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A Tiger for Churchill? (Oh Yusss?)

Advantages: Easy to read, gripping, fascinating
Disadvantages: Rather gung-ho, one or two stylistic issues

On 20th April 1942 Adolf Hitler was greeted by the sight of two tanks at his mountain stronghold. They were being showcased to him. One was manufactured by Porsche, the other by Herschel. The Hershel model outperformed its Porsche rival and won its compa ...

2mennycds 09.03.2016 · Read full review
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Review of Catch That Tiger - Noel Botham, Bruce Montague

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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 ...

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Review of Catastrophe Europe Goes to War 1914 - Max Hastings

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Review of Cheek by Jowl A History of Neighbours - Emily Cockayne

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