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A Place of Greater Safety
3.94
it was amazing
This novel is too long. It comes in at 872 pages in the paperback edition I read and some sections - like the description of the doomed but tedious Ma ...more
not set
Sep 04, 2011
 
London: The Biography
3.96
it was amazing
London has always possessed the presence of a character (and a major character at that), in the quite brilliant novels Ackroyd has chosen to set there ...more
not set
Jun 07, 2010
 
Worth Dying For (Jack Reacher, #15)
4.20
it was amazing
Lee Child must have made more money with this series than he could ever spend. So my guess as to the reason that he continues with it, is that he thin ...more
Jun 05, 2012
Jun 07, 2012
 
The Illustrated Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion
4.01
it was amazing
This is a brilliant and disturbing distillation of Frazer's much longer and doggedly scholarly original work. I've come across it late (the edition I' ...more
Dec 2009
Nov 25, 2009
 
Broken Harbour (Dublin Murder Squad, #4)
3.92
liked it
Tana French is a really powerful writer and the first half of this novel is breathtakingly good. But she's also a professional actress, which might ac ...more
not set
Sep 04, 2014
 
The Haunting of Hill House
3.89
it was amazing
This is a brilliant novel, atmospheric and disturbing from the first paragraph, it establishes an atmosphere of impending dread that simply never lets ...more
not set
Dec 01, 2009
 
Under the Dome
3.89
it was amazing
Some reviewers have called this a return to form but I can't agree because Duma Key was so good. What it is a return to is the epic scale of novels su ...more
Feb 10, 2010
Nov 15, 2009
 
The Villain: The Life of Don Whillans
3.96
it was amazing
Whillans was a violent, heavy-drinking, working-class self caricature from the north of England. He was also a virtuoso rock climber and at the peak o ...more
Oct 2009
Oct 08, 2009
 
The Scar (Bas-Lag, #2)
4.15
it was amazing
This is a breathtakingly imaginative novel, all the more impressive for being so successfully realized as a story. The narrative is strong, the charac ...more
not set
Aug 11, 2011
 
Swan Peak (Dave Robicheaux, #17)
4.10
liked it
When the great American boxer Jack Dempsey was 45 and broke, he fought a wrestler named Cowboy Luttrell. You can watch this sordid spectacle on Youtub ...more
not set
Nov 13, 2013
 
The Black Death
3.77
liked it
Maybe it has just dated badly (it was first published in 1969); but this is austerely written history that hedges its bets in virtually every sentence ...more
not set
Jul 04, 2010
 
The Imperial War Museum Book of the Western Front
3.81
it was amazing
This book mostly comprises first-hand accounts by men (and women) who experienced the western front. Many of the soldiers whose accounts are included ...more
not set
Jul 03, 2010
 
Four Kings: Leonard, Hagler, Hearns, Duran and the Last Great Era of Boxing
4.19
really liked it
Hearns is deluded enough to think he can still fight. And Duran has suffered a serious accident. But these four great fighters are still in possession ...more
Oct 21, 2009
Oct 08, 2009
 
The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century
3.99
it was amazing
This is the most enjoyable book about medieval England I've read (and I've read a few - my degree was in history and I took it 30 years ago). Mortimer ...more
not set
May 12, 2010
 
Austerity Britain, 1945-51
4.18
it was amazing
This is a superbly researched and structured social history of Britain in the years after the end of World War Two. What's remarkable is how remote a ...more
Oct 2009
Oct 08, 2009
 
Sir Bobby Charlton: The Autobiography: My Manchester United Years
4.17
it was amazing
Very hard for a lifelong Liverpool fan to give this five stars but the book deserves it for its insights, honesty and for documenting so vividly the a ...more
Feb 2009
Oct 09, 2009
 
Dreadnought
4.29
really liked it
Massie is an entertaining narrative historian with a dramatic gift employed here to recreate some of the great set-pieces of 20th century naval histor ...more
Jun 07, 2010
Feb 10, 2010
 
Pies and Prejudice: In Search of the North
3.72
it was amazing
Worth reading if only for his dad's observation that there are few social situations not significantly improved by the presence of a pie. Will strike ...more
Jan 2009
Oct 09, 2009
 
Company of Liars
3.81
really liked it
misses out on a fifth star because the plot doesn't quite live up to the excellent characterisation and visceral period atmosphere. Still compelling f ...more
Jul 2009
Oct 09, 2009
 
The Dig
3.55
it was amazing
A short novel that loses nothing to brevity. It is beautifully crafted and pungently atmospheric and really stayed with me once finished.
Apr 2009
Oct 09, 2009
 
The Private Patient (Adam Dalgliesh, #14)
3.78
really liked it
The writing is as good as ever, the characterization vivid and convincing and the atmosphere, especially at the remote Dorset location brilliantly evo ...more
Nov 20, 2009
Oct 22, 2009
 
Some People Are Crazy: The John Martyn Story
3.82
it was amazing
John Martyn often adopted the swaggering persona of a Glasgow street brawler in wierd apologist counterpoint to his writing like a lyrical poet and pl ...more
not set
Oct 09, 2009
 
Bird Box
3.98
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Sep 11, 2015
 
Outlander (Outlander, #1)
4.20
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not set
Oct 06, 2014
 
Dead Game (Emily Stone #2)
4.10
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not set
Dec 08, 2009
 
Soul Mountain
3.56
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not set
Feb 05, 2017
 
The Rape Of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust Of World War II
4.08
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Jan 18, 2017
 
Life and Death in Shanghai
4.33
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not set
Feb 19, 2017
 
The Doll
3.39
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not set
Apr 08, 2015
 
No Other Darkness (DI Marnie Rome #2)
4.09
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not set
Jul 22, 2015
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