Annette Campbell

Helpful votes received on reviews: 76% (28 of 37)
Location: West London


Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,842,690 - Total Helpful Votes: 28 of 37
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helped me understand Africa, 22 Jan 2010
Elspeth Huxley is the author of two better known books which are about East Africa: Red Strangers and The Flame Trees of Thika, where she grew up. Red Strangers is a classic, with a good introduction by Richard Dawkins. Four Guineas is a slightly misleading title, as the book is not, as you might think, about money at all, let alone an impoverished hero making good; the Four Guineas of the title are four countries along the West African Coast, written about in 1952 as they prepare for independence after 50 years of British rule.

Elspeth is a very poetic writer, writing with vivid imagery that stays with me, even though I read the book about 10 years ago now. I treasure her… Read more
Percy Dearmer: A Parson's Pilgrimage: An Authorize&hellip by Donald Gray
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Percy Dearmer was one of the most charismatic and influential men of his age. He was a founder member of Christian Socialism, a movement that led to the current Labour Party. PD (as he was known by his collegues) also edited three influential hymn books: The English Hymnal, The Oxford Book of Carols and Songs of Praise. His translation of the Chzec carol Rocking (with music by Martin Shaw) gave us the line 'we will rock you'. Donald Gray's biography is certainly better (understandably I suppose) than the one written by PD's second wife Nan after his sudden death at his desk in 1937. It gives a good overview of Percy's life, his early family relationships, and in later life his talent… Read more
The Charles Dickens BBC Collection [DVD] [1977] <b>DVD</b> ~ Ioan Gruffudd
9 of 18 people found the following review helpful
This is a Dutch product, but as all the DVDs are in English it is perfectly watchable, once you have worked out how to take away the Dutch sub-titles every time. Well, this is a history of how BBC Drama improves, and from the 1990s, things improved greatly, being less about ac-Tors, (you know how they overact) and more about the story. I guess it is the shift from TV being less about televised theatre, and more about it being a televised film. So we found the dramas made earlier unwatchable, from Oliver Twist was just okay (saved by Eric Porter as Fagin) and from Martin Chuzzlewit onwards okay. There are no special features which you get with a BBC DVD - I always enjoy those as they add… Read more