Hywel James

"Hywel James"
Manche, August 2014
Top Reviewer Ranking: 684
Helpful votes received on reviews: 88% (1,151 of 1,312)
Location: Devon, United Kingdom
Birthday: 12 July
In My Own Words:
Most of my reviews are on the UK Amazon site. A few only on the USA site.

Music, theatre, the visual arts including cinema, and reading, mainly history and contemporary fiction.

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 684 - Total Helpful Votes: 1151 of 1312
Vaughan Williams: Stars of the Night, Songs and Vi&hellip ~ Matthew Trusler
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This disc is the latest in a highly worthwhile series of music by Ralph Vaughan Williams produced by Albion Records, under the auspices of The Ralph Vaughan Williams Society. Each disc offers one or more world premieres of pieces by the composer, sometimes little-known, previously unperformed or unpublished pieces, or arrangements of his works by Vaughan Williams himself or other hands, usually highly distinguished (and occasionally very surprising) hands. I say surprising because this recording offers an arrangement for violin and piano - and a very beautiful one at that - of VW's Violin Concerto (Concerto Accademico) by Constant Lambert, a musician who had been particularly critical of… Read more
Normandy by Olivier Wieviorka
Normandy by Olivier Wieviorka
The review by Charles Vasey is a fair assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of this book and while there are more lengthy reviews on Amazon.com - indeed essay length reviews which I suspect have been undertaken to be handed in for marking at the end of the long vacation - I shall be brief here. It is always worthwhile to have a fresh perspective on a largely familiar subject and especially so in this case where a French historian has addressed D-Day 1944 - or Les Debarquements as the French understandably name the campaign - when there is a vast library of work by American and British writers. Wieviorka's book covers a great deal of ground, in a fair degree of detail, and in a… Read more
The People: The Rise and Fall of the Working Class&hellip by Selina Todd
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Selina Todd's passionate and committed history of the Working Class over the century between 1910 and 2010 has elicited some essay length reviews - a few very highly critical - here on Amazon. I think the response has been a vindication of Todd's book. People have reacted either very positively or extremely negatively to it, largely depending, I guess, upon their own particular political positions. However some reviewers appear to attribute to the book views and opinions which it does not in fact express and in doing so seem to get quite hot under the collar. For example, Todd is not guilty of the charge that she believes "Labour is always good, while Conservatives are always bad". On… Read more