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A Novel Idea

Advantages: Unique, Easy to read, Packed full of books and advice
Disadvantages: None I can think of!

...I first saw this book when I was browsing in Waterstones ages ago; the beautifully bound, simplistic hardback caught my eye, and I was even more intrigued when I read the blurb and became familiar with the unusual concept. This is not a standard book-abou ...

inkyscribbles 06.04.2016 · Read full review
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Review of The Novel Cure: An A-Z of Literary Remedies - Ella Berthoud, Susan Elderkin

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How many balls would Aamer chuck, if Aamer could chuck balls?

Advantages: The best sporting annual in the world, insightful and high-quality essays, packed with information
Disadvantages: Legal constraints prevent the whole story of the no-ball affair being told, tiny print as usual

I don't like cricket, oh no... If you are not interested in cricket, then you will not enjoy Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. That's a fairly obvious statement, yet it does sometimes surprise me just how many people read about a book like this and co ...

davidbuttery 27.12.2011 · Read full review
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Review of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2011 - Berry, Scyld

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Secrets of the Hidden City - The London Encyclopedia

Advantages: The closest you can get to time travel
Disadvantages: A daunting 1060 pages

It is one of the ironies of life that most of us live in cities, sometimes even houses, that were named, planned and designed by the long-dead. Those of us who live in or near London know the meaning of “creaking Victorian infrastructure” better than mos ...

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Review of The London Encyclopedia - Christopher Hibbert & Ben Weinreb & John Keay & Julia Keay

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How The War Was Won (And Where It Got Us)

Advantages: Well-researched, eye witness interviews and dozens of supporting pictures
Disadvantages: Slightly disjointed by placement of eye witness stories

Being a lover of everything relating to World War Two, this was one of those stocking fillers that really was a pleasant surprise for me. I thought I knew the Second World War inside out. I knew about battles, armies, invasions and the horror stories of t ...

iancognito 02.02.2004 · Read full review
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Review of Handbook of War Studies II - Manus I. Midlarsky (Editor)

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Diamond review  NOT ONLY THE WORLD'S WORST CARS

Advantages: It Brings Back Many Memories. Some Forgotten Rare Cars Here. Interesting Cutaway Drawings.
Disadvantages: Dreadfully Repetitious. Annoying Mid-Atlantic Terminology. Many Unfair Entries. Superficial Text.

...As many of you reading this will know, it is unusual for me to write a book review, although admittedly it is far less unusual to find me writing about cars. The timing of this particular review coincides with two events; the publication of my 150th r ...

RICHADA 12.09.2007 · Read full review
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Review of The World's Worst Cars - Craig Cheetham

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