...reads like a mashup of “The Dirty Dozen” and “The Great Escape,” with a sprinkling of “Ocean’s 11” thrown in for good measure.
“What does it mean to whitewash the spirits of a city?” Dickey asks. “Does Virginia have ghosts that it is not yet ready to face?” An intriguing but somewhat uneven exploration of things unseen.
Yet Ms O’Sullivan often strains to make parallels that aren’t there...Readers may finish the book longing for more detail on Jane Wilde...
So, I learned a lot and have a better understanding of some things French but I think I’ll skip any 2 hour debates and hope that things aren’t as grim there as the DVM website says. Off to dip into some nutella for my afternoon gouter!
This is a superb book, more tangly, obsessive and excitable than previous biographies, and in that sense more in tune with its subject.
This book is a little too brief, and too bulked out with recycled material and plugs for other volumes, to be a classic political memoir. But it is an unusual and sometimes inspiring one, written by an unusually fearless politician.
She has an eye for telling detail and character insight, a dual skill that makes “Hero of the Empire” a page turner and a fascinating portrait of one of the 20th century’s great figures.
American military and political arrogance butts up against deep-rooted cultural customs and family networks throughout this excellent account of a vastly difficult topic.
Cliff has a great eye for entertaining stories and lively anecdotes...If the book has a flaw, it is that Cliff never gets inside Cliburn’s skin; the pianist is still the same curly-headed, aw-shucks guy at the end of the book that he was at the beginning.
Khilnani sees this adaptability as a true civilisational strength — and if there is one lesson to draw from these 50 lives spanning 25 centuries, it is that the idea of India never stood still.
Thoreau and Aldo Leopold loom large, and the author is familiar with principles of Zen. Dombrowski's language is often metaphorical and impressionistic. And most important to the author, fishing demands attention, patience, wonder and balance. It is praying.
The book will be useful to any reader wishing to ponder the moral implications of using nuclear weapons on a civilian population devoted to a depraved social system.
Readers will be thrilled to discover that “Pirate” delivers the action and thrills expected when Cussler’s name is on the cover. The main characters have never been so engaging and fun. It’s clear that having Burcell join Cussler as a co-author has rejuvenated this series.
The poems, several printed in both English and Japanese, are aimed at very young readers, but the biography is not; guidance from teachers or parents will likely be needed.
Yet as the acclaimed memoirist and travel writer knows well, the quest is what counts and here the focus is on the passionate conservationists he meets as he traces the birds’ migratory passage through southern Europe and the Balkans.
Long cycled around Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk and created an ad hoc map, leaving stakes behind him – a playful work about making a mark. With this unmissable book, Jon Day makes his.
Chapters are broken down by tense, from the past perfect to the future, and the story lags a bit in the past. But it takes off when Collins throws herself into language classes and funny Franglish conversations with her in-laws.
Wilson-Lee enjoyably melds memoir, history, and literary travelogue to reveal the surprising hold that Shakespeare continues to have on a culture remote from his own.
Christopher Goscha’s thorough and thoughtful new history of Vietnam counters these simple portrayals with large and welcome doses of complexity.
Veteran sports announcer Tim Ryan tells his life story in bite-sized segments - there are 73 chapters in all. He has some good stories to tell, although it is a little easy to become tired of restaurants and "great" or "close" friends.