Tony Farson

Helpful votes received on reviews: 89% (80 of 90)
Location: Liverpool UK


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Oxford Greek-English Learner's Dictionary by D N Stavropoulos
This is simply the finest dictionary I have ever used in any language. I bought it just over a year ago and have used it extensively since but consider I have only just skimmed the surface and it is likely to be teaching me many new things for years to come. My use of Greek has developed massively as a result of this book for which I am extremely grateful. It is exactly what it says: a learner's dictionary and as such not just for looking up words to find their meanings (which it does excellently, of course) but to read and study in order to develop fluency and understand the usage of the language.

I found its strongest point (among many) was its copious use of illustrative… Read more
Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany and the Winning&hellip by Robert K. Massie
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Massie writes with a comprehensive knowledge and compelling arguments about the many long-running controversies surrounding so many aspects of the first world war at sea: the personalities on both sides (Jellicoe "versus" Beatty, naturally), the speed versus armour in ship-building philosophy on the opposite sides, the "distant blockade" strategy of the British fleet, the German counter-strategy, and tactics in key encounters at the Dogger Bank and of course Jutland. He makes a persuasive case of how the war at sea was the key to winning the overall war. Germany found itself increasingly cut off from essential trade and supplies and the gamble to set the U-boats loose on neutral merchant… Read more
Brewing Britain: The quest for the perfect pint by Andy Hamilton
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Previous reviewers were right about giving this book as a present - I was a very chuffed recipient Christmas just gone. Never judge a book by its cover and this one is a bit boring and the paper is slightly cheapo too. But it's everything you could want from a beer book apart from a secret compartment containing the stuff of course. It tells you all you want to know about ingredients, brewing, styles of beer, and where to get it. There's a great deal about making your own home brew in this book including a good number of recipes - and even down to growing your own hops (!) - but in a way in which you can learn a lot even if you have no intention of, and anyway the OH would go… Read more