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Prussian Pranksters

Advantages: profound knowledge of German issues
Disadvantages: not everyone has the same kind of humour

British journalist Roger, stationed in Berlin, is tired of his job, namely writing articles on German issues, preferably Nazi related, for British newspapers. He feels he needs some time out and takes a sabbatical. His three-quarter German/one-quarter Ita ...

MALU 21.10.2011 · Read full review
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Review of To Prussia With Love - Roger Boyes

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A Load of Alt-Globnitz

Advantages: I learned one interesting fact
Disadvantages: It's a sham dressed up as travel writing

...Alarm bells should have sounded when I picked up Roger Boyes’s “To Prussia with Love” in a bookstore and I thought to myself “this sounds a bit contrived”. Call me naïve but when I browse the travel writing section in Waterstones, I tend to believe that t ...

fizzytom 17.07.2011 · Read full review
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A tasty quest

Advantages: An irresistible confection of gastronomy, travel and history
Disadvantages: Leaves one hungry for more

...What a delicious book this is, if an impossible one to categorise. Al Dente is not a cookery book, although it contains over thirty recipes. It’s not a travel book, although it follows the author’s trail all over Italy, illustrating the itinerary with ...

torr 29.01.2010 · Read full review
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Review of Al Dente - William Black

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A Hilarious Childhood Memoir

Advantages: Laugh out loud funny, captivating prose, a book with a beating heart
Disadvantages: A mild suspicion that there's a little embellishment to some of the stories

...There's something incredibly appealing about small boys misbehaving themselves. Look at the popularity of characters such as Dennis the Menace, Just William and Horrid Henry and you will see how a naughty boy can entertain over the generations, whether he ...

rosebud2001 26.01.2011 · Read full review
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Review of The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid - Bill Bryson

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We've all got to do it, whether we mean to or not!

Advantages: excellent balance of facts and personal memories
Disadvantages: none for me

...A downside I've discovered to getting out of the Sunday paper buying habit is that, when it's combined with your only decent local bookshop being closed, it's worryingly easy to lose track of when new books are published. So, great Bill Bryson fan though ...

KateHurst 05.08.2010 · Read full review
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