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Top Reviewer Ranking: 6,687 - Total Helpful Votes: 68 of 76
Lost For Words by Edward St Aubyn
Lost For Words by Edward St Aubyn
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Don't take this too seriously and you will enjoy it. This is not the satire of Swift or Pope, as literary prizes hardly merit breaking on a wheel, but there is much pleasure to be had from the parodies and the stylish writing. St Aubyn is clearly having fun puncturing the pretensions of politicians and publishers; enjoy the waspish sting, but don't search for rounded characters and fully developed plotting.

Some of the characters never get beyond the first dimension, some of the plot lines (Mansur the assassin) peter out, and we got the Didier semiotics joke the first time without having to hear it ad infinitum. There might even be some self-parody - I'll swear the 'gold-flecked… Read more
'Call them to remembrance': The Welsh rugby intern&hellip by Gwyn Prescott
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting memorial, 1 Jun 2014
This wonderful book is written with love and passion for Welsh rugby, as well as unstinting dedication to detail and the visible legacy of ten years of research. It stands as a monument, not only to thirteen Welsh Internationals killed in the Great War, but also to the early decades of rugby in the Principality, including the first Golden Era of Wales rugby. The author writes with the intimate familiarity and affection for the game of one who is himself a distinguished player.

As Internationals the players featured are well documented in contemporary press reports, so the book is a rich account of their playing careers. But, despite many playing in the same matches, Prescott… Read more
At Break of Day by Elizabeth Speller
At Break of Day by Elizabeth Speller
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This third in Elizabeth Speller's WW1 suite does not make a 'trilogy': it is a departure from the detective genre of Captain John Emmett and Kitty Easton, both of which are set post-war and feature Captain Bartram, an amateur sleuth, still grappling with his war experience. So it is the characters of 4 men that drives this novel, not the plotted narrative of a whodunnit. Like stage tragedy, we know the outcome of the Battle of the Somme from the start - the fascination is in watching it unfold through these four viewpoints. There is a brief and pleasing appearance of Lawrence Bartram - many interwoven connections are made within the book, but this one crosses the gap to her previous… Read more

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