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D. M. Purkiss "Diane" (Oxford, England)
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The Global Sexual Revolution: Destruction of Freedom in the Name of Freedom
The Global Sexual Revolution: Destruction of Freedom in the Name of Freedom
by Gabriele Kuby
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.00

1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Preaching to the choir, 20 Feb. 2017
If you don't already agree, this won't change your mind. Rather than presenting an argument against the gender theories it pretends to discuss, it contents itself with misrepresenting them and then imagining the already catholic reader gasping in horror. The repetition of one particular mistake - that everyone can CHOOSE a gender - is particularly annoying. I was oping for proper analysis and discussion, and instead what I got was almost laughably poorly informed - there was PLENTY of pornography from the seventeenth century, for instance, and also a lot of cross dressing - and also barely reasoned. When was this great moment before 1968 when everyone was happy in marriages? Surely not the moment when MALE psychologists were stressing about Momism weakening the US military or pressuring men into careers? I've also heard the author lecture on YouTube - wanted to give her a chance - but if you are looking for a sound ARGUMENT try elsewhere.


Rent Boys: A History from Ancient Times to the Present
Rent Boys: A History from Ancient Times to the Present
by Michael Hone
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.91

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 28 Dec. 2016
Though well intentioned and rather gallant, I am afraid this was disappointing. It's clearly self-published, and the text boasts many mistakes - grammatical errors, spelling errors - but the main issue is that this isn't really about rentboys at all; it's a long and very poorly resourced ramble through who might have been gay in the whole of the past. Assertions are made with absolutely no evidence adduced to support them - for instance, Errol Flynn must have had lots of sex with men because he was gorgeous.. I'm very willing to see Flynn as bi, but this isn't evidence, and it doesn't make him a rent boy either. There's zero sense of historical or cultural difference; it may be that Hone is of those who see gayness as an historical constant, but it can hardly be the case that the law had no impact on how people experienced their sexuality. Plus, it was horrible about Byron; Hone seems not to have bothered to read any of his poetry, lamely saying nobody does now after some mean fatshaming. Very poor all round.


Tender Morsels
Tender Morsels
by Margo Lanagan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not entirely satisfying, 11 Aug. 2016
This review is from: Tender Morsels (Paperback)
On one hand I can see why people loved this, but on the other I didn't love it quite as much as I expected to. The violence at the beginning is really really disconcerting, but what I found most difficult was the middle, where the plot seemed to go away and hide while the characters got on with it. what I liked even less was what I read as the sententiousness. It was like a resilience training seminar. The message was so very clear and characters kept coming in and telling one another that it was; reality, eh? MUCH better than your silly safe space, because that means you just aren't grappling with life. Interestingly, the main character doesn't appear to gain anything except survival. I get that the author was trying to tell us that reality is like that, and also trying to make the happy ending less smug, but it added to my unease. Yet there was much to delight; some strong enchantresses, some wonderful writing, and the nicest and most interesting bear since Jorek.


Respectable: The Experience of Class
Respectable: The Experience of Class
by Lynsey Hanley
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.96

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What then must we do?, 11 Aug. 2016
What does the writer want? I was left completely unsure. I understood and empathised with her description of the low expectations meted out to her school class by their teachers, and also by one another, and of course most people who become more educated than their parents feel some guilt and unease, and are often made to feel it by those same parents. Yes, ok. But what's the answer? Since becoming middle class makes her miserable - though if being middle class means being confident and articulate and well-fed, it's a weird definition of misery - then is she saying the teachers were right to be repressive, though they should have put their repressiveness less dismissively? Obviously, the Cambridge interview was a disaster, though I'd like to think a disaster from the past, but doesn't she feel at all happy to have done so well, to have gone to a really good uni, to be a writer? Should educators reach out to estates, or should we pretend they don't exist so we don't create awkward class dislocations? I'm confused.


Salter Contour Electronic Timer
Salter Contour Electronic Timer
Price: £8.49

1.0 out of 5 stars A waste of money, 23 May 2016
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Don't buy this. The buttons became impossible to use after just a week, requiring a huge effort to depress them and then spinning out of control. A waste of money. I note that this also has bad reviews at Lakeland.


On Silbury Hill (Little Toller Monographs)
On Silbury Hill (Little Toller Monographs)
by Adam Thorpe
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.49

4.0 out of 5 stars I did enjoy this, though I was much more interested in ..., 23 May 2016
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I did enjoy this, though I was much more interested in the area than I was in the writer, and they way he kept popping up to talk about his dislike of roads, his awkward chats with neopagans, and his own previous books didn't compel. I understand that he was trying to be Helen Macdonald, but it didn't quite work; in the end I thought he was mostly interested in Silbury HIll because of its role in his life rather than in and of itself. That said, there is plenty to enjoy here int he way of observations, research and ideas, and the writing is beautiful.
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The Poems of Catullus (Collins Classics)
The Poems of Catullus (Collins Classics)
by Daisy Dunn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 11 April 2016
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Literal, solid translations, but with absolutely NO notes, which is a scandal.


Rustic: Simple food and drink, from morning to night
Rustic: Simple food and drink, from morning to night
by Jorge Fernandez
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.59

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars But actually all the recipes re brilliant, and the flavour ideas exceptional, 11 April 2016
At first i was sceptical; was this too glossy to cook from? But actually all the recipes re brilliant, and the flavour ideas exceptional.


The Stonewall Experiment: Gay Psychohistory (Lesbian & gay studies)
The Stonewall Experiment: Gay Psychohistory (Lesbian & gay studies)
by Ian Young
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars and it is not best treated by alternative medicine, 22 Feb. 2016
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This isn't a psychohistory at all, but in fact a denialist account of the AIDS epidemic, promulgating discredited ideas about its causation, some of which border on the homophobic. AIDS is NOT caused by poppers or by having sex with multiple partners, but by the HIV virus, and it is not best treated by alternative medicine. It has been conclusively shown that AIDS is caused by HIV, and Young's acquaintance with the scientific literature is grossly inadequate. Avoid; this theory has already cost lives.


The Whole Woman
The Whole Woman
Price: £5.99

3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Grotesquely transphobic chapter on 'pantomime dames', 18 May 2015
This review is from: The Whole Woman (Kindle Edition)
I love Greer's feminism, but it's very dismaying that her rather determinist idea of femininity excludes the trans community, whom she simply and unsubtly denigrates as liars and fakers. Has she ever asked an M to F trans person if they would like a womb and ovaries? Even if they say no, does she really want to say that gender identity is simply a matter of reproductivity? I suspect this chapter, her opposition to the appointment of a trans woman at Cambridge, and her disgraceful remarks on April Ashley in the significantly titled The Female Eunuch will come to seem as great an embarrassment as Wagner's or T S Eliot's antisemitism. She should be ashamed of herself.


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