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Edward II: The Unconventional King
Edward II: The Unconventional King
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5.0 out of 5 stars Was he Gay? and how and when did he die?, 10 Feb. 2015
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A fascinating insight upon an undoubtedly troubled and hopeless monarch. Kathryn Warner makes clear, and convincingly so, we should not "take as read" that Edward was Gay. His relationship with the Queen was loving and supportive until the final furlong. Certainly Edward had crushes - disastrous crushes - on male companions, but whether these embraced genital sexual acts will remain forever unanswerable (perhaps, with a father like Edward I, he merely desired male approbation?). Equally, the salacious and horrifying received-wisdom as to the manner of his death, may well be false. Indeed, Ms Warner makes a strong case that Edward could have escaped Berkley Castle and lived a wandering life for several more years. This is a "must read" book for anyone interested in Edward II and this period of English history.


The Nudists
The Nudists
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disagreeable people being disagreeable, 30 Jan. 2015
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The main problem with this book is that the characters are so unsympathetic - I could not warm to any of them; they are self-serving and uninteresting people. My jaw hit the ground at the accolades that this is a "comic" book - full of subtle wit - when toward the end the greatest, most gut-wrenching, tragedy that can befall any young family slips casually into the narrative.


The Badger and Blondie's Beaver (A raucous Tom Sharpe style comedy)
The Badger and Blondie's Beaver (A raucous Tom Sharpe style comedy)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Coincidence galore, 24 Jan. 2015
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Started well but soon became obscure. The biggest weakness is: Coincidence. A talented writer understands that, yes, coincidences can abound in real life BUT - when penning a novel - an over-reliance on coincidence is to be idle with the plot's structure. France is a vast country and, even allowing for the technical marvels of SatNav and the Find-a-Friend Ap, it raises an eyebrow that the dramatis personae have an agreeable habit of ending up together in the same place and at the same time. I'll give Giles Curtis one thing, he's no sexist and quite even-handed in descriptions, when needed, of the male and female naked form. This is an "okay" read (Amazon's criteria for three stars) and if you want a jolly romp where reality is mostly suspended, then you could do worse


Kevin and I in India
Kevin and I in India
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Open your eyes!, 3 Jan. 2015
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If you worry the world is boring, with voyages of discovery no longer possible, read Frank Kusy's books. He proves that "now for something completely different" is but an Air India flight away. 'Kevin and I in India' is the grittiest of the trilogy, with no punches pulled. Descriptions of what pigs eat - and how human corpses react in the heat of a funeral pyre - do not disgust, but show the reality of a world far removed from a cosy English high street. Of course, there is immense beauty and poetry in India, too, which Frank fluently articulates; so put your "first world problems" into storage and be tempted, as I am, to visit this thrilling subcontinent.


Off the Beaten Track: My Crazy Year in Asia
Off the Beaten Track: My Crazy Year in Asia
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant stuff, 28 Dec. 2014
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I'm reading my way backward, chronologically, through Frank Kusy's three interconnected adventures - starting with 'Rupee Millionaires,' just finished 'Off the Beaten Track' and about to press the Amazon e-button to buy 'Kevin and I in India.' You can almost smell India and hear the noises of the streets in these books; I've never visited but, my goodness, he is tempting me! Frank takes you "right down to the side of the railroad track," interweaving his descriptive genius with the highs and lows of his business and (often intriguingly complicated!) personal lives. Frank Kusy transports you - go purchase the trilogy, you won't regret it.
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Rupee Millionaires
Rupee Millionaires
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5.0 out of 5 stars A "must" read, 25 Dec. 2014
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I'm about the same age as Frank Kusy - I went to China while Mao was still alive and was at the heart of student riots in Paris. So, "abroad' hasn't simply been a Thomson Holiday to Las Palmas. But India has ever eluded me (I have a tricky tummy at the best of times, and have worried I'd spend a holiday in India seeing nothing but the back of the lavvie door). In this gripping account of his business life, Frank Kusy brings the continent to life and, already, I feel the twitch of my fingers toward the Air India website. Certainly - on posting this review - I'm buying his other books. Frank's genius is in blending a gripping adventure story of personal drama and skulduggery, alongside a pen portrait of a nation. Un-put-downable!
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Life's a Beach
Life's a Beach
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done, George!, 14 Dec. 2014
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Another delightful, engaging, laugh-out-loud series of adventures for George. His family - particularly his wife, Rachel - clearly must adore him to put up with his japes, but it is easy to see why: George is a 'character' - an individual - in his own special mould. For me, the shocking news, posited early on, that he is not an ardent monarchist was offset later by his admission of disliking going out to dinner; he does surprise!

I'm sure all his fans wish him the best of luck as he becomes now a full-time author - he deserves every success and good fortune.


Cows to Corpses - My Life in a Village Pub
Cows to Corpses - My Life in a Village Pub
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5.0 out of 5 stars A total delight, 7 Dec. 2014
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A charming, engaging, warm "Dear Diary" style read from start to finish. Ms Archer confides in her readers the thrills and spills of taking over a country pub; her decency, her love of her husband, her desire to do well, all shine through and I enjoyed every sentence. At the price, you would be bonkers not to buy it!


More Ketchup than Salsa: Confessions of a Tenerife Barman
More Ketchup than Salsa: Confessions of a Tenerife Barman
by Joe Cawley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Yawn, 30 Nov. 2014
Ponderous and turgid with little humour or pizazz to keep the reader's attention. Rather old-fashioned - and I don't mean that in a complimentary way. The final cameo of the apartment being used as a brothel to make dirty videos was ok - but no more than that.


Every Day Is a Holiday
Every Day Is a Holiday
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a guy!, 18 Nov. 2014
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Every bit as delightful, charming and engaging as his first book, Free Country. George Mahood is a refreshing reminder that the eccentric, intrepid Englishman of yore is, in fact, still around and getting up to unique, quirky and astonishing japes. George is so obviously a lovely chap - and this comes out sentence and sentence (even if, on occasions, one may not completely agree with him).


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