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Judgement on Deltchev (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
Judgement on Deltchev (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
by Eric Ambler
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.38

5.0 out of 5 stars I'd forgotten how good Ambler was..., 18 Aug. 2013
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... until I bought ANOTHER copy of Deltchev. It's not easy to read; there's no 'easy' plot to follow; you need to bear with it, and remember that perceptions can usurp reality - it's a great exploration of the subjective opinions of an outside influence on a situation. The ethical challenges explored are such, and written in such a way, that it was easy to wonder what the decisions could have been, would have been, for any other protagonist: the whole point of the book, in some ways, is to challenge the readers' perceptions of right and wrong, in chilling situations.


What Matters in Jane Austen?: Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved
What Matters in Jane Austen?: Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved
by John Mullan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

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4.0 out of 5 stars Oops. Bought it as a gift, then kept it., 18 Aug. 2013
Some books end up as loo-reading by design, some by accident. This was an accident. But it's going on the long-term middle shelf because - despite its repose in The Office for a week or two - it's worth dipping into occasionally. More than once.

Slightly skewed, fresh angles on old, familiar stories - nothing new, nothing you won't find in a good English lecture hall ... but entertaining, nevertheless.


The Great Food Gamble
The Great Food Gamble
by John Humphrys
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Second copy: gave the first one away it was so good., 18 Aug. 2013
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Much misunderstood, and maligned, for his approach to interviews in the mornings - or so i recall - but Mr Humphrys is a better writer than most people realise: it's not about research, it's about informed opinion and being able to narrate a tale worth telling.

You'll never look at salmon the same way.


Seeking Mr Hare
Seeking Mr Hare
by Maurice Leitch
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

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3.0 out of 5 stars Death. No glory. Irish brogue., 18 Aug. 2013
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Hard to start, easy to finish - not sure if that's a commendation or not. But enjoyable, nevertheless, if only for the attention to detail in the minutiae of the period, and the realisation that the Irish brogue wasn't an editorial device, it was actually integral to the characters' animation. Heaved a sigh for the first few pages while the brogue settled in, but then the story picked up a pace and made it easier reading, throughout.


Matt Helm - Death of A Citizen
Matt Helm - Death of A Citizen
by Donald Hamilton
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Reliable old-school resurrection., 18 Aug. 2013
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Fast-paced, delicious, old-school, "I'm a traditional hero" spy story. Loved it. Everything was predictable, nothing was what it appeared to be. Wonderful.


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