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The Group (VMC)
The Group (VMC)
by Mary McCarthy
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Girls in the thirties, 13 Sep 2013
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Mary McCarthy brings out the different characters of her group of girls starting life after college in New England in a splendid way with lots of fun and humour. This is in the thirties and oh how times have changed!


Daniel Deronda (Wordsworth Classics)
Daniel Deronda (Wordsworth Classics)
by George Eliot
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Heavy going, 13 Sep 2013
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I am an admirer of George Eliot but I have not read Daniel Deronda before. The first half of the book comes up to expectations but then it gets bogged down in what amounts to social history of the Jewish problem, which is no doubt of great interest to scholars but less to the general reader.


The Greek Islands
The Greek Islands
by Lawrence Durrell
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars out of date but still, 13 Sep 2013
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This book may be out of date from the tourists' point of view but still well worth reading for Durrell's splendid account of the history and mythology of the islands.


Adam Bede (Wordsworth Classics)
Adam Bede (Wordsworth Classics)
by George Eliot
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rural life in England at the turn of the 18th/19th centuries, 6 Mar 2013
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This is George Eliot's first major novel but it is by no means an apprentice effort. She writes so well and her sympathy for her characters and the society in which they live is so apparent that the reader is carried forwardwith the narrative. My sole reservation is that some of the characters not fully realised so as to be convincing.

My reason for writing a review of this well known classic is chiefly to draw attention to the note in the General Introduction:
"We strongly advise you to enjoy this book before turning to the Introduction." This is because the Introduction itself, which is very interesting, gives away some of the "surprises, secrets and revelations" contained in the narrative. This warning should, I think, be given much greater prominence by the publishers, Wordsworth Classics, to whom it must be said we readers owe a great debt for publishing this and many other classic works of fiction.


Lytton Strachey: The New Biography
Lytton Strachey: The New Biography
by Michael Holroyd
Edition: Paperback
Price: 16.58

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love,lust,drama,pathos,history., 6 Mar 2013
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At 700 pages this may seem to require some concentration but Holroyd writes so well and his subject is so extraordinary that the book soon becomes a page turner. Admittedly a prior knowledge of the Bloomsbury Group and its off-shoots adds considerably to ease of reading and the footnotes are an essential part of the book. The second half, after the appearance of Carrington, reads like a novel and it is not surprising that is the basis of the excellent DVD of that name. If you watch the DVD as an introduction as I did, you will find that you will have to read the book and you will not be disappointed.


Augustus John: The New Biography
Augustus John: The New Biography
by Michael Holroyd
Edition: Paperback
Price: 16.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It reads like a novel, 21 Jan 2013
I have a copy of the 1997 edition which I have just re-read. I confirm everything in the previous five star review and would just like to add the following. Holroyd writes with great wit and you have to laugh at some of the goings on which took place. At the same time much of his account is deeply moving. He writes a mini-biography of many of the peripheral characters which extends our knowlege and appreciation of the extraordinary society which grew up in the early years of the 20th century. At the end, I felt as if I had regretfully finished a great novel.


The Ambition Of Madame LaFargue
The Ambition Of Madame LaFargue
by Henri Duval
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars La France Profonde, 5 Jan 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed this book which has captured life in a French village so well; I live in a similar village in France and chuckled often at the similarities of life there. A life still possible to find in Britain but becoming more rare. If you are contemplating moving to the depths of rural France then do read this. Life is simple but is full of the important things in life and this book captures all that extremely well. The characters are wonderful. I await a second book with anticipation.


Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure
Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure
by Artemis Cooper
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 17.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unmissable, 8 Dec 2012
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For once the universal praise in the reviews is fully justified. Leigh Fermor led an astonishing life and Artemis Cooper does him full justice, with some warts and all. His wife, Joan, was also an extraordinary although much more reclusive character and it is good to learn a little more about her. Above all this book makes one impatient to re-read his own books,which I am sure is what Artemis Cooper would want.


Icelight (Peter Cotton 3)
Icelight (Peter Cotton 3)
by Aly Monroe
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 1947 and all that, 8 Dec 2012
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I am old enough to remember what 1947 was like and Aly Monroe captures the cold, the lack of every amenity (except for the very well off) and the political atmosphere exactly. The plot keeps one turning the page but my only reservation is that at the beginning it was difficult to remember who exactly the minor characters were (but see my opening remark).


George Stubbs and the Wide Creation: Animals, People and Places in the Life of George Stubbs, 1724-1806
George Stubbs and the Wide Creation: Animals, People and Places in the Life of George Stubbs, 1724-1806
by Robin Blake
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 8 Dec 2012
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Apart from the excellent review of Stubbs' work, what is really good about this book is the description of the different levels of society through which Stubbs moved from the artisans of Liverpool and its surroundings to the country gentry, the sportsmen and the aristocracy. His own life was rather dull but this is more than compensated for by the extraordinary characters with whom he came in contact with whom Blake describes so well. The illustrations are good although of course one wishes for more and realises that the cost has been kept to a very reasonable figure.


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