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Fine Spirit: Centenary History of Newham and Essex Beagles Athletic Club, 1887-1987
Fine Spirit: Centenary History of Newham and Essex Beagles Athletic Club, 1887-1987
by Tony Benton
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting reading, 23 Aug 2006
I used to be a member of Essex Beagles back in the mid-70s and so this was a very intersting read. I only wish, however, that more had been written on the Ladies Section as some of us were in the part of the club lol!

It would also have been nice to have had Club records (both male and female) throughout the years, I know that stats do not interest everyone, but it would have been interesting to see the evolvement of the Club through the years in this respect.

This was something I had to buy, how could I not, it was about an Athletics Club that I loved and I am very glad that Tony Benton took the time and trouble to write this account. Nice one!

Michelle Remembers
Michelle Remembers
by Michelle Smith
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make up your own mind!!, 23 Aug 2006
This review is from: Michelle Remembers (Hardcover)
I have read this book (over the years) three times and each time it has kept me riveted. When I first got this book it said on the front cover "The true story of a year-long contest between innocence and evil", therefore I took this book to be true.

However, I have since tried to find out more on the internet and there seems to be many sites that claim the whole thing was a sham, that it was not, in actual fact, true.

One of the reasons given was that after the book was published, this satanic group was searched for, but results were negative, therefore, they could not have existed. Well I ask you, what did the people who searched expect? Did they think this type of group would just advertise themselves in the paper, on the internet, in corner shop windows?? Did they not think they would close ranks, they are hardly going to make public their activities are they!

Michelle's father also denied that his wife and Michelle's mother could never do such a thing and be involved in something so hideous - from information available, it seems he was hardly at home anyway, so if the story is true, maybe he didn't know his wife as well as he thought he did.

There was also things said on some sites that the author actually reported that Michelle and he never said that this were a true account. However, imagine if after the book were published all they got were continuous phonecalls for interviews and ongoing harrassment regarding the story, maybe they eventually thought that it would be best to deny all in the hope that they could have some semblance of a normal life, that is indeed, if they did deny it.

As for the fact that the psychiatrist eventually married the patient, it is sad that two marriages were split apart but they wouldn't be the first two people this happened to and I doubt they will be the last, it is a bit judgmental to say the least to debunk an account on something that is not to do with the actual case, people may think the author was biaised, but then again he did spend a year with Michelle, videotaping and tape-recording her past, that I suppose people will think he is, indeed biaised.

The best thing, if you are going to read this book, is to make your own mind up about the whole affair. From the information I have gleaned off the internet from those with a negative viewpoint, is that people will often come up with outstanding arguments that will often fall when faced with counter-arguments.

Make up your own mind, it is a brilliant book and one well-worth reading.

by David Emery
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely tribute to a superb athlete, 2 Aug 2006
This review is from: Lillian (Hardcover)
Such a lovely book written about the very, very talented athlete Lillian Board. Part one of the book describes her achievements and rise to fame in her athletics career, part two describes how the author got to know Lillian and how she suffered from cancer up to the end of her short life. I found it a wonderful book and compulsive reading, containing statistics of her career from the beginning to the end which was fascinating to say the least. I had been trying to get a copy of this book for years but had been unable to do so, I should have looked on Amazon ages ago, Ironically, it was signed on the inside cover "Christmas 1971, with all my love Alan xxx" - Alan is actually the Christian name of my husband - weird eh!!

The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel
The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel
by Felicitas Goodman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.59

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsive reading!, 23 July 2006
I had seen the film "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" and decided that I would like to read the book about the girl that the film was based on. From my own point of view I found they made the film sympathetically to the book, some of the instances did not, of course, (as films do), happen in the order that they did in real life, but all in all everything appeared to be covered, extra things were in the book too, especially regarding what happened after the exorcism failed right up to Anneliese's death and also what happened regarding her grave etc. It is well worth reading and I am very glad that I gave this one a go!

Devil and Karen Kingston: A Documentary Record of the Successful Exorcism Performed on a Previously Retarded Child
Devil and Karen Kingston: A Documentary Record of the Successful Exorcism Performed on a Previously Retarded Child
by Robert W. Pelton
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit too easy!, 18 July 2006
I hardly know how to begin writing this review, but I will go ahead anyway. I have read quite a few books on accounts of various possession and exorcism, the majority of them took many hours, if not weeks or months to complete - this is why I was a bit dubious when 13 spirits/demons - call them what you will - were ejected in three days. No account of the Roman Ritual of Exorcism was mentioned during the book (unless I missed it), there were some instances of the other people who were present at the exorcism talking to the demon (I thought it was especially important that they did not do that and only the exorcist himself was to address the demon, but again I could be wrong). If everything did happen as it stated in the book, then it is a very frightening account, however, it did sometimes come across as fanatics trying to get their point across regarding demons lurking behind every door and around every corner in all walks of life. This is all very well, but if this is the case, it is taking the responsibility of every wrong deed away from the person concerned and saying that it is all down to demons and evil spirits.

Of course, this is only my personal review and I have never met Karen Kingston nor any of the other people featured in the book, we can only go on our own feelings and my feelings are not completely in tune with this book.

I feel guilty writing this review, because, if it is a true account, then I am very sorry :(

Hostage to the Devil: The Possession and Exorcism of Five Americans
Hostage to the Devil: The Possession and Exorcism of Five Americans
by Malachi Martin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.85

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and frightening, 5 July 2006
I have to say that I couldn't put this book down! It is a big book and for me, a big read. I have to admit I didn't have any of the creepy things that happened to one or two of the other reviewers, happen to me because of the book, for which I was glad! Malachi Martin's style of writing, I thought, was excellent, as I was reading the different cases, I could almost feel what the person was going through, I've never known that in any other book I've read I must admit.

The main thread throughout each case, was that the person eventually "let" the invading spirit/being "in", they gave their permission, I had also heard this in other cases so I didn't have any problem with that thought, what I did, however, find disturbing, was just how easy it could be to "give in". Situations and the pressure getting so much the person just sort of "gave up".

I recommend this book, it was a terrific read and I bet it is one of those books that if you read a second time, you will find bits you missed the first time.

For anyone thinking of giving this book a go, I say go for it, it is compelling reading.

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