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Foxglove Summer (PC Peter Grant Book Book 5)
Foxglove Summer (PC Peter Grant Book Book 5)
Price: £5.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A successful diversion, 16 April 2015
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I love this series so much that I defer reading the next one, hence this quite late review.
Aaronovitch creates a completely fantastical world that is nonetheless real because grounded in the real geography and history of real places. I've enjoyed the London ones most because that's where I live (I will never again see Covent Garden or the Elephant as I used to see them) but this bucolic one works equally well. The interplay of the magical and the real British policing (with its silly jargon, self-importance and real commitment to doing a good job) is very effective. It's clever world-building that derives comedy from recognition and strangeness, both, and remains fresh however long he does it.
This one feels like a gentle diversion from the main thrust of the series and leaves many threads still unresolved from books 1-4. But frustrating though that is for those who want a resolution, why ask for something so great to finish so soon? And what author can these days afford to withdraw a successful product earlier than need be? Be fair, Conan Doyle, Marsh, Allingham and Christie didn't, however much they ended up hating their creations!
So apart from a great plot, with sub-plots, questions, twists and twists on twists, and new enjoyable characters and places-as-characters I enjoyed how Peter Grant is developing as a person. That feels real(!)
This is a well-edited book too. Sadly I managed to find a few errors that had slipped past the proof readers, but not enough to spoil the pleasure of the book.

Communities of Influence: Improving Healthcare Through Conversations and Connections
Communities of Influence: Improving Healthcare Through Conversations and Connections
by Alison Donaldson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £30.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A valuable and practical addition to the literature on change in healthcare, 22 Jun. 2011
This book will be of immense value to people who are frustrated at the failure of formal change programmes in organisations, although anyone looking for quick and easy alternatives will be disappointed.
Communities of Influence demonstrates, clearly and with many illustrative examples, the potential power of sponsoring relatively loose associations of professionals and/or users of services. Its message is that change emerges from relationships and conversations over considerable periods of time. This may seem so obvious as not to need stating. However, we tend to use the language of programmes and projects and to set over-ambitious targets and deadlines for delivery. This renders less visible the relationships and interactions that are in fact the fundamentals to any change. It also obscures the reality of how long change really takes.
Macmillan Cancer Support not only supported meetings of networks, they also invited a writer of narrative to come in to observe and record. She worked with the participants to "make the invisible visible" - to record the interactions.
Making the invisible visible is addressed in a chapter which sets out the theoretical position of the authors. There is also a fascinating chapter on "the social life of documents" which reinforces the argument that nothing has a life outside the relationships and conversations that take place between people.
There is a growing body of literature bringing the perspective of complexity theory to the issue of change in healthcare and public services. Communities of Influence is an important and practical addition to that.

The Philadelphia Story [DVD] [2005]
The Philadelphia Story [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Cary Grant
Offered by Assai-uk
Price: £5.40

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brief note on the extra material with this DVD, 3 Feb. 2011
Other reviews will mention that this is a glorious movie. Fabulous plotting, dialogue (screenplay), directing, cinematography and performances. We know this. I just want to recommend watching it while listening to the commentary by Jeannine Basinger, available on disc one of this DVD package. She covers the actors and their acting, offers fascinating detail (like that Cary Grant demanded an extortionate fee to appear, and insisted it be donated to Britain's war effort!) and erudite description of the technical aspects of the making of the movie. Her commentary is deep and informative, full of historical detail and sensitive criticism. You won't hear the film while listening to her (maybe use subtitles simultaneously if you want to get that, if you can), but you will get a substantial, wide-ranging and fascinating lecture delivered in a melodious voice. Marvellous.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A teacher's tale, 16 Nov. 2010
This is a story written by a Harvard-educated teacher of his experience of a year teaching in a New York "ghetto" school in 1962. The use of the term "negro" dates the book and is hard to take, but Kohl writes objectively and movingly about his experience of teaching these young people who had been alienated and demotivated by the school system. He realises that the curriculum will not inspire his students and offers them material from Greek and Roman mythology to unlock their story-telling powers. The book is crammed with the children's own products: drawings, tales and first-hand testimony. Some of the latter is hard to take, because the children are growing up in a place where drug-taking and violence are normal parts of their lives.
This is not a novel; it is a first-hand account. Unlike a novel, it does not have an "ending" (happy or sad) but instead finishes with a simple recognition of the struggle the 36 children did and would face. Nonetheless it is an inspiring account of what a good teacher can do, and of the potential in every child.
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A student's guide to 50 American plays
A student's guide to 50 American plays
by Abraham Harold Lass
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Information on the book's content, 13 Jun. 2010
Following a short introduction entitled "how to read a play" the book offers information on the characters, setting, story, critical opinion and author information about fifty plays by the following authors: George Kelly, Eugene O'Neill, Maxwell Anderson, George S Kaufman, Moss Hart, Morrie Ryskind, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, Dorothy Heyward and Dubose Heyward, Marc Connelly, Sidney Howard, Elmer Rice, Archibald MacLeish, S.N. Behrman, Laurence Stallings, Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, James Thurber and Elliott Nugent, Philip Barry, Robert E Sherwood, Thornton Wilder, Bella and Samuel Spewack, Arthur Kober, John Van Druten, John Steinbeck, Jack Kirkland, John Cecil Holm and George Abbott, Arthur Arent, Clifford Odets, Sidney Kingsley, Lillian Hellman, William Saroyan, Tennessee Williams, Garson Kanin, William Inge, Irwin Shaw, Jerome Lawrence and Robert E Lee, Arthur Miller, Carson McCullers, Robert Anderson, Arthur Laurents, Paddy Chayefsky, Edward Albee, Jack Gelber and Lorraine Hansberry

East London
East London
by Besant W
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A descrption rather than a review, 9 Jun. 2010
This review is from: East London (Hardcover)
Sir Walter Besant (1836 - 1901), novelist and polymath, published this work towards the end of his life. It was part of a project to chronicle London which remained incomplete at his death, although he had published many other works on London by the time he died.

The book is a combination of contemporary observation, history and opinion, along with fifty-five illustrations by various artists.

Sir Walter died in the same year as did Queen Victoria and his text is terribly Victorian, or at least what we like to think of as Victorian more than a century later. In other words it is unselfconsciously judgemental and benignly moralistic, as illustrated by this randomly chosen sample from page 127 of the 1901 Chatto & Windus edition: 'It is the school, and not the church, which softens manners and banishes some of the old brutality, because, you see, they do not go to church, and they must go to school. How rough, how rude, the average girl of Ratcliffe was before the Board-schools were opened... These schools have caused the disappearance of old characteristics once thought to be ingrained habits.'

This is a fascinating text for students, not only of Victorian history, but also of how educated Victorians thought about their present.

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