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The Downing Street Years
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
Murder at the Farm: Who Killed Carl Bridgewater?
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 Battle for the Falklands
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
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Jan 25, 2008
Das Reich
Das Reich: the story may be full of inaccuracies, but Hastings ties it together so well. With so much History in detail you would expect some errors a ...more
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Jan 25, 2008
Between Extremes
This really is a lovely book that, throughout, is tinged with sadness at the recollection of the extraordinary horrors that these men endured.

Jan 2003
Jan 23, 2008
Forgotten Voices of the Falklands: The Real Story of the Falklands War in the Words of Those Who Were There

A sad reminder of Britains solo war against the Argentinians.
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Jun 03, 2008
The Ashdown Diaries, Volume 1 1988-1997
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
Jan 2001
Jan 31, 2008
The Enemy Within: The Secret War Against the Miners
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
Jan 2005
Jun 03, 2008
Walt Disney: An American Original
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
John Gielgud: An Actor's Life
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
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
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Jan 25, 2008
In the Psychiatrist's Chair III
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
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Oct 22, 2008
The Last Fighting Tommy: The Life of Harry Patch, the Oldest Surviving Veteran of the Trenches
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
Apr 06, 2008
Jan 27, 2008
It Was Twenty Years Ago Today: An Anniversary Celebration of 1967
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
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Jan 25, 2008
Keystone: The Life and Clowns of Mack Sennett
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
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Sep 28, 2008
The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin
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
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
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
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Jan 25, 2008
In The Psychiatrist's Chair
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
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Jan 25, 2008
Pegasus Bridge
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
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Jan 23, 2008
Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph (The Authorized Doubleday/Doran Edition)
An amazingly complete book that leaves you feeling that you have actually read something and learned something worthwhile.

T.E. Lawrence was undoubtedl
Jan 2000
Feb 09, 2008
In the Arena: An Autobiography
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
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
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Jan 23, 2008
Britain at War: Famous British Battles from Hastings to Normandy, 1066-1944
Mmmm... not all of these battles even mentioned... let alone covered.

Spanish Armada
Bunker Hill
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May 04, 2008
Brian Johnston: The Authorised Biography
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
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Jan 25, 2008
Arctic Diary: Surviving on thin ice
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
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Apr 30, 2008
A Lot Of Hard Yakka
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.

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Jan 24, 2008
Remember Arnhem
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
Jan 1984
Jan 25, 2008
The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916
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)
...."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
Jan 1977
Apr 04, 2008
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