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Helpful votes received on reviews: 78% (7 of 9)
Location: Scotland, UK
 

Reviews

Top Reviewer Ranking: 777,244 - Total Helpful Votes: 7 of 9
The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry by Ilya Kaminsky
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars World tour of poetry, 13 May 2013
This anthology introduced me to fascinating new voices from around the world and reminded me of old favourites. So many different ways of looking at the world.
At the Loch of the Green Corrie by Andrew Greig
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer poetry., 6 May 2011
I read this book because of MacCaig: others might read it because they love fishing, or the West Highlands, or the fiction of Andrew Grieg. The book delighted me, and I am sure it would delight all those others too.

MacCaig's love of Assynt was something he shared with his admiring acolyte Greig, and a casual conversation about the best fishing loch led Greig to make a pilgrimage after the death of MacCaig to the Loch of the Green Corrie with two friends. It was a pilgrimage into his own inner life, too, though, and this is the real subject of the book. However, along the way we explore Scotland's troubled history; Greig's personal community of friends and lovers; MacCaig's… Read more
The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance by Edmund de Waal
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tactile Prose, 6 May 2011
How is it possible to write about the sense of touch so exquisitely? Edmund de Waal's brilliant, original biography of his family, the maelstrom they lived through and their 264 perfect small netsukes was a revelation.

His attempt to engage with his kin, the previous owners of these tiny miracles of Japanese carving and observation, was full of feeling, but entirely lacking in sentimentality. However, his potter's sense of touch was the feeling that has stayed with me since reluctantly finishing the book. Not just the soft, light netsuke, but the gritty dust of rapid development in Paris and Vienna, and the cold, smooth marble that clad every surface in the family's vast… Read more

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