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The Backpacker (Summersdale Travel)
The Backpacker (Summersdale Travel)
by John Harris
Edition: Paperback

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit long winded, 21 Aug. 2003
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Started off quite well with some interesting observations and events in India, but some scenes are covered in far too much detail, and can become a little boring at times. There's no doubt the journey is packed with adventure, but it would have been better to spare some of the mind numbing detail. The main characters are interesting, but unfortunately, the total number of characters is restricted to a very small number.


Are You Experienced?
Are You Experienced?
by William Sutcliffe
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book, 4 Aug. 2003
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Hilariously funny, and so typical of many real life travel experiences. The stereotypical backpacker is savaged in this book for being a walking, talking middle class cliché.


Take Me with You: A round-the-world journey to invite a stranger home
Take Me with You: A round-the-world journey to invite a stranger home
by Brad Newsham
Edition: Paperback

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great!, 17 July 2003
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I really loved this book -- one of the best travel books I've read in a long time. He covers not just one, but so many incredibly rich and diverse countries -- countries that we've all heard of, but perhaps haven't known much about. He is neither an expert for a naive traveller -- two camps many travel books fall into. The theme behind the book is the best bit -- his looking for an interesting figure to invite home to his native west coast US.


Burmese Days (Penguin Modern Classics)
Burmese Days (Penguin Modern Classics)
by George Orwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 13 May 2003
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Without a doubt, this is one of the best books I've read. By using his own personal experiences as a colonial policeman, Orwell has captured a fantastic story of an Englishman's life in Burma. Like much of Orwell's work, it concludes with a sad ending.
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No Full Stops in India
No Full Stops in India
by Mark Tully
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very thoughtful, 13 May 2003
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Excellent book, which explores a number of encounters which Mark Tully has had in his many years in India. He covers the practise of Sati excellently, an gives a real eye-opener to those of us to have misunderstood its nature and popularity. A very thoughtful book, written by someone who obviously understands a great deal about the Indian people.


The Third Way: The Renewal of Social Democracy
The Third Way: The Renewal of Social Democracy
by Anthony Giddens
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bit of a chiche now, 16 April 2003
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The "Third Way" has certainly become something of a cliché now, but the book is interesting nevertheless as it sets out what is envisaged for the "Third Way". We must remember that it was written prior to Blair winning the 1997 general election. The book is good in that it is simple and clear, but not particularity revolutionary or challenging.


They F*** You Up: How to Survive Family Life
They F*** You Up: How to Survive Family Life
by Oliver James
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another good one, 16 April 2003
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Another very good book from Oliver James. Certainly doesn't fall within the dreaded "self help" category, and comprehensively assesses the factors which shape your personality and instinct from a very early age. Enlightening reading for anyone.


The Scottish Enlightenment: The Scots' Invention of the Modern World
The Scottish Enlightenment: The Scots' Invention of the Modern World
by Arthur Herman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 2 April 2003
I didn't realise until after buying the book that it had been written by an American, and I must confess that I was somewhat suspicious that his analysis would be sentimental and predictable. It wasn't. The book itself is very enlightening, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The Scottish and Ulster Scots people have been scattered all over the world, and their impact is probably immeasurable. The final chapter dealt with some sad reflections on Scotland today, and the rise in Scottish nationalism.


Italy and its Discontents 1980-2001: Family, Civil Society, State
Italy and its Discontents 1980-2001: Family, Civil Society, State
by Paul Ginsborg
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.99

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good review of an unsettling time, 24 Mar. 2003
Having had little exposure to Italian politics and culture, this was an excellent start in understanding the attitudes and culture of the Italian people. Knowing their political culture, and appreciating their view of politicians is particularly useful if you want to understand Italy.
A very good book - excellent prose throughout.


Danziger's Britain: A Journey to the Edge
Danziger's Britain: A Journey to the Edge
by Nick Danziger
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Provoking, 24 Feb. 2003
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A very interesting book that chronicles the lives of many in some of the most impoverished parts of the UK. There were times, however, when I felt the some of the characters were too similar to warrant a mention. These are the people we tend to forget, and this book makes a terrific attempt to give them a voice.
Despite being researched in 1995, it is just as relevant seven years later -- that is a great shame.


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