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Night of the Jabberwock
Night of the Jabberwock
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5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIG!, 24 May 2017
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GREAT book by this still neglected master of the weird tale. And this is one of his best.


The Letters of Samuel Beckett 4 Volume Hardback Set
The Letters of Samuel Beckett 4 Volume Hardback Set
by Samuel Beckett
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who Knows What The Ostrich Sees In The Sand?, 26 April 2017
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These letters are among the great works of the 20th Century. Funny, moving, and of huge interest to any Beckett fan. Here is the man who - unlike the braggart who did nothing in WW2 but sit and smoke in cafes, John Paul Sartre - actually did all he could to fight the Germans in the French Resistance. A stunningly gifted writer - again, just compare him to the phoniness of Sartre - we can see the development of a modest genius in these wonderfully compiled pages. This is a scholarly collection, and the editors have done a superlative job. Among the notes and the annotations the words of the master are like diamonds among stones. A brilliant and satisfying set, handsomely produced.


Pacific: The Ocean of the Future
Pacific: The Ocean of the Future
by Simon Winchester
Edition: Hardcover
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars all around, 13 Mar. 2017
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A superb book, as I knew it would be; and a superb delivery.


The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh: How a Remarkable Woman Crossed Seas and Empires to Become Part of World History (Text Only)
The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh: How a Remarkable Woman Crossed Seas and Empires to Become Part of World History (Text Only)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't be better, 13 Mar. 2017
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A gripping and informative book, as I knew it would be; and superb delivery.


Vermeer in Bosnia
Vermeer in Bosnia
by Lawrence Weschler
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great product, super service, 13 Mar. 2017
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A fascinating book, as I knew it would be from this great New Yorker writer; and a superb delivery.


Mr Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder
Mr Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder
by Lawrence Weschler
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book, great delivery, 13 Mar. 2017
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A superb book, as I knew it would be; and a superb delivery.


iPad Air Case Zover Ultra Slim Lightweight Smart-shell Stand Cover Case With Auto Wake / Sleep for Apple iPad Air 9.7 inch iOS Tablet Red
iPad Air Case Zover Ultra Slim Lightweight Smart-shell Stand Cover Case With Auto Wake / Sleep for Apple iPad Air 9.7 inch iOS Tablet Red
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Tablet Cover, 3 Aug. 2016
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Perfect product, perfect service, speedy delivery. This is a wonderful product, well made and fairly priced.


Chink: A biography
Chink: A biography
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prepare to change your mind..., 2 Jan. 2016
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A truly revelatory biography; I knew 'Chink' only vaguely, from my uncle Ken. He had returned from the desert war with a near reverence for this commander. A tough man who insisted on fairness but who could not countenance blind worship for anybody, Ken would extoll the virtues of Chink to anyone who would listen, and that included me as a child and later on as a teenager. He would have cherished this book. Lavinia Greacen, who so elegantly revealed the genius of J. G. Farrell to us, has turned to this completely contrasting character and revealed him to be the ghost in the machine, the man who really did influence and change the course of that war. That so many military historians seem to have bypassed him is illustrative of their blunted sight. This is not just a wonderful enthralling read; it is a corrective to history, and a brilliant example of how diligent research can open up a subject. It is beautifully written, and all the more powerful because of that, and it is worthy of a place among the finest biographies of our time.


On the Brinks
On the Brinks
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life as a documentary, with a warning about some scenes the viewer might find harrowing., 2 Jan. 2016
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This sharp and flinty account of a life operates at the level of newsreel, with the urgency of reportage. Scenes flicker and shimmer, and they stick in the memory like a burr. It is exhilarating and ghostly and it makes you aware of the underlying structure of this man's life; the formative events, and why they created such resonance and meaning to his life. To declare that you 'like' this book is far too bland; it shrieks and curses and horrifies insistently. Is it worth reading? It emphatically is. I am not surprised this has been optioned for a film. It could as well become a ten part TV drama. Sam Millar is someone you would meet in a pub and look probingly at over a glass of porter...


What's Left?: How Liberals Lost Their Way
What's Left?: How Liberals Lost Their Way
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The theology of the Left, 10 Nov. 2015
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Nick Cohen underlines the appalling journey the Left has made to the point where their excesses have become a contemporary religion; they are intolerant, blindly faithful, and witheringly dismissive of all who dare to disagree. When attending demonstrations in London for CND in the 50s and 60s I was firmly on the Left, but found myself threatened not by the police but by groups of Communists, who promoted the atrocious regimes of Stalin, Mao and even Pol Pot. This was the clearest example of fanaticism in action and I left the Left at that point. Now I view with disdain the willingness of these people to support racist, homophobic and misogynistic belief systems like Islam. The brilliant Nick Cohen has articulated his own move away from the extreme left better than I can and I hope many people will read this superb book for its detailed reports on Irag and Iran and many other instances where the Left exposes itself as simply fascistic. If it can be destroyed by the truth, the Left deserves to be destroyed by the truth as laid out in this superb book.
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