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Snap: A Darkbridge Short Story
Snap: A Darkbridge Short Story
Price: £1.02

5.0 out of 5 stars A delight on the page but definitely to be avoided as ..., 22 Sep 2014
Comic, subversive, scary and well-written. A tremendous short story. Bob's a memorable creation. A delight on the page but definitely to be avoided as a neighbour.


A Home on the Rolling Main
A Home on the Rolling Main
by A G F Ditcham
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.94

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5.0 out of 5 stars A REMARKABLE WW2 NAVAL MEMOIR, 29 July 2013
I read Ditcham's midshipman's log at the Imperial War Museum some years ago (he served on the same ship as my grandfather) and I was delighted to read this far more extensive account of a young officer's war at sea. There are many WW2 naval memoirs and this one, like many others, illustrates the selfless courage of British service personnel throughout several years of grueling combat. Ditcham's overwhelmingly out-gunned destroyer was, for example, in action against Scharnhorst at point blank range. And survived. Unlike Scharnhorst.

Ditcham's account has three great additional virtues. First, the book is richly illustrated, generally with previously unseen photographs and drawings. Secondly, the book is very well written, with great insight into naval warfare and the psychology of men in combat. It is also, on occasion, very funny. And thirdly, the book is deeply moving. Written decades after the completion of his naval service (but with his midshipman's log and other reference sources to hand) the book captures the awful randomness of death in war, the surprising moments of human contact and kindness that sustained men at sea and also, the depth of relationships that began amongst young naval personnel but that went on to last a lifetime.

This is an extraordinary book, written by an extraordinary man and a fine writer. It deserves to find a very wide audience.


Film Past, Film Future: an enquiry into cinema and the imagination
Film Past, Film Future: an enquiry into cinema and the imagination
Price: £1.54

5.0 out of 5 stars A TREMENDOUS READ, 28 Oct 2011
Tim Cawkwell has seen a lot of films. And in his new book, FILM PAST, FILM FUTURE, he writes elegantly, with passion and insight, about individual films as diverse as Robert Bresson's claustrophobic, modernist masterpiece, A MAN ESCAPED and Peter Jackson's epic, Oscar-laden and effects-strewn, LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy.

In the first part of his book Cawkwell's curiosity leads him to range across film history and genres as he considers questions such as "How does film engage the imagination?" and "What is `the essence of cinema'?" in relation to mankind's incessant exploration of the human condition. And in the second part, he looks at acting, the manipulation of time and its relationship to editing and at the ways in which cinema accesses characters' inner lives, before closing with some reflections on the future of cinema.

Cawkwell's viewing is impressive and he also draws freely on music, literature, painting and history in his exploration of cinema. This is a book for enthusiastic and enquiring filmgoers; for those who want to find connections between films that go beyond a film star's list of credits. And Cawkwell is an exemplary and generous guide through this seductive but sometimes challenging landscape. A tremendous read.
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Writing for the Screen: Creative and Critical Approaches (Approaches to Writing)
Writing for the Screen: Creative and Critical Approaches (Approaches to Writing)
by Craig Batty
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TREMENDOUS BOOK, 2 Mar 2009
This is a tremendous book, both a valuable introduction as well as a source of wisdom, reminders and tips for more experienced writers. There may be other books that deal with specific issues at greater length and to a greater depth but this book is encompassing - dealing with creativity, craft from several perspectives, the writer's practice and the industry - as well as encouraging, practical and accessible.


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