Sally Walker

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Location: Eastbourne, UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,716 - Total Helpful Votes: 175 of 196
The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot by Robert Macfarlane
The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot by Robert Macfarlane
As you might expect from a fellow of a college of Cambridge University this is an intelligently written book, so not only the subject matter but also the writing itself is a delight.

As to the subject matter MacFarlane brings vividly to life a number of different landscapes, mainly in Britain, but also in Palestine, Spain and China, (Tibet). Each chapter covers one of his walks, on which he is often accompanied with a person who knows well the landscape through which they are walking. He also meets some extraordinary people too.

The majority of the chapters have as their title the rock, substance or element that quintessentially defines them.

Into… Read more
Born Free by Joy Adamson
Born Free by Joy Adamson
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 17 Sep 2014
Published seven times in 1960, three prints being made in the month of April alone this demonstrates the popularity of this book at the time. It was published at a time when safari package holidays had yet to be invented and the farthest that most English people traveled abroad was to a Spanish coastal holiday resort. Born Free brings directly into your life the African savanna and bush, the wildlife that inhabits it and what it is like to live amongst it. This will account in some measure for the rapturous reception of this book. In addition, and in the main, it will be because of the fact that it recounts an enduring relationship between a human being and an animal; most people,… Read more
Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton: Th&hellip by Sam Kashner
5.0 out of 5 stars A page turner, 11 Sep 2014
Reading this book is akin to looking at a video of a train crash, in particular two trains meeting head on with one train being overridden by the other – Elizabeth over Richard. You don’t really want to look, to find out the awful truth, but you can’t seem to stop yourself.

It is well written. It is highly readable, as all tales of the hybrid breed of demi-gods and celebrities seem to be.

My motivation in reading this book was really to learn more about Richard Burton. In particular to try and find out more about his psychological make-up and to a very large degree the book delivered. I would say in almost equal measure an assessment of Elizabeth’s make-up is also… Read more