David Austin

"Author, Delivered Unto Lions"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 87% (128 of 147)
In My Own Words:
Author of "Delivered Unto Lions" (CheckPoint Press, ISBN 978-1-906628-21-5). When I'm not writing, I'm involved in archival work and sharing with my wife in the upbringing of our young family.

Interests include the social sciences (incl. ethnography, discursive psychology, etc.), social justice (esp. related to mental health), theology, philosophy, archival science, and sf.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 56,579 - Total Helpful Votes: 128 of 147
Standing Strong ~ Seize the Day
Standing Strong ~ Seize the Day
This is an outstanding folk-protest album from Seize The Day. It's full of idealism and righteous anger tempered with generous empathy. The subject matter includes perversion of green energy by big business, discrimination against `undesirables' in need of accommodation and the threat of bureaucratic authority to individual identity. But the album is also characterised by an optimistic faith in the human spirit.

While essentially indebted to a Saxon-Celt folk heritage, the musical style incorporates a variety of flavours and rhythms, including `modern' jazz, swing, Latin, pure pop and parody. Some of the songs, such as `Boys on the Balcony' and `Big Love' (which bookend the… Read more
Cambridge Sciences StarPAD 2, 7.0 inch Dual Core T&hellip by Cambridge Sciences
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor, 26 Dec 2013
I bought this as a gift for my wife. It would not download ANY apps from Google Play - all attempts returned an 'error retrieving information from server' code. We searched the internet for possible solutions, but none of the suggested procedures worked. We then 'phoned the Google Play helpline for support and were guided through various possible solutions, but again, none of them worked. Aside from this, the device was a little sluggish in its performance and it tended to freeze up while attempting (and mostly failing) to automatically update the pre-installed apps.

On a more positive note, the build quality was satisfactory and the display perfectly acceptable for a tablet in… Read more
Tone Vale Story, the by David Hinton
Tone Vale Story, the by David Hinton
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Tone Vale Story: A Century Of Care, edited by David Hinton & Fred Clarke, chronicles the history of a former asylum-style psychiatric hospital. It is the kind of publication you might expect from a local history society, i.e. competently-researched, slightly antiquarian in flavour, and presented with the keen initiative of local history enthusiasts.

Some readers will be familiar, by association, with co-editor Fred Clarke. His brother was the science fiction author Arthur C Clarke.

The book covers the life of this institution from its opening in 1887 through to its later years, noting various key figures associated with the development and running of the place,… Read more