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The Default Line: The Inside Story of People, Banks and Entire Nations on the Edge
The Default Line: The Inside Story of People, Banks and Entire Nations on the Edge
by Faisal Islam
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.79

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lifting the lid., 28 Oct. 2013
The default line is a thoroughly engrossing read which engenders feelings as diverse as fascination to incredulity and disbelief. The book inevitably deals with complex matters arising across diverse countries and organisations, but it has been well constructed with a helpful list of players at the beginning of each chapter. It is also clear that in his unrelenting quest to get under the bizarre circumstances Faisal Islam has not confined himself to interviewing the not so great and the not so good but in almost every case he has left the corridors of power and moved into the towns and communities to gain a first hand knowledge of the impact on and the views of the man in the street. Faisal Islam's easy style of writing makes this a book which will not only appeal to the specialist but also the layman and it is a must for all students of politics, economics and modern history.

Hugh Evans

Owl Among the Ruins
Owl Among the Ruins
by Mark Bate
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.97

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Owl, 16 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Owl Among the Ruins (Paperback)
Spread across the broad swath of English Literature, there are of course a whole book case full of spectacular examples of successful and entertaining books written by clergymen. It is clear from the quality of this book that Mark Bate is striving hard to find a place among the higher echelons of his peers.

This book has been carefully structured with the result that it is well paced. Mark Bate has enhanced his book by creating thoroughly colourful but entirely credible characters, from whom he introduces an easy flow of dialogue which is both fresh and contemporary in style. Within all this he reveals a compelling story line that is maintained and runs the length of the work.

All in all Mark Bate's book is a jolly good read.

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