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History of the Chartist Movement 1837-1854 (Chartist Studies Series)
History of the Chartist Movement 1837-1854 (Chartist Studies Series)
by R G Gammage
Edition: Paperback
Price: 18.53

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not easy reading but comprehensive - academic value at least, 10 Jun 2005
This is a lengthy study by the contermprary historian Gammage and is, therefore, very useful for appreciating the differences between initial interpretations and the more modern views of Thompson and Epstein. The book is comprehensive but certainly could not be described as 'condensed' or reader friendly. Essential reading if you are studying the movement at undergraduate level, however, it is probably questionable whether A Level students need to bother with this study.


The Chartist Movement: A New Annotated Bibliography
The Chartist Movement: A New Annotated Bibliography
by Owen R. Ashton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 82.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, but very dull, 10 Jun 2005
This is exactly what it says it is - a comprehensive bibliography of most studies of Chartism. The introduction is unspectacular and the 'new' adjective is no longer valid but most work is still included. Really only suitable for libraries or high level students.


Last Term at Malory Towers
Last Term at Malory Towers
by Enid Blyton
Edition: Paperback

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant, 10 Jun 2005
Recently re-read this for the first time on about ten years and had forgotten how great these books are. The story combines the sadness of finally leaving Malory Towers with both a look to the future and a review of how all the girls have progressed at their time at the school. Possibly not the best book in the series (probably the one set in the fifth form) but still brilliant. ONE THING: Why is Darrell, and not Sally head girl?????
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How to Study a Jane Austen Novel (Palgrave Study Guides:Literature)
How to Study a Jane Austen Novel (Palgrave Study Guides:Literature)
by Vivien Jones
Edition: Paperback
Price: 16.99

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for all Austen students, 20 Feb 2004
This is a brilliant guide that covers material which will not necessarily be covered in your regular lessons. The guide has general sections referring to Austen and her influences and general style. There are also chapters referring to all of Austen's novels. However, even if you are only studying one novel these essays are still very useful as they raise themes which are applicable to virtually all of her novels. The chapter on critical debate is an introduction to the practical criticisms and is a good starting point to decide which critics you want to read more extensively. This is essential reading for all Austen students - at any level.


Postcards from No Man's Land
Postcards from No Man's Land
by Aidan Chambers
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two brilliant stories entwined, 20 Feb 2004
This book is aimed at young adults, but its themes and language mean that it is not restricted in any upper age limit. The book entwines the story of a teenager being released into Amsterdam with a war time recount of a personal relationship behind the front line. The book is well written, although I feel that the modern day story is far better and has a tendancy to dominate the novel. The modern day story would stand up to being a stand alone novel. The link between the two stories is slightly tenuous and it does feel slightly contrived, however, the book is still a very enjoyable read. Perfect holiday reading.


Father Ted: The Complete Scripts
Father Ted: The Complete Scripts
by Arthur Mathews
Edition: Paperback

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant tv programme, 20 Feb 2004
These scripts are very funny, whilst the inclusion of draft scripts rather than the broadcast version does provide an insight into the developments of the script into the show. The only 'extra' are director's commentaries about the start of each episode, although these are far from amazing. Other tv comedy books (eg. Blackadder, Vicar of Dibley) have funny extras which this collection would have benefited from. The show is amazingly funny but the scripts don't have the same magic. The character of Mrs Doyle, so brilliant in the show, is not particularly funny in the scripts. The complete scripts just demonstrates the genius of the actors involved in the show. Worth buying-buy the videos first though-but a better effort could have been acheived.


The Unification of Italy (Lancaster Pamphlets)
The Unification of Italy (Lancaster Pamphlets)
by John Gooch
Edition: Paperback
Price: 17.30

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good general overview, 20 Feb 2004
This is an excellent book to be read when you are first apporaching the period, or are reading purely for pleasure. However, if you are studying the period (as I have done for AS Level History) the book is not really detailed enough to be of much use. The book, as with others in the series, has a timeline which helps put events in perspective and particularly focuses on the events following partial unification in 1860/61. The author, John Gooch, has chosen to adopt a style that informs us of the established opinion rather than challenging the accepted view. The book also includes some 'primary sources' and these are a good inclusion, however, the ones in the Seminar studies book of the same name I found was an improvement. The book is short and this restricts the amount of information which it can impart but as an introduction into the period it is reasonably useful - although greater focus earlier on would be useful.


Fatal Voyage
Fatal Voyage
by Kathy Reichs
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.66

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Reichs book so far, 18 Feb 2004
This review is from: Fatal Voyage (Paperback)
This is the most coherrent and enjoyable Reichs book so far. In stead of being set in Central America this book is based around a plane crash in the States. The book has two main plots which are cleverly entwined whilst heroine, Tempe's relationship with Andrew Ryan continues to develop.
The normal scientific breakdown is present and if you have disliked other books by Reichs it is very unlikely you will like this - dispite an increase in human interest. On the other hand, if you have enjoyed her other novels you will not be disappointed with this effort.


The Queen and I
The Queen and I
by Sue Townsend
Edition: Paperback

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very funny, 18 Feb 2004
This review is from: The Queen and I (Paperback)
This is clever humour at its best. The book details the escapades of the Royal Family when they are moved into council estates following a republican victory in the general election. Sue Townsend's humourous style, as seen in Adrian Mole, is retained and this book achieves the almost unachievable in actually being more funny than Mole. The novel does give an insight into the problems of the British welfare system, but this does not prevent it from being hilarious. Everyone really MUST read this book.
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Theme Hospital
Theme Hospital

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 18 Feb 2004
This review is from: Theme Hospital (Video Game)
12 levels, gradually increasing in difficulty, give you the skills needed to maintain your hospital. You gradually increase the profitability of your hospitals until you have a super operation. The hiring, and firing, of staff is good fun whilst the building of rooms and placement of corridor objects is also enjoyable. You will never manage to stop playing this game as you will never achieve the perfect hospital. You find yourself trying to replace rooms in order to increase efficieny and profitability.
Downsides are few but there are a couple. The loading times, especially on the later levels, are very long - but don't give up and reset the console! Also the levels do feel a bit samey later on, but as you get more involved in the level each hospital becomes more unique.
Frustrating, but clever, strategic fun.


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