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The Three Lives of Dylan Thomas
The Three Lives of Dylan Thomas
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting piece of journalism., 27 Jun 2014
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As someone who considers the poetry some of the finest in the English language, but is not deep into Thomasology I enjoyed this gossipy piece of good quality journalism. I suspect there is not much that is new about Thomas's life for those well acquainted with the abundant previous biographies and memoirs. But there may be some new material on some of his friends, especially the author's father, the not insignificant painter, Fred Janes, whose three portraits of his friend Dylan give the book its title. For me the most interesting feature about the book is its portrait of a fairly close knit community of cultural icons, with modest social backgrounds, from the small city of Swansea. Had they been Londoners, and had more money behind them, one can't help feeling they would have become as well known as the Bloomsbury set.


Life After Life
Life After Life
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4.0 out of 5 stars That's life, 7 May 2014
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I bought this book because everyone else seemed to be doing so.. I was not disappointed, but the structure was not entirely convincing. What did we gain from learning that one Ursula died in childbirth And why did the blitz kill her off twice? But the idea of how apparently minor accidents and decisions can have big long term implications was interesting. And it reads very well, both as something to think about and to enjoy as a light read.


Remington SP-399 Mens Shaver Foil & Cutter Pack
Remington SP-399 Mens Shaver Foil & Cutter Pack
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5.0 out of 5 stars Did what it was supposed to do., 7 May 2014
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A replacement for a worn head, cheaper than in the shops or from Remington directly. I fitted it and it worked. What more is there to say?


The Unexpected Professor: An Oxford Life in Books
The Unexpected Professor: An Oxford Life in Books
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish more literary critics wrote like this., 29 April 2014
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An excellent read and a very accessible introduction to some great authors for a non-literary person. Some minor errors outside the literary sphere. For example while I am sure the author is right about Roy Harrod's snobbishness it was John Maynard Keynes who was a member of the Bloomsbury set and whose bowdlerised biography Harrod wrote, not that of his father Geoffrey Keynes. He is right about the loss to social mobility through academic merit resulting from the loss of the grammar schools.


A Possible Life
A Possible Life
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4.0 out of 5 stars novel or short stories?, 25 Jan 2014
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Interesting short stories with a vague overarching 'plus ca change'theme but it is a bit misleading to describe it on the cover as a novel.


Stoner: A Novel (Vintage Classics)
Stoner: A Novel (Vintage Classics)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Readable, 13 Jan 2014
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A readable 1960s novel when there were more people like me around who occupied an uneasy midway world between modest family background and new graduate middle class - the 'Uses of Literacy' generation. But I do not understand its mass appeal to the Kindle generation in 2014. None of the sub plots is really developed and I did not really care much about what happened to Bill Stoner.


7-8mm White Freshwater Pearl Stud Earrings in 14K Gold - AAAA Quality
7-8mm White Freshwater Pearl Stud Earrings in 14K Gold - AAAA Quality

5.0 out of 5 stars A well received present, 27 Dec 2013
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The recipient of this Christmas present liked it very much and I am pretty sure she was telling the truth.


The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914
The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A small suggestion, 24 Dec 2013
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I am not a historian but this book throws convincing light on a lot of questions that have been in my mind ever since I was a teenager and first learned about the Great War many many years ago. I still don't quite see how Britain was stupid enough to get involved but the profiles of the main personalities explains a lot. One can't help wondering if a smattering of scholarship boys and girls in positions of authority would have made a difference. . On the other hand I suspect the government really did believe it would be over by Christmas when the Germans retired with a bloody nose. One slight quibble. Given the number of names the reader had to try to keep in his head it would have been very useful if, Hilary Mantel like, there had been a list and brief pen portrait of at least the main characters at the beginning. But that does not detract from a clear 5 star rating.


An Atheist's History of Belief: Understanding Our Most Extraordinary Invention
An Atheist's History of Belief: Understanding Our Most Extraordinary Invention
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4.0 out of 5 stars OK, 10 Dec 2013
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Very readable and covers an enormous field, but skates over the surface rather. For example what one really want to know is how this group of rustics in Palestine managed in the very early years to convince enough people to start influencing powerful people in Rome.


MASTERPROOFING® Round Banneton Basket (500g dough)-- 22*8.5cm
MASTERPROOFING® Round Banneton Basket (500g dough)-- 22*8.5cm
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suppose it's OK, 21 Nov 2013
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Bought as a Christmas present. Looks as if it is exactly what the giftee is likely to use. Will reconsider if she expresses dismay.


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