Jeremy Walton

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 571
Helpful votes received on reviews: 89% (1,641 of 1,835)
Location: Sidmouth, UK
Anniversary: 11 Sep

 

Reviews

Top Reviewer Ranking: 571 - Total Helpful Votes: 1641 of 1835
The Night Manager by John Le Carré
The Night Manager by John Le Carré
5.0 out of 5 stars Back in the night, 9 Sep 2014
I first read this spy novel in 1993 shortly after its publication, and have re-read it many times since then - most recently last week. It's probably my favourite le Carré book (and I've read all of them), blending a gripping, original plot with deftly-drawn characters and dialogue which resonates in the mind so precisely you can practically hear the voices in your head. Take, for example, this initial exchange [p24] between the two protagonists, which quickly tells you a great deal about who they are, and the differences between them:

"I'm Dicky Roper," a lazy voice announced as the hand closed round Jonathan's, and briefly owned it. "My chaps booked some rooms here… Read more
John Peel by Mick Wall
John Peel by Mick Wall
4.0 out of 5 stars Pickin' the blues, 3 Sep 2014
For a certain sort of person (usually, but not invariably, male), John Peel seemed to lead the perfect life: being given records for free, being paid for playing them, living contentedly in the country with a happy family, sounding like a normal, modest person. His untimely death in 2004 brought forth tributes from the musicians he'd discovered, and his countless listeners. And this book.

The first part is an brisk canter through Peel's life, including his lengthy career at BBC Radio 1 which was built around his late-night programme featuring an eclectic playlist and live sessions from bands which had taken his fancy. The second part is made up of the aforementioned tributes,… Read more
Sofa Noodling ~ Ralph McTell
Sofa Noodling ~ Ralph McTell
5.0 out of 5 stars Just delightful, 20 Aug 2014
I heard music from this CD being played over the PA at a recent festival, and was pleasantly surprised to find it was Ralph McTell's work. Besides having had a lengthy career as a songwriter and performer, he's also an adept acoustic guitarist, and his skills on the instrument are showcased nicely in this collection. As the title suggests, the emphasis is on intimacy and a relaxed setting: wanting to capture the informality of his messing - or noodling - around on the guitar, he moved an old sofa into the studio and recorded these pieces whilst slouching on it. The result is an engaging, entertaining set of instrumentals - blues, rags and traditional-sounding tunes - which is a delight… Read more

Wish List

Knock John ~ Andy Cutting & Chris Wood
Knock John ~ Andy Cutting & Chris Wood
At The BBC 1972-1982 ~ Todd Rundgren
At The BBC 1972-1982 ~ Todd Rundgren
Genesis Revisited II ~ Steve Hackett
Genesis Revisited II ~ Steve Hackett
Genesis Revisited: Live At Hammersmith ~ Steve Hackett
Genesis Revisited: Live At The Royal Albert Hall ~ Steve Hackett