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Helpful votes received on reviews: 63% (65 of 103)
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 345,129 - Total Helpful Votes: 65 of 103
Cat out of Hell by Lynne Truss
Cat out of Hell by Lynne Truss
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
This is very different to what you might expect from the author of Eats, Shoots. While it has the light and humorous touch that all her writing has, she has managed to embrace her darker side. It is really tightly plotted with great characterisation (one of whom only gets two lines - or does he?). Highly recommended.
The Perfumier and the Stinkhorn by Richard Mabey
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A terrific little gem of a book. Mabey is a Renaissance man, skilfully negotiating poetry, anthropology, biology, ecology. He's adept, too, at drawing these infinite threads together in ways that will make you see the world anew next time you step out the door. The book was part of Radio Three's 'Essay' series, so is brief and tightly focused. It provides a great example of his work, and is a good place to start if you haven't read him before.
The Invention of Murder by Judith Flanders
The Invention of Murder by Judith Flanders
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is a richly enjoyable compendium of Victorian murder. She is particularly good at drawing together real murder cases and tracing their after lives on the stage or in fiction (especially Dickens and Collins). It's finely illustrated and well presented. Where it falls short is that this is not really history, in so far as there isn't really an argument (as the subtitle suggests). The various accounts, while fascinating in themselves, don't add up to 'a book' in the same way that her previous work has (especially The Victorian House and Circle of Sisters). Well researched and diverting though not perhaps as memorable as her other work.

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