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Titanic Survivor: The Memoirs of Violet Jessop, Stewardess
3.89
really liked it
The most amazing thing about this story is Violet Jessop, not only was she on board the Titanic sank but she was also on the Britannic 4 years later a ...more
Mar 17, 2003
Aug 16, 2008
 
The Lighthouse Stevensons: The extraordinary story of the building of the Scottish lighthouses by the ancestors of Robert Louis Stevenson
3.91
really liked it
Read this after watching a programme about the Bell Rock Lighthouse, one of the lighthouses mentioned in the book. In awe of the man who designed this ...more
Apr 06, 2008
not set
Apr 06, 2013
 
The Sisters Who Would be Queen: The Tragedy of Mary, Katherine and Lady Jane Grey
3.94
really liked it
One of my favourite places is Bradgate park in Leicestershire, it has a river, a reservoir, an old tower on a hill and the ruins of Bradgate manor, ch ...more
Sep 21, 2013
Sep 14, 2013
 
The Book of Deadly Animals
3.77
really liked it
Whilst reading this I was interested in the various animals and the reasons for the attacks, from humans doing foolish things to genuine cases of pred ...more
Aug 07, 2015
Aug 07, 2015
 
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
4.05
really liked it
A number of cases which begins with the man who mistook his wife for a hat. The man in question is a music teacher and artist, who can't recognise pup ...more
Jan 28, 2018
Jan 25, 2018
 
Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime
4.03
really liked it
Very interesting factual book which covers various aspects of forensic science from fingerprints to genetic fingerprinting. As well as explaining the ...more
Mar 25, 2015
Mar 21, 2015
 
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
4.09
liked it
I've worked as a nurse for twenty years, and as part of that job I've laid out a few bodies. I don't find them scary, but there is that moment where i ...more
May 23, 2015
May 10, 2015
 
Death Comes Knocking: Policing Roy Grace's Brighton
3.89
really liked it
Brighton always seems like such a quiet place, somewhere to visit the sea with the family and enjoy the atmosphere, after all Brita have been doing th ...more
Aug 29, 2016
Sep 09, 2016
 
When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales of Neurosurgery
4.26
really liked it
I spend my working life in a Neuro theatre, and as a result spend most of the day with neurosurgeons and their patients, I'm the person handing the in ...more
not set
Sep 18, 2014
 
Please, Nurse!: A Student Nurse in the 1950s
3.62
really liked it
Oh to be a student nurse in 1950's UK. Did my training about 40 years later, so I worked with people who were able to remember the same things that th ...more
Dec 07, 2013
Dec 07, 2013
 
Wilful Murder: The Sinking of the Lusitania
4.09
really liked it
Interesting book which tells the story of the illfated Lusitania, which was sunk after being torpedoed a 100 years ago.
At the time the German governme
...more
May 02, 2015
Apr 25, 2015
 
That's Not English: Britishisms, Americanisms, and What Our English Says About Us
3.71
liked it
Some interesting differences pointed out between the two languages though sometimes I did find myself wondering how she drew her conclusions. Maybe it ...more
Dec 21, 2015
Nov 25, 2015
 
Alan Turing: Unlocking the Enigma
3.54
liked it
An interesting man who was never shown the appreciation he deserved, nor allowed the dignity of living how he wanted. He's one of those people in hist ...more
Mar 17, 2015
Mar 15, 2015
 
Alive: The True Story of the Andes Survivors
4.09
it was amazing
A book which describes the struggle to survive after a crash in the Andes, and some of the terrible decisions that the survivors had to make.
They are
...more
Jul 19, 2015
Jun 02, 2015
 
Execution: A Guide to the Ultimate Penalty
4.07
really liked it
Interesting if not gruesome account of the various types of execution available, spent most of the time wondering how would you come up with some of t ...more
Oct 29, 2015
Oct 28, 2015
 
A Grim Almanac of Leicestershire
4.12
really liked it
Interesting book full of local history cases, some murders, accidents and other incidents. Been researching the family tree and found an ancestor who ...more
Jul 28, 2013
Jul 27, 2013
 
Notes from a Small Island
3.91
really liked it
I'm an expat Brit who's been away from home for 4 and a half years. Every so often I like to sit down with a cup of tea, my marmite on toast and pick ...more
Jun 10, 2003
Aug 16, 2008
 
Execution: A History of Capital Punishment in Britain
3.84
liked it
Interesting book which deals with various forms of execution used in the UK in the past. Have to admit that some cases which have appeared since the d ...more
Sep 19, 2012
Sep 15, 2012
 
Zami: A New Spelling Of My Name
4.21
liked it
Read this as it was one of the guardian list books, carried on reading it as it's a fascinating account of a young black woman's life in the 40's and ...more
Aug 21, 2011
Aug 20, 2011
 
The Collector's Cabinet: Tales, Facts and Fictions from the World of Antiques
3.56
liked it
Lots of facts about antiques, have to admit a love of the antiques roadshow especially the moment when the person would discover that the 50p item was ...more
Sep 17, 2015
Sep 10, 2015
 
The Mammoth Book of Maneaters: Over 250 Terrifying True Accounts of Predators from Pre-history to the Present
3.62
liked it
Some interesting accounts, but there also seemed to be lots of cannibals within the pages of the book.
Mar 30, 2015
Mar 28, 2015
 
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
3.94
really liked it
Good idea for a book with some interesting ideas and links.
Jan 28, 2018
Jan 25, 2018
 
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
4.05
liked it
Interesting book which describes the ways in which the dead have been used to help the living through the centuries.
The chapter on donation is somethi
...more
Jan 15, 2012
Nov 26, 2011
 
The Magnificent Spilsbury and the Case of the Brides In the Bath
3.81
really liked it
Very good factual accoumt of the crimes, the trial and Sir Bernard Spilsbury's involvement.
Feb 22, 2011
Feb 04, 2011
 
The Father of Forensics: The Groundbreaking Cases of Sir Bernard Spilsbury, and the Beginnings of Modern CSI
4.01
it was amazing
I'd heard of Sir Spilsbury before as I'd read true crime books mainly dealing with British murders ie Dr Crippen.
This book focuses on some of his most
...more
Jul 28, 2008
Jul 31, 2008
 
The Devil & Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness & Obsession
3.78
it was ok
Interesting collection of stories, mysteries and murder abound. Most were very interesting, some were sad, and a couple seem to be fillers.
Feb 05, 2012
Feb 04, 2012
 
Nights In Haunted Houses
3.92
liked it
A series of investigations by a paranormal research team into various haunted houses.
Jun 1999
Aug 01, 2008
 
The Lucky Bugger's Casebook: Tales Of Serendipity And Outrageous Good Fortune
3.33
liked it
None
Nov 15, 2013
Nov 14, 2013
 
Castles: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland: The Definitive Guide to the Most Impressive Buildings and Intriguing Sites
4.24
it was amazing
None
not set
Jul 29, 2009
 
Norfolk Poisoners
4.00
liked it
None
not set
Jul 19, 2009
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