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A Bloody Picnic: Tommy's Humour, 1914-18
A Bloody Picnic: Tommy's Humour, 1914-18
by Alan Weeks
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.09

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not completely sure.., 3 Mar 2011
After a month or so, I've still only managed to get through about half of the book as it hasn't kept me hooked. The concept and idea are excellent, but I'm afraid it fails to live up to expectations. The content only vaguely relates back to the name of the chapter, and sometimes not at all. I often fail to see the humour in most of the anecdotes. But will reassess once I manage to read the whole thing.


Queen Victoria: A Personal History
Queen Victoria: A Personal History
by Christopher Hibbert
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Facinating and very readable, 3 Mar 2011
Even as a History graduate, I always find historical books quite daunting to read. The majority of readings for university were always very dense and detached from the subject matter. In this biography however, I have found that Victoria's complex personality really shine through very easily. Furthermore, the shortness of the chapters makes the book easily digestible as a whole. Hibbert writes with great consistency and is very engaging. Rather than focus purely on the political aspects of her reign, Hibbert artistically delves deeper into Victoria's personal and family life, relying heavily on her personal journals and letters, which are alone fascinating.

All in all, a fantastic account of Queen Victoria's life which really makes you feel as if you know her.


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