G. D. S. Roberts

Helpful votes received on reviews: 91% (115 of 126)
Location: Northampton, UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 271,306 - Total Helpful Votes: 115 of 126
The Deadly Tablet: The Abermule Railway Disaster o&hellip by David Burkhill-Howarth
I have read both books by the late Mr Nock and the late Mr Burkhill-Howarth and I must admit I found both relevant. Given Mr Nock's long-standing essay on the subject, it would be difficult not to cover the same ground. What I like about Mr Burkhill-Howarth's book is that it goes into greater depth about the subject, it brings to life the humanity of the tagedy. it creates the atmosphere, you feel you are there. I also found it explained the tablet scenario a bit better, as we are not all experts in railway practice and the whole situation was confusing - both then and to the lay person, now. An essential addition to historical research
Shieldmaiden by Marianne Whiting
Shieldmaiden by Marianne Whiting
5.0 out of 5 stars A real Saga, 10 Mar 2013
I took to this novel quite easily, and found it quite fascinating. It's not a setting that I would normally read or know too much about. However, the plot illuminates my path and at no point did I feel confused in the process. I felt that i wanted Sigrid to overcome her trials, I wanted her to succeed. i wanted to know what happens and I want to know what happens next. that's a recommendation in itself!
The Last Fighting Tommy:  The Life of Harry Patch,&hellip by Harry Patch
100 of 102 people found the following review helpful
I had seen Harry interviewed on TV, as the world suddenly became aware that the old WW1 soldiers were fading away. He stood out from the rest as being sharp, witty and engaging. I felt I could listen to him all day.
As soon as I heard this book had been printed, I rushed to get a copy and can say I was not disappointed. In fact, it is more than I expected. You expect the focus to concentrate on the Great War. that's what Harry is famous for now, after all.
What we get instead is an enlightening snapshot of Harry's life. The same sharpness and witty style that I remember from the interview, with historical notes from Richard van Emden. Not only that, the anecdotes open up with such… Read more

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