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Anatomy of a Catastrophe - Europe Goes to War 1914 (Max Hastings)

Advantages: Broad scope, engaging narrative, fascinating military history
Disadvantages: Diplomatic history not so assured, bias in focus towards Western front

As the year 2014 begins we find ourselves approaching the centenary one of the most dramatic and terrible years in world history. The UK government has put aside funding for commemoration of the First World War (1914-18) and has insisted that this will be ...

MikeOCarroll 14.01.2014 · Read full review
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Review of Catastrophe Europe Goes to War 1914 - Max Hastings

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Everybody needs good neighbours - and sometimes you're lucky

Advantages: Interesting facet of our social history
Disadvantages: None, really

As Emily Cockayne emphasises at the beginning of the first chapter of this book, almost everyone has a neighbour; if you have a neighbour, you are one yourself; and neighbours can either enrich or ruin our lives. The book In this engaging and thor ...

JOHNV 20.05.2013 · Read full review
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Review of Cheek by Jowl A History of Neighbours - Emily Cockayne

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A saucy read!

Advantages: A tremendous insight into society during the Regency and Victorian eras
Disadvantages: Not a great read if you're not interested in history

THE AUTHOR Regrettably I wasn't able to find a website for this author, however going from the blurb on the book sleeve alone I can tell you that owing to the fact that her family were diplomats she spent over 25 years living abroad in Europe, the Far ...

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Review of Courtesans - Katie Hickman

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Extraordinary, secret lives

Advantages: Beautifully written mini-biographies
Disadvantages: Focused on a relatively small period

Back to the Hay Festival and a review of a book from another talk. Katie Hickman was promoting her latest book, Courtesans. She is an eloquent orator who is confident in her book and her knowledge on the topic. Her obvious pride and enjoyment in her book ...

MAFARRIMOND 23.06.2004 · Read full review
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She became an MP - even with that hair, Lady Astor

Advantages: Well-written, extremely interesting, and the author comes across as genuinely likeable
Disadvantages: None

Who could resist a title like that? And is this a former librarian or someone like that? The answer is no. The book So why the title? Shirley Catlin, as she was born in 1930, tells us in the early pages of this memoir that during her childhood her ...

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Review of Climbing the Bookshelves: The Autobiography of Shirley Williams - Shirley Williams

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