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The Road to Wigan Pier (Penguin Modern Classics)
The Road to Wigan Pier (Penguin Modern Classics)
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The road to disappointment, 19 Dec. 2014
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Sorry, but this is, by todays life, utter drivel, BORING is not a strong enough adjective,yes on the early pages Orwell describes brilliantly what it was like to be a miner in the early 30s, AND he actually went down into a couple of pits and described the conditions with his evocative and brilliant prose, to such an extent that I actually had a glimmer of sympathy for" king Arthur c and his ilk,after all if the pit shut down, what was there left for the menfolk???Mining was all they knew.
BUT then he gets bogged down in statistics, on and on and on and on,but his descriptions of Sheffield, Wigan, and Barnsley brought a wry smile to my face, after that its call downhill, after about 73% of the book I gave up on it, at the time he wrote it, it MIGHT have made waves in literature circles, but in todays age?? Not a hope in hell, I am sure that the NCB, and in todays age, elf n Safety would have ensured that conditions described by Orwell could NOT happen today, which is probably why we only have a very few coal fields left. The rest of the book is sad to say, socialist conscience twaddle.
To think, that just a few years later Orwell wrote Animal Farm, a staple of my GCE work in the early sixties.
What a difference.
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Down and Out in Paris and London (Penguin Modern Classics)
Down and Out in Paris and London (Penguin Modern Classics)
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4.0 out of 5 stars As the title suggests, 17 Dec. 2014
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Eric Arthur Blairs description of being down and out on/ in BOTH Paris and London, is a evocative, powerful image of a life most of us, thankfully could never dream of, however, sad to say in this day and age, we are seeing a return of the type, substitute tramps for Romanians and other eastern European people, who come here to seek work but fail to find it, however
Social authority ensures that life is not as bad today as those described I'm Orwells book.
I first read this book over 30 years ago, and on 're-reading"ita lot of it came straight BACK to me--memory is subjective, where I put my glasses or keys often eludes me.
Orwell, whilst having a relatively comfortable life actually did work for a while as a plonguer in Paris,and went on the road as a tramp for a while,some things don't change MUCH, paddys account of sleeping on the Embankment"you don't get many benches there, and they are soon taken,try to get to sleep as soon as possible,as the noise of the trains and dem flashing lights make it nearly impossible to get any"this tale has a certain resonance with anyone trying to sleep at Gatwick north terminal, or Stansted airport,awaiting a very early morning flight, jobsworth, come round at 4am to wake juan up, not that sleep is possible, the clattering wheels of suitcases ensure this.
Pity Orwell is not around to rewrite down and out with a modern twist--onward to Wigan Pier


The Poison Tide
The Poison Tide
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best work, 15 Dec. 2014
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Well in the space of a week I have read all 4 Andrew Williams novels,this being the 3rd, it suffers by comparison to"kill a Tsar" and unfortunately does not have the same gripping intensity as" The interrogator" or "Suicide Squad".
Pity.
The research is as ever,extremely thorough,which adds credence to the novel


The Interrogator
The Interrogator
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5.0 out of 5 stars A humdinger of a read, 13 Dec. 2014
This review is from: The Interrogator (Kindle Edition)
This was/is the first book written by Andrew Williams, and eventually turns out to be a humdinger.I had described his 4th book suicide squad as a slow burner, and one can argue the same here,it takes off at about 60% of the way through it, the story is based on a naval interrogator, Douglas Fleming, who we first meet in the first chapter as his ship is torpedoed and he is one of a handful to survive.He starts off working for naval intelligence,having been hand picked by Ian Fleming,--yes that one,Douglas works out that naval codes have been compromised,but when he reports his fears he is poo-poohed and demoted. The main story revolves around his mental battle with a U boot commander, and getting him to admit that the Germans hadcracked our codes and were using them to guide U boat packs to attack our convoys,as.ever with Williams, there's a love story sub-plot,as has appeared in all 3


To Kill a Tsar
To Kill a Tsar
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant read, 11 Dec. 2014
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A great gripping novel,based on fact,of life in St Petersburg from 1879-1881,dealing with the revolutionary "the peoples will"party,and their attempts to kill the Tsar.Alexander 'll the Tsar survived several attempts on his life, with the police and secret police always just one small step behind,the Mao plot revolves around Frederick Hadfield, a English doctor, and the committed revolutionary Anna,there are twists,plots, Subplots on virtually every page.
Fortunately I am on holiday so apart from sleeping,read it virtually non-stop,even whilst eating
This is the second novel I have read by Andrew Williams I am looking forward to starting the third tomorrow
A great read


The Suicide Club
The Suicide Club
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow burner, 8 Dec. 2014
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I bought this book after a review in the Daily Mail and two more by the same author,1down 2 to go.
The opening chapters whet the appetite,but then it gets bogged down in dealing with inter-services intelligence,--it was,sigh, ever thus --step forward Capt Innes,tasked with trying to find out what was true, and why optimistic intelligence was being given to General Haig, telling Haig what he didn't want to hear GOT HIM the sack.
Fast forward to about 60% of the book--I am reading the Kindle edition,and the story ignites !-juan does not put it down even when the lights dim and the fat lady stops singing
Fortunately,all's WELL that ends well.
A good description of the authors sources at the end.


Baghdad Operators : Ex Special Forces in Iraq
Baghdad Operators : Ex Special Forces in Iraq
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4.0 out of 5 stars Baghdad operations, 6 Dec. 2014
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Initially quite boring,mainly dealing with the start up of a small company by ex special forces and well, the basic running and set up of normal SOPs bread n butter stuff but the stories and anecdotes get better as the book goes on --!interesting if not a compelling read


The Long Range Desert Group 1940-1945: Providence Their Guide
The Long Range Desert Group 1940-1945: Providence Their Guide
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It would be nice if I actually had the time to read it ..., 25 Nov. 2014
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It would be nice if I actually had the time to read it without AMAZON hounding me for a review
I buy books to read on holiday NOTas a newspaper reviewer!!!
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Fire HD 6, 6" HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB (Cobalt) - Includes Special Offers
Fire HD 6, 6" HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB (Cobalt) - Includes Special Offers

0 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star, 14 Nov. 2014
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As its a Christmas prese I cannot comment!!!
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The Siege: Winner of the 2014 CWA International Dagger
The Siege: Winner of the 2014 CWA International Dagger
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4.0 out of 5 stars Patient, 31 Oct. 2014
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This book requires a lot of patience, as it's several different stories Interwoven, but apart from some claptrap about light, space, smells,allusions towards the end of one of the stories it's a gripping read,sad to say it's NOT alls well that ends well.pity.


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