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Seville and Andalucia (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide)
Seville and Andalucia (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide)
by Jane Ewart
Edition: Flexibound

4.0 out of 5 stars Graphical, readable and useful, 28 Dec. 2015
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All Dorling Kindersley guides have an excellent balance between graphical and text description, and this one is no exception. Their combination of birds-eye view and street plan is very helpful, and the selection of places to see (though neglecting some of the minor and specialised sites which are also worth a visit - but that is the nature of all guide books!). The style is readable, and the information generally useful and as up to date as one expects in guide books to fast-changing areas.


The Annotated Gilbert and Sullivan
The Annotated Gilbert and Sullivan
by Arthur Sullivan
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Classic, 17 Aug. 2015
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Still a classic commentary on the text!


Simon Phipps: A Portrait
Simon Phipps: A Portrait
by David Machin
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Portraits, rather than a portrait, 20 Mar. 2014
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There were many sides to Simon Phipps, and this book fails to draw them all together in the rounded figure that he was - as was inevitable with collecting a set of cameo snapshots - of wartime days, Footlights days, Trinity, Coventry. Lincoln and retirement days. Both interesting and disappointing.


Economical Bible-Cev
Economical Bible-Cev
by Not Available
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars You get what you pay for, 25 Sept. 2013
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The downside of cheap Bibles is that the paper and typeface are not terribly attractive. It does what it says on the box - it is the CEV (American version, without Apocrypha), but the lower quality paper could be off-putting to some of the young people we plan to use these Bibles with.


The Broads (OS Explorer Map)
The Broads (OS Explorer Map)
by Ordnance Survey
Edition: Map

5.0 out of 5 stars Good mapping, good value, 26 July 2013
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A useful map on two sides, with all one expects from the Ordnance Survey. Two minor improvements would be a slightly larger overlap between the north and south sheets, and the inclusion a slightly larger part of Norwich as an extension in the margin - but these are probably difficult, given the size and format of the sheets.


How to Trace Your Irish Ancestors: 2nd edition
How to Trace Your Irish Ancestors: 2nd edition
by Ian Maxwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A readable compendium, 29 July 2011
A well-presented guide, more than a list of resources, and more than a set of step-by-step instructions, this covers a wide range of records and leads for family history research. There are useful suggestions for rounding out one's research, even if the actual tracing is bound, given the sources available, to be a hit-and-miss affair.


Tracing Your Northern Irish Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians (Family History)
Tracing Your Northern Irish Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians (Family History)
by Dr. Ian Maxwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Helpful Guide, 29 July 2011
A useful resource listing most of the records available within Northern Ireland, and a very good guide to the resources at PRONI. Given the title, I would have welcomed more about sources available in other centres, such as Dublin and London - a lot of records relating to employment and the professions are held nationally and tend to be neglected, so the book is not so comprehensive as it seems, but nevertheless extremely valuable.


The Heart has its Reasons
The Heart has its Reasons
by The Duchess of Windsor
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vivid imagination, 19 Nov. 2009
Mrs Simpson's ghost writer went to town over this. It is a hilarious account of her extraordinary arrogance ("I always did what was best for my husband"), and casts fascinating light on why at least two ghost writers refused to set her thoughts down in writing. Reading between the lines, it is possible to build up a vivid picture of this extraordinary woman who captured the heart of a king, and to realize how lucky the UK was to be ruled by George VI and not by Edward VIII!


Keeping Afloat: Up a French Canal ... without a Paddle
Keeping Afloat: Up a French Canal ... without a Paddle
by John Liley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hotel barging from the inside, 11 Oct. 2009
I'm a sucker for books on canals and boating. This one goes behind the scenes and describes, always affectionately and sometimes hilariously, the problems and pitfalls of converting and running a hotel barge on the French canals. John Liley was something of a pioneer in this area, and through writer's eyes he describes the early stages of an adventure that moved hotel-boating from the realm of the canal enthusiast into the world of the discerning visitor to France (who, too, will discover the pleasures of the canals along with the area they meander through!) Strong character depiction and a wealth of incidents bring this book to life. Well worth reading, and revisiting.


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