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My Wicked, Wicked Ways: The Autobiography of Errol Flynn
My Wicked, Wicked Ways: The Autobiography of Errol Flynn
by Errol Flynn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally absorbing, 26 April 2008
Is there a better autobiograhy? The book is a sensation. Like a roller coaster ride you never know what's coming next. You will not want to get off this ride. Outrageous, shocking, painful, nerve-racking and always entertaining: a riveting read. A book that makes you smile, laugh and reflect poignantly on Flynn's short and hugely eventful life.


The Chap Manifesto: Revolutionary Etiquette for the Modern Gentleman
The Chap Manifesto: Revolutionary Etiquette for the Modern Gentleman
by Gustav Temple
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hillarious, 26 April 2008
To be read out loud in a clipped eloquent English voice. The funniest book I have ever read. It has considerable merit. Written throughout in precise, subtle English, this book WILL gain greater popularity, as all truly commendable books do. Unlike the 3 sequel books by Temple and Dashwood this is consistently funny and has few weak moments. To be re-read and savoured.


Brahms - The Four Symphonies, Tragic Overture, Variations on a Theme of Haydn (St. Antoni Chorale), Academic Festival Overture - Lorin Maazel (3 CD Set
Brahms - The Four Symphonies, Tragic Overture, Variations on a Theme of Haydn (St. Antoni Chorale), Academic Festival Overture - Lorin Maazel (3 CD Set

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brahms 4th to savour, 5 Dec 2007
Of all these recordings I possess only one: The 4th Symphony. Maazel's recording of this work, with the Cleveland Orchestra, is one of those rare, priceless, sublime creations. I cannot image it being performed better. It has all that richness and depth which is a Brahmsian hallmark. It stands along side, Gilels 2nd Piano Concerto and Katchen's piano recordings of Brahms.


The Slipper And The Rose: The Story of Cinderella [DVD] [1976]
The Slipper And The Rose: The Story of Cinderella [DVD] [1976]
Dvd ~ Gemma Craven
Offered by PickleTickle
Price: £12.92

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Romantics, 5 Dec 2007
This is a beautiful film: finely written, enthusiastically acted and with some really touching songs. I recently caught up with Gemma Craven (Buxton Opera House, Eng), she was on tour in a play which I think was called "Going Dutch". I wanted to express my thanks for the joy "Slipper and the Rose" has brought me over the years, especially that delicious duet, "There's a secret kingdom all my own..." which I've re-watched countless times. I think she was in a hurry. I had waited at the stagedoor, something I would rarely do. But many of the questions I would have asked her were in the programme for "Going Dutch". Namely: she had had a great time filming it and that R.Chamberlain was charming to her. This is a film you either love or hate. For incurable romantics it is divine and endlessly pleasurable. I love it.


Letters, Journals and Conversations
Letters, Journals and Conversations
by Ludwig van Beethoven
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The essential Beethoven, 3 Dec 2007
There have been plenty of Biographies written on this Great German master of Symphonic form. Thayer's two tomb edition is easily the most comprehensive. Maynard Solomon, Barry Cooper and Stanley have all contributed painstaking to Beethoven research since then, with Solomon's discovery that Amelie Brentano was in fact the immortal beloved being the most marvellous piece of investigation we have on Beethoven research. If you want a book that gives you the flavour of Beethoven, the man, without particular reference to his works this is the book to buy. It contains all those outstanding moments, letters, conversations in Beethoven's life which every biographer has to include. In short, it is a short cut into the mind of a musical colossus.


Selected Tales (Penguin Classics)
Selected Tales (Penguin Classics)
by Henry James
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.29

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little pears from the Master-hand, 13 Sep 2007
This is an absolute gem of a book. It contains hand-picked samples of every phase in James' literary career. Stories like "Lesson of the Master", "The Pupil" and "The Middle Years" are, in brief, the finest examples we have of the short story. The prose is rich, profound and refined. These are tales worth reading over and over again. The collection also contains "In the Cage", "Beast in the Jungle" and "The Jolly Corner". If you are a devotee of polished 'higher' literature and want to sip the cream of a master hand here is your emerald castle!


Romantic Fairy Tales: Goethe, Tieck, Fouque and Brentano
Romantic Fairy Tales: Goethe, Tieck, Fouque and Brentano
by Carol Tully
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.55

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars must read, 18 Feb 2007
This book would be much more popular than it currently is if the opening tale was omitted. Goethe is certainly one of the towering figures of European Literature but this tale of his does him no favours. It is awkwardly written and far inferior to those that come after it. The following 3 tales are remarkably powerful. Imagination like this belongs to an age long gone. If you like mystery, are captivated by dark, intense atmospheres and tragic folk tales this book is for you. You can see where ETA Hoffmann came from. This is German Romanticism at its best.


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