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Midnight Plus One
Midnight Plus One
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... read Lyall's other books over the decades I was delighted to find one I had missed, 28 April 2015
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Having read Lyall's other books over the decades I was delighted to find one I had missed. I wasn't disappointed at all. The hero, like most of Lyall's, is flawed, but seems to have insight into his failings. I enjoyed the twists of the plot and, perhaps naively, didn't predict the denouement.


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4.0 out of 5 stars like me, can't read, 6 Mar. 2015
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arrived safely; just in case anyone, like me, can't read: it does say "3 Pin C5 Power lead NOT included". so you may need one of these too.....


The Rise of Wellington
The Rise of Wellington
by Frederick Sleigh Roberts
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Victorian General assesses Wellington, 12 Nov. 2014
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This is a fairly short book, based on a series of magazine articles. It is an assessment of the Duke of Wellington by Roberts of Kandahar and as such is rich in insights. The book is split into three parts covering Wellington's time in India, the Peninsular War and the Hundred Days and Waterloo. I think it is fair to conclude that Roberts rated the Iron Duke as a great general, but perhaps held Wellington the man in lower esteem.

Readable and most interesting.


Sea Lord
Sea Lord
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5.0 out of 5 stars I thought this was a very good adventure story the style of which reminded me very ..., 18 Oct. 2014
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I thought this was a very good adventure story the style of which reminded me very much of the books of Gavin Lyall from the 1960s.


Understanding the Somme 1916. An Illuminating Battlefield Guide
Understanding the Somme 1916. An Illuminating Battlefield Guide
by Thomas Scotland
Edition: Paperback

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting to grips with the Somme, 18 Oct. 2014
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The Somme isn't an easy battle to get to grips with, because of the length of the front and the prolonged course of the attack. This Guidebook breaks the battle up into manageable sections, with excellent maps and very many high quality photographs. The authors have very detailed knowledge which they succeed in making comprehensible to those less expert. Strongly recommended!
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Wars, Pestilence and the Surgeon's Blade. The Evolution of British Military Medicine and Surgery During the Nineteenth Century. (Helion Studies in Military History)
Wars, Pestilence and the Surgeon's Blade. The Evolution of British Military Medicine and Surgery During the Nineteenth Century. (Helion Studies in Military History)
by Thomas Scotland
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book should be of great interest to both laymen and medics and is highly ..., 29 Sept. 2014
This volume, written by experts in orthopaedic and general surgery, attempts to describe the advances in military medicine, especially surgery, throughout the nineteenth century. This is a considerable task and the authors are to be congratulated on the manner in which they have achieved their goal. The focus is predominantly on the British experience, but the important American Civil War, Franco-Prussian War and Russo- Japanese War (of 1904-5 and therefore a twentieth century conflict) are by no means neglected. The huge contribution of Sir James McGrigor - the father of British Military Medicine- and the development of anaesthesia are particularly well described. There is much detail with relevant statistical data.

This book should be of great interest to both laymen and medics and is highly recommended.


The Plantagenet Vendetta
The Plantagenet Vendetta
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a good story well researched, 26 Feb. 2014
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I enjoyed this book, with its premise of a cabal of disaffected descendants of the Plantagenets plotting against the state

At times too wordy and would have benefited from some editing

but worth 4 stars!


Larbert and Stenhousemuir
Larbert and Stenhousemuir
by Fiona McIntosh
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4.0 out of 5 stars local history, 13 Nov. 2013
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this is a good collection of old images of the twin stirlingshire villages

my only criticism is that the quality of reproduction of the photographs is lower that might be expected today


Engine of Destruction: The 51st Highland Division in the Great War
Engine of Destruction: The 51st Highland Division in the Great War
by Colin Campbell
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highland Warriors, 15 Oct. 2013
This is a welcome account of the deeds of the 51st Highland Division in the Great War. It follows these Territorials from their training in Bedford, to their baptism in France in 1915. It details their involvement in all three British zones in the Western Front: the Somme, Artois and the Ypres Salient and features both their failures and great successes, most notably Beaumont Hamel where their reputation was established.

It quotes heavily from existing sources and unpublished accounts and ties these together with relevant prose.

All in all, a book to be recommended to anyone interested in these Scottish soldiers of a century ago.


Time to Declare
Time to Declare
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3.0 out of 5 stars Time to declare, 30 Aug. 2013
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This is a fairly conventional autobiography of a test cricketer and Australian captain.
Taylor comes over as a pleasant intelligent man. The three episodes which feature most strongly are his struggles with the bat rescued by an Ashes hundred in England, his 334 not out equalling Bradman's Australian record and his retirement at the end of his career.

I don't think there are any great insights into events behind the scenes.

Overall quite a good read.


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