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Thieves in the Night by Brendan Ball
Thieves in the Night by Brendan Ball
5.0 out of 5 stars Through a Needle's Eye, 11 Aug 2014
“Thieves in the Night” tells the story of Dan Hanvey, a “musicien maudit”, a guitarist of genius, but addicted to cocaine. As he declares at the start to the narrator, Bron Harding, himself an accomplished but lesser musician, he is destined to go to hell. Moving back and forth in time from that initial meeting, the novel traces Dan’s life in south London and Brighton, and the crowd of dealers, petty criminals and drop-outs among whom he moves, with their chronic desperation and their mutual betrayals, hardly mitigated by the efforts of the unsympathetically depicted social workers and the dreary high-rise flats into which they are placed. Working largely through sharply observed… Read more
The Holy Roman Empire by Viscount James Bryce
The Holy Roman Empire by Viscount James Bryce
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
James Bryce (1838-1922) was a professor of jurisprudence who became a leading Liberal politician and who, among many other services to the nation, wrote the Bryce Report on German atrocities in Belgium at the start of the First World War. But he had already written this weighty study back in 1864, when he was still a young man. The edition available is that of 1904, which enabled Bryce to add chapters describing and evaluating the enormous changes that had come about in central Europe during the previous forty years, above all Bismarck's creation in 1870 of the new German Empire, headed by Prussia, which had replaced the old Holy Roman Empire, for centuries headed by Austria, until the… Read more
Out of the Deep: Stories of the Supernatural by Dennis Hamley
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
In this book, the author gathers together ghost stories that he has written and published over the last thirty years. It is not, however, as random as that makes it sound, because Dennis Hamley has added, as well as a foreword, a postscript to each story, explaining, sometimes from a personal, sometimes from a professional, point of view, how it came to be written. This links the stories firmly together into a single collection. At the same time, he points out the variety of ghostly protagonists. Some are offering help from the past, some seeking help in the present; one has malign and baleful intentions, while another is a ghost from the future, enacting a bad outcome, which has to be… Read more

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