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A corpse, a mermaid and a cast of thousands
A corpse, a mermaid and a cast of thousands
Price: 2.52

4.0 out of 5 stars punchy short stories, 7 Jan 2014
These are lively and quirky short stories, with a liberal smattering of humour - an easy read on the commute to work!


Prehistoric Belief: Shamans, Trance and the Afterlife
Prehistoric Belief: Shamans, Trance and the Afterlife
by Mike Williams
Edition: Paperback
Price: 22.50

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for prehistory buffs!, 8 Aug 2013
This book is wonderfully well-written, with a storyteller's knack for making the material engaging. The chapters are intriguingly named, and short enough to finish easily. Although the book takes in a huge sweep of prehistory and has its own individual style, it's still academically rigorous. Don't be put off by the blurb on the back which promises a bit too much, and which made me worry it could be quite New Age-y. The theory about the importance of trance advanced by this book is fairly convincing - especially in terms of interpreting rock art sites. Overall though, whether or not you are convinced by the trance argument, this is a very readable account of the development of communities and culture over 40,000 years in Europe. It's also lovely to read a book which seems to be a labour of love, and clearly took a huge amount of work.


Montgomery Clift: The Revealing Biography of a Hollywood Enigma
Montgomery Clift: The Revealing Biography of a Hollywood Enigma
by Maurice Leonard
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars will never marry, 22 Aug 2010
The first part of the book about the author's affair with Clift in 1959 is funny and bittersweet - nicely written. Worth buying for that, and ignore the more standard biography that follows...


Montefiore's Goddaughter
Montefiore's Goddaughter
by Elizabeth Brooks
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.13

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a beguiling and unusual gem, 23 July 2010
This isn't your usual teen fiction - it's longer, more gothic, a big walloping Victorian sort of novel that'll keep you engrossed during long winter evenings reading in front of the fire. Worth a shot.


Sunshine to the Sunless (Definitions)
Sunshine to the Sunless (Definitions)
by Gareth Thompson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.90

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a good read, 25 April 2010
There is a lot of energy in the way this book is written - it has some rough edges, but the characters are memorable, and the plot moves along at a fair clip. The description from the beginning of the book of people struggling in the sinking sands has stayed with me - striking and horrible - the rest of the book isn't quite up to that quality. One of the nice things about it (if you've ever lived in south cumbria) is how much is recognisable - you can see the journeys in your mind's eye. But it'd be worth a read anyway.


Catullus and his World: A Reappraisal
Catullus and his World: A Reappraisal
by T. P. Wiseman
Edition: Paperback
Price: 25.36

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant writer, very readable and informative, 27 Nov 2008
Some academic books make fascinating historical material seem underwhelming with plodding writing- but here the style, humour and energy of the writing is up to the task. It's a very engaging read.


Dark City: Lost World of Film Noir
Dark City: Lost World of Film Noir
by Eddie Muller
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 27 Nov 2008
This is a highly entertaining book, with loads of film stills and images of 1940s film noir posters. The author talks about what makes the films so enjoyable- gorgeous stars, exciting plots, smart one-liners. Many books on film noir almost seem embarrassed by this side of the films - taking a very dry and academic approach, ignoring the charisma and joy of the films. Muller by contrast is infectiously enthusiastic.


The Mark of the Horse Lord
The Mark of the Horse Lord
by Rosemary Sutcliff
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very exciting adventure story that's heart-breaking too..., 27 Nov 2008
It's very much a good yarn, with elements such as two strangers who look very very alike (aka Prisoner of Zenda or A Tale of Two Cities), and lots of excitement and action. But there is a depth of emotion to the story; it draws you in to its world and makes you care deeply about the characters.


The Stones of Muncaster Cathedral
The Stones of Muncaster Cathedral
by Robert Westall
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars terrifying!, 27 Nov 2008
There are two stories in the book. One is a fairly light-weight, creepy tale of time travel and WW2. The title story is amazing though - the scariest story I have ever read. It starts with the down-to-earth voice of a stone-mason, and brings you into his world - then the supernatural, unexplained, grim stuff starts happening... If you don't mind being scared, if you enjoy it even - then this story might be for you. As always with Robert Westall, it's very well written, memorable, charismatic.


Falling into Glory (Contents)
Falling into Glory (Contents)
by Robert Westall
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars a brilliant book, 27 Nov 2008
This book is a wonderful read. The narrative voice and the world that is conjured is heart-breaking - believable, charismatic. Recommended.


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