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5.0 out of 5 stars The Discovery of Glynis Ridley, 16 Mar 2011
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H. Fancy (Nether Kellet, Lancashire) - See all my reviews
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This is the most remarkable book I have read in many years! Glynis Ridley has put an immense amount of research into telling this amazing story of human endurance and tenacity. Apart from the central narrative, she goes to great lengths to explain the historical context of every incident clearly and concisely. Just to give one little example - I never knew the origin of the tongue-twister about "Peter Piper Picked a peck of Pickled Pepper". Ridley reveals the true identity of "Peter Piper", when the poem was first published, the quantity of a peck measure, and why peppers were pickled at that period!

The summary given above this review outlines the story itself; what it does not do is to pay tribute to the author's complete mastery of her subject. I cannot recommend this book too highly - it is outstanding and I now look forward to reading further work by her.
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