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The Same Sky
The Same Sky
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IF it were possible to give an album SIX stars..., 30 July 2005
This review is from: The Same Sky (Audio CD)
...this would be the one! I bought it AGES ago and it's still in my CD player even as I write this! I adore this woman - what a voice! I was introduced to Horse in the early 1990s by a friend via the fabulous 'You Could Be Forgiven', which still hits the spot every time I hear it. I was expecting great things of Horse but it seems that she's now doing very low-key gigs and her releases are confined to the gay network. Would love to know how to get hold of her more recent stuff. Horse - I want to have your children!!!


The Pillars of Hercules: A Grand Tour of the Mediterranean
The Pillars of Hercules: A Grand Tour of the Mediterranean
by Paul Theroux
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

8 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I flung this book across the room..., 28 July 2005
...enraged by the inaccuracies and prejudices that Theroux aired during his description of Gibraltar and Estepona. I confess that I've never managed to finish this book, but if the rest of it is anything like his treatment of Gib I'd say that it probably reveals more about his personality than anything useful. I settled in Estepona at about the time that Theroux paid his visit and it was a charming place, albeit now rather over-developed. Anyway, I've advised my many Gibraltarian friends to give this one a wide berth!


The Good Doctor
The Good Doctor
by Damon Galgut
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb piece of work, 15 Oct. 2004
This review is from: The Good Doctor (Paperback)
I've been a fan of Galgut's since I was a student in Johannesburg in the mid-1980s and his debut, A Sinless Season, was one of THE South African books that one just had to be seen reading! It's very exciting to see that he keeps on improving with age - who knows what heights he can reach if he beats even this high standard.


The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon)
The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon)
by Dan Brown
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars How did this ever become a bestseller?, 25 Sept. 2004
The three stars that I've awarded for this book is largely for the plot. The idea of taking the premise of the bestselling book "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail" and turning it into a thriller was quite a smart move, but the quality of the writing is very poor. However, it seems that the vast majority of readers have been prepared to shut down their critical faculties in order to enjoy the ride, which makes "The Da Vinci Code" an intermittently enjoyable experience.


Hide And Seek [VHS]
Hide And Seek [VHS]
VHS

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Difficult movie to read..., 30 Jun. 2004
This review is from: Hide And Seek [VHS] (VHS Tape)
...because if it was intended to be a serious thriller it's one of the worst movies ever made. If, on the other hand, you're in the mood for some camp fun it's surely up there with The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Lust in the Dust. Jennifer Tilly dominates the movie with a terrific madwoman performance - think Bette Davis in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? and you won't be far off the mark. Best enjoyed slightly drunk and in the company of a gay friend with a riotous sense of humour who will LOVE Jennifer Tilly's turn as Helen!


Very Annie Mary [VHS] [2001]
Very Annie Mary [VHS] [2001]
VHS
Offered by qualityfilmsfromuk
Price: £8.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not without its faults, but..., 29 Jun. 2004
It's probably difficult for any Welsh person (particularly any Welsh Jonathan Pryce fan!) to avoid giving this movie 10 out of 10. Yes, okay, it's overly sentimental and Rachel Griffiths's accent tends to slip in and out of gear but there are some terrific (genuine) Welsh accents to enjoy and the central cabaret act (Hinge, Minge, Twinge, Fringe and Brackett) has to be seen to be believed, not to mention Pryce's Pavarotti impersonations. It's a number one favourite with the victims of the Welsh diaspora!


Black Vinyl White Powder
Black Vinyl White Powder
by Simon Napier-Bell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide to the British music business, 8 Oct. 2002
I enjoyed every word of this wonderful account of the British music business. I was born in 1960 and found that this was a reminder of the soundtrack of my life, from Dusty Springfield, through the days of Marc Bolan and Ziggy Stardust to the greed of the eighties.
The way in which Napier-Bell links the sounds of each era with the most popular drug could have been a bit of a cheap gimmick, but it works beautifully and is never less than totally convincing.
Anyone who's interested in popular music should read it.


The War Against Cliché: Essays and Reviews 1971-2000
The War Against Cliché: Essays and Reviews 1971-2000
by Martin Amis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scholarly, yet readable account of culture and literature, 29 July 2002
Dubbed "Smarty Marty" years ago when his writing ability seemed in advance of his years, it would be good to think that the title has lost the mocking tone that it had previously. Martin Amis really is smart and appears to have read just about every book in - and out of - the Leavis canon of "Great Literature".
He employs his wide range of analytical tools to review the obsessions of authors such as Bellow, Updike, Nabokov and Murdoch and in the process takes the reader on an extraordinary voyage of discovery.
Highly recommended for anyone has the most remote interest in literature or popular culture.


Fury
Fury
by Salman Rushdie
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable and unfairly criticised work, 11 July 2002
This review is from: Fury (Hardcover)
Although perhaps not up to the standard of his previous novels "Midnight's Children", "Shame" or "The Moor's Last Sigh" (which also received a fair pasting, if I recall correctly) "Fury" is still miles better than many highly praised novels. What is it with the British literary establishment? You move to America and every book that you write thereafter is automatically proclaimed a turkey? Do yourself a favour and read this book. Sure, Rushdie is pretty much a "love him or hate him" author, but if you love him you'll not find too many reasons not to love this!


Manly Pursuits
Manly Pursuits
by Ann Harries
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Fictional Account of CJ Rhodes's Later Years, 2 July 2002
This review is from: Manly Pursuits (Paperback)
This is a superb novel by any standards, but as a first novel it's an astonishing achievement. This has to be the ultimate account of the late Victorian period, with real people such as Rhodes, Wilde, Schreiner, Kipling and Selous rubbing shoulders with fictional characters such as the fussy, pedantic ornithologist, Professor Wills. Forget "Jock of the Bushveld" - this is the best novel about South Africa!


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