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The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science: Costa & Royal Society Prize Winner
The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science: Costa & Royal Society Prize Winner
by Andrea Wulf
Edition: Hardcover


The Ancient Explorers
The Ancient Explorers
by M. Cary
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 16 May 2016
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exactly what I was looking for


The Voyage of the Beagle
The Voyage of the Beagle
by Charles Darwin
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars a big book, 26 Dec. 2015
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It's a BIG book!
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Magellan (B-Format Paperback)
Magellan (B-Format Paperback)
by Stefan Zweig
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very fine short biography, 17 May 2015
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Zweig was a gifted biographer (as well as a novelist) and anyone who has relished his treatment of Mary Stuart or his Marie Antoinette, not to mention his shorter biographical essay on Calvin and Servetus, need not hesitate over this biography of Magellan


Kaiser Wilhelm Ii: A Concise Life
Kaiser Wilhelm Ii: A Concise Life
by John C. G. Röhl
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars and all the better for it, 16 Jan. 2015
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Concise indeed, and all the better for it. An impressively clear account, and in the best sense memorable, i.e. 'memorisable'. The author brings out the damage suffered by his subject, from birth onwards, which produced a sadly warped and dangerously misguided personality, at the head of a major political and military power.


Mary Stuart (B-Format Paperback)
Mary Stuart (B-Format Paperback)
by Stefan Zweig
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Zweig was a master of this kind of writing - ..., 9 Oct. 2014
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Zweig was a master of this kind of writing - the thoroughness and accuracy of a careful biographer, combined with the novelist's feel for drama and pathos. I have read other works on Mary Queen of Scots and admired them: this one did all that and also made me weep at the narrative of her execution.


Beethoven: Complete Piano Concertos (Paul Lewis)
Beethoven: Complete Piano Concertos (Paul Lewis)
Price: £25.68

5.0 out of 5 stars This will be a classic, 9 Oct. 2014
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This is Lewis as we've come to know and love him. This set should go on the shelf alongside the classic recordings of previous generations, such as Brendel or Schnabel


The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century
The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century
by Steven Pinker
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars if you've managed 'How the Mind Works' and felt the better of it, 9 Oct. 2014
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It's fluently written, has its moments of real wit, and seems a very thorough piece of work. But it is a very academic work - not to be compared with, for example, Gowers' "Plain Words". I found myself skipping over ever-larger tracts of words, as he makes his point swiftly but then goes into long paragraphs of analysis of what he's just said. But don't be put off, if you've managed 'How the Mind Works' and felt the better of it, you probably won't be disappointed in this one.


Mary of Guise (Scots' Lives)
Mary of Guise (Scots' Lives)
by Rosalind Kay Marshall
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

3.0 out of 5 stars A useful book to have to hand, 9 Oct. 2014
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It does the job it sets out to do, i.e. narrative of Mary's life, unpretentiously, without flash. A useful book to have to hand.


John Knox
John Knox
by Rosalind Kay Marshall
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 3 Sept. 2014
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Excellent book - lucid, very readable, and a balanced account of a famously controversial figure.


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