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Winter King: The Dawn of Tudor England
Winter King: The Dawn of Tudor England
by Thomas Penn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and very readable, 29 Dec. 2012
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This is a very well constructed and absorbing history of a king who had been overlooked for too long.
Very accessible and worth the read


Tinsel and Lights
Tinsel and Lights
Price: £8.70

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 29 Dec. 2012
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This review is from: Tinsel and Lights (Audio CD)
Classic Tracey Thorn. Her fans will love it. A faultless album, we listened to it all through Christmas. Highly recommended.


Dominion
Dominion
by C. J. Sansom
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.90

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dull as the smog that encloses London in 1952, 29 Dec. 2012
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This review is from: Dominion (Hardcover)
I am a huge admirer of the Shardlake series and was convinced that anything Sansom wrote would be readable but I was wrong. This is a dull tedious novel about poorly imagined but dull and tedious characters. The plot is pointless. There is no suspense. I didn't care what happened to anyone. The entire book is intended as polemic against Scottish nationalism. He could have made his point with a pamphlet... That's what they did in the sixteenth century
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The Elizabethans
The Elizabethans
by A. N. Wilson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £5.95

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Opinionated and inaccurate, 26 July 2012
This review is from: The Elizabethans (Hardcover)
This book is litered with inaccuracies and typos.
He gets first names wrong, centuries wrong, ages of protagonists wrong, and I have only reached page 67.
Worst for me however are his unpleasantly biased opinions; for instance that Ireland only has peace today because it has abandoned it's "papistry" . The book is littered with this type of rubbish. Don't bother.


City of Fortune: How Venice Won and Lost a Naval Empire
City of Fortune: How Venice Won and Lost a Naval Empire
by Roger Crowley
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 25 Mar. 2012
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Having read Mr. Crowley's previous excellent books I was really disappointed with this. It's disjointed rather than a straight narrative and concentrates on a few pivotal ( and fascinating) episodes but does not narrate the decades in between. I really felt that this book was patched together from offcuts of his previous two. Not worth the read.


Success is Never Final
Success is Never Final
by Geoffrey Parker
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful, 6 Mar. 2012
This review is from: Success is Never Final (Hardcover)
The title of this book has almost nothing to do with the contents. A selection of meandering pointless essays. Unreadable
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A Separate Country
A Separate Country
by Robert Hicks
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb, 2 May 2011
This review is from: A Separate Country (Hardcover)
Robert Hicks writes so perfectly; New Orleans and its people brought stunningly to vivid life; An absorbing, fascinating story; I loved it.


Mary Tudor: England's First Queen
Mary Tudor: England's First Queen
by Anna Whitelock
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.24

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars superficial, 2 May 2011
A very two dimensional effort which relies excessively on too few sources. Mary's childhood is covered well, but the author adds nothing original to the history of the reign and we've heard it all before.
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