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Trafalgar: An Eyewitness History
Trafalgar: An Eyewitness History
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended, 29 Jun. 2016
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I have read several books about Nelson’s life and work and found most fairly tough going. This is the first I have read by Tom Pocock and it had me hooked from the first few pages. The interesting facts and the way they are presented makes for a very readable and enjoyable book. The letters and eyewitness accounts really brought the whole thing to life. Highly Recommended.


U2: The Definitive Biography
U2: The Definitive Biography
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly recommended, 25 Jun. 2016
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I only read this book because it was recommended to me by a friend but I’m so glad I did. I really didn’t know very much about U2 but this is a terrific ‘warts and all’ account of the band’s history, from their shaky beginnings 40 years ago to their ultimate superstar status. It is a fascinating story, very well-written, and I couldn’t put it down.


Persia in the Great Game: Sir Percy Sykes - Explorer, Consul, Soldier, Spy
Persia in the Great Game: Sir Percy Sykes - Explorer, Consul, Soldier, Spy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Persia in the Great Game, 25 Jun. 2016
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An extensively researched story of the intrepid explorer and diplomat Sir Percy Sykes, an officer in the Indian Army who was stationed in Persia during the latter part of the nineteenth, and the early years of the twentieth centuries. Loved by many of the Persians he met for his willingness to learn their language and his ability to understand the people and their customs, he was disliked by many of his own countrymen for his conceit and self-promotion. Although I sometimes found the many Persian names difficult to follow this was a hugely enjoyable book about an unusual character and the difficult times in which he lived.


Franco's International Brigades: Adventurers, Fascists, and Christian Crusaders in the Spanish Civil War
Franco's International Brigades: Adventurers, Fascists, and Christian Crusaders in the Spanish Civil War
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting read., 21 Jun. 2016
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Having read Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls as a teenager I have always had an interest in the Spanish Civil war so was looking forward to reading this book. I wasn’t disappointed. It is an extremely interesting account of the foreign volunteers who threw in their lot with General Franco’s Nationalists. The author’s style is easy to read and the book has given me a much clearer picture of this side of the conflict.


Wings of Ice: The Riddle of the Polar Air Race
Wings of Ice: The Riddle of the Polar Air Race
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended., 13 Jun. 2016
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Extraordinary story of Polar exploration, and the first use of aircraft in this pursuit. The rivalry of the explorers and the dishonesty of at least one of them in claiming he was the first to fly over the North Pole – a claim convincingly rebutted by the author – make fascinating reading. Highly recommended.


Royal Legacy: How the royal family have made, spent and passed on their wealth
Royal Legacy: How the royal family have made, spent and passed on their wealth
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4.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing account, 13 Jun. 2016
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Absorbing account of several generations and branches of the Royal family and their handling of their finances. The author has obviously done a huge amount of research and shows how money and/or being royal enables them to gain more wealth and circumvent procedures that mere mortals are not entitled to use. I found some of the legal details rather too complicated to understand but overall this is a very interesting and revealing book.


Why Was Queen Victoria Such a Prude?: ...and other historical myths and follies
Why Was Queen Victoria Such a Prude?: ...and other historical myths and follies
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating book!, 13 Jun. 2016
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A great account of diverse events during centuries of history. The details are sometimes amusing, sometimes horrifying, while some are absolutely gruesome but they are always interesting and entertaining. If you are squeamish don’t make this your bedtime reading but do read it anyway! A fascinating book.


A Very Private Diary: A Nurse in Wartime
A Very Private Diary: A Nurse in Wartime
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read., 13 Jun. 2016
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Mary Morris’s diary is an interesting record of life as an Army nurse during the Second World War. She writes about caring for servicemen with terrible injuries, illnesses and PTSD, her exasperation at the pettiness of inspections by senior officers more concerned with the appearance of the ward than the wellbeing of the patients and her somewhat frantic social life during the few hours between her hospital shifts. A very good read.


The Cool Guide to Edinburgh
The Cool Guide to Edinburgh
by Caroline Young
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book., 13 Jun. 2016
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While skimming through various guidebooks for inspiration for somewhere to spend a long weekend later this year, I came across this book. The Cool Guide to Edinburgh has certainly made me put the Scottish capital high on my shortlist. It is a really interesting introduction to the city that not only gives lists of places to stay, eat and drink but adds a flavour of what each area of the city is like, its history and the more unusual places to visit. And it was written by a native of the city. Excellent book.


A Polar Bear Ate my Head: Misadventures in Magazines
A Polar Bear Ate my Head: Misadventures in Magazines
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great laugh!, 13 Jun. 2016
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I was intrigued by the weird title but, despite discovering that this was about a ‘lads’ mag’ I had never heard of, I read it anyway and found it very entertaining, albeit hugely cringe-making at times! Very easy to read and a truly funny book.


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