Mr. Malcolm Byard

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Not Me: Memoirs of a German Childhood by Joachim C. Fest
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I liked this book and have recommended it to my friends. It provides a different perspective than the one that one usually hears on WW2. It shows the problems that Fest and his family had in not supporting the Hitler regime and how they were made to pay for sticking to their principles. It shows that life could be grim for people who were not Nazi supporters. As well as getting an insider's view of life in Hitler's Germany prior to and during the war, there is the opportunity to see aspects of the German educational system during these times. I generally do not read autobiographies, since I feel that they can easily become slanted to put over ideas that the author wishes to make, which may… Read more
Madame Bovary's Ovaries: A Darwinian Look at Liter&hellip by David P. Barash
Fascinating look at the connections between some carefully chosen books and Darwin's ideas on evolution. This is quite humorous at times and very readable. Lots of interesting parallels between the human world and the non-human world.
The reader is unlikely to learn a great deal about evolution but will come away quite amazed and the depth of reading that Barash and his daughter has done in the preparation of this work. It runs out of steam towards the end, but nevertheless is a book that can be read with pleasure and does not require any deep knowledge of Darwin's ideas.
Vanished by Liza Marklund
Vanished by Liza Marklund
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fans of Liza Marklund will not be disappointed by Vanished. One of the strengths of Marklund's detective novels is that they are not the usual run of the mill police procedurals in that they feature the crime journalist Anniker Bengtzon. This work has so many unexpected turns that it is a compulsive 'page turner' for every reader. The story revolves around an unusual Swedish organisation that specialises in removing people from the public and official gaze for whatever reason they want. It is the unravelling of the organisation, by Bengtzon, that provides an insight into the underworld of large scale smuggling. Lisa Marklund along with Joe Nesbo and Camilla Lackberg are, to me, the most… Read more