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Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.
Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.
by Viv Albertine
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.26

5.0 out of 5 stars Heart on her sleeves, 21 July 2014
First half has fascinating account of London music scene in the 70s; second half a more personal account a of a life well lived but all told in lovely, clean, honest prose. Sits alongside Just Kids on my shelf. Did find The Slits unlistenable at the time but this made me go back and listen again and - well, still unlistenable - but I did go back and play a lot of Mick Jones/Clash songs. Sorry Viv.


Broadchurch [DVD]
Broadchurch [DVD]
Dvd ~ Olivia Colman
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Price: 12.71

4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic series if unconvincing ending, 30 Jun 2014
This review is from: Broadchurch [DVD] (DVD)
Thought the series was fantastic. Shame about totally unconvincing denouement in final episode. Felt the same about True Detective, another amazing series. Not sure how they can shoehorn the same setting and cast into another series.


All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt
All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt
by John Taliaferro
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.16

4.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable live, well lived, 29 Jun 2014
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Well written, worthwhile account of a remarkable life in many ways. Hay was the American equivalent of those British aristocrats who were content to flit in and out of various roles in various administrations without ever bothering to get their shoes soiled in the muddy pool of electoral politics. Despite his achievements and talents, Hay does not come across particularly likeable or admirable as an individual, content from a relatively young age to enjoy the benefits of a cocooned existence. One of the ironies of Hay's life is that while he may have been a surrogate son for Lincoln, Lincoln's remark about his own son, Robert, that he was one of those 'little, rare ripe sorts that are smarter about five than ever after' is equally applicable to Hay who demonstrated little development from the deft elitist of the Lincoln years to the elder statesman of the Roosevelt administration.


The President and the Assassin: McKinley, Terror, and Empire at the Dawn of the American Century
The President and the Assassin: McKinley, Terror, and Empire at the Dawn of the American Century
by Scott Miller
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.51

3.0 out of 5 stars Parallel lines, 7 Jun 2014
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Tend to agree with review by with C Ball as the book is well written and the stories it tells are interesting, but the whole is less than the sum of the parts. The story threads of McKinley and the anarchist movement leading to the assassination could hang together quite well. Equally, McKinley and the emergence of American expansionism fit well together. However, the three story-lines together do not quite mesh for me, with the expansionism storyline reading as if it was somewhat awkwardly shoe-horned into the narrative.


Jack Taylor Collection 2 [DVD]
Jack Taylor Collection 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Iain Glen
Price: 14.76

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1.0 out of 5 stars Hit the road Jack! Please., 30 May 2014
Just catching up with this on Channel 5 and what a stinker. Clunking plots, wooden dialogue, shocking acting. Don't know how good/bad the source books are but these adaptations are unfit for the hardiest inhabitants of hell.
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The Men Who Lost America: British Command during the Revolutionary War and the Preservation of the Empire
The Men Who Lost America: British Command during the Revolutionary War and the Preservation of the Empire
by Andrew O'Shaughnessy
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 20.40

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful history - no previous experience required, 30 May 2014
Other than a broad-brush knowledge of the events, not really a period I have read much about but heard O'Shaughnessy won numerous awards so decided to try it out and was delighted I did. All the usual comments - very well written, informative, sorry it ended. It really has made me want to read more widely about the era and characters.


Lincoln's Citadel: The Civil War in Washington, DC
Lincoln's Citadel: The Civil War in Washington, DC
by Kenneth Winkle
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 18.14

3.0 out of 5 stars Informative but not quite the expected account of Washington during the war, 16 Feb 2014
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Had read the authors' Young Eagle and enjoyed it. Also enjoyed concise Abraham and Mary Lincoln, most if not all of which appears in this volume. However, I admired more than enjoyed Citadel. Its focus is very much Lincoln and the trials and tribulations of black Americans whereas I expected something along the lines of Margaret Leech's Reville or Fergursun's Freedom Rising. Tend to agree with the previous review by 'Amazon customer' in that the title is misleading and Crucible of Emancipation would have been more appropriate.


Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography, Volume One: Not For Turning (Vol 1)
Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography, Volume One: Not For Turning (Vol 1)
by Charles Moore
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 20.40

5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive account, 16 Feb 2014
A magnificent biography. Moore had access to an envious range of sources and has made excellent use them. Only slightly jarring note was his occasional tendency to 'correct' some aspects of John Campbell's previous biography - excellent in its own right - which he could do given his access to sources that were not available to Campbell. But why was Campbell's work singled out for this treatment? Surely Moore could have equally 'corrected' numerous other previous accounts in his footnotes?
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Standing in Another Man's Grave
Standing in Another Man's Grave
by Ian Rankin
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.27

4.0 out of 5 stars A welcome Rebus but deserved better conclusion, 8 Dec 2013
A welcome addition to the Rebus series but let down by a dreadfully rushed and unbelievable resolution. Can never understand why any writer would expend to much time and effort weaving all different plot lines over several hundred pages and then just lose interest in the last half dozen.


The War that Ended Peace: How Europe abandoned peace for the First World War
The War that Ended Peace: How Europe abandoned peace for the First World War
by Professor Margaret MacMillan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 17.00

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read, 8 Dec 2013
A very good, solid read displaying the author's usual mix of scholarship and lightness of touch. Not quite as vivid or sparkling as Peacemakers and marred by several condescending and unnecessary analogies to more recent events.


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