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Rivers of London: The First PC Grant Mystery
Rivers of London: The First PC Grant Mystery
Price: £4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gave up at 58%, 16 Jun. 2017
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I struggled. Perhaps it's good, but I couldn't get interested. 3 stars is generous but maybe it's me. Back to Dorothy S.


Dreadnought: Britain, Germany and the Coming of the Great War
Dreadnought: Britain, Germany and the Coming of the Great War
Price: £5.03

4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the long read!, 29 Mar. 2017
Lots of good points made in other reviews which I shall try not to repeat. Yes, the title is misleading but perhaps less so if, like me, you had one of the original hardback copies (1992) which has pictures of Edward VII and Kaiser Wilhelm II on the cover. Not a sign of any boats. And only one photo in the book itself. (There is a Haynes manual for dreadnoughts!) My knowledge of this period of history has certainly been much enhanced. I was unaware of the key roles, for example, of Sir Edward Grey in the years leading up to the outbreak of war and perhaps too of John (“Jackie”) Fisher in the development of the navy including the building of many large capital ships. Similarly, the very close and cultivated links between the British and German royal families, such as the Kaiser being Queen Victoria’s grandson. Others have pointed out that the chronology is sometimes difficult to grasp, often because of the biographical details given of the key players; a time chart and indeed a dramatis personae would have been very useful. For once, maps are adequate. Dining together as a means of exchanging views seems to have played a key role at a time when radio, let alone TV, was in its infancy. And politicians walked to work and even walked for pleasure. A different pace of life. All in all, an excellent read though you cannot afford to relax!
One or two errors which may of course have been corrected in the recently issued paperback version: at the start of war the royal family were still the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, not yet Windsor which they became in 1917 for understandable reasons (p106); entering the Mediterranean you are steaming eastwards, not westwards (p434). There are others.


Prefaces to Shakespeare: Macbeth (Granville Barker's prefaces to Shakespeare)
Prefaces to Shakespeare: Macbeth (Granville Barker's prefaces to Shakespeare)
by Harley Granville-Barker
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars It's worth the effort!, 27 Mar. 2017
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Lots of good points made in other reviews which I shall try not to repeat. Yes, the title is misleading but perhaps less so if, like me, you had one of the original hardback copies (1992) which has pictures of Edward VII and Kaiser Wilhelm II on the cover. No sign of any boats. And only one photo of a boat in the book itself. (There is a Haynes manual for dreadnoughts!) My knowledge of this period of history has certainly been much enhanced. I was unaware of the key roles, for example, of Sir Edward Grey in the years leading up to the outbreak of war and perhaps too of John (“Jackie”) Fisher in the development of the navy including the building of many large capital ships. Similarly, the very close and cultivated links between the British and German royal families, such as the Kaiser being Queen Victoria’s grandson. Others have pointed out that the chronology is sometimes difficult to grasp, often because of the biographical details given of the key players; a time chart and indeed a dramatis personae would have been very useful. For once, maps are adequate. Dining together as a means of exchanging views seems to have played a key role at a time when radio, let alone TV, was in its infancy. And politicians walked to work and even walked for pleasure. A different pace of life. All in all, an excellent read though you cannot afford to relax!
One or two errors which may of course have been corrected in the recently issued paperback version: at the start of war the royal family were still the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, not yet Windsor which they became in 1917 for understandable reasons (p106); entering the Mediterranean you are steaming eastwards, not westwards (p434). There are others.


Plasplug Rdw110 Replacement Wheel for Dww106
Plasplug Rdw110 Replacement Wheel for Dww106
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Price: £9.95

5.0 out of 5 stars ... to use it but I'm sure it will be fine., 11 Feb. 2017
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Have yet to use it but I'm sure it will be fine.


The Battle of the Atlantic: How the Allies Won the War
The Battle of the Atlantic: How the Allies Won the War
by Jonathan Dimbleby
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable, instructive read., 11 Feb. 2017
An excellent read. I have glanced at some of the more critical reviews which, as so often, tell you as much about the reviewer as the book itself. For example, one reviewer wanted more about the technical aspects of the U boats. OK you can have this (is there a Haynes manual?) but, personally, I'd probably skip the pages concerned. So you can't please all of the people all of the time. For myself, I found the level of overall detail and, as others have commented, the essential political background pitched just right. My mother taught in Liverpool during the war and I remember her saying that many of the children in her school lost their fathers during this time. Just the right length and just the right tone. Highly recommended.


2 x AL-093F Fridge Filter Compatible With Samsung DA29-00003F DA29-00003G (NOT in Blue Box)
2 x AL-093F Fridge Filter Compatible With Samsung DA29-00003F DA29-00003G (NOT in Blue Box)
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5.0 out of 5 stars All ok so far., 2 Nov. 2016
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Half the price of the official Samsung filters and so far so good. Let's hope it not a false economy. This is what I wrote over 6 months ago. Since that time we have used both the filters in the pack and they have both lasted 6 months. So, good value. We will certainly buy again.


The German War: A Nation Under Arms, 1939-45
The German War: A Nation Under Arms, 1939-45
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating account of the reality of life "as it was lived" in Germany and its occupied territories., 2 Nov. 2016
It may look daunting but it’s not, so get stuck in. “Very readable” and “easy to read” are comments by previous reviewers; don’t be misled by another reviewer’s assessment of it as an “academic tome”. Read Eric Schallenberg’s review which is excellent. Particularly interesting are the way that Goebbels’s propaganda machine was not as effective as one might have believed, what Germans knew at the time about the deportation/killing of Jews, the effects of bombing of German towns (less than you might imagine despite the headline grabbing attacks on Hamburg and Dresden, for example), the ambiguous role of the churches, both Catholic and Protestant, and, particularly in the final pages, the way in which many (most?) Germans seemed reluctant to admit their personal and their country’s responsibility for what had happened under the Third Reich. Unusual for a book to get only 5 and 4 star reviews but richly deserved.


Ruling Passion (Dalziel & Pascoe, Book 3)
Ruling Passion (Dalziel & Pascoe, Book 3)
by Reginald Hill
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Read, enjoy and don't be afraid to laugh., 21 Aug. 2016
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An excellent read as usual with a number of "laugh out loud" bits. Hill has a fine way with words and an understated sense of humour.


For Whom The Bell Tolls
For Whom The Bell Tolls
by Ernest Hemingway
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £5.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling story spoiled by Spanish in translation., 21 Aug. 2016
I can see why this book has such a reputation because the story is compelling but I found it very frustrating. First, I had to go through it and correct the Spanish (mainly accents). Second, I had to get used to Hemingway’s use of Spanish phrases in translation. For example, María (note the accent) says: That this afternoon should come. (p124, Penguin edition 1956). She is really saying she wants the afternoon to come quickly. The Spanish is ¡Que venga esta tarde!, literally That should come this afternoon but even Hemingway’s version sounds very odd. Third, the use of the word “obscenity” to replace language that would have been even more offensive in the 1940s than now. Again, very odd. All of this slows the action time and again.
It’s worth four stars but, particularly if you know Spanish (there are lots of other examples where the Spanish has been translated literally into something which jars), you might wonder what the editors were doing at the time.


Ardennes 1944: Hitler's Last Gamble
Ardennes 1944: Hitler's Last Gamble
by Antony Beevor
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.05

4.0 out of 5 stars A Damascene conversion as I wrote?, 21 Aug. 2016
I have read, and enjoyed, Antony Beevor’s previous books on Berlin, Stalingrad, D-day and WWII in general. I felt this was a book too far. Very detailed, more suited to Sandhurst or West Point unless you are genuinely interested in a painstaking analysis of who was doing what to whom and when. There are 18 (sic) pages listing the details of all armies, regiments, battalions etc. Maps not always helpful; glossary incomplete. If you want to know what happened, read his WWII book and you will still have the energy to go back to the start and read it again all the way through.
Having said all that, I did begin to appreciate the terrible conditions both sides endured, the importance of good communications and intelligence (often leaving much to be desired), the suffering of the civilian populations, the under-reported shooting of prisoners (by both sides) and the way that rivalry between generals did little to enhance their reputations or advance the military cause. Beevor has harsh words for Montgomery as he did in WWII.
So I will go for four stars after all which is not what I intended when I started this review but it was very hard going (the book, not the review).


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