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The Life of Thomas More by Peter Ackroyd
The Life of Thomas More by Peter Ackroyd
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Thorough, sensitive and with a sure touch in conveying to the modern reader the colour and mood of the time, this book is just what we would expect of Ackroyd on top form. So one is left bemused by one stupid and pointless editorial decision. Thomas More wrote obsessively all his life, and we thus have a huge resource of original material to call upon, which Ackroyd quotes very frequently, often at length.

Sixteenth century spelling is not as modern spelling. More was used to Latin, in which 'U' and 'V' were once written both as 'V'. The letter 'J' was commonly written as an 'i', and other spelling variations were common. I can understand that Ackroyd wishes to give the flavour… Read more
The Lays of the Pharisee - Being a Volume of Verse&hellip by Edith Watson
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The poetry is, lets face it, dire. The illustrations are distinctly tedious. The interest lies in the content - what was thought a suitable subject for biting satire in 1913. Many of the poems are aimed at religious hypocrisy - hardly surprising. The more interesting ones are those highlighting vice in high society and political attitudes. One poem is anti-Home Rule. Another sheds fascinating light on the atrocities in the Belgian Congo which form the inspiration for Conrad's Heart of Darkness, and which were reported on by Roger Casement, earning him public acclaim and a knighthood before his actions in the cause of Irish republicanism brought about a downfall even more shocking than that… Read more
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The creator of Biggles has produced a clearly written survey of flight from the development of balloons to the most modern aircraft, with a passing study of unsuccessful ornithopters and the earliest parachutes. As the book ends with an exciting account of "The Great Australian Race 1934", we can date it quite precisely.

In addition to illustrations of early craft taken from engravings, there are a number of photographs, the frontispiece being "A D.H.Comet in flight". Plate 26 shows crew and support team of the first flight from England to Australia in 1919, standing in front of their Vickers "Vimy". Plate 31 shows Scott and Black's Comet being refuelled at Baghdad during the… Read more