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Man Belong Mrs Queen: Adventures with the Philip Worshippers
Man Belong Mrs Queen: Adventures with the Philip Worshippers
by Matthew Baylis
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.69

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars France, 14 Nov 2013
I learned a lot from this quirky, funny, charming book: not just about Prince Philip and the remarkable story that led to him being worshipped on a remote Pacific island, but also about the author, and his hilarious crush on the unpopular Duke of Edinburgh.
There's so much in here: history, anthropology (both in a very digestible form)' and a personal journey/adventure that reads almost like a great comic novel. That's not surprising, the author writes novels, but the ONE thing he takes care NOT to do is to mock the islanders or their ideas. One comes away with renewed respect for the way they see the world and their own place in it. And yes, even a bit of respect for the man we (erroneously) call Phil the Greek, too. Definitely one for the Christmas stockings!
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A Death at the Palace (Rex Tracey 1)
A Death at the Palace (Rex Tracey 1)
by M. H. Baylis
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.19

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For all who love London, 12 Mar 2013
It was a long-awaited surprise to renew acquaintance with M.H.(Matthew)Baylis, this time via Rex Tracey, whose rather racy handle (no pun!) and occasionally awkward demeanour belies a shrewd, intensely caring and minutely observant protagonist.

All is portrayed against a London background with all its multitudinous sights, sounds and smells, a mayhem of endless cultural mixing, wonderfully portrayed with great sensitivity; this is a veritable Bayeux tapestry of a thriller, richly wrought and I would venture, ripe for a visual production.

More, much more of this please Baylis.


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