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Local Heroes: The Story of the Derbyshire Team Which Won the County Championship
Local Heroes: The Story of the Derbyshire Team Which Won the County Championship
by John Shawcroft
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book by fine writer, 31 Aug. 2009
John Shawcroft's club history is still the definitive work on Derbyshire cricket, but this one is probably even better. Now that's saying something.
By the end of the book, you have been introduced to the players, gone through their careers and know what happened to them afterwards.
There's little doubt that what happened in 1936, with a full side made up of players from within the County borders, is unlikely to happen ever again, given the nomadic nature of cricketers today. That most of these men came from and worked in the coalfields makes this as invaluable a social history as it is a cricket book.
Throughout Mr Shawcroft paints a picture of the players, the era, the matches and the environment and one is left with the one wish, that you had been there to see it all. By the end, you feel that you knew the players and certainly appreciate their achievement.
The author's love for his subject comes through and this is, without a doubt, one of the best five cricket books I have ever read, possibly even THE best.
Wonderful stuff


The Derbyshire Chronicles: County Cricket Champions 1874 and 1936 (Desert Island Cricket Histories)
The Derbyshire Chronicles: County Cricket Champions 1874 and 1936 (Desert Island Cricket Histories)
by Edward Giles
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but..., 31 Aug. 2009
This is a good enough read, but for the real cricket fan (certainly one from Derbyshire) it pales considerably in comparison to John Shawcroft's club history.

Why? Because Shawcroft lets the narrative flow and Mr Giles, although a good enough writer tends to go off at way too many tangents. To be honest, it smacks a little of someone showing how clever they are with the research undertaken. That the author knows his stuff and has done that research is undeniable, but the constant number of digressions becomes infuriating.
Do we really need to know that player X from County X was the cousin of person Y who once swam the Channel? I exaggerate, but while this would be mildly diverting if it was restricted to Derbyshire players, it is just an annoyance when those from other counties are discussed.
Likewise the structure of the book, which is all over the place and neither one thing nor another. There's not enough on either Championship win to be satisfying while the random selection of other highlights of the history of the club is erratic.
I really looked forward to reading this book but was disappointed. The layout is not the greatest either.
In short, mildly diverting for a random read, but not in the same league as John Shawcroft's books on the county's cricket


Secrets from the Casting Couch: On Camera Strategies For Actors From A Casting Director: Successful Front-of-camera Techniques for Actors (New Mermaids)
Secrets from the Casting Couch: On Camera Strategies For Actors From A Casting Director: Successful Front-of-camera Techniques for Actors (New Mermaids)
by Nancy Bishop
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific read, 31 Aug. 2009
This is a fascinating book, even for non-actors.
There's many excellent tips on getting THAT role and how to rehearse and work at the casting. The tips on marketing oneself as an actor are highly relevant and although at times they are common sense, how many times does common sense go out of the window?
It is a book that should be an essential purchase for any would-be actor/actress out there and could become a standard work. There are excellent anecdotes in there too and you'll refer to this highly readable book again and again.
A little more proof reading could have been useful, but that's one for the publisher, not the author to address in their next edition.
There will surely be many for a book that could make a great difference to your career.
Excellent stuff!


Incanto
Incanto
Offered by Great Price Media EU
Price: £5.25

40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime, 28 Nov. 2008
This review is from: Incanto (Audio CD)
This is an outstanding album that finds Bocelli in wonderful voice. There's not a bad track here, with the emphasis on the great Neapolitan canzones. If one discounts Caruso as THE singer of such songs as a native of Naples, they have seldom been sung better. The song selection is excellent, with every one having a high "hummability" factor.
Bocelli appears to be a tenor at the height of his powers. The ending to Funiculi Funicula is breathtaking but a mere precursor to brilliance with the extraordinary D flat that ends Because. The latter is far from a "lounge" song as the Amazon review suggests, having been done by any tenor with his salt from Caruso through Gigli, Lanza and Domingo. I've not yet heard anyone take the final note with such gusto and Bocelli should be congratulated for a version that is now the best on record. His English is endearing on the song but his phrasing, technique and tone are all exquisite here.
Like a previous reviewer, I wish he would do less "pop" material as he is too good for a lot of that. While classically trained but much less technically correct and gifted tenors such as Russell Watson, Jonathan Ansell and Paul Potts have their fans - and to be fair, do introduce newcomers to the classical repertoire - there are few finer tenors around today than Bocelli. Pavarotti rated him highly and the approval of one of the three greatest tenors of all time (Caruso and Bjoerling being the others)should be enough for us all. If you're looking to treat yourself, or a friend, this is the album to buy.
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