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The Way You Look Tonight by Richard Madeley
The Way You Look Tonight by Richard Madeley
3.0 out of 5 stars a curious mixture, 26 Aug 2014
A curious mixture of gritty thriller, unbelievable heroine, and sentimental gush. Not to mention the involvement of President Kennedy. But it's well written, quite a page-turner, and would be a decent holiday read.
The Last Victorians: A Daring Reassessment of Four&hellip by W Sydney Robinson
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4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining and vivid, 25 Aug 2014
This is an entertaining account of four twentieth-century public figures: Joynson-Hicks, Home Secretary in the 1920s, puritan and eccentric; Dean Inge of St Paul's, long-serving newspaper columnist and gloomster; Reith, who got his way over the BBC but over almost nothing else; and Arthur Bryant the writer of popular history, patriot and womaniser. The book is vividly written, and you feel that 65-70 pages is sufficient for you to know most of what is needful about each of them. The judgements are measured and well-argued.

But I hope that the subtitle of this book ('a daring reassessment...') was not the author's idea, because if so he would be in the same category as these… Read more
On the Edge of Paradise: A.C.Benson the Diarist by David Newsome
I had better declare an interest: I knew (and liked) the author fifty years ago in Cambridge. Here he extracts the juice from the voluminous diaries of Arthur Christopher Benson; these run to some five million words, even though they do not cover significant portions of his life! Benson was the son of an Archbishop of Canterbury, taught at Eton, edited Queen Victoria's letters for publication, and finished up as Master of Magdalene College, then a very small college in Cambridge. Along the way he published extensively, and it is, in a way, rather sad that among his vast output, including poetry, novels and belles-lettres, he is now remembered for about 50 words - he wrote 'Land of Hope and… Read more

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