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Writing and Reading Royal Entertainments: From George Gascoigne to Ben Jonson
Writing and Reading Royal Entertainments: From George Gascoigne to Ben Jonson
by Gabriel Heaton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £71.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and insightful, 24 Jun. 2010
The Elizabethan age was a turning point in patronage of the arts. Some of the beneficiaries are well known: Shakespeare on the stage, and pictorial artists following in the wake of Holbein such as van Dyke and Rubens.

What Heaton does, in absorbing style, is tease out from the manuscript sources the manifestation of this same phenomenom in the more conservative context of courtly entertainment.

Nor does the book conveniently stop there: the second half of the book follows the changing values attributed to these works:

"If the manner in which these texts passed from one person to another - as a gift from an author to a prince, as an enclosure in a letter, or as a puchase in the marketplace - reveals how those texts were valued and understood at the particular moment of exchange, then the later circulation of those same texts can tell us something about their changing value, and about the later understanding of early modern entertainment culture."

A good read, and will be of great interest to the commited bibliophile, the informed collector and the scholar for whom they hold an enduring fascination.


The Unfolding Of Language
The Unfolding Of Language
by Guy Deutscher
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! So that's how it works!, 10 Dec. 2008
A tour de force! Not only has Deutscher produced a rigorous and compelling model of the way languages evolve and mutate, but he communicates this in fluid prose that means this is a great read with none of the linguistic clumsiness we have become accustomed to from the likes of Steve Pinker.


Microtrends: Surprising Tales of the way We Live Today
Microtrends: Surprising Tales of the way We Live Today
by Mark J. Penn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.35

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Microtrends: Surprisingly bad analysis, 20 July 2008
Lametable. For a book that is primarily about data analysis the quality of analysis and explanatory graphics is shockingly low.

On example may serve to illustrate my point: a seven-fold increase in over-the-counter spend on pharmaceuticals, over forty years, is taken as evidence of a surge in self-medication; no mention is made of the role of inflation over the period - in fact, depending on the index used, a strong argument could be made for a real decrease in spend.

Most topics are accompanied by ink-intensive data-lite charts, plucked straight from the Excel Hall of Shame: page after page is wasted by plots of between two and four data points on a 50% grey background, often joined by meaningless straight lines. In most cases the data would be significantly better illustrated by a simple table.

Could do better.


How to Make an IMPACT: Influence, Inform and Impress with Your Reports, Presentations, Business Documents, Charts and Graphs: Influence, Inform and ... Business Documents (Financial Times Series)
How to Make an IMPACT: Influence, Inform and Impress with Your Reports, Presentations, Business Documents, Charts and Graphs: Influence, Inform and ... Business Documents (Financial Times Series)
by Jon Moon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £21.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for anyone involved in MI, 11 Mar. 2008
Don't be fooled into thinking that this book is all about presentation. It is not. It is about communicating more efficiently and effectively than you may think possible: making an impact. In his book Jon Moon brings together some very big ideas and lots of little ideas which, taken together, will transform what you expect from management information.


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