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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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When William came, saw and conquered

Advantages: Penetrating, thoroughly researched account of the conquest, before, and after
Disadvantages: None - except perhaps not a light read

When did the Norman conquest of England start and end? This generous panoramic history takes a wide sweep of almost the whole of the eleventh century in England, although as the title indicates, the focal point is that pivotal date of 1066. The book ...

JOHNV 14.04.2013 · Read full review
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Review of The Norman Conquest - Marc Morris

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Below the surface of the capital

Advantages: Fascinating look at an unusual aspect of London
Disadvantages: None, for those interested in the subject

...Ackroyd published a hefty book on London several years ago. Here we have a comparatively slender tome on one specific aspect. The book Underneath the city is a world of its own, of springs, streams, Roman amphitheatres, Victorian sewers, gang hid ...

JOHNV 16.02.2014 · Read full review
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Review of London Under - Peter Ackroyd

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It's Grim Up North

Advantages: Absolutely fascinating
Disadvantages: None - honestly, I can't think of anything.

1984 Imagine a land where everyone has been brainwashed into believing that there's no better place to live, no place where the leader loves his people more or looks after them better. Imagine growing up with a sense that your land is ...

koshkha 06.01.2012 · Read full review
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Review of Nothing to Envy: Real Lives in North Korea - Barbara Demick

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1984 for real

Advantages: Excellent writing style, harrowing stories
Disadvantages: None

North Korea is a country that everyone has heard of but yet very few are familiar with. The reason for this is that very little is revealed to the outside world and even less of the outside world is allowed to be seen in North Korea. This is the reason fo ...

cbmcfc123 28.09.2012 · Read full review
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Review of Nothing to Envy: Real Lives in North Korea - Barbara Demick

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