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The Rosary (Putnam)
The Rosary (Putnam)
by Florence Louisa Charlesworth Barclay
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars The Rosary: Timeless, lyrical, descriptive and charming!, 27 April 2006
This review is from: The Rosary (Putnam) (Hardcover)
If you enjoyed reading the better known classics like Jane Eyre, Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility or Pride and Prejudice, you'll just adore Barclay's The Rosary!

First published in 1910 it has stood the test of time as an addictive love-classic and besides being made into a film, was also one of the first books to be simplified into an ELT reader (for Longman) in the 1950's.

The plot revolves around a couple, Jane Champion and Garth Dalmain. She is talented, gifted, good-natured and independent though unlike the female protagonists in many romances, a wall flower... yes, a plain-Jane.

Garth falls madly in love with Jane after hearing her sing the Rosary song and quickly declares his eternal love to her. She rejects this and also turns down his marriage proposal! Even though she loves him too! Why? you cry out! Well simply because she doesn't think that he will be genuinely happy living with a plain-Jane for the rest of his life! Broken-hearted, the two part but reunite, under unexpected circumstances...

Even if you only read the simplified version, do yourself a favour and buy, beg, borrow or steal this classic as soon as you can!


Materassi sisters
Materassi sisters
by Aldo Palazzeschi
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cerebral comedy worthy of the Booker Prize!, 27 April 2006
This review is from: Materassi sisters (Hardcover)
I have read few books which were so utterly enjoyable and funny as this one! First published in 1934 in Italy, Aldo Palazzeschi 's Materassi Sisters manages to weave lingerie and the Pope together in an ingenious tale worthy of Balzac, so much so, that it was made into a film by Ferdinando Maria Poggioli, entitled Le Sorelle Materassi. The absurdity no doubt hastened Poggioli's suicide (by laughing?) or could it have been the fear of a Vatican inquisition? I only hope it is republished in paperback so that I may give it to my friends to read. Strongly recommended!


In your garden with Percy Thrower
In your garden with Percy Thrower
by Percy Thrower
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 26 April 2006
I find 'In Your Garden With Percy Thrower' and 'Month by Month' invaluable. They both tell me exactly what to do, month by month - yes, all 12 months, and by week too! Clearly laid out, without all the fuss and hype' found in most of the expensive-huge-glossy modern books. The plants are the ones I grew up with in the 1960's and 1970's and there are no nasty surprises. I can't recommend these two heartily enough in terms of value for money and hassle free gardening and they are both cheap and hardy enough to also keep a working copy of each in the greenhouse or shed.


Gardening Month by Month
Gardening Month by Month
by Percy Thrower
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and solid advice, month by month!, 26 April 2006
I find 'In Your Garden With Percy Thrower' and 'Month by Month' invaluable. They both tell me exactly what to do, month by month - yes, all 12 months, and by week too! Clearly laid out, without all the fuss and hype' found in most of the expensive-huge-glossy modern books. The plants are the ones I grew up with in the 1960's and 1970's and there are no nasty surprises. I can't recommend these two heartily enough in terms of value for money and hassle free gardening and they are both cheap and hardy enough to also keep a working copy of each in the greenhouse or shed.


Great neighbours: U.S.S.R (Our modern world series)
Great neighbours: U.S.S.R (Our modern world series)
by Anthony Cash
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Very readable account of 1960's U.S.S.R / Russia, 26 April 2006
This book was written to provide a background to one of the world's leading nations, the USSR, as it was then. It began with a description of the country's physical characteristics and then went on to answer the question: What is it like to live in the Soviet Union today? Today being 1964/65. This was followed by a brief note on early Russian history and - in the main part of the book - a detailed survey of events since the Revolution of 1917, ending with the striking successes of Soviet science up until 1965. Surprising readable and useful in the context of learning about Soviet and Russian late 1950's and early to mid 1960's history. Genuinely recommended!


The Thing (A collection of Ephemeral and Controversial Papers)
The Thing (A collection of Ephemeral and Controversial Papers)
by G. K. Chesterton
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Thirty-five thought provoking G K Chesterton papers, 17 April 2006
Another of G.K. Chesterton's excellent collections, this one entitled 'The Thing', published in 1929. It has 35 enjoyable and thought provoking papers:

1. Introduction

2. The Sceptic As Critic

3. Is Humanism A Religion?

4. The Drift From Domesticity

5. Logic And Lawn Tennis

6. Obstinate Orthodoxy

7. The Usual Article

8. Why I Am A Catholic

9. What Do They Think?

10. The Mask Of The Agnostic

11. The Early Bird In History

12. Protestantism: A Problem Novel

13. A Simple Thought

14. The Call To The Barbarians

15. On The Novel With A Purpose

16. The Revolt Against Ideas

17. The Feasts And The Ascetic

18. Who Are The Conspirators?

19. The Hat And The Halo

20. On Two Allegories

21. The Protestant Superstitions

22. On Courage And Independence

23. The Nordic Hindoo

24. Spiritualist Looks Back

25. The Roots Of Sanity

26. Some Of Our Errors

27. The Slavery Of The Mind

28. Inge Versus Barnes

29. What We Think About

30. The Optimist As A Suicide

31. The Outline Of The Fall

32. The Idols Of Scotland

33. If They Had Believed

34. Peace And The Papacy

35. The Spirit Of Christmas


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