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The Greatest Game Ever Played: Vardon, Ouimet and the birth of modern golf
The Greatest Game Ever Played: Vardon, Ouimet and the birth of modern golf
by Mark Frost
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars More brilliance from Mark Frost, 10 July 2009
Mark Frost does it again with another page turner of the highest order, with wonderful insights into Vardon and Quimet that teach even the most well versed in golf history a thing or two.

Mark Frost remains, as I'm sure he does for many others, the premier historic golf writer of his generation. The human, as well as golfing angles, are superbly researched and detailed, and written with real understanding, passion and thoughtfulness.

The true test of his books is to give them to a non golfer...and they love them as well.

Is this his best book ? Buy and read them all, because it's a close run thing.


The Match
The Match
by Mark Frost
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book from Mark Frost, 10 July 2009
This review is from: The Match (Paperback)
Mark Frost is THE MAN to read if you love golf: his writing just brings the characters and places alive in a way that few sports writers can do.

The Match tells of a little known event, played by 4 great players over a great course, for a bet between 2 wealthy men. Promising enough material for a great story, but you come away feeling like you've known the people involved your whole life, such is the thoughtful insight given to their lives.

The description of the match and the course is such that you feel the exitement as if you there..it's nail biting, page turning stuff, and I would certainly recommend this as a present to anyone who likes golf or wants to learn more about the great players of the past.

This is right up their with another great golfing book, Tommy's Honour, and I'd struggle to seperate these 2 books.


Tommy's Honour: The Extraordinary Story of Golf's Founding Father and Son
Tommy's Honour: The Extraordinary Story of Golf's Founding Father and Son
by Kevin Cook
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best sports book I have, or will ever, read. 5 stars doesn't do it justice, 13 Feb. 2009
For anyone who has ever played the game of golf and has any feel for the history of the game, this is a 'must read' book of the first order. Not only does it cover the history of early professional golf, but talks about the evoultion of St.Andrews, and the creation of Prestwick.

The story of the Morris's is brilliantly told, with real insight and passion for the subject. It's a tragic story in the end, but about 2 lives that were lived to the full, and are worthy of greater consideration by any golfer.

If you only read one book on sport this year, make sure its this one

If you're a film maker looking for a subject to make a truely great film, this would be perfect


The Industrial Revolutionaries: The Creation of the Modern World 1776-1914
The Industrial Revolutionaries: The Creation of the Modern World 1776-1914
by Gavin Weightman
Edition: Hardcover

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful and interesting, 22 April 2008
This is the perfect introduction for anyone wanting to learn of the origins of industry between 1776 and 1914. The chapters flow with interesting insights into the pioneers and inventors around the world at that time, with the end of one chapter acting as the introduction to the next.
It certainly removes some of the myths and legends that surround the inventions of the time, especially the Morse code chapter.
The books covers all the major technologies of the time in Europe and America in a most readable and non stuffy way.

A must for anyone interested in the history of this period.


Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
Price: £13.19

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection, 3 Dec. 2007
We are all inclined to switch off a bit when we hear familiar pieces of music, but this version of the Four Seasons is a perfection personified.

Sarah Chang puts heart and soul into this fantastic recording, and the only way this performance can be beaten is to see her live.

This is the 4th recording of the Four Seasons I now own, and this is by far the best.

Buy it: you will not be disappointed.


Wellington: The Iron Duke
Wellington: The Iron Duke
by Richard Holmes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.68

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but could have been better, 30 Aug. 2007
Although I finished this book with more knowledge on Wellington than I had at the start, I felt the book dwelt too much on detailed descriptions of military encounters, rather than giving me an insight into the man himself. Whilst I accept that his battle field encounters did much to shape his character, there is just too little about his domestic life, the relationship he had with wife and children, the reasoning behind his marriage and its failure, and his subsequent life in retirement.

Whilst accepting and understanding that Richard Holmes is a brilliant military historian, and this is his sphere of knowledge, a bit more was needed on non military matters.


Elevazione - The Magic Of The Oboe
Elevazione - The Magic Of The Oboe
Price: £14.68

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars some old favourites and new delights, 2 April 2007
The works of Albinoni, Bach and Marcello will be known to many who choose to purchase this disc, but the real gem here is the title track by Zipoli. Currently being given well deserved exposure on Classic FM,this stunningly beautiful track is worth the purchase price alone. If you had a bad day in the office, this is the perfect piece of relaxation music to take you to another dimension. This is serene music at its very best and any lover of The Mission film soundtrack album will appreciate this track.

All the works are expertly played, and this fine disc should be in every music lovers collection, accompanied as they are with an interesting set of notes on the music, and the composers.

I'm certainly going to look further into the music of Zipoli on the evidence of this track, and I'm sure his fan club will grow: it certainly deserves better exposure.
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