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Dickens' London by Piers Dudgeon
Dickens' London by Piers Dudgeon
3.0 out of 5 stars Feels rushed, 10 May 2013
Some good ideas - and some relevance to the social history of the era as reflected - or refracted - through his creative prism...but as the book went on the quotes got longer and longer...until by the time I'd finished I thought I was reading Bleak House in its entirety and not a social/literary history. And I had read Bleak House in the last year so I was interested in knowing more about the shooting gallery in Leicester Square - were these common ? Or were they a creative, imagined idea of Dickens - and if so, based on what ? What actually went on - who went to them - why were they so popular - etc etc - but nothing to enlighten me in this book. Bit of a dud really - 3 stars is… Read more
The Rolling Stones 50 by Mick Jagger
The Rolling Stones 50 by Mick Jagger
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Indeed some never before seen pictures..at least not by me ! And the early years ie early 60s - are great. But once it gets beyond 1969 then the Mirror Group Newspapers Archive tends to run out of steam and it becomes a "then we played....then we played...then we played...." which is fairly tedious. Go round to a friend who has bought it and spend an hour or three on the first half of the book, then buy your friend a nice wee present and say thank you very much.
The Jaws Log: Expanded Edition (Newmarket Insider &hellip by Carl Gottlieb
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 23 Feb 2013
This is a great look into the production of a major feature film - and of course one that has established itself as a landmark in Hollywood cinema. I have a couple of quibbles - or at least warnings. Firstly, since this book was written a lot of the information is contained in the many extras on the many dvd reissues of the film, BUT this is the telling of the story by someone who was there, and the stories are unmediated by the studio, producers etc; so you get the stories from 'the horse's mouth'. Secondly, the book has been expanded over the years so the footnotes (which are moire appendices) are almost as long as the book itself - so be warned, you'll need to read it flipping back… Read more

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