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G. L. Haggett

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 76% (921 of 1,207)
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 10,477 - Total Helpful Votes: 921 of 1207
Luck: A Fresh Look At Fortune by Ed Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Elegantly insightful, 5 April 2014
An elegant and eminently readable take on the part luck plays in our lives.

Ed Smith reviews the eternal nurture v. nature dilemma to reveal the futilify of planning in many contexts.

The book's ending shows the happy outcome of circumstance and is a fitting conclusion to a book which stays upbeat throughout.
Last Trains: Dr Beeching and the Death of Rural En&hellip by Charles Loft
A measured, forcefully argued review of the Beeching proposals, their (non-) implementation and the aftermath.

Loft is very good on the social implications of the shift from rail to road; while he makes it clear that the railways of the past were not the wonderland the rheumy-eyed romantics might like to believe, his conclusion is clear evidence of the strength of his feelings.

One for the bookshelves of anyone with an interest in modern social history.
The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
A gentle and heartwarming take on an odyssey, as the title character undertakes an impromptu walk from his home in Devon to visit an old friend dying from cancer in Berwick.

He is not the fastest walker (hampered by his yachting shoes and his thoughts) and Joyce is expert at conveying the rhythm of walking.

Ultimately, the final destination is less important than the getting there, as Harold meets various characters along the way, for good and bad, and enjoys the time and space to take stock and reflect on his life to date.

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