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Thursdays in the Park
Thursdays in the Park
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2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable and unconvincing, 9 Dec. 2012
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This was an 'easy read' but that was the problem. The plot was too predictable and lacked depth and not all the characters were anything other than one dimensional.


In Cold Blood (Vintage International)
In Cold Blood (Vintage International)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping masterpiece, 13 Nov. 2012
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I re-read this after 40 years and its power remains. The perspectives on murder are relayed second hand from various protagonists and the examination of the nature of cold blooded criminality is compelling, but never didactic or overt.


The Sugar Barons
The Sugar Barons
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Vivid Account, 15 Oct. 2012
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The book is well researched and written in an engaging style. It creates a vivid picture of life in the early period of British involvement in the West Indies and the slave societies that developed there. It also traces the histories of significant families form the establishment of their fortunes and, in some cases, to their eventual downfall.


Virgil: v.1: Eclogues; Georgics; Aeneid bks. 1-6 (Loeb Classical Library)
Virgil: v.1: Eclogues; Georgics; Aeneid bks. 1-6 (Loeb Classical Library)
by Virgil
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars Book II of the Aeneid, 14 Feb. 2012
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This review is based only a close reading of Book II of the Aeneid. Compared with other translations read, this translation is more literal and less dramatic as a result. It captures the meaning clearly and is useful for this purpose, but not the emotional impact of the poem.


The End of the Party
The End of the Party
by Andrew Rawnsley
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book!, 23 Dec. 2011
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This is a superb book exposing the strengths and frailties of New Labour, reading increasingly like a Greek Tragedy. It is written with vigour and insight and is a page turner, which is as well given that it has 700 of them.


Nero: The End of a Dynasty (Roman Imperial Biographies)
Nero: The End of a Dynasty (Roman Imperial Biographies)
by Miriam T. Griffin
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nero, the end of a dynasty, 9 Mar. 2011
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The author has produced an interesting and informative account of the life of Nero and the sources on which the account is based. Whilst Tacitus may be seen as the main source, his views have been interestingly compared with Suetonius and Dio Cassius.

The detail is dense in places, but an interesting read nonetheless.


The Third Man
The Third Man
by Peter Mandelson
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Insigntful account of New Labour, 14 Aug. 2010
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Whatever misgivings there are about Peter Mandelson, this is an excellent book. Not only does it present a clear and largely objective account of the rise of New Labour and the challenges it faced, it is also, at times, a moving account of one man and his life.


The Roman Republic (Fontana History of the Ancient World)
The Roman Republic (Fontana History of the Ancient World)
by Michael Crawford
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review of the Roman Republic, 13 April 2010
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This is not a book for beginners, as it assumes some knowledge of the events of the Republic, but it is a thoughtful and incisive analysis of the Republic and the tensions which brought it down. It has consistently strong themes in the analysis, not least the crucially destructive role of imperial expansion to the ideals and practices of the Republic.


Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town
Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town
by Mary Beard
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pompeii brought to life, 2 Mar. 2010
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This is an excellent exploration of both Pompeii and Roman life in general. It debunks some of the myths about the town, that life was cut off in mid-flow by the eruption of Vesuvius and clarifies other misconceptions. It provides a balanced and illuminating review of the various explanations and interpretations of the significance of the finds. It is written in a clear and amusing style.


The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon)
The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon)
by Dan Brown
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars Becoming predictable, 7 Nov. 2009
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The book was less intriguing than Angels and Demons and the da Vinci Code and seemed to be repetitive of the former, with similar characters and plot lines. I found it disappointing and feel that he is in need of a new direction!


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