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Godspell [DVD] [2008]
Godspell [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ David Haskell
Price: £5.00

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1.0 out of 5 stars Dear oh dear!, 22 Nov. 2014
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A disappointing DVD - presenting a soft and sentimental version of the show - full of characters dancing about aimlessly, without much coherence or commitment to what they are saying. It is naïve to the point of embarrassment, and without the power to charm.


An Officer and a Spy
An Officer and a Spy
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book; wonderfully well researched with an edge of ..., 22 Oct. 2014
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A great book; wonderfully well researched with an edge of your seat approach to a horrendous period of French Political life. Despite the fact that one knows the rough outcome, Harris's sense of detail and his eye for character makes this a real page turner. Thoroughly enjoyed it.


The Widow of the South
The Widow of the South
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3.0 out of 5 stars it slows down too much after that with the introspective wife of the house - whose frequent monologues about her lost children b, 22 Oct. 2014
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The book opens with a gripping (and gritty) account of the Battle of Franklin - lots of varied focus and perspective; it slows down too much after that with the introspective wife of the house - whose frequent monologues about her lost children became repetitive and dull, so that I am afraid I rapidly lost interest. A pity. I've visited the battle field and hospital and it's a potentially stirring tale.


Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography, Volume One: Not For Turning
Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography, Volume One: Not For Turning
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5.0 out of 5 stars Briliant, 21 Jun. 2014
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An absolutely fascinating work; the day to day, blow by blow account of Cabinet meetings, of the Falklands crisis and other events makes this a wonderfully gripping account; balanced, witty and thoroughly detailed.


Six Centuries of Verse - The Complete Series [DVD]
Six Centuries of Verse - The Complete Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Gielgud
Price: £7.72

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Age shall not weary them, 21 Jun. 2014
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Hearing poetry read in a clear, intelligent manner is heart lifting; this ancient recording from the 1980s has an integrity and deftness that makes it still well worth offering post GCSE students, even though the majority of the famous readers are dead.


Twelfth Night (Classic Drama)
Twelfth Night (Classic Drama)
by William Shakespeare
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £11.22

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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent, rather antiquated piece, 21 Jun. 2014
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At times it sounds a little like the Old Vic under Lilian Bayliss; still it is honest and clear - and the lines are delivered intelligently.


Vile Bodies (Penguin Modern Classics)
Vile Bodies (Penguin Modern Classics)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Zany take on The Bright Young Things, 1 Feb. 2014
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Waugh bleak satire on life in the 1930s still tickles the ribs; it's quite absurd and always entertaining. But deep down there's a bleak and arid mood - not far from Eliot's 'Wasteland' - or indeed Fitzgerald's 'Gatsby. The final scene in ruined No Man's Land is more like Dali.


As Luck Would Have It
As Luck Would Have It
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3.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and considered - but a touch rambling!, 17 Nov. 2013
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Engaging and considered; this autobiography gives a lovely insight into the character of one our greatest actors. Excellent vignettes on life in the East End, in Cambridge and during the early days of the national Theatre. It is a bit rambling, however, particularly towards the second half; so many engagements, so many events. Like life, it doesn't quite hang together coherently.


The Rough Guide to Japan (Rough Guide to...)
The Rough Guide to Japan (Rough Guide to...)

2.0 out of 5 stars Confused!, 1 Aug. 2013
I bought this Guide on a kindle, which explains my disappointment. Finding one's way around a Guide on Kindle is extremely confusing. The search engines - i.e. when you are looking for a word or a place - were very unhelpful. When you are using a guide you want to flip around from place to place; Kindles do not make this exercise at all easy.

Much of the information - if and when you ever found it - was decent and helpful. But buying a Guide on a kindle was a great mistake.


The Pillars of the Earth
The Pillars of the Earth
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4.0 out of 5 stars A rollicking tale, 22 July 2013
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Don't look for subtlety or finesse in this Medieval Soap Opera - but it's a good page turner, with some entertaining twists. Episode follows episode, with hair's breadth escapes and desperate deeds in the Dark World of King Stephen's civil wars. But the author's fascination with the builders of the Great Cathedrals raises this book well above the pack. It is deeply instructive too and always makes for an enjoyable read.


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