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Dam Disappointing

Advantages: A few gems
Disadvantages: Uncohesive muddle of extracts about Amsterdam

As a member of the Amazon Vine* programme, I chose this book as part of my selection as I have been to the city many times. It is not like a guide book but more a collection of writing about the city, billing distinguished authors such as Ian McEwan, Geof ...

Essexgirl2006 05.09.2013 ∑ Read full review
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Review of Amsterdam - Oxygen Books

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Palin Revisited

Advantages: Easy, enjoyable read, nostalgic pictures if you are a Palin fan
Disadvantages: A bit tame as travel diaries go

Although itís unfashionable to say so, I was never a Monty Python fan; I didnít even find John Cleese ranting and raving in Fawlty Towers particularly amusing but for some reason, I always had a soft spot for Michael Palin. There is something about the ch ...

Praski 02.12.2010 ∑ Read full review
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Review of Around the World in Eighty Days - Michael Palin

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One Veurnse Slaper, please...

Advantages: Well-written, affectionately funny look at a strange country
Disadvantages: None that I can think of...

So, a book about Belgium – not the most interesting or vibrant of subjects, you might think. Well, that’s where you’re wrong, and I’m glad to say that Harry Pearson agrees with me. I’m not just saying that because of my famil ...

JVL 19.02.2003 ∑ Read full review
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Review of A Tall Man in a Low Land - Harry Pearson

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Enlightening and refreshing

Advantages: Very funny, but covers serious issues along the way.
Disadvantages: May put you off Belgium a bit

...I was given this book for Christmas by my Aunt, who had seen it in a local book shop when looking around, and had noticed it from the subtitle "Some Time Among The Belgians" and thought it would appeal to me. Harry Pearson was hitherto known to me for his ...

Morgenhund 08.01.2001 ∑ Read full review
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Review of A Tall Man in a Low Land - Harry Pearson

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