Stephen Bentley

Helpful votes received on reviews: 82% (68 of 83)
Location: SHEPPERTON, Middx United Kingdom
Birthday: 28 May


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,784,099 - Total Helpful Votes: 68 of 83
Lincoln: Number 2 in series (Narratives of empire) by Gore Vidal
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This is a quite extraordinary book. Without attempting to go into Lincolns head, simply reporting or imagining if you prefer, the impressions of others who were there Vidal gives us a magnificent picture of Lincoln the man and the hstory of the US civil war. I cannot imagine a better biography of Lincoln than this historical novel.
Mr Norris Changes Trains by Christopher Isherwood
Mr Norris Changes Trains by Christopher Isherwood
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Berlin Cabaret, 7 Jun 2003
Remembered, if at all, as the origin of the musical Cabaret; this book stays in my memory, not because of Mr Norris (he would be glad to hear), but because it brings to life the Berlin of the 1930's and it's peculiar innocence before the fall into Nazism. One gradually realises the characters innocence is presented by Mr Isherwood as a cause of the fall rather than the decadance we are usually enjoined to condemn. Not having been there at the time one cannot easily accept or reject such a conclusion, but it does give pause for thought.
English Bread and Yeast Cookery (Cookery Library) by Elizabeth David
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Simply the best book ever written about the making of bread, scones, chelsea buns, croissants; you name it it's in this book. Not forgetting the history of bread making from exodus onwards, the iniquities of sliced bread and the dubious practices of flour millers and bread manufacturers in the UK & elsewhere. You will also find out how to make basic brown, white, wholemeal, malted, anything you like loaves. Using fresh or dried yeast. Dear god you even get told how to make your own yeast and keep it. You want to make bread - buy this book, you will never knead another. Why else do you think it's always on the verge of selling out.

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