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A Walk-On Part: Diaries 1994-1999 (Mullin Diaires 3)
A Walk-On Part: Diaries 1994-1999 (Mullin Diaires 3)
by Chris Mullin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable and Illuminating Read, 23 Feb. 2014
A great canter through the early New Labour era. Chris Mullin writes sharply and provides plenty of not terribly discreet comment on the political machinations and players of the 94-99 years. Overall, very easy and enjoyable reading for fans of the political diary genre.


Mexico - Democracy Interrupted
Mexico - Democracy Interrupted
by Jo Tuckman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Assessment of Modern Day Mexico, 23 Feb. 2014
A very readable and accesible account of the the principle political and societal forces and issues confronting Mexico since the election of Vicente Fox in 2000. This significant milestone - the transition of the Presidency from the single party hegemony of PRI to the PAN - has not (entirely unsurprisingly) been the panacea some were perhaps tempted to believe at the time.

Jo Tuckman describes and assesses very well the many profound challenges which the Mexican people face in their quest for democractic stability and accountability, including the dreadful Drugs War. She has a journalist's aptitude for the human dimension, thus avoiding an overly dense academic assessment of these travails.

I recommend this book very highly, and encourage all those interested in this wonderful yet troubled country to read it.


The Third Man
The Third Man
by Peter Mandelson
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best accounts of the New Labour era, 12 Feb. 2014
This review is from: The Third Man (Hardcover)
A terrific read, which is gripping from start to finish. Peter Mandleson writes an absorbing account of the New Labour era, with a particular focus on the many tribulations (and occasional upsides) of working so closely alongside the disastrous Blair - Brown pairing. The book is well written and as you'd expect does present Mandleson in a sympathetic tone. As an individual he comes across intelligent, erudite, and good company, and leaves the reader hoping that he will publish more insights into this period of British politics.


The Eleventh Day
The Eleventh Day
by Anthony Summers
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Descriptive Account of that Dreadful Day, 8 Feb. 2014
This review is from: The Eleventh Day (Paperback)
A descriptive and thought provoking account of the 9-11 attrocities which we are extremely familiar with. The dreadful day is seared into our memories; and this book takes us crisply and thoroughly through the crimes themeselves, the terrorist plotters and their activities in the months leading up to 9-11. It also devotes considerable time (and for me this was the most interesting area) of the cross border intelligence efforts and indeed multiple mistakes which could have prevented these heinous crimes. Hindsight of course makes it tempting to judge the intelligence failures more harshly, and the reader needs to recall the more benign security environment we all lived in prior to 9-11. What we can all draw a modicum of comfort from is the response post 9-11, where the security techniques and organisations of the USA and its allies have improved beyond all recognition - as seen through the sheer number of plots disrupted or foiled.

The authors deal robustly with the conspiracy theorists, and call out (which is of no surprise) the role of some elements within Saudi Arabia and Pakistan of faciliatating the activities of the plotters and thereby the attack itself. The relationship in particular between the USA and Saudia Arabia is questioned and challenged; and leaves the reader in no doubt that this strange alliance will still remain pivotal (one way or other) to the long term interests of the Middle East and the USA


Mozart: Exsultate Jubilate (Regina Coeli/ Laudate Dominum/ Sub Tuum Praesidium)
Mozart: Exsultate Jubilate (Regina Coeli/ Laudate Dominum/ Sub Tuum Praesidium)
Price: £10.81

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Listen, 23 Jan. 2014
Received this as a gift a year ago, and listened to it again yesterday. The Kings Consort under Robert King have produced a most wonderful sound; crisp and delicate, which truly lifts the soul. Can highly recommend for all Mozart enthusiasts. Fantastic.


Power Play
Power Play
Price: £6.92

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another cracking read, 21 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: Power Play (Kindle Edition)
Great plot and a real page turner. If you've enjoyed Patrick Robinson's other works, you'll thoroughly enjoy this US-Russian thriller. Just looking forward to the next offering!


The Silver Locomotive Mystery (Railway Detective Series) (The Railway Detective Series)
The Silver Locomotive Mystery (Railway Detective Series) (The Railway Detective Series)
by Edward Marston
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Another Good Read, 8 Mar. 2013
This 6th book in the Inspector Colbeck series is a good read. As others have said, the literary style is not the most sophisticated, though neither does it purport to be. The mystery has some interesting twists and turns, and certainly keeps the reader very interested. I was rushing through the pages, and wil for sure, buy the next book in the series. Recommended.


The Railway Viaduct (Inspector Robert Colbeck)
The Railway Viaduct (Inspector Robert Colbeck)
by Edward Marston
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A good well paced Victorian detective story, 3 Dec. 2012
Very much enjoyed this book. It is certainly, in my humble opinion, a more fluid read that the previous Edward Marston Railway Detective story (The Excursion Train); indeed I was pretty well hooked from start to finish.

The story is interesting, well paced and keeps the reader alert and engaged. The characters likewise are presented and developed with genuine historical insight and are very plausible.

It is not (nor is the book intended) to be challenging to read - it is one that when you open it, you will certainly want to finish it. Not a bad accolade for me.


The Excursion Train  (The Railway Detective Series)
The Excursion Train (The Railway Detective Series)
by Edward Marston
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable well paced read, 24 Nov. 2012
As a completely new genre and author for me, I had no expectations or thoughts on what I would find; but I must say that I enjoyed The Excursion Train from start to finish.

Like some other reviewers found, the prose can be quite wooden in places, and not the most sophisticated. On the other hand though, the story was well paced, interesting and kept my attention well.

I very much look forward to reading more of Edward Marston's work.


Brown at 10
Brown at 10
by Anthony Seldon
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Exploration of the Brown Premiership, 16 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Brown at 10 (Hardcover)
I was unable to put this book down - an excellent account of Gordon Brown's three years at the helm of the British Government; detailing all the major events and inside goings on of those turbulent times. The book is excellently researched and riveting in its detail. It is also a fair account, with Brown's undoubted strengths and weaknesses exposed and assessed in candid terms. Although written very quickly after his departure from office, it is fascinating account. I recommend it highly.


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