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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 24 Jan. 2016
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Excellent, thank you


The Late-Night News
The Late-Night News
by Petros Markaris
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A triumph, Markaris is a voice we all of Europe (& the UK) need to hear., 11 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: The Late-Night News (Paperback)
A laid back and cool look at how career, social standing, financial and political power and self interest trumps justice. Inspector Haritos is no genius, and life at home is trying for him, but he is an example to us all, and very heartening.
Markaris deserves a huge, international audience for his exploration of endemic political and financial perversion of truth and justice. Terrific English translation.


Zone Defence
Zone Defence
by Petros Markaris
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The dark underbelly of Europe's political class in Greece, 11 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: Zone Defence (Paperback)
Everything that matters is studiously ignored, everything trivial moved centre stage as Markaris explores how the worst crimes are carefully covered up in the interests of the corrupt and powerful. Greece is the setting, but everyone in Europe (and the UK) will see parallels in their own countries.

Magnificent.


Doubt: A History : the Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson
Doubt: A History : the Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson
by Jennifer Michael Hecht
Edition: Library Binding
Price: £19.65

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The stupid are cocksure, and the intelligent are full of doubt." Bertrand Russell, 11 Feb. 2014
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Jennifer Hecht amply illustrates Bertrand Russell's very apposite observation,
and writes the results of her investigations in a highly readable and enjoyable
style.
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Rattle Bag: An Anthology of Poetry
Rattle Bag: An Anthology of Poetry
by Seamus Heaney
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A congenial companion, 19 Feb. 2012
The choice and sequence of the poems by Heaney and Hughes is a bit like a lively conversation, ranging over ever topic under the sun in a truthful way. I see that the previous reviewer accidentally hit one star instead of five. I agree with all she said about this book, and hope my five stars will help readers when they consider this collection


Out of the Woodshed: Portrait of Stella Gibbons
Out of the Woodshed: Portrait of Stella Gibbons
by Reggie Oliver
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who is not, at least a little bit, afraid of Virginia Woolf?, 12 Feb. 2012
A fascinating look at the life and preoccupations of the 'Cold Comfort Farm' author Stella Gibbons. written by her nephew, who is himself a novelist and actor.

Cold Comfort Farm was Stella's most popular novel, and the praise it brought her made Virginia Woolf catty and envious.

Reggie Oliver does a good job of putting Gibbons' work in the context of her personal life and family troubles.
Not being a professional biographer his account lacks the scholarly discipline, but his personal knowledge of his subject more than makes up for this disadvantage.

There is not a whole lot of information out there about Stella Gibbons, and this is her only published biography, a must if you loved Cold Comfort Farm and have been intrigued by the very different approach of her later work.


What's in the Queen's Handbag and other Royal Secrets
What's in the Queen's Handbag and other Royal Secrets
by Phil Dampier
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun for small children, 8 Feb. 2012
This is one of my three year old granddaughter's favourite books. She has an unending fascination with the contents of everyone's handbags, and is delighted if given the chance to rifle through and carefully examine the variety of objects which women carry around.
Her brother, usually dismissive of books and handbags (unless there might be something inside for him), loves the stories of the naughty corgis and their battles with the palace staff.
Laughter all round.


Did You Know? Fascinating Facts from Encyclopedia Britannica
Did You Know? Fascinating Facts from Encyclopedia Britannica
by Unnamed Unnamed
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars The crocodile diet and the dance of death., 2 Feb. 2012
A slim, beautifully typeset volume, illustrated by Paul Hogarth, covering a fantastic range of subjects from the crocodile diet to the dance of death, all excerpted from Encyclopaedia Britannica. Draw up a cosy chair, brew up a warm drink, and settle down.
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THE FIFTIES 50s 1950s
THE FIFTIES 50s 1950s
by Peter Lewis
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So near, yet so far away,, 1 Feb. 2012
This review is from: THE FIFTIES 50s 1950s (Hardcover)
It seems unbelievable that as recently as the Fifties few people were familiar with such words as 'teenager', 'automation',
'transistor' or 'computer'. Although the Fifties are near enough to be remember by around half the population today, that decade now seems strangely remote.

Life at the outset of the Fifties had Nuclear War as an ever-present dread, food rationing was more severe than it had been in 1945, and the austere, vegetarian Stafford Cripps was urging the country to still greater sacrifices.

Then came the Festival of Britain promising 'fun, fantasy and colour', and suddenly things began to move. Angry Young Men like John Osborne attacked The Establishment, closely followed by a 'Youthquake' to the raucous beat of Bill Haley and the Comets. Teddy Boys began to strut the streets, and Lady Docker drove around in her gold Rolls Royce. At the end of the Fifties,Harold Wilson was saying 'You've never had it so good'.

The past is another country, amazingly even this recent past which I myself lived through, seems strange and foreign now. I find impossible to credibly describe to people who did not experience it.

Peter Lewis vividly recaptures the essence of the decade. It is a pleasure to read, and to revist the beginnings of this
crazy world we live in now.


Harry Black
Harry Black
by Walker David
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars A Ripping Yarn, 30 Jan. 2012
This review is from: Harry Black (Hardcover)
Harry goes hunting tigers, and finds himself.

Steamy jungles, exotic scenery emotional
situations and stiff upper lip, Harry takes
us along with him through it all.

It's quite a journey, and an engrossing read.


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