Mrs. Vivienne Tuffnell

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Jane Austen and Food by Maggie Lane
Jane Austen and Food by Maggie Lane
I enjoyed this romp through the sideboards and pantries of Jane Austen's novels, It revealed a good deal about how attitudes to food and entertaining have changed and also how tastes in food have altered.The social changes that were going on at the time Miss Austen wrote impacted on the kinds of foods eaten too, something I had not considered.
Well-written and well-researched.
Prehistoric Belief: Shamans, Trance and the Afterl&hellip by Mike Williams
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Prehistoric Belief by Dr. Mike Williams a review

I had this book on my wish-list for ages before it finally appeared on my birthday this year along with the British Museum's book of their Ice Age Art Exhibition; the two go well together as many of the items Dr Williams mentions are included in that book too.
The first thing I need to say is how readable this book is; it may also be scholarly but the style is so engaging that you don't need to be a scholar to enjoy it. As an interested amateur I found this to be prose that flowed and drew me in. If I add that I read half of it while in hospital, waiting for and then recovering from major surgery, you'll get an idea of quite… Read more
A Very Ordinary Madness by Sam Pennington
A Very Ordinary Madness by Sam Pennington
5.0 out of 5 stars not so ordinary, 4 Feb 2014
This is quite a hard book to review. The novel is written in an engaging, flowing style that draws you in but the subject matter of the novel is one that would daunt many authors and also, sadly, many readers. The disintegrating mental health of any man is hardly going to be a laugh a minute but Sam Pennington has created a main character whose vulnerability and openness catch the sympathy (and curiosity) of the reader within the first few pages. Ewan is stubborn, proud and talented but he's faced with his worst nightmares as his carefully controlled life starts to break down, but it's his personality (so hard to define) that keeps you reading. There are some truly harrowing scenes, so be… Read more

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