R. J. Fairholm

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Diddle by Daniel Staniforth
Diddle by Daniel Staniforth
Daniel Staniforth's Diddle is a string of tales drawing their essence - though only in the most abstract and inspirational sense - from the well-known nursery rhyme about the cat and the fiddle. Although it's only a short little book, it carries its weight in its sympathetic unfolding of human lives layered over a culture they cannot ultimately connect with. Written with generous measures of humour and sorrow, it introduces a parade of characters trying to make their way in the USA against the realities of cultural disparity, striving to build their personal castles from crumbled American dreams. As an Englishman who has spent many years living in the US, Daniel handles the displaced and… Read more
Red Tree, White Tree: Faeries and Humans in Partne&hellip by Gareth Knight
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly innovative, 13 May 2011
An extraordinary and original re-evaluation of the Arthurian legends, including some of the older, more fragmentary texts which have never been translated into English, which throws a completely new light on the British Mysteries. The presence of faery characters intermingling with humans in these ancient legends is nothing new, but Wendy Berg's essential premise is that King Arthur's queen, Gwenevere (whose name means White Shadow) is herself of faery origin. As bold an assertion as this may be, when you look at the legends afresh from this perspective a whole lot of confusing and conflicting elements in the stories suddenly fall into place. Wendy interprets a number of Gwenevere's… Read more
Cheltenham's Lost Heritage by Oliver Bradbury
Cheltenham's Lost Heritage by Oliver Bradbury
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully researched, 19 Oct 2009
Although it makes sad reading for anyone who cares about the destruction of urban heritage, this is a beautifully researched and magnificently illustrated book, and written with a sharp eye for detail. When it comes to Regency architecture the author clearly knows his stuff, and it's an educational experience in itself - but also a pleasure just to browse through. He has made the effort to delve for fascinating and unusual pictures, including a lot I've never seen before ... an evocative family portrait of Field Lodge, the once-pretty spa villa that is now a decaying and graffiti-addled stump in Sandford Park ... the tumbling portico of Papworth's house in Lansdown Crescent as it awaited… Read more