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Murder at the Farm: Who Killed Carl Bridgewater?
3.93
I was 15 years old when Carl Bridgewater was shot dead whilst delivering papers at Yew Tree Farm, near Storbridge. He had only being doing the papers...more
Jan 1995
Apr 04, 2008
 
The Downing Street Years
3.82
I started reading this book after the Tories were finally booted from power in 1997. I read it to consign the memory of her and her party to history a...more
Jan 1997
Feb 08, 2008
 
The Battle for the Falklands
3.88
This was the first Hastings book that I read... it was interesting at the time but, since reading other, is certainly not his best.

Because of the cont...more
not set
Jan 25, 2008
 
Between Extremes
3.48
This really is a lovely book that, throughout, is tinged with sadness at the recollection of the extraordinary horrors that these men endured.

Between...more
Jan 2003
Jan 23, 2008
 
The Enemy Within: The Secret War Against the Miners
4.28
If only half of what is claimed is true... then we should all be afraid.

I am under no illusion that there are differing degrees of freedoms and have l...more
Jan 2005
Jun 03, 2008
 
Walt Disney: An American Original
4.27
I have always been interested in the stories behind the legend that has become Walt Disney. I suppose he was a hero, of sorts, as I grew and, as an ad...more
Jan 1999
Mar 27, 2008
 
The Ashdown Diaries, Volume 1 1988-1997
3.64
Not a great book...not a good diary either...

Honestly... I found it an "almost" journal... from a politician that "almost" did something that someone...more
Jan 2001
Jan 31, 2008
 
John Gielgud: An Actor's Life
3.31
I am surprised at myslef. I liked this book. The surpise is not down to the brilliance of Gielgud, his goofs or self-deprecation, but down to Gyles Br...more
Apr 15, 2008
Apr 04, 2008
 
Norman Rockwell's America
4.29
Rockwells artwork is outstanding.

I first became aware of his skill whilst viusiting the home of a Scouting friend in America. Norman Rockwell used to...more
not set
Jan 25, 2008
 
In the Psychiatrist's Chair III
4.33
This is the third volume of In the Psychiatrist's Chair and features faithful transcripts of Clare's hour-long sessions on BBC Radio 4 with Martin Bel...more
not set
Oct 22, 2008
 
The Last Fighting Tommy: The Life of Harry Patch, the Oldest Surviving Veteran of the Trenches
4.11
Harry Patch is 109 years [110 in June]. He is the oldest surviving man who saw combat in World War 1.

Harry didn't want to fight[he'd trained a a plumb...more
Apr 06, 2008
Jan 27, 2008
 
It Was Twenty Years Ago Today: An Anniversary Celebration of 1967
3.84
In this book Taylor really emphasises the significance of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album - those of us that love the group/album hardly n...more
not set
Jan 25, 2008
 
Keystone: The Life and Clowns of Mack Sennett
3.78
I remember, many years ago, as I watched Torvill and Dean wend their way gracefully over the ice to that collection of music.... not the Bolero - the...more
not set
Sep 28, 2008
 
The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin
4.03
I loved Reginald Perrin so much when I was young. I can't imagine what childhood would have been like without this and other great comedies that we us...more
Jan 1976
Apr 07, 2008
 
Dare to Be a Daniel: Then and Now
3.97
I was unsure before I read "Dare to Be a Daniel"... but I am absolutely delighted to say that what I previously believed has been confirmed within.......more
Feb 20, 2008
Jan 27, 2008
 
Long Way Round
3.87
Not sure what happened to my original review... but here goes again.

The two characters [McGregor and Boorman] have made this whole journey saga into s...more
not set
Jan 25, 2008
 
In The Psychiatrist's Chair
4.00
These are the transcripts of the interviews by Anthony Clare, with celebrities, that were broadcast on Radio 4. There were many that I missed over the...more
not set
Jan 25, 2008
 
Pegasus Bridge
4.08
To fly hundreds of miles, towed in a plywood and canvas glider - to be released from your tug-plane whilst out at sea - to do this in the dark and lan...more
not set
Jan 23, 2008
 
Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph (The Authorized Doubleday/Doran Edition)
4.02
An amazingly complete book that leaves you feeling that you have actually read something and learned something worthwhile.

T.E. Lawrence was undoubtedl...more
Jan 2000
Feb 09, 2008
 
In the Arena: An Autobiography
3.81
The death of Charlton Heston was announced today. I do wish that I had never known of the politics that he favoured - it made me like him a lot less t...more
Jan 1999
Feb 24, 2008
 
Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest
4.41
I read this following the epic Band of Brother series by Hanks and Spielberg.

It is a wonderful book that focusses, quite brilliantly, on the wartime...more
not set
Jan 23, 2008
 
Britain at War: Famous British Battles from Hastings to Normandy, 1066-1944
3.50
Mmmm... not all of these battles even mentioned... let alone covered.


Creçy
Agincourt
Spanish Armada
Blenheim
Bunker Hill
Culloden
Saratoga
Monmouth
Yor...more
not set
May 04, 2008
 
Brian Johnston: The Authorised Biography
3.50
Brian Johnston features in my earliest memories of Test Match Special [and John Arlott, of course].

His childlike himour and love for the game made him...more
not set
Jan 25, 2008
 
A Lot Of Hard Yakka
4.18
I really don't believe that I had heard of Simon Hughes until I read his books. He later turned up as an analyst on Channel 4's cricket coverage.

Howev...more
not set
Jan 24, 2008
 
Arctic Diary: Surviving on Thin Ice
3.12
The cheek of putting your name as sole author to a book that isn't entirely your own is a bit naughty....

Despite being a tosser, I quite like this gu...more
not set
Apr 30, 2008
 
Remember Arnhem
4.67
Another myth from Arnhem gets busted as Fairley [a Reconnaissance Squadron Arnhem campaign veteran] tells us that it was simply untrue.

He tells us th...more
Jan 1984
Jan 25, 2008
 
The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916
4.26
If you only ever want to read about one specific battle of the Great War [already believing that you know the gist of what happened] then this book is...more
Jan 1996
May 02, 2008
 
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Book)
4.52
...."Fetchez le vache"...

I'm not exagerating when I say that I nearly wet myself laughing so many times whilst reciting lines from the movie with my...more
Jan 1977
Apr 04, 2008
 
A Bridge Too Far
4.21
Probably the best, if not the most well known, book on Operation Market Garden. Detailed and lengthy it tells of the battle from all sides - Allies, A...more
not set
Jan 23, 2008
 
Arnhem Lift: A Fighting Gilder Pilot Remembers
3.75
So few people are aware of the contribution made by the Glider Pilot Regiment. Unlike their American counterparts that were basically civillians that...more
not set
Jan 25, 2008
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