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The Light of Day (British Library Classic Thrillers) (British Library Crime Classics)
The Light of Day (British Library Classic Thrillers) (British Library Crime Classics)
by Eric Ambler
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An ideal diversion in these dark days, 21 July 2016
Arthur Abdel Simpson 'British by birth but without a passport to prove it' is a splendidly incompetent rogue determined at all times to justify what he is doing even if it is frequently inept and usually dishonest. Ambler must have laughed so much as he wrote this wonderful tale and you will laugh when you read it. This is such a funny book and I commend it to you as a diversion in these dark days.


"I Want My Country Back" England Badge White
"I Want My Country Back" England Badge White
Offered by Senlak
Price: £2.50

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Every xenophobic bigot should have one, 14 Jun. 2016
Something no xenophobic bigot can afford to be without. The slogan actually originates in the USA

Those who 'want their country back' feel that their country was "stolen" from them by blacks, gays, progressives, liberals, atheists, immigrants, and basically anyone who isn't white, Christian, and male.

Horrible people, and many uneducated and disadvantaged people are all too easily seduced by their reactionary message.


The Night Manager [DVD] [2016]
The Night Manager [DVD] [2016]
Dvd ~ Tom Hiddleston
Price: £14.99

12 of 50 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So So, 20 Mar. 2016
The production is far too glossy and Bond-like. Scenes of motorboats on an azure sea accompanied by lush string music reminiscent of John Barry are not what Le Carré's work demands. And Hugh Laurie is essentially miscast. He is a comic! An actor capable of far more gritty understated menace is needed to play Roper. We are a long way from 'Tinker Tailor' or 'A Perfect Spy', both classy, restrained productions featuring outstanding character actors. If you want to see a well produced TV series look to HBO. This show is the work of an artisan but not an artist. The BBC has missed an opportunity here, but I suspect the punters will love it.
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Verbatim 43411 Extra Protection 48/52x 100pk
Verbatim 43411 Extra Protection 48/52x 100pk
Price: £15.08

1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear. Rather too many failures. Probably a ..., 13 Mar. 2016
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Oh dear. Rather too many failures. Probably a dud lot. I found an old verbatim disc and it worked perfectly.


The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History
The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History
by Boris Johnson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Load of old tosh, what!, 27 Feb. 2016
The Spectator once held a competition in which readers were invited to describe a novel in the style of a literary character. The winner was 'Anna Karenina' as told by Bertie Wooster ('Bags of doomski and gloomski around the old samovar...').

Professor Richard Evans' wonderful review in the New Statesman (not normally my cuppa tea, but these lefty chappies aren't all of them dopey, don't you know?) reminded me of this:

'The book reads as if it was dictated, not written. All the way through we hear Boris’s voice; it’s like being cornered in the Drones Club and harangued for hours by Bertie Wooster.'

'Johnson doesn’t weigh up policies and ideas with any care or penetration. If he doesn’t like them, he dismisses them as “rot”, “tripe”, “loopy”, “bonkers”, “barmy” or “nuts”; their advocates and practitioners as “loonies”, “plodders”, “Stilton-eating surrender monkeys”, and so on.'

And this will be how he argues for Brexit,


Zeit! 77-79
Zeit! 77-79
Price: £14.68

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The apotheosis of 'popular music', 27 Jan. 2016
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Only after his untimely death do we begin to take stock David Bowie and his genius, and these timeless albums from the late seventies are a testimony to it. Not every track is 'great' but much is, and frequently you listen with true awe. His creativity was truly outstanding, and he surrounded himself with the best and was respected by the best. 'Low' and 'Heroes' are the apotheosis of popular music, though to apply the term 'popular is meaningless. You might just as well say that Gershwin was a popular composer. Bowie, like Gershwin, transcends genre.


The Civil War 25th Anniversary Edition - Restored for 2015 [Region 2 UK Version][DVD]
The Civil War 25th Anniversary Edition - Restored for 2015 [Region 2 UK Version][DVD]
Dvd ~ Ken Burns
Price: £44.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully restored, and I love the narrator's voice, 6 Jan. 2016
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Beautifully restored, and I love the narrator's voice. Shelby Foote is a delight to listen to as well. Ken Burns should do the First World War in a similar fashion.
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La Brava
La Brava
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars and this is one of his best. The narrative is wonderful, 6 Jan. 2016
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This review is from: La Brava (Kindle Edition)
A supreme literary stylist, and this is one of his best. The narrative is wonderful. You feel he is talking to you.


True Detective - Season 2 [DVD] [2016]
True Detective - Season 2 [DVD] [2016]
Dvd ~ Colin Farrell
Price: £14.99

7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I loved the actors, 1 Dec. 2015
It just didn't work, did it. LA is a place we know just too well and there was nothing to shock us. Does the sex 'industry' shock us? Hardly. Do dodgy local politicians shock us? No. Were the aerial shots of night time freeway traffic evocative? Not really. And what about that dreadful singer in the dark bar? I wouldn't have stood for her wailing. It was clever doing the first series 'Down South'. Any new series needs to be somewhere a bit different? Kentucky or Alabama, perhaps. And it will need a script that engages the viewer. I just gave up with this. I loved the actors, but there was nothing they could do with the materiel they were given. Nothing.


Familiar Strangers
Familiar Strangers
Price: £2.38

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forbes' greatest novel, 31 July 2015
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Perhaps Forbes' deepest novel, in which he combines fiction with fact. A successful 'popular' novelist discovers the truth about someone with whom he had grown up but had never really known (a re-occurring theme in Forbes work). I read this when it came out but the novel seems to have been forgotten. It deserves to be rediscovered. The theme is treason. Why did successful Cambridge educated novelist Theo Gittings end up working for the Russians and what did this do to him? Great stuff.


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