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Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,315 - Total Helpful Votes: 299 of 405
Four Fields by Tim Dee
Four Fields by Tim Dee
This is the story of four fields on three different continents; his local field on the Cambridge fens a Zambian field, an America prairie and an abandoned field in Chernobyl in Ukraine.

Each of these locations has a story to tell, not only of the history that permeates them, but of the people that relied on them, the flora and fauna that inhabit them, and how they have been moulded to suit the will of man.

With his local field he describes the way that it changes throughout the seasons. The writing is beautiful and evocative; it almost makes you image in that you are standing alongside as he tells you the things that he is seeing. The fields that he visits abroad are… Read more
Dominion by C. J. Sansom
Dominion by C. J. Sansom
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
It is 1952 and in the UK the people are ruled by a puppet government that submitted to the Nazi government in 1940 after the disaster of Dunkirk. Churchill is in hiding, and the anti German feeling and the boldness of the UK resistance is growing week on week. Germany is fighting Russia, still, a long and protracted war that seems to have no end. Hitler is still in charge of most of Europe, but is suffering from health issues and hasnít been seen for a long time. As his power wains, the jostle between the Army and the SS starts for control. The puppet government in Britain finally cedes to the Germans request and starts rounding up Jewish people with prior to deportation to the east… Read more
Levels of Life by Julian Barnes
Levels of Life by Julian Barnes
4.0 out of 5 stars Raw and Emotional, 29 Jun 2014
This is s strange book in some ways. There are three distinct sections; the first on hot air balloons; the Sin of Height. The second is on photography: On the Level. And the final one on his late wife: The Loss of Depth.

The first two sections make for interesting reading, nothing particularly profound, just a series of interesting anecdotes and facts on hot air balloons and photography in the formative years of those disciplines. At the end of these it was definitely a two star read, nicely written, but i couldnít quote see the link.

The final section though is the foundation of the book, and the part that ties it all together. He writes about his late wife Pat… Read more