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Troublesome Young Men: The Churchill Conspiracy of&hellip by Lynne Olson
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-opening narrative, 21 Oct 2010
This is a very well written and researched book that is an eye-opener into the events of the late 1930s and how the European Great Powers desperately did not want to go to war, remembering the events of 20 years earlier. What is not appreciated is the lengths to which the government went to maintain the policy of appeasement. What is revealed by the book is how loyalty to others played such a big part. I was amazed at how loyal Churchill was to Chamberlain once he had been brought into the government. The book revealed the stifling effect of the British Public School system and how it brought men together in a bond that was so tight that actually interfered in the decision making that… Read more
The Various Haunts Of Men: Simon Serrailler Book 1&hellip by Susan Hill
2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cliche'd, 1 Oct 2010
When a review states that the book is a potential successor to ... Ruth Rendell and PD James, I am immediately concerned. This book was no exception. So Freya Graffham falls in love with the boss who is so incredibly good looking that women melt in front of him. The only refreshing part was the fact that Freya actually dies (it is fiction after all). I never realised who the Tape was for and at the start there were just too many people being introduced into the action. Too many "K" sounds as well. I shouldn't have to reread pages to understand what is happening; it's not a text book! If Ruth Rendell or PD James had written it, the book would be half the size. Yet another book that did not… Read more
When Will There Be Good News?: (Jackson Brodie) by Kate Atkinson
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too many coincidences, 1 Oct 2010
First of all I must point out that I think the book is well written and I was gripped to know where Joanna was. But what spoiled the book was the sheer number of coincidences. I became tired of them. The book needed a good rewrite and then there were the glaring errors. How come Jackson could not tell he was going north not south. Wouldn't the stop at Newcastle be a big clue let alone the announcements on the train. Then right at the end Reggie and Joanna sneak into Joanna's house - have a bath and shower - and no one hears to water running through the pipes! Sorry. Good story ruined. Must try harder!