James Fanning

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Legacy of the Somme 1916: The Battle in Fact, Film&hellip by Gerald Gliddon
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just a bibliography!, 30 May 2013
The book description above can mislead if you do not read it carefully enough. The last sentence is the most important: "The purpose of the book is to set on record, in as comprehensive a listing as possible, much of what has been written, filmed or sound-recorded in the English language about the Battle since 1916, including fiction and poetry." In other words, it is just an annotated bibliography in a broad sense: it will not tell you anything about the Battle of the Somme (apart from a one-page summary), but it will tell you where you can find out about it. Apart from not being up to date (17 years old as I write), it appears to be very comprehensive and very useful in its way.
The Victorians [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Jeremy Paxman
The Victorians [DVD] DVD ~ Jeremy Paxman
6 of 14 people found the following review helpful
As someone with a special interest in the Victorian period, I was particularly keen to finally see this famous series. In terms of pictures and text, the beginning is very impressive, however I turned it off after ten minutes because I found the music unbearable. It is mostly pompous, occasionally softening to just mawkish. This sort of thing ruins so many fictional films these days. (Just think how the music tends to work against the witty irony of the dialogues in Shakespeare in Love, seeming to imply that if a mass audience notice how witty and intelligent it is, they will not like the film.) There is absolutely no excuse for it in a serious documentary, especially as the music seems to… Read more
Kingdom or Province?: Scotland and the Regal Union&hellip by Keith M. Brown
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This book provides a useful overview of the aspect of Scottish history stated in the title. However essential terms are not always explained clearly enough (e.g. "resolutioners" vs. "remonstrators"), so that external help is needed: a glossary would have been useful. Also, the author is very lax in his use (or rather non-use) of commas, which can sometimes be a hinderance. In more than one place careless expression makes the meaning ambiguous, and the number of spelling mistakes is dismaying. The dying profession of copy editor urgently needs to be revived in the publishing trade!