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Circling the Sun
Circling the Sun
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars There are more informative books on Beryl Markham than this one!, 18 Nov. 2015
This review is from: Circling the Sun (Kindle Edition)
If you want to know the mind of Beryl Markham read her own wonderful book "West with the Night". The middle chapter of her hours alone over the Atlantic is sheer poetry.
If you want the facts of her life read Mary Lovell's biography "Straight on till Morning".
If you want a well written novel, loosely based on her imagined early life, read this book. Its good but its not a true story. Keith


The Juggler's Children: A Journey into Family, Legend and the Genes that Bind Us by Carolyn Abraham (Mar 26 2013)
The Juggler's Children: A Journey into Family, Legend and the Genes that Bind Us by Carolyn Abraham (Mar 26 2013)

4.0 out of 5 stars Buy from Amazon.CA, 29 July 2014
Excellent read--ridiculous price. Go to Amazon.CA for a much lower price


More Than This
More Than This
by Patrick Ness
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A seriously disturbed author, 4 July 2014
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This author is clearly seriously disturbed! Is this book about reincarnation.gay couplings,personal guilt and/or time-travel? We never know.The ending is a cop-out and I regret wasting a couple of hours of my life reading it


My 15 Grandmothers
My 15 Grandmothers
by Genie Milgrom
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.00

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not convincing genealogy, 17 Mar. 2014
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Genealogists do not get emotional, have visions, dreams etc. They find original sources copy & document them This book is seriously short on evidence but long on emotion. It may be a true story but I personally am left unconvinced. Another volume with copy documentation would be helpful in establishing its veracity Keith Atkinson


In Borrowed Light (Langani Trilogy)
In Borrowed Light (Langani Trilogy)
by Barbara Keating
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars For Kenya-philes only, 9 Oct. 2013
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The trilogy is a good yarn about East Africa although somewhat naive on politics towards the 1980s. A good story but the dialogue! People just do not talk to each other like that.....I felt sorry for the men in the story having to cope with three impossible women!


The Ghosts of Happy Valley: Searching for the Lost World of Africa's Infamous Aristocrats
The Ghosts of Happy Valley: Searching for the Lost World of Africa's Infamous Aristocrats
by Juliet Barnes
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.54

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real on-the-ground research distinguishes this account, 6 Oct. 2013
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This book has a really authentic feel to it--no wonder, it was a leisurely 10 years in the writing and its sources came not just by hearing retreaded gossip from confused/forgetful Europeans but by trudging through the actual territory & listening to Africans who had watched many of the key players themselves. A refreshing,authoritative(although somewhat Kikuyu-centric) version of the mystery the truth of which still however remains elusive. Keith Atkinson


The Honey Guide (Mollel 1)
The Honey Guide (Mollel 1)
by Richard Crompton
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utterly unconvincing, 16 May 2013
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An awkwardly written and muddled,confusing story. It feels like a European trying to emulate the thought processes of a maasai policeman and it doesn't convince. Just not credible. Sorry, there is a good Nairobi based story in there somewhere but this isnt it.


The Redgraves: A Family Epic
The Redgraves: A Family Epic
by Donald Spoto
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Misleading Title, 22 April 2013
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Two thirds of this book is a leisurely story of Michael Redgrave. The rest is a rather rushed history of the rest of the family. It should have been titled "Michael Redgrave and family"


Selected Vital Records from the Jamaican Daily Gleaner: Life on the Island of Jamaica as seen through Newspaper Extracts
Selected Vital Records from the Jamaican Daily Gleaner: Life on the Island of Jamaica as seen through Newspaper Extracts
by Madeleine E. Mitchell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £28.66

3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but limited, 23 Feb. 2010
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I believe this is of more interest to the browsing reader than the serious researcher. The choice of excerpts is limited to those the editor found interesting and is inconsistent. There are better sources for Jamaican family history research


Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles
Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles
by Richard Dowden
Edition: Paperback

13 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Left me unsatisfied, 20 May 2009
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As someone involved with Africa for nearly 20 years I was really looking forward to reading this.But simple errors like confusing Sam Jonah of Ashanti with James Jonah and Philip Moi with Philip Leakey(See index)irritated me & made me wonder just how authoritative the book could really be.
And how can anyone claiming to be involved in Africa write about the last 2 decades of the 20th century without one single reference to Tiny Rowland and Lonrho? You might not have agreed with his views or his successes/failures but you simply cant write a book on Africa at that time without mentioning him.Deeply involved in the arrival of Museveni,the struggles in Angola, Renamo/Frelimo in Mozambique and the protracted talks on Southern Sudan you cant ignore him.
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