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The Grand Designer: Third Marquess of Bute
The Grand Designer: Third Marquess of Bute
by Rosemary Hannah
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.94

3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 8 May 2016
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Being an enthusiast for Victorian Gothic architecture in general and William Burges' work in particular, I bought this book to learn in some depth about Bute's collaboration with his architects and his involvement with the Gothic revival. I believe that I was justified in expecting that this would be the main theme of the book bearing in mind its title and the notes on the rear cover. I must say that it was a major disappointment in this respect.

Also in several places quotations are included from Bute's letters or diaries and it is not at all clear what the meaning is or what point the author is trying to make.

The book is not without interest but the student of Victorian architecture should look elsewhere. ("William Burges and the High Victorian Dream" for starters!)


Nuaire Drimaster Condensation Ventilation Loft Unit
Nuaire Drimaster Condensation Ventilation Loft Unit

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent device - I was a bit sceptical about its ..., 4 Jan. 2015
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Excellent device - I was a bit sceptical about its claims but it seems to have completely eradicated the condensation from my house.


Indoor Plant -House or Office Plant -Aspidistra elatior - Cast Iron Plant Approx 45cm Tall
Indoor Plant -House or Office Plant -Aspidistra elatior - Cast Iron Plant Approx 45cm Tall
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Price: £16.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Aspidistra, 14 Oct. 2014
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Good, healthy plant supplied in good packaging.


Dremel 2615S545JB SpeedClic Diamond Cutting Wheel
Dremel 2615S545JB SpeedClic Diamond Cutting Wheel
Price: £12.58

4.0 out of 5 stars Useful tool, 3 Feb. 2014
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I bought this attachment for my Dremel as I was going to start a tiling project and needed to cut bits out of several tiles to go around electrical sockets, light switches etc. It was by far the best tool I have used for this job. My only concern is that it seemed to start to wear out and cut slower sooner than I expected but it got the job done and if I was going to do a similar project I would buy another one of these without hesitation.


Timber Decay in Buildings: The Conservation Approach to Treatment: Decay, Treatment and Conservation: The Conservation Approach to Treatment (Guides for Practitioners)
Timber Decay in Buildings: The Conservation Approach to Treatment: Decay, Treatment and Conservation: The Conservation Approach to Treatment (Guides for Practitioners)
by Brian Ridout
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £55.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive book on timber decay, 16 July 2013
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This book was invaluable when I was preparing my university dissertation on dry rot treatment. Whilst it is extremely authoritative it somehow manages not to make the subject too dry.


Old House Eco Handbook: A Practical Guide to Retrofitting for Energy-Efficiency & Sustainability
Old House Eco Handbook: A Practical Guide to Retrofitting for Energy-Efficiency & Sustainability
by Roger Hunt
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.40

26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but lacking detail, 9 July 2013
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This book does provide quite a bit of good information but there would be room for much more detail if so much space wasn't wasted.

For example at one point there is a photo of a skip captioned "Think carefully what goes into a skip". I think we all know what a skip looks like! Elsewhere there is a photo of boarded up houses with the caption "These boarded up houses in Nelson, Lancashire are under threat of demolition". What useful information is this imparting that will help me make my house more sustainable? These are just two examples of a number of photos which seem to serve no purpose other than to pad out the book.

When we do need details then the book can be lacking. For example the job that I am most interested in now is insulating a suspended timber floor and a good cross section is included showing how to insulate such a floor. However there is no diagram or other information about what you do at the edge of the floor where the joists enter the wall.


The Pre-Raphaelites (World of Art)
The Pre-Raphaelites (World of Art)
by Timothy Hilton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.95

2.0 out of 5 stars Still none the wiser!, 19 May 2013
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Being a devotee of the Victorian Gothic Revival in architecture generally (and William Burges in particular who has been described as the only Pre-Raphaelite architect) I bought this book because I wanted to gain an understanding of the related world of the Pre-Raphaelite movement. I admit that I know next to nothing about art.

Having read this book I don't think that I am really any the wiser about Pre-Raphaelitism.

It appears that the author is far more interested in demonstrating his large vocabulary of obscure words than in providing clear explanations of the subject. Maybe someone with a greater general understanding of art would get more out of this book, but it's not one for the novice.

Finally I would point out that a lot of the pictures are reproduced in monochrome - what use is that?


William Burges: and the High Victorian Dream
William Burges: and the High Victorian Dream
by J. Mordaunt Crook
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 13 April 2013
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While the original 1981 edition of this book was academically a masterpiece it was let down by the photographs, the majority of which were monochrome, often of dubious quality and consigned to an appendix at the back.

Now in this revised version the photographs are where they belong, alongside the relevant text, there are many more of them and many are in colour. OK there are still a few monochrome photos of Burges' work in there which, bearing in mind how important colour is in his interiors, are as much use as a chocolate teapot but that is this book's only real failing.

This book ought to be required reading for all students of architecture and architectural history then, perhaps, Billy Burges will finally get the universal acknowledgement he deserves as being one of the greatest geniuses of architecture and design.


The Victorian House Book: A Practical Guide to Home Repair and Decoration
The Victorian House Book: A Practical Guide to Home Repair and Decoration
by Robin Guild
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.40

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful information for Victorian home owners, 6 Feb. 2013
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According to the notes on the dust jacket this book "provides owners and admirers of Victorian houses with the most comprehensive source book and guide to home repair and decoration available today" - this is an exaggeration.

The book tries to be comprehensive in that it includes history, exterior features, interior decoration, information on alterations and technical advice but the problem is that in doing so it is trying to cover too much in one book. The end result is that a lot of subjects are covered in insufficient depth. The author was an interior decorator and maybe he should have just stuck to his field of expertise - some of the technical advice is questionable and what he says about dry rot is plain wrong!

However despite not being perfect it is still a worthwhile read for the Victorian house owner.


Flat Earth: The History of an Infamous Idea
Flat Earth: The History of an Infamous Idea
by Christine Garwood
Edition: Paperback

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some people will believe anything!!, 3 Mar. 2011
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this book for me was that as soon as I started to read the accounts of the nineteenth century flat-earthers I was immediately struck by the similarity between them and the modern day climate change deniers or those who believe that they can prove the moon landings were faked. So the story does have a lot of resonance today.

Overall I would say this book is well written, interesting and entertaining in parts but its main failing is that it is too long. It could easily be edited down to half its length without losing anything of importance.


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