D S Richards

Helpful votes received on reviews: 94% (157 of 167)
Location: Truro, Cornwall United Kingdom


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,111,286 - Total Helpful Votes: 157 of 167
Richmal Crompton: The Woman Behind Just William by Mary Cadogan
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
I read this as part of a theme of reading about inter-war social history. In this context this is a very interesting and thorough appreciation of both author, her era as well as wider English idiosyncracies. I have not read any of the William books but had come across and enjoyed a number of Crompton's other books and articles.
The shape of this biography is very interesting. Cadogan weaves persoanl and literary lives together as warp and weft, giving the book a value and greater texture than if either threads had been treated separately or in some other juxtapositioning. At most twists and turns in Crompton's life example from the oeuvre are used as illustration and… Read more
The March: A Novel by E. L. Doctorow
The March: A Novel by E. L. Doctorow
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This is not a book I would have picked up, I read a review of it in a paper I would not normally pick up, I am glad to have read it for the inspiration it has given to read further on these subjects.
At the start I found it difficult to get the measure of the characters, expecting they ought to have been deeply drawn; in the glow of finishing the book I valued this sketchy character and scene shifting differently. Like many of the other devices in the book this is obviously part of Doctorow's craft. The distress and dismembering of society is no where more dreadful than in any civil war, the Generals on both sides had all had the same training but their movitations clearly… Read more
Emotional Geology by Linda Gillard
Emotional Geology by Linda Gillard
29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book after hearing a heated debate about the publisher of this book Transita, Grown books for grown women, on the radio! I wanted to judge for myself I regard myself as a grown woman and this book deserves a far wider readership than this off putting strap-line will attract! Do not be put off! It is a pity that this beautiful novel has been caught up in the categorisation and marketeers posturing currently gripping the book trade.
The writing has a lyrical almost poetic style, indeed some of it is written as poetry. The descriptions brought island Scotland to life, having visited these communities before their depiction here was detailed without being weighed down and… Read more

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