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D. C. Carrad "augustabookman" (Augusta, GA United States)
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Handsome Brute: The True Story of a Ladykiller
Handsome Brute: The True Story of a Ladykiller
by Sean O'Connor
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating story..., 7 Sept. 2013
...but better than that, wonderfully written. One of the best true crime books I have ever read. Nice depiction of the post-World War II atmosphere and environment of England and South Africa. Highest recommendation.


National Service: From Aldershot to Aden: tales from the conscripts, 1946-62
National Service: From Aldershot to Aden: tales from the conscripts, 1946-62
by Colin Shindler
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Sheds a lot of light..., 18 Aug. 2012
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...on British social mores and class as well as on the experience of the conscripts themselves. A fascinating read. (I was conscripted into the American Army in 1966-69 and the contrast and similarities between my experience and the experience of the subjects of this book are quite interesting). Anyone who has ever been a soldier in any country will like this. Well-written, though a bit repetitive as others have noted here.


King of the Badgers
King of the Badgers
by Philip Hensher
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Yes, well...., 30 April 2011
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Occasional flashes of very good prose, dialogue, plotting, social analysis, etc. but the author is obsessed with poo.
This is not a joke.
The giant gay party has it, a waiter soils himself, and the hero of a rescue is know as the "poo man".
Could we get beyond this and stay on an adult level? This stuff (sorry) adds nothing to the book.


May Contain Nuts
May Contain Nuts
by John O'Farrell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny in spots but..., 21 Feb. 2006
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Five stars for wit, prose style and some interesting moments; 0 stars for plot and "message". The central problem of this book is that it confuses politics and aesthetic judgements with morality, and when it does so it becomes quite leaden. Whilst this is satire and the author is thus allowed to exaggerate and paint with a broad brush, Battersea Comprehensive and the estates are just too good to be true -- they don't have to be perfect, as they are portrayed, to make the author's point. He does, however, confuse his prejudices and notions of what is Good for Society with morality ("if you don't agree with me, you are a fascist") which is annoying and tedious. Well worth buying and enjoyable reading, but cum grano salis.


Martin Lukes: Who Moved My BlackBerry?
Martin Lukes: Who Moved My BlackBerry?
by Lucy Kellaway
Edition: Hardcover

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Creovative (tm) book of the century, 12 July 2005
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I subscribe to the FT solely in order to read the wonderful Thursday column from which this book is drawn. Anyone who has ever worked for a large organization or read a reasonably current business self-help book will roll about helplessly on the floor. Highest recommendation.


Home: The Story of Everyone Who Ever Lived in Our House
Home: The Story of Everyone Who Ever Lived in Our House
by Julie Myerson
Edition: Paperback

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 6 Jun. 2004
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Original idea, brilliantly executed. I read it straight through. Drags a bit during the navel-gazing parts, but don't let that put you off. This is a wonderful book.


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