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How Proust Can Change Your Life
How Proust Can Change Your Life
by Alain de Botton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of his lot, 17 Feb. 2007
While some of his later books struggle to marry the chirpy narrative style with the weight of ideas, this one does it perfectly. de Botton's finest hour. it will make you want to read Proust. And that is no mean feat. gloriously, it will allow you to sound as though you have read it all without ever having opened a page of the impenetrable texts!


The Annotated Lolita
The Annotated Lolita
by Vladimir Nabokov
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.49

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing details, 17 Feb. 2007
This review is from: The Annotated Lolita (Paperback)
This edition is well worth the extra price tag. If you loved the book, you'll love poring over this as the notes reveal a thousand things you didnt see the first or second time around. You'll admire Nabokov even more by the end. You'll have the trilingual gags explained to you and the final points of lepidoptery will be revealed. Well worth dipping in and out of... not just for students.


The Cloudspotter's Guide
The Cloudspotter's Guide
by Gavin Pretor-Pinney
Edition: Hardcover

30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for a train ride, 21 Jan. 2007
I enjoyed this... and I am still not quite sure why! It is a quirky idea and one that is well executed. I fear it may give rise to a load of copy-cat nooks for similarly obtuse and marginal subjects, flooding Waterstones at Xmas. But this one will remain the first of that tribe. Printed and presented in an exquisite way and written in an informative and jokey manner. This is a great companion to a train journey, looking out the window at passing clouds. Sometimes it gets a bit heavy... (there are simply so many clouds and so much science)... but that shouldnt stop the enjoyment of an innovative book!


Encyclopedia of Snow
Encyclopedia of Snow
by Sarah Emily Miano
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing, 21 Jan. 2007
This review is from: Encyclopedia of Snow (Paperback)
I have to agree with "A reader" who wrote a review below. While the cover of this book and its title are bewitching, it turned out to be deeply disappointing and impenetrable. I remained perplexed as to what the point of the book was, while still being intrigued as to how Miano was going to use the encyclopedia form. A shame.


Pistache
Pistache
by Sebastian Faulks
Edition: Hardcover

41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever, clever, sometimes too clever!, 21 Jan. 2007
This review is from: Pistache (Hardcover)
There is no doubt that Faulks is brilliant. This little collection of pastiche/piss-takes (hence the title) proves that more than ever. he takes average occurences and uses famous narrative styles/voices to match these. Ian Fleming doing James Bond in a supermarket is priceless... but the prize goes to his version of Dan Brown going to cahspoint. Hilarious and says in a more concise, witty and accurate way what thousands of newspaper critics have been trying to say about Brown for years.


Screenwriters' Masterclass: Screenwriters Discuss their Greatest Films
Screenwriters' Masterclass: Screenwriters Discuss their Greatest Films
by Kevin Conroy Scott
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Understand the films we all wish we understood, 3 Dec. 2006
Kevin Conroy Scott has made an astute choice of films and screenwriters giving both the novice and the pro something to get out of this book. For the films he covers which I had seen, I got a deeper understanding of their genesis and how what I loved on the screen took shape in the mind; for those I had not seen Scott's book provided something more: he seemed to be able to get out of his interviewees the very nature of writing and creating itself. For anyone who wants to write a film themselves... or has simply marvelled how screenwriters come up with ideas... then this is the book for you.


How to Read a Novel: A User's Guide
How to Read a Novel: A User's Guide
by John Sutherland
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Books about books, 3 Dec. 2006
I am surprised so few people have reviewed this. This is a book meant for the Amazon community... teaching us all about our favourite thing: books. It refrains from getting to literary on the reader, eschewing all the criticism stuff, and raises some interesting points about all the stuff around, on and in books (covers, blurb etc). The only downfall is that Prof Sutherland seems to feelthe need to justify his Booker panel's choice... a little too often. That said, for all us book watchers, it's rather intriguing to hear!


In the Country of Men
In the Country of Men
by Hisham Matar
Edition: Hardcover

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Through a child's eyes, 3 Dec. 2006
This review is from: In the Country of Men (Hardcover)
This book uses the common narrative technique of viewing complex political or adult siuations through a child's eyes.. in this case Libya. It is done so touchingly, revelaing just enough to allow us to empathise with the boy and "the country of men" that you cannot help but be drawn into his world. This is a fresh voice and a fresh subject matter, you will not be disappointed.


Bullet Points
Bullet Points
by Mark Watson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tight, taught and clever, 3 Dec. 2006
This review is from: Bullet Points (Paperback)
Watson has a refreshingly steady voice for a comedian. The prose doesn't pump and fizz as youmight expect from a stand-up comedian, rather it has a steady tension as the face of the unreliable narrator is revealed. For a first novel, it is also bold, both with characters far removed from those usually handled by young authors, and psychologically (the subject matter). Read this...you wont regret it.


The Lemon Table
The Lemon Table
by Julian Barnes
Edition: Paperback

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hairdressing has never been so good, 3 Dec. 2006
This review is from: The Lemon Table (Paperback)
This is an exceptional collection of stories...they all recount different aspect sof ageing... and none better than the opener which tells of three visits to the hairdressers'. It documents the same man visiting firstly as a child, then as a young man and then as an OAP. The little microcosm of the barber's chair tells his story and also the story of a social change. Brilliant. Barnes is at his prime.


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