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Bring Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell Trilogy Book 2)
Bring Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell Trilogy Book 2)
Price: £6.64

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Success, 3 Sep 2014
Ah! For all the Wolf Hall reviews on Amazon who seemed (oddly) to have an issue with the "he" sections of Wolf Hall, Mantel now adds "he, Cromwell". So that should clear that up. Now onto the book...
This is a great follow up to Wolf Hall, at its centre is the downfall of Anne Boleyn, but the book is so much more than that. If read together Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies are a study in the decline a perversion of a soul. It is clear that Cromwell is becoming more complex, bitter and I am sure when we see the third instalment afraid and paranoid. These moods work as an undercurrent in the book, like the tidal Thames that plays such a part in all the journeys of narrative.
The character of Anne Boleyn, of Henry VIII and of Cromwell himself are explored in subtle, thoughtful ways. One is reminded of David Starkey saying that Phillipa Gregory's books are just "good Mills and Boon" and you can really echo that sentiment when set alongside Bring Up The Bodies. The book is more than historical fiction, it is an exploration into the way that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Twice a Booker Prize winner this novel is a rewarding experience, a literary feat of imagination and a wonderful escape into the world of the Tudor monarchy without falling into HBO or Chocolate Box cliché.


The Swimmer
The Swimmer
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great debut, and a thriller that should be on ..., 2 Sep 2014
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This review is from: The Swimmer (Kindle Edition)
I made a pact with myself not to read another thriller this year. Then along comes The Swimmer by Joakim Zander, a book that is in a class of its own. The book needs a reader to go with it for the first two to three chapters, as character, situation and foundation is laid. Then, Zander is off to the races.
No plot spoilers from me in this review, only to say that unlike "Da Vinci Mode" thrillers and police procedurals with a divorced, shockingly shambolic lead character Zander populates his novel with characters that ring true, characters that inhabit a world that feel contemporary to us, he avoids the cliché of the genre and goes straight for what is thrilling about a thriller, you feel the plot arc but you cannot double guess it too early in the novel.
A great debut, and a thriller that should be on the autumn reading list for everyone.


Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell Trilogy Book 1)
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell Trilogy Book 1)
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Praise, worth the awards and work the time., 23 Aug 2014
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It has been a long time since I wrote a review. However, on finishing Wolf Hall I had to add my voice to what is more of a "forum" of thoughts rather than reviews. Mantel has written a powerful, engaging book. The "nay sayers" who seem to quibble at the grammar, the "he" sections miss the point, the tapestry she weaves is of remembrance, episodes that Cromwell sits within. I loved the way she took apart the old stereotype of saintly Thomas More and evil Thomas Cromwell. Her portrait of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn at once more human and more complex than most other historical novelists, she is less concerned by who did what to whom and more interested in the path that Cromwell follows, a stunning novel and the only surprise to me is that more people aren't thankful that for once a book that wins the Booker prize can always win the Costa book award. This is good writing, good structure and great thinking in an accessible book that tells an often told story from a new perspective. Perfect for the Kindle as it is rather heavy to hold in hardback!


LOST EMPIRES.
LOST EMPIRES.
by J B. Priestley
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars A rambling tale of sex, variety theatre and the war., 30 July 2013
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I like this book a great deal. It has its issues though! Telling the story of Richard Herncastle it charts a six month period when the naïve young man joins his Uncle's magic act he goes through the rights of passage of falling in love, sex with an older woman and gets involved in some of the dark events that happen beyond the footlights.

Obviously written to lament a lost age before the First World War Preistley doesn't structure the book too well. Some vignettes seem to be rushed, some contrived but above and beyond all of that this is a book that reads as a labour of love. It delights in pints of beer, dinner at theatrical digs and the misfits that can be found on the Variety circuit. A thoroughly recommended read - it may not be Priestley at his best but it is a little gem in many ways.


The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike)
The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike)
by Robert Galbraith
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £3.85

136 of 148 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a crime debut - even if the writer is J K Rowling, 28 July 2013
So many reviews and that tells the story alone. J K Rowling is a literary sensation, after Harry Potter I confess I was slightly let down by Casual Vacancy, but I think I didn't bring enough to the book, and some of the overt politics grated.
However this book I loved. It shows a strong narrative ability that gives the lie to those that think that Rowling is just "lucky". She clearly works hard at her plotting and though over long in places the chapters keep pace and are always illuminating the plot.

I like the Robert Galbraith name, it gives her a chance in the tradition of other authors (King, Christie) to step away from the Potter brand - as a crime debut novel it is very good and I for one hope that she keeps the conceit going when she writes book two. The novel feels contemporary and realistic to the London I know and grounded in realistic and rich characters. Her opening chapters about the arrival of a temp to a new job ring true to someone who has temped and show that she has done her research and kept her grounded feel that the early Potter books had. The thing to remember about Rowling is that she writes books that are worth reading, she may not be writing the kind of literary fiction that one would study on an English Lit course, but she IS writing the kind of work that connects, enthrals and entertains readers. Sometimes a little misanthropic in its view of life but all in all a very absorbing read and I look forward to more in the series.
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First Lady Suite
First Lady Suite
Offered by The Music Warehouse
Price: £10.02

5.0 out of 5 stars Genius, 8 Sep 2012
This review is from: First Lady Suite (Audio CD)
If you like musicals, if you care about musical theatre being more than twirlies doing "numbers" then buy this. The Smallest Thing is worth the price alone.

This searing piece of work has to be listened to and imagined, a tapestry of the lives and moments of First Ladies of the United States written by one of the most daring talent in modern music theatre.

Click buy....NOW


Private Schulz [1981] [DVD]
Private Schulz [1981] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Elphick
Price: £5.60

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A really nice surprise, 8 Sep 2012
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Again I bought this on a whim! I tend to do that on Amazon. I was very nicely surprised. It feels a little studio bound at times and the plotting and pace take a while to get used to. However, there is a cheeky quality to Michael Elphick's performance which is superb, you really care for Schulz and Ian Richardson is at his quirky Wagnerian best here, nobody has ever played sheer lunacy better than the late great Richardson.

The DVD is worth your trouble if you are a fan of well written and nicely produced TV - one note however the score by Carl Davis is truly annoying if you watch this all in one sitting - so space it out a little bit!


The Hot Potato [DVD]
The Hot Potato [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ray Winstone
Offered by TIP TOP SELLER
Price: £3.16

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth every minute that you spend with it..., 8 Sep 2012
This review is from: The Hot Potato [DVD] (DVD)
If you like your movies funny, British with a plot line that beggars belief and also has a few crazy Europeans as well this is a movie for you. I to be honest loved it. Jack Huston is GREAT and for those of you that have seen him in Boardwalk Empire you will realise that he is an actor of rare quality. Added to that a heart warming performance from Ray Winstone (the busiest man in England - maybe David Cameron should make him Chancellor as I am sure he would sort the EuroZone problem out), and tied together in a great "caper movie".

One thing I felt the third act was a little rushed but the film company that made this are doing the right thing making these kind of movies AND need supporting as they make more. I would say buy this for that reason alongisde the fact its a great sunday afternoon movie....


The Musical Theatre Cookbook: Recipes from Best-Loved Musicals
The Musical Theatre Cookbook: Recipes from Best-Loved Musicals
by Mollie Ann Meserve
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars The Musical Theatre Geek In Your Kitchen, 11 Dec 2011
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Four stars simply because I wish I had thought of this idea. For the musical theatre geek who cooks this gives foodie ideas from classic musicals, some are a little bit of a stretch, but as in the OKLAHOMA! section this is fun fun fun in the kitchen. Perfect for Sunday afternoons, put on the iPod in the kitchen and cook and sing along.


Dexter: Complete Third Season [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dexter: Complete Third Season [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Michael C. Hall
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £8.42

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone needs a favourite serial killer., 11 Dec 2011
I wasn't too sure about the premise of this series, but once I had watched Season 2 I was hooked. The performance by Michael C Hall is nothing short of brilliant, rarely has one actor held together an entire series in such an effortless way. Dexter is for those of us who like smart telly, with a dark twist or two. Warning there is a LOT of blood and some people I have watched the series with have found this off putting, me I don't mind! Dexter doesn't take itself too seriously and the Miami setting is a nice change from darker series that tend to focus on LA or New York. The plotlines develop over the season so with this box set what you are getting is very satisfying and addictive viewing, highly reccomended!
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