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The Making of Swallows & Amazons: Behind the Scenes of the Classic Film
The Making of Swallows & Amazons: Behind the Scenes of the Classic Film
by Sophie Neville
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Swallows and Amazons: an education for life, 1 Jun. 2015
I have just finished reading this remarkable account of the making of the Swallows and Amazons film. For you and the other children involved in its making, it was probably more of an adventure than that of the Swallows and Amazons themselves in the book. And the film making seems to have been more of an education for life for Sophie Neville and the other child stars than any amount of schooling could be. For Sophie, in particular, it seems to have been the perfect apprenticeship for your later career. Her book also enables me to understand for the first time why it takes such a large number of people to make a film; I had no idea there was so much to cope with. Perhaps someone should make a film about the making of the Swallows and Amazons film.


Who Touched Base in my Thought Shower?: A Treasury of Unbearable Office Jargon
Who Touched Base in my Thought Shower?: A Treasury of Unbearable Office Jargon
by Steven Poole
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.83

5.0 out of 5 stars Management pomposity exposed, 9 May 2015
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A much needed exposure of pompous office jargon


Balancing Act
Balancing Act
by Joanna Trollope
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading, 22 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Balancing Act (Hardcover)
Very good book. Very easy reading, Joanna Trollope never disappoints, she understands family life so well and moves it effortlessly along.


To the Edge of the World: The Story of the World's Greatest Railway
To the Edge of the World: The Story of the World's Greatest Railway
by Christian Wolmar
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The storyof an undertaking unprecedenteed in its scale , horror and finally achivement, 26 Feb. 2014
Have just finished To the edge of the World. Had never realised quite how vast Siberia is and how gargantuan the task of building a railway through it had to be. The astounding statistics and sheer scale of every element of the story left me reeling. the cost in lives and booty is as awesome as the vast spaces of Siberia. Yiu have to read it to believe it.


Engines of War: How Wars Were Won and Lost on the Railways
Engines of War: How Wars Were Won and Lost on the Railways
by Christian Wolmar
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engines of War, 6 Feb. 2011
Christian Wolmar's book was a series of revelations to me. I have read quite a lot about 19th and 20th Century Wars, but the key role of railways is largely ignored. For example, they enabled the North to beat the South in the American Civil War, Kitchener to beat the Mad Mahdi, the Allies to beat the Central Powers in WWI and the Axis in WWII. But what I found of most interest was Wolmar's views on the role played by railways in WWI. He refutes AJP Taylor's view that it was the rigidity of the military's railway timetables that led to war. Again, because an advancing army has to move over damaged infrastructure a defending army always had a better rail supply network behind it. This led to the stalemate of the trench war, with neither side able to sustain a breakthrough. Not mentioned in standard histories is the fact that light railways were the only effective form of transport over muddy cratered ground, and that hundreds of miles of tracks were laid by both sides. In WWII, Hitler failed to grasp the importance of rail, being a car fanatic, and mistakenly gave priority to building autobahnen, then did not build enough lorries.As well as dealing authoritatively with strategic and tactical issues involving the railways, Wolmar includes fascinating anecdotes. For instance, when trains were blacked out in WWII bulbs were stolen from the LMS line at a rate of 50,000 a year!


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