J. Thornton

jim thornton
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Location: Nottingham, England


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Means Of Ascent-Years Of Lyndon Johnson Vol 2 (Pim&hellip by Robert A Caro
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is superb. Skip the childhood stuff - Caro summarises Vol 1. Jump in with Lyndon in 1942, a 3rd term US representative, who had risen to influence on FDR's coat-tails, and through control of the Democrat's donations from Texan oil. Now with better audited accounts, and having just lost his first Senate race, he returns to Washington a frustrated man. He had promised voters he would rush to the front line when the US entered the war, but delays - getting in a bit of adultery on the way - until his apparent cowardice threatens his future electoral chances. He wrangles a congressional investigatory trip, joins one bombing raid as an observer, and for the rest of his life portrays this… Read more
The Less Deceived by Philip Larkin
The Less Deceived by Philip Larkin
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back in print at last, 30 May 2011
Larkin's first mature collection was originally published by the eccentric George Hartley's Marvell Press. The "Ponce of Hessle" as Larkin named him, soon failed to impress. The book was poorly distributed and often out of print, and royalties were paid irregularly, so Larkin arranged for his subsequent two volumes to be published by Faber. But Hartley hung on to his rights, and for many years the only source for these poems was via Thwaite's collected poems. At last Faber have somehow wrestled the rights away from Hartley's estate, and the rest of us can hold this classic volume in our hands. It's worth the wait.

There are the great and justly famous poems, Wedding Wind,… Read more

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