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5.0 out of 5 stars Humour and insight into the wild west, 16 Aug. 2014
wonderful. One of twains best its like the grandfather of humourist travel journals. Not only is it funny but it gives a fabilous insight into the age and america as it opened up the west.


A History of the United States: 2 The Growth of the U.S.A.
A History of the United States: 2 The Growth of the U.S.A.
by R.B. And Morpurgo, J.E. Nye
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, 7 April 2014
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A comprehensive and informed book on the growth of the USA from early independence if you are wanting a compact and well-researched tome.


Eric and Ernie: The Autobiography of Morecambe & Wise
Eric and Ernie: The Autobiography of Morecambe & Wise
by Eric Morecambe
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 7 April 2014
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A real heart-warming rags to riches story that warms the heart , puts your faith back in human nature and gives hope for all of us. Also of course - very funny.


A Little History of Literature (Little Histories)
A Little History of Literature (Little Histories)
by John Sutherland
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.99

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2.0 out of 5 stars Too basic too subjective, 7 April 2014
I suppose to a certain extent there has to be a certain degree of subjectivity with a topic like this. I had problems with it because the author did not really qualify his decisions as to why certain authors were included in the text. There were some really interesting nuggets of interest but these really were few and far between. What attracted me to this book is it is written by an English Professor and it covered works literature rather than just English Literature. but at 265 pages long it was it just touched on ideas and concepts while spending too much time on biographies of authors. The author seemed to favour biography over the literature itself and the historical times in which each was written.

For someone totally new to literature this will be a real eye opener. It can give you a good idea of names for your "must-read lists" and does give a standard overview of the world of literature. I just left it feeling more had been left out than put in.


Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems (Modern Library Classics)
Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems (Modern Library Classics)
by Galileo Galilei
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 2 Nov. 2013
This book really is unique. For those readers interested in how different eras have perceived the world and wrestled with their own perceptions when new information becomes available this book is priceless. It is a dialogue created by Gallileo at the time of the beginning of the enlightenment to explain that the earth was not the centre of the universe. Because this would have huge issues in the religious world he had to be very careful how he wrote his beliefs. In fact it led to him being interrogated by the inquisition.

Overall it gives an idea of the world seen through the eyes of the ancients; 17th century religious people and the new scientists of the 17th century. Although difficult to understand at times Gallileo has created a very accessible text by creating a dialogue. He also humorously and subtly puts down the beliefs of the church. It has been made even more accessible by Steven Jay Gould.


A perambulation of Kent conteining the description, hystorie, and customes of that shyre. Written in the yeere 1570 by William Lambarde of Lincolnes Inne Gent. (1576)
A perambulation of Kent conteining the description, hystorie, and customes of that shyre. Written in the yeere 1570 by William Lambarde of Lincolnes Inne Gent. (1576)
by William Lambarde
Edition: Paperback
Price: £21.34

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1.0 out of 5 stars A feast of information untranslated, 28 July 2013
I read about the publication of this book in Peter Ackroyds History of the Tudors. It sounded so intriguing. A manuscript written by an individual living in the 16th century. A journal of how he travelled throughout Kent and an account of the landscape, villages, towns, customs, laws, and people. When I ordered it I found it is written in olde English and totally unreadable. At the moment its contents - although in the public domain are understandable by a tiny few. Surly publishers can see the joy of such a book. Isn't it time in getting books like these to modern English for us all to enjoy?


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