to read, a classic, and one of the best books I’ve ever read.

The story begins in that most terrible of years for the Old English, 1066, and the setting is the fens of Eastern England. The main character, Buckmaster of Holland, is a strange, complex character, neither hero nor villain, who has a passionate love of ‘Angland’ and for the gods of the ‘Eald Hus’, the Germanic gods worshipped in Angland before the coming of the Christianity he despises. He sees the old gods in dreams and hears their voices, telling him of the coming destruction of Angland and later urging him to raise a ‘werod’ against the French invaders.

‘feoht’, they tell him urgently, ‘feoht, tell them feoht’ And -- ‘cwell the bastard’

But although Buckmaster thinks himself a great man for owning land and being a member of the local ‘wapentake’, he is no Hereward -- a man he hates for being more renowned -- so the troop of men he has managed to gather around him is small and inevitably their fight for the freedom of Angland ends in tragedy.

At one point, Buckmaster asks the gods of the Eald Hus, ‘When will Angland be free?’ ‘Nefer’, is the reply, ‘Nefer’.

The writing is beautiful and the descriptions lyrical:

‘it is early in the mergen it is gan eostur now when the land waecens from winter all the land is cuman open all is grene and waecnan. Water crows is callan in the fenn the alor treow is grene haras is in the felds fugols in the water and the heofon there is micel goodness here beyond what man has macd. My folc was in the fens before the crist cum to angland this ground is in our bodigs deop’

As you read, you can see the fens and their people, you can almost hear their Anglish accent. It is a story which will wring your emotions and keep you reading until, with regret, you finish the book.


And Into The Fire: Fascist Elements in Post War Europe and the Development of the EU
And Into The Fire: Fascist Elements in Post War Europe and the Development of the EU
Price: 1.11

5.0 out of 5 stars A terrifying life forecast for your children..., 3 April 2014
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If you know little or nothing about the EU and the people who run it, please read this book. If you don't want your children, grandchildren to live under an EU dicatorship run by Nazis and Communists, please do something abou tit now! And no, I'm not being a scaremonger -- spend 1.11 and see.


The Works of Mary Elizabeth Braddon
The Works of Mary Elizabeth Braddon

5.0 out of 5 stars A collection of very readable Victorian novels, 10 Feb 2014
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A lot of Victorian novels, especially written by women, are just too out of date to read, but MEB is an excellent writer and you'll believe in all her characters and their loves and loss. All right, you have to accept that Victorian mores were different from ours, but I shall be starting the last of her books as soon as this review is finished and I shall probably read it straight through...


Life After Life
Life After Life
Price: 3.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'multiverse' novel, 10 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Life After Life (Kindle Edition)
It's brilliant, a non-stop read about a girl trapped in a multiverse with her life changing and changing again. Strange but it is so well written that you'll believe every word.


Black Coffee: A Novel
Black Coffee: A Novel
by Charles Osborne
Edition: Hardcover

1.0 out of 5 stars Nobody writes like Agatha Christie - and this isn't Agatha Christie, 10 Feb 2014
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It's awful, don't bother with it. I was really disappointed because having read all her other books over the years, this was the last one and I was looking forward to it. But it is actually her first play which has been turned into a book by another writer, and it doesn't work. The writing is dreadful and you can't but see the play behind the book. It must have been a pretty awful play as well...


The Strange Death of David Kelly
The Strange Death of David Kelly
by Norman Baker
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars British Government deception, 10 Feb 2014
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This is a book I've been meaning to read for a long time, finally got round to it and found it a horrifying but brilliant book on the deceptions which our Government can use to cover their backs. This is a must-read for anyone interested in what happens at the top of our political tree. Don't believe what they say but always check.


1941 [DVD] [1979]
1941 [DVD] [1979]
Dvd ~ John Belushi
Price: 5.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing., 23 Oct 2013
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I was expecting something really good from this director, but it was just out of control, not easy to follow. All loud music, cut from this shot to that and the humour wasn't. The only good scenes in it were the jittabug or jazz dancing scenes which were, yes, excellent.


Portmeirion - Botanic Blue Teapot 1.5pt
Portmeirion - Botanic Blue Teapot 1.5pt
Price: 32.09

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely smallish teapot, 23 Oct 2013
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Beautiful pottery with old yet new design and very suitable for the current fashion for teatime although it is not a very large pot. It came in a lovely round box, very suitable (again) for giving as a present. Unfortunately, when it arrived, I discovered that the teapot lid had come off the piece which was supposed to hold it in place and in rattling around in the box, had been broken. I phoned the company who were very polite and helpful -- told me to take a photo, send it to them in an email and they would send me a new teapot lid immediately, which they did. This time it was so wrapped up, it was like playing pass-the-parcel to get it out!


The Open Conspiracy and Other Writings
The Open Conspiracy and Other Writings
by H. G. Wells
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars Well written but horrifying political essays, 16 Sep 2013
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I never realised that the author of The War of the Worlds was so political, and so left wing. A surprise. And although H G Wells writes well, as ever, unless you are on the far left of the political spectrum, I shouldn't bother.


How to Write & Sell Non-Fiction Books for Kindle (Writing Skills Book 1)
How to Write & Sell Non-Fiction Books for Kindle (Writing Skills Book 1)
Price: 0.77

5.0 out of 5 stars If you've ever wanted to write a book but never dared, this is for you, 16 Sep 2013
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It goes into great detail as to how (and how fast!) you should write a book for Kindle either for a series or just a one-off. The author makes it look comparatively easy and I shall try my hand at it. Do have a go yourself.


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