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The Bat: The First Harry Hole Case
The Bat: The First Harry Hole Case
by Jo Nesbo
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.19

3.0 out of 5 stars Antipodean Nordic Noir, 12 Jan. 2016
Enjoyed this book a lot. Interesting plot with good subtext and a prickly lead character who sounds like an interesting guy. Deliberately read this one first as an introduction to the series and I look forward to getting to know Harry Hole better. Nesbo's first novel and we'll worth reading.


Domestique: The Real-life Ups and Downs of a Tour Pro
Domestique: The Real-life Ups and Downs of a Tour Pro
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars True grit., 28 July 2015
Life in the pro racing peloton isn't all about a mega-bucks salary, five star hotels and business class flights, as this fascinating insight from Charly Wegelius shows. Well worth reading for an idea as to how difficult pro road racing is to get into and how, for the vast majority of riders, it's just a job and frequently an unglamorous one. Very interesting and well ghosted. A better read than the autobiogs of some of his more illustrious colleagues.


Into The Fire
Into The Fire
Price: £4.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The real story about Joan of Arc?, 18 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Into The Fire (Kindle Edition)
We all think we know what happened to Joan of Arc, but do we?
If you are a fan of historical fiction and taut thrillers then this is the book for you. It brilliantly combines the seemingly disparate threads of the story of Joan of Arc and a string of arson attacks in modern day Orleans.
The female characters are really well written. The story is well told at a good pace, though attention is required to keep track of events, particularly in the Joan of Arc stream. But it’s an effort well worth making and, if you are anything like me, it will send you scurrying to the history shelves to find out more about this fascinating, complex icon of French history.
The modern thread of the story features a whole load of fascinating characters, especially the police Captain Ines Picault and her extended, estranged family. I’d rather like to hear from her again in a future Manda Scott novel.
Both storylines are very strong in their own right and their ultimate pyrotechnic meeting is neither contrived nor forced. It might surprise you though!
I recommend this book highly. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it (being fortunate enough to receive an advance copy) and I am very happy to heartily commend it.


Concerning the Atlas of Scotland: And Other Poems
Concerning the Atlas of Scotland: And Other Poems
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars a triumph, 21 Feb. 2015
Thoroughly delightful. Engaging and warm combining two of my favorite things. Loved it and will cherish it for some time


More Than Argentina: The Authorised Biography of Ally MacLeod
More Than Argentina: The Authorised Biography of Ally MacLeod
by Ronnie McDevitt
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An honest man, 14 Aug. 2014
A genuine wonderful warm and heartfelt biography of a genuine wonderful and warm man. The author captures the essence of Ally and gives us a well written and fair story of Mr Ayr United. Always generous with his time I particularly remember the launch of the Ayr fanzine 4-1 when we invited the club to attend or launch party at Northfield bowling club. Two hours before an important match ally himself turned up, helped himself to a pie and regaled the audience with his stories. He always turned up to supporters events and was the glue that connected the club to the town and it's supporters. Oh yes, we criticised him but we never stopped loving him. I cried at least twice reading this book; mainly in laughter but more poignantly at the touching nature of the tribute the people of Ayr paid to his funeral cortège. He truly was special. He enriched my enjoyment of football, my love of Ayr united and Ronnie and Andrew have done him proud. Ally, it was a pleasure to have meet you so many times. A good man. A kind man. An honest man.


Pedalare! Pedalare!
Pedalare! Pedalare!
by John Foot
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.13

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo! Bravo!, 20 July 2014
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This review is from: Pedalare! Pedalare! (Paperback)
An exceptional book. One of the best books on cycling and Italian culture and, crucially, the fusion between the two, that I have ever read. All the characters are here: Binda, Magni, Gimondi, Pantani and, of course, Bartali and Coppi. All of twentieth century Italy us here along with its complex relationship with this wonderful sport. BRAVO!


Gironimo!: Riding the Very Terrible 1914 Tour of Italy
Gironimo!: Riding the Very Terrible 1914 Tour of Italy
by Tim Moore
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo!, 4 Jun. 2014
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I bought this after hearing, and snorting with laughter, after hearing it read on Radio 4. Tim is an enormously entertaining host and he has written an endearing and hugely amusing tribute to the greatest of all the grand tours. He pays enormous homage, not only to the race, but to some of the Italian cycling greats. His hourney around this most beautiful of countries is well worth the read. Bravo!


Island on Fire: The extraordinary story of Laki, the volcano that turned eighteenth-century Europe dark
Island on Fire: The extraordinary story of Laki, the volcano that turned eighteenth-century Europe dark
by Alexandra Witze
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.68

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific and terrifying!, 3 April 2014
Bought this and read it in a day. A riveting account of an 18th Century eruption of a volcano on Iceland. it's peppered with dramatic eye witness accounts by the local minister and also finds time to tell the reader about some of the other major volcanic events in our history. If you thought the disruption caused by Eyjafjallajökull in 2010 was bad, just wait till Hekla or Katla go off. Brilliant, well written and erudite.


A History of the World in Twelve Maps
A History of the World in Twelve Maps
by Jerry Brotton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.13

5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding history, 19 Feb. 2014
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Jerry Brotton has written an outstanding history of mapping the world. It's a tremendous tour de force ranging from Ancient Babylon and Ptolemy to GPS and Google maps. Along the way it takes in many of the classic maps and, perhaps unsurprisingly, is particularly strong on the Renaissance period. As an aside its also an excellent insight into the voyages of 'discovery' made by, amongst others, the Portuguese and Castilian explorers.

Lusciously illustrated and tremendously readable, it doesn't just cover Western cartography. It discusses a Korean map and also encapsulates religion and philosophy and the role they have in creating a world view.

Easy to read and trmendously interesting. Well done Professor Brotton.


The Ancient Paths: Discovering the Lost Map of Celtic Europe
The Ancient Paths: Discovering the Lost Map of Celtic Europe
by Graham Robb
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and enjoyable., 3 Dec. 2013
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Graham Robb presents a fascinating and well argued case for the Celts displaying knowledge of Astronomy and constructing their settlements and roads accordingly. It seems perfectly fair to argue that ancient peoples had this knowledge and Robb's theories casts a well deserved light into a shadowy part of human history.

Thoroughly well-argued and extremely well written. Don't read it on an ereader. As other reviewers have observed there are a lot of maps and diagrams which seem to be easier to refer to on paper.


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