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Encouraging Signs
Encouraging Signs
by Rupert M. Loydell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.19

5.0 out of 5 stars Insight, 13 Dec. 2013
This review is from: Encouraging Signs (Paperback)
`The interviews, essays and conversations of Rupert Loydell are a mine of interesting insight and the title, Encouraging Signs, entirely apt.'
Ian Brinton, Tears in the Fence no 58, winter 2013/14


amongst those left: the british experimental novel 1940-1980
amongst those left: the british experimental novel 1940-1980
by francis booth
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.95

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wide Ranging and Authorative, 6 Mar. 2013
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A wide-ranging and authorative survey of the quietly experimental post war British authors who have been in the main critically ignored and overlooked. Although there is some over-reliance on summary and personal opinion, and Booth cannot do justice to the complexities of Ballard and Moorcock in his brief contexualising survey, this is an enjoyable read and a useful compendium.


Blake's London: the Topographic Sublime
Blake's London: the Topographic Sublime
by Iain Sinclair
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £5.95

6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars bloody stickers, 16 Dec. 2011
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This is a fantastic little hardback book, exquisitely produced by The Swedenborg Archive. However, Amazon see fit to put [or demand that the publisher put] a non-removable isbn sticker on the back, spoiling the whole thing's aesthetic appeal. I'd recommend buying it elsewhere for this simple reason.
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Cuckoo Rock (Children's Poetry Library)
Cuckoo Rock (Children's Poetry Library)
by Phil Bowen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.64

5.0 out of 5 stars Cloud cuckoo land!, 10 Nov. 2010
Phil Bowen is a master of the imagination. His surreal yet down-to-earth humour informs these fantastic poems which will appeal to all age groups, not just children. Bowen is an original and startling poetic talent.


The New Generation (Children's Poetry Library)
The New Generation (Children's Poetry Library)
by Topping
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars In search of the yeti, 18 Oct. 2010
These poems are quirky and original, and as one of the other reviewers has pointed out, they are simply great poems that children will enjoy, rather than poems for kids. There's animals, monsters, fairies and witches, but also a healthy dose of reality seen through the prism of a poet's piercing eye. I haven't found the yeti on the cover inside yet, but never mind... Great stuff!


The Victoria Vanishes (Bryant & May 6)
The Victoria Vanishes (Bryant & May 6)
by Christopher Fowler
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Final Act, 3 July 2008
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Whilst not as witty or original as earlier titles in the series, The Victora Vanishes is a suitably amusing yet maudlin conclusion to the Bryant & May detective series. The by-now-familiar double act of old codgers ruminate, digress and tangent to good effect through a convuluted and rather disbelievable mix of murder, conspiracy theory, M.O.D. cover-up, street-theatre stunt and departmental collapse to end up just where you'd expect them: down the pub. In fact on one level this book reads as a guide to London's long-lost pubs - I shall certainly be checking some of those mentioned out next time I visit my mum in the big city. Meanwhile, bid farewell to this inimitable pair of detectives and their arcane skills and encyclopaedic knowledge. I for one will miss them.
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The Colorful Apocalypse: Journeys in Outsider Art
The Colorful Apocalypse: Journeys in Outsider Art
by Greg Bottoms
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Complexities, contradictions and confusions, 15 Jun. 2007
I got a copy of this book expecting something different from what arrived. But I have to say this is a fantastic, highly readable, impartial and honest account of one person's encounter with three very different religious outsider artists. Without criticising, he presents and discusses some of the complexities, contradictions and confusions present in the tension between outsider art and paranoid faith. Tensions where occult beliefs [secrets, signs and wonders], conspiracy theories, and naive literal biblical interpretation seem to go hand-in-hand with delusion, madness, incoherence and obsession.

Bottoms' intellectual and personal honesty, as well as his care and concern [not least because of experiences with his brother, which he has previously written about], along with his interest in art and cultural theory, make this a riveting read, and an excellent addition to the faith & art reference shelf.


Native's Guide to New York: Advice with Attitude for People Who Live Here and Visitors We Like
Native's Guide to New York: Advice with Attitude for People Who Live Here and Visitors We Like
by Richard Laermer
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Be Fooled, 12 Feb. 2005
Don't be fooled - this book contains little that any other guide books do, and the few bars and clubs that other guidebooks don't mention are known by any regular visitor to the city. Laermer is a dull writer, which is matched by the plain and uninteresting layout of this guidebook, which I shall be returning to Amazon very shortly for a refund.


Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times
Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times
by Neil Astley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.60

19 of 70 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Aiming low, 5 Sept. 2003
Although there are good poems in here, and good authors, Astley is intent on dumbing down poetry - this book aims for the lowest common denominator possible, and then digs deeper. Astley's commentary and rants are opinionated and condescending. Poetry is far more alive and interesting than than this anthology suggests.
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