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Ivor Gurney's Gloucestershire: Exploring Poetry and Place
Ivor Gurney's Gloucestershire: Exploring Poetry and Place
by Eleanor M. Rawling
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.78

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars this would easily pass the casual reader by, 9 Aug. 2014
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As the torrent of 'Great War' related books flows on, this would easily pass the casual reader by. I had read a limited amount of Gurney's poetry, in general 'war' anthologies, and had been attracted by his, obvious, love of the countryside, his native Gloucestershire countryside. This book not only puts flesh on Gurney's bones, but then sends you off in other directions, to discover the beauty of both his poetry and music. The sadness, nay tragedy, of his life is not avoided. The salient issues are not ducked. Like Edward Thomas, and John Clare, here we have a poet who is bewitched by the nature of the countryside around him. Although he did not die in France, he is, like Thomas, a 'War poet'. Like Clare he died in an Asylum, and like both of them he loved, and understood, his surroundings. His published anthologies are looked at, in an honest light, in some detail here.
The book suggests, well-annotated, walks in his native county, to help towards a deeper understanding of his life and his genius.
But Ivor Gurney was also a gifted musician and this is emphasised in this excellent little book. He wrote beautifully crafted, English, folk songs. I followed the guide to recordings of these songs, and the journey was well worthwhile.
As an introduction to this, to me, little known poet, 'Ivor Gurney's Gloucestershire' was excellent, and led me to read, not only his anthologies, but to search out recordings of his music.
If the aim of a book is to stimulate an interest in looking more deeply at its subject, this book succeeds beautifully.


In tempus praesens - Bach, J.S.: Violin Concertos BWV1041 & BWV1042; Gubaidulina: Violin Concerto In tempus praesens
In tempus praesens - Bach, J.S.: Violin Concertos BWV1041 & BWV1042; Gubaidulina: Violin Concerto In tempus praesens
Price: £11.16

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A 'must have' for Bach enthusiasts., 9 Aug. 2014
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The delicacy of Bach's music is so beautifully suited to Mutter's exquisite playing. This is a wonderful accompaniment to anyone's Bach collection or for anyone who is following Anne-Sophie Mutter


The Carhullan Army
The Carhullan Army
by Sarah Hall
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Women at War., 9 Aug. 2014
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This review is from: The Carhullan Army (Paperback)
I must declare an interest. I've really enjoyed reading Sarah Hall's other novels and short stories, I love her open, honest, sort of story telling. There is no artifice, there are no literary tricks, just interesting stories well told. It does help if you have her love for the north, because her storytelling is firmly rooted there, and you probably live round the corner to some of her characters as well.
But I did approach 'The Carhullan Army' with some trepidation. This is not my genre. Futuristic stories of imagination test my ability as a reader, to the maximum. And a feminist book to boot! But I need not have feared because the issues, which roar out of this book, are immediately recognisable. Whether the issues are environmental or political, they are easily put into a modern context. I don't know the history of the name change of the title, but the Carhullan Army, with its militaristic sound, is apt. There are battles going on throughout this story, with 'Sister', as the central character, at their heart. The 'ordinary' woman driven to 'extraordinary' lengths in her search for elemental truths. As a male reader I should be challenged, by the supremacy of the female protagonists. But I wasn't. Trying to compare what the reaction of a group of males, in similar circumstance, would have been, became a major part of my reading,
another aspect of an enthralling tale.


Meadowland: the private life of an English field
Meadowland: the private life of an English field
by John Lewis-Stempel
Edition: Hardcover

24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars See your world in a different light., 1 July 2014
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This may be stating the obvious but we are surrounded by fields and, probably, never even notice them. They are taken totally for granted. We look at buildings and immediately there are clues to their age. But a field? A field is just a field isn't it? Well, no it isn't and in this bookJoun Lewis-Stempel draws you, almost seductively into his world. A world of beauty and casual violence, but a world that is teeming with life.
His love for the land, and it's citizens, shines out from every page, as does a genuine understanding of nature's annual cycle. The book is written as a diary but whether your interest is in ornithology, botany, biology, agriculture or just a desire to learn more about your surroundings, this book is a page turner. If you enjoy walking, and wish to know more about the land you are walking through, this book is a 'must read'.
Meadowland is true to its title, it isn't about impressive scenery, it is about a meadow. But the author succeeds in making that simple field, simply, impressive. By the end of the book, the reader is left with the feeling that this has been a really worthwhile journey to have taken.A journey through the, apparently, but far from, ordinary. A thoroughly recommended read.


The Trial of Madame Caillaux
The Trial of Madame Caillaux
by Edward Berenson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.95

5.0 out of 5 stars The Power of the Press., 29 May 2014
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For anyone interested in the development of modern France, or the attitudes of the French to the outbreak of the Great War, or even the changing attitudes of, and towards, women, this book is a must read. Mr. Berenson takes each of the major protagonists, goes through their part in this unusual assassination, in riveting detail, and relates them to a, socio-political, feature of Belle Époque France. The power of the Press, the changing role of women in Society, the perceived emasculation of men and the rift between the Right and Left in politics. Even the subject of dueling is investigated. As a piece of legal history it's a page turner. But it's a page turner as a drama as well. Madame Caillaux is a thoroughly modern woman whose, little-known, story is still relevant today, and all the dramatis personae of a modern crime novel are there, the philandering politician, the wronged wife, the willful mistress, the determined newspaper editor and the legal eagles, who had honed their skills on the Dreyfus Case. If you are 'grabbed' by the Oscar Pistorious Case, this book, about a similar event a century ago will appeal to you, and I'm not going to spoil the ending, you'll have to read it yourself . . . and gasp!


Four With Betjeman - Victorian Architects and Architecture [DVD]
Four With Betjeman - Victorian Architects and Architecture [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Betjeman

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Behind the Front., 22 April 2014
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This exploration of Church Architects is a must for all those, like myself, who can't pass a country church without wanting to go in. They generally seem to be locked these days, so generally it's a mooch around the graveyard that has to suffice.. The film itself , by its grainy, 'black and whiteness' , has become a period piece, but the word pictures that Betjeman paints haven't. He exudes this 'Wnnie the Pooh' persona which masks a real knowledge of, and passion for, church architecture. The ability to 'look' at church interiors is, in this set of portraits, developed into a deeper 'seeing' of what is actually there, and for us 'rank' amateurs, his guidance illuminates our view, in such a straightforward way. There is so much that we still need to understand, and preserve, in our heritage, that this can, almost, be seen as a message from John, from beyond the grave. His message still has resonance.


Scott & Bailey - Series 3 [DVD]
Scott & Bailey - Series 3 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Suranne Jones
Price: £7.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real people., 22 April 2014
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I don't know whether it's because I come from Manchester, but I think a lot of the characters lived round the corner from me! The central characters are all played unbelievably well and the intertwining of their professional and private lives is achieved with remarkable aplomb. Suranne Jones is a real 'Manc', and it shows, she has created a believable and vulnerable character. at times you have to stand back and 'let the rip-rap go off' and others you just want to be there for her. It almost gives you renewed confidence in her real-life counterparts. The role of Jill Murray is one of the triumphs of the series. As a cop carrying the responsibilities of law enforcement, man management and her own private demons, Amelia Bullmore has put her character up there with Frank Furillo, in 'Hill Street Blues'. And, for me, that is praise indeed. A thoroughly enjoyable (and underrated ?) series.


Remember Me...
Remember Me...
by Melvyn Bragg
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There but for the grace of God....., 22 April 2014
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Having read about Joe's life in Wigton, and been thoroughly absorbed in its 'Westcumberlandness', I had a clear view of what he looked like, both his appearance and his demeanour. But this book took my breath away and left me with a tear in my eye. I have always had enormous respect for Melvyn Bragg, his writing and his TV and radio crusade to bring 'the Arts' to everyone, but I know little, to nothing, about his life, except that he was a Cumbrian. With 'Remember Me' the face of Joe disappeared and the face that I saw was Melvyn Bragg's own. The journey through his relationship with Natasha, and Marcelle, drifts in and out of everyone's life, at times we can all recognise similarities with each other's lives. But in this book Mr.Bragg seems to just let the dam burst. How much is experience and how much is fiction, I don't know, but I was gripped with this tale. It is unutterably sad and allows you to muse on the shadows of you own past. A wonderful book.


The Icknield Way. with Illus. by A.L. Collins
The Icknield Way. with Illus. by A.L. Collins
by Edward Thomas
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The roots of Edward Thomas's poetry., 21 Mar. 2014
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With the Great War centenary fast upon us, and acres of print about to be launched, this book refreshingly, allows you to think for yourself. The popular 'War Poets', Wilfrid Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Rupert Brooke et al, are being quoted copiously. But there are names that aren't as clear in the popular mind, names such as Ivor Gurney,
Charles Hamilton-Sorley and primarily, Edward Thomas. Thomas lived at Steep, in Hampshire and made his living as a writer of rural prose and literary criticism. His friendship with the American poet, Robert Frost led him to look afresh at the style of his prose writing, and it's relationship with poetry. He was on the path to greatness. To read 'The Icknield Way', knowing what we know now, that he was going to develop into a great poet, gives a rare insight into the development of a 'poetry style', through prose. For those who enjoy walking, this book is an invaluable, educative, read in the observation of the countryside. For the historian, the social, changing, face of Britain is opened before the reader. There is something here for everyone.


Midnight in Peking: The Murder That Haunted the Last Days of Old China
Midnight in Peking: The Murder That Haunted the Last Days of Old China
by Paul French
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Real Oriental Mystery., 21 Mar. 2014
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What a mystery! As someone interested in murder, both real and fictional, why had I never heard of this one? Perhaps because it happened in Beijing. This story of a father's pursuit of justice for his savagely murdered and mutilated daughter is a constant page-turner. Mr French approaches the mystery, not as a writer of detective fiction, but as an historian, and that adds to the story, he doesn't have to search for angles, the real plot is full of them! A great read about a slaying in the shadow of the Japanese atrocities in wartime China. This is a world that has disappeared but Paul French brings it vividly back to life.


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