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Matilda versus Stephen = a Medieval Civil War

Advantages: Entertaining historial fiction based on fact.
Disadvantages: None for me.

The author, Elizabeth Chadwick, specialises in writing historical fiction set during England’s Plantagenet period. Most books that I have read of hers, up until now, have had their lead characters a couple of steps away from the monarchy, at the Lord ...

DavidCoulthard 11.01.2012 · Read full review
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Review of Lady of the English - Elizabeth Chadwick

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An off-key swan song

Advantages: MacDonald Fraser could do very little wrong
Disadvantages: But this might be that very little

Given the circumstances, I would have loved to be able to say I loved The Reavers. But I can't. George MacDonald Fraser is - or perhaps I should say was - one of my favourite authors, his Flashman series being among the literary feats of our time ...

torr 11.02.2008 · Read full review
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Review of The Reavers - George MacDonald Fraser

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A heart breaking true story

Advantages: That Christopher has the strength to re building his life
Disadvantages: That this is a true story

My mother in law recommended this book to me, and i was so shocked and discusted, i cried most of the way through. 'Child C', is a true story written by one of the victims Christopher Spry, he tells us about how he survived his foster mothers reign of ...

smartmum13 09.06.2010 · Read full review
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Review of Child C - Christopher Spry

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Not so elusive anymore

Advantages: great read, wonderful character, brilliant adventure
Disadvantages: I still don't have the rest of the series

...now, a friend found a copy of The Scarlet Pimpernel in a charity shop. She bought it and loved it. She lent the book to me to read and did a tour of all the charity and second hand book shops in the area, finding two or three others i ...

87degrees 25.08.2008 · Read full review
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Review of The Elusive Pimpernel (Scarlet Pimpernel) - Baronnesse Orczy

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Approach with Caution!

Advantages: Quite a good story overall
Disadvantages: Chapter III

I wanted to read Caligula by Douglas Jackson, as I am a big fan of the 1970s television series I, Claudius which introduced me to the brutal Emperor Caligula, there played brilliantly by John Hurt. Reading the book, it was John Hurt's face who popped into ...

KarenUK 20.10.2010 · Read full review
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Review of Caligula - Douglas Jackson

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