B. M. Clegg

"Brian Clegg"
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Brian Clegg, popular science author
Top Reviewer Ranking: 431
Helpful votes received on reviews: 90% (531 of 589)
Location: Wiltshire, England
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Brian Clegg is a popular science author with books including The God Effect, A Brief History of Infinity, Before the Big Bang, Inflight Science, Build Your Own Time Machine, The Universe Inside You, Gravity, Dice World, Extra Sensory and The Quantum Age.
 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 431 - Total Helpful Votes: 531 of 589
Purcell - Dido & Aeneas / Bott, Kirkby, Ainsley, T&hellip ~ Henry Purcell
On the whole I detest opera. The music is generally second rate, the acting abysmal and the plots ludicrous. Throw in over-wobbly singing and the whole thing is a musical nightmare. (For me - I appreciate lots of people love it.) But there is a remarkable exception, and that's Dido and Aeneas.

Firstly it's short. Secondly, it's Purcell. And finally it contains what has to be one of the most gorgeous arias known in When I am Laid in Earth.

If you like music of the period, what's not to love - and this is a classic recording with people who really know how to avoid being heavy handed. Beautiful.
Sidney Chambers and The Problem of Evil (Grantches&hellip by James Runcie
Having read the first two Sidney Chambers books, I downloaded this when I was stuck without something to read, and needed to get something without thinking too much about it. I quite liked the first two books (probably book 2 best), but I do feel the series is getting a little bogged down with rather too much theology (should I really expect otherwise when the author is the son of an ex-Archbishop of Canterbury?) and not enough detective work.

As we follow the detecting Canon Chambers around Granchester and Cambridge, the crime and detection part of the storyline is getting paper thin, while both Chambers' religious musings and the soap opera aspects (primarily the birth of his… Read more
America Unchained by Dave Gorman
America Unchained by Dave Gorman
I bought this book as holiday reading, expecting a humorous travel book, and though the humour is there, it proved to be more of a straight tale - but was none the worse for that. After suffering a comedy tour staying in bland chain hotels, Dave Gorman decided to try to cross America from coast to coast without giving any money to 'the Man', avoiding chain hotels, chain restaurants and chain filling stations.

As is often the case with these kind of books, the car itself (regularly breaking down) is one of the main characters, as is the video cameraperson who is Dave's companion as he attempts this remarkable feat. Despite a total disaster part way through (which reduces the… Read more