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This story is in essence about briefcases, but it also explores the themes of high-energy physics and its impact on male contraception; love and the morality of joint car ownership in the late-20th cen...

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“History Mystery”

published 15/12/2011

well written and researched science fiction novel,...

scripted sections were poor, it took all of book o...

Stephen Fry is someone I admire very much for his intelligence and wit, and I have enjoyed watching him on the telly for a number of years in shows like Jeeves and Wooster and more recently, in QI. I did know he was an author, but I had never read any of his work before reading this novel, and I...

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“A Better World?”

published 11/02/2006

Witty, thought-provoking, absorbing and imaginativ...

Some unexplained holes in the story-lines

Stephen Fry is probably better known for his television roles in the successful comedy sit coms of "Blackadder" and "Jeeves and Wooster" or as the loquacious and witty presenter of the quiz show QI. But for the purpose of this review, I will concentrate on Fry, the author. "Making History", first...

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“Why We Should Thank Hitler”

published 26/03/2008

Excellent debating potential, fascinating subject

Drags slightly in places

Would the world be a better place if Hitler had never been born? This is the question that is central to Making History and if you immediately replied "yes", think again. Stephen Fry explores some interesting issues in this novel, not to mention some controversial ones. It's even more fascinating...

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“His best novel to date”

published 13/03/2001

great fun

stylistic shift to screenplay format in some chapt...

Having read all of Fry`s novels I would rate this as his best to date and in content it is certainly on very different ground to his other work. A time travel story, it concerns a young postgraduate who teams up with an eccentric Jewish professor to alter history by preventing the birth of Adolf...

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“history and humour”

published 13/07/2000

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This is a fine example of Fry’s exceptional learning combined with his wit. He combines the modern with the historical in conflating the present struggles and intrigues of a student and a scientist and the past escapades of a pseudo-Hitler figure. The parallel plots are difficult to follow at...

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