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Live Souls: Citizens & Volunteers of Civil War Spain
Live Souls: Citizens & Volunteers of Civil War Spain
by Serge Alternês
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like the other 40, 15 Dec. 2015
In 1936, a young man of 23 volunteered as an ambulance driver and interpreter with the British Medical Unit in the Spanish Civil War. Like the other 40,000 volunteers who travelled to Spain to join the struggle for liberty in Franco’s Nationalist Spain, he was full of hope and ideals.

Alec Wainman was a Yorkshire man who had spent his formative years in Canada. The family later returned to the UK, where Alec went to Oxford to study languages. He was also a very gifted amateur photographer who took his Leica with him to Spain, capturing with amazing clarity and composition the citizens of Spain, volunteers, and casualties. His photographs may not all have the headline grabbing war news quality of the likes of Robert Capa or Gerda Taro but they are no less remarkable for that.

Serge Alternês, knowing that the late Alec Wainman had taken photographs, painstakingly tracked them down, including to a case full of negatives in London. Of some 1600 photographs found, 210 of stunning images are reproduced here in a beautifully designed new book – each image given its own page and caption. Live Souls: Citizens and Volunteers of Civil War Spain, also gives a gripping account by Alec Wainman of his time in the Spanish Civil War as a volunteer and Serge Alternês expertly puts it all in context and includes a biography of Wainman.

Alec Wainman was indeed an extraordinary man, and if a picture is worth a thousand words, this book is an intimate and deeply personal reflection of the camaraderie, heroism and suffering that he witnessed during his time in Spain, from July 1936 to August 1938, when he fell ill with hepatitis and returned the England. The text is fascinating but the star of the show is surely the photographs, all captioned. They, more than any I have seen of the Spanish Civil War, captured the defiant spirit of the people. This important book is a bargain at $24.95.


You Will Be My Son [DVD]
You Will Be My Son [DVD]
Dvd ~ Niels Arestrup
Offered by vivaverve
Price: £3.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film, French with subtitles., 21 May 2015
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Brilliant film. French with clear subtitles but you forget you are reading after a while as you are so engrossed. Get in the crisps, darken the room and enjoy. Hubbie, friends and teenagers loved it too.


Lady Gregory: An Irish Life
Lady Gregory: An Irish Life
by Judith Hill
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read, 21 May 2015
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Fascinating story.


Sean O'Casey Plays 2: "Shadow of a Gunman", "Plough and the Stars", "Silver Tassie", "Purple Dust", "Hall of Healing" v. 2 (Faber Contemporary Classics)
Sean O'Casey Plays 2: "Shadow of a Gunman", "Plough and the Stars", "Silver Tassie", "Purple Dust", "Hall of Healing" v. 2 (Faber Contemporary Classics)
by Sean O'Casey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99


Buster: The dog who saved a thousand lives
Buster: The dog who saved a thousand lives
by RAF Police Sergeant Will Barrow
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff, 21 May 2015
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Bought as present but flicking through got engrossed..lovely ..


Father Knows Less
Father Knows Less

5.0 out of 5 stars you don't have to be American - anyone would enjoy this is charming funny book written by Lee Kalcheim ..., 13 Oct. 2014
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You don't have to have twins, you don't have to be an older father, you don't have to be American - anyone would enjoy this is charming funny book written by Lee Kalcheim (an award winning comedy script writer and playwright). Fascinating on the workings of Hollywood, so brill for aspiring script writers...Great insight into raising twin boys. Laugh out loud funny. Thoroughly recommend it. Loved it.


The Making of Modern Medicine (Radio Collection)
The Making of Modern Medicine (Radio Collection)
by Andrew Cunningham
Edition: Audio CD

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 10 Feb. 2012
I first heard this serialised on Radio Four but missed a couple of episodes. Although I have nothing to do with the medical world, I found this absolutely fascinating. I am now catching up on the bits I missed and relistening to the rest. If you like history and social history in particular, this is well worth buying - very easy listening (and read so well by the author, who has the perfect radio voice). I cannot recommend this highly enough to both medical and non-medical listeners - I gave it to several people (some medical, some not) for Christmas and they all loved it too...Recommend you listen in 15 minutes chunks, as with the Radio Four series...Just brilliant. Savour it.


Tiger (Animals at Risk)
Tiger (Animals at Risk)
by Judy Allen
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Much loved book, 16 Nov. 2011
I must have read this book a hundred times - it was one of my son's favourites. Intriguing story well told with lovely illustrations. Thoroughly recommend it.


What Is a Wall, After All? (Read and Discover)
What Is a Wall, After All? (Read and Discover)
by Judy Allen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Really good: son loved it, 16 Nov. 2011
Lovely book in verse with great illustrations. Great to read with child. My son really loved this book, thoroughly recommend it.


We All Know Too Much
We All Know Too Much
Price: £3.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read, 16 July 2011
This is the first book I have read by this author and I really enjoyed it. The pace is fast from page one and it's hard to put down. If you are interested in sci fi that is not ridiculously unbelievable and would rather read a good thriller that happens to be set in a convincing future time, this is the book for you. Very good descriptive writing that lets you easily imagine the scenes and dialogue that keeps you very involved. Won't describe the plot as don't want to spoil it for you. Thoroughly recommend it.


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