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Selected Prose
Selected Prose
by Baron George Gordon Byron Byron
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, 3 Jun. 2014
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There are different versions of Byron's letters & prose. The best I had encountered before this was Marchand's "Selected Letters & Journals". This is a marvellous edition. It has a separate section on those people Byron most corresponded with which is a valuable addition. This book edited by Peter Gunn is even better though. Marchard did not edit Byron; for the most part she allows him to speak for himself using his own punctuation. Like most letters this is hit and miss. The letters needed punctuating correctly. Then along comes Peter Gunn and does an excellent job. This book WILL be reprinted. It will be the definitive book to buy on Byron's prose. How a book of this standing and delight can be out of print escapes comprehension. The ultimate pleasure for all Byron fans (next to his poems of course).


Lord Byron: Selected Letters and Journals
Lord Byron: Selected Letters and Journals
by Baron George Gordon Byron Byron
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A delight, 3 Jun. 2014
Byron's letters and journals are among the finest ever written - the finest to my mind. Some books are impossible to over praise; this is one. Peter Gunn's Edition of Byron's prose is another one. (These books complement each other, since the different editors select often different letters. Gunn's book is much the better in that he punctuates Byron so precisely. Letter writers are notorious for failing to pay due attention to punctuation. Byron was no exception. Gunn Corrects this - Marchand does not - and does an admirable job of it; it couldn't have been done better in fact.

Infused with gems of Byron's inimitable outpourings, one after another, here is the quintessential Byron: informative, astonishingly open, honest, remorseful, but above all else witty. Always classy: Byron never labours puns or encounters; he dances along leaving nuggets of gold in his path. His descriptions move. He has much to tell and we get it full throttle. Always vivid, lively, engrossing but somehow moving, poignant. There are many great biographies on Byron. But none of them come near Byron's own accounts of his day to day life. I can't think of a book I've enjoyed reading as much as this one: Anna Karenin, Scarlet & Black, Ecce Homo come to mind. And something must be said about his writing style. As Marchand (the Editor & Byron's best biographer) states: he is conversational without being colloquial - and for the most part spirited and playful. This is a book above all else of great delight.

Look out for "Lord Byron Selected Prose" (Ed. Peter Gunn). You will not be disappointed I wasn't.


Brooks Men's Ravenna 3 M Red/Silver/Black/White Trainer 1101131D692 6.5 UK, 7.5 US
Brooks Men's Ravenna 3 M Red/Silver/Black/White Trainer 1101131D692 6.5 UK, 7.5 US
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Price: £90.44

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rolls Royce of Running Shoes, 23 Feb. 2014
Having tried many brands of running shoe in the past I eventually tried Brooks Ravenna 3. It is impossible to over praise them. Once they were on the market all other shoe companies should have thrown in the towel. They provide the foot with sublime comfort. And each foot fall is like running on a cloud. They were the first running shoe to get me under 40 minutes (10k). And they continue to delight me. I will never buy another brand. The greatest running shoe ever made.


The Bridesmaid
The Bridesmaid
by Ruth Rendell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Great ending. But too sordid for my taste., 29 Jan. 2014
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I have to concede that this book is much too dark, as one reviewer has put it.
Having read a fair number of Rendell books over the years I feel qualified to categorizing her work. There are those books which feature inhumane, dark, sinister characters - 'Live Flesh', 'The Killing Doll' and this, 'The Bridesmaid'.
Others have dark, unsettling characters but the book is so engaging it doesn't affect its spirit: 'The Keys to the Street', 'A Judgement in Stone', 'A demon in my View', 'One Across two Down', 'The face of Trespass'.
Then there are her classic page turners, 'Make Death love me' and especially, 'The Lake of Darkness' - the best book of hers I have read.
Given that her novels deal with crime and the ugly aspects of society it is inevitable she will deal with dark subject matter. With some of Rendell's books, however, there is an almost obsessive concentration on seedy, soulless, diseased situations and people. This makes the first category hard to get through. You can feel them dragging you down.
She's a fine writer and great story teller and I suppose it all comes down to what you are partial to. 'The Bridesmaid' does have a thrilling ending.


I Puritani (Serafin, Callas, Stefano, Rossi-Lemeni)
I Puritani (Serafin, Callas, Stefano, Rossi-Lemeni)
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Price: £22.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The Pristine Audio version, 7 Nov. 2013
Before purchasing this product I would strongly recommend customers to read Ralph Moore's review above. The "Pristine Audio" version of this opera is so much better than other versions. It's nothing short of a revelation! How they've cleaned up such an old performance to make it sound so alive is remarkable. You will not find this product on Amazon (yet). It is more expensive than the EMI version. But it represents Callas at her ultimate best.


Mornings in Mexico
Mornings in Mexico
by D. H. Lawrence
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The mystery of a different culture, 18 Oct. 2013
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One reviewer - Doug Anderson - has already partially caught what this travel book is all about. It is about Lawrence seeking to uncover the life (& how it's lived) of another culture. What is important to the Mexican (according to Lawrence) is not time, schedules, order, but timelessness, being connected, mystery, interchange. This is captured in the "Market Day" chapter. People go to the market not to exchange money; this is just the means of bringing them together. They go for human contact, to hear an unusual voice, to be among other people: they are occasionally, "jammed between the soft bodies of strange men come from afar and have the sound of strange voices in their ears". There is a slow flow, an ease, a stillness, a searching quality about these people 'Westerners' can almost never understand, caught up in the frantic world of keeping to time they live in. Lawrence likens the people to a single star in the sky. It's like the star you sometimes see on a Christmas card. It's not day time. It's not night time. But that time between each or when day merges into night. That star shining at such a time is a mysterious moment. The Mexican lives in such a world. They are in touch with the ebb and flow of life. They hear the sound of insects. Distant blue mountains conceal unfathomable mysteries. There is depth in everything. And life should be lived unhurriedly. Only then do we catch life. But we don't want to catch it. We want to be part of the flow, be at one with it and merge with the pulses of life.


King Richard III (The Macmillan Shakespeare)
King Richard III (The Macmillan Shakespeare)
by William Shakespeare
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A splendid edition, 29 July 2013
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This edition of Richard III (with notes by Richard Adams) is probably the finest around. Despite being edited 30 years it has all the hallmarks of meticulous scholarship. Adams evidently has a background in History. He brings this elegantly to the fore throughout the play, enhancing our understanding not only of the text but of the Historical Background. A brand new edition of this needs to be published. Much thanks, Mr Adams, it was a labour of love reading your every sentence!


I Wouldn't Want To Knock It
I Wouldn't Want To Knock It

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the supreme Liverpool live bands, 29 Nov. 2012
What a great band these were. Two first rate singers headed the outfit and all group members were fine musicians. Other classic songs of theirs were: "Caress me like a flower", "Rich men don't", "Say something good" "Your eyes", "falling". What I wouldn't give to see them playing at the Warehouse again, probably with The Cherry Boys - two quite brilliant live bands. Real musicians! As vocalists alone the two front men in Da Books took some beating. And their songs were all so lyrical and remarkably catchy. The music produced by both bands was of a different order from that of the more commonplace bands of the time. How was it they did not gain wider appeal? Their status in my mind remains. A peerless live band!
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PEDRO AND THE LITTLE ENGINE
PEDRO AND THE LITTLE ENGINE
by ROLAND DAVIES
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars The most delightful of children's stories, 19 Sept. 2012
Occasionally a story goes out of print and one looks on in disbelief and asks: "How can this be so!"
Pedro and the Little Engine is one such story. It has everything. Adventure, humour and a delicious ending. I have no doubt that if it were re-issued today it would be an instant bestseller. Come on, Hodder, don't allow this quaint, innocent little tale to be lost. You will be doing a service to Humanity bringing it back

THE STORY IS AS FOLLOWS:
Pedro - an inquisitive little donkey - decides to explore the woods beyond his enclosure one hot, sunny afternoon. He comes across an old engine. But looking too closely at it, his nose makes contact with a lever and sets the engine running. Now the adventure really gets going. How is Pedro to stop the engine? Scared, nervous and without knowing what he should do he chases after it. He chases it over a high bridge. When it comes off the track he keeps on after it. It charges then into a field. Pedro gets hold of a red flag in his mouth and waves the flag at the train thinking THIS will make it stop. A bull then, seeing Pedro waving his flag, chases after PEDRO! The engine finally ends up in a pond. But Pedro, using his smart little head, pulls off a plate from the locomotive with the engine's name on. He takes the plate back to the place where he originally found the engine. The engine-owner sees his engine's name in Pedro's mouth. And after a long trek Pedro shows the man where his engine ended up. The engine owner is jubilant and treats Pedro like a lord for finding his treasured train. What a lovely story - and brought to life by the delightful illustrations!


Schumann: The Complete Piano Trios/Piano Quartet/Piano Quintet
Schumann: The Complete Piano Trios/Piano Quartet/Piano Quintet
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Radiant and faithful, 12 Sept. 2012
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A marvellous double cd set here, with much to savour. The performances are warm and precise. It would be hard to hear them bettered. The highlights are the quintet, quartet and F major trio. The third movement of this trio contains Schumann's most sublime and characteristic music. Clara Schumann said she was "passionately fond of this piece". Everything most heartfelt, nostalgic and dreamlike about Schumann is here in this movement. Then there is the fabulous quintet. At all times the musicianship is contained, sensitive, considered and passionate, when need be. It is wrong to single out works on this cd; they all feature beautiful music. I am especially attached to the Dminor trio. The recordings are from the 1970s but they as 'fresh as can be' digitally remastered.


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