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The Python Project by Victor Canning
The Python Project
by Victor Canning
read in June, 2016
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A Suspension of Mercy by Patricia Highsmith
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You might be surprised, as I was, to discover that Patricia Highsmith lived for a while in England and that she set one novel - this one - in Suffolk, as well as writing two others in the UK in the early/mid 1960's.
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Epitaph for a Spy by Eric Ambler
Epitaph for a Spy
by Eric Ambler
read in May, 2016
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Wrong man in the wrong place. An Alfred Hitchcock set-up as virtually stateless, Hungarian-born, Paris-based English teacher and amateur photographer, Josef Vadassy is enjoying a few days holiday on the Cote d'azure just as Europe, on the brink of Wo ...more
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The Night Manager by John le Carré
The Night Manager
by John le Carré
read in May, 2016
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I don't know what it is about John Le Carre books. Clearly he's a genius at the machinations of government departments to which Britain seems to have genius in appointing crooks and charlatans. This can be stifling, although these pages may safely be ...more
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1971 - Never a Dull Moment by David Hepworth
1971 - Never a Dull Moment: Rock's Golden Year
by David Hepworth (Goodreads Author)
read in April, 2016
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I was 11 in 1971 and unaware that the greatest year ever in popular music was happening. The thing is, no one else knew either, but in retrospect it was unbeatable. A unique time when disparate artists including The Rolling Stones, The Who, George Ha ...more
1971 - Never a Dull Moment by David Hepworth
"I can't say I am in agreement that 1971 was the "exact" year that rock exploded, but Hepworth makes a good case for it by exploring the changes that occurred in the music industry in 1971. The technological innovations alone would change the way w..." Read more of this review »
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A Rough Shoot by Geoffrey Household
A Rough Shoot
by Geoffrey Household
read in March, 2016
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Fans of John Buchan And John Le Carre will enjoy this spy chase caper. It's 1952 and former colonel Taine is working for a building firm in Dorchester, spending his spare hours killing rabbits on a farm shoot that he has rented. While sitting silentl ...more
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The Piltdown Forgery by J.S. Weiner
The Piltdown Forgery
by J.S. Weiner
read in March, 2016
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A fascinating and forensic examination of the legendary hoax that was finally uncovered after longer than you think. This is basically the report that blew the lid off the outlier "Missing Link" between apes and man. Originally published in the early ...more
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A Year Of Space by Eric Linklater
A Year Of Space
by Eric Linklater
read in February, 2016
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I often picked up this book thinking from the title that it might have been some reminiscences of a NASA bigwig. Written as it was, in 1952, made this unlikely but it deserves to be read as a travelogue. The author, a writer, lives in Scotland, havin ...more
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A Certain Justice by P.D. James
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I'm not sure this is her most satisfying work. It gets off to a promising start; the first 137 pages set up the victim, an immensely successful female criminal defence QC, as an initially sympathetic character, but gradually this reader would have be ...more
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