Category Archives: Book Reviews

Deconstructing a letter in a local paper

Below is an extract from a letter that appeared in our local free newspaper the other week: “We have the new leader of the Lib Dems saying that we help those coming into this country regardless of age. Is it … Continue reading

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Babylon and F Scott Fitzgerald Revisited

I was introduced to the work of F. Scott Fitzgerald by one of my teachers, David Gowers. To prevent anyone who is interested in English cricket from thinking I am well connected with the sound of leather on willow. I … Continue reading

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Learning to Speak American in Bath

While I was exploring Bath I found this book on a bench facing towards The Royal Crescent. The lawns between me and the esplanade of houses were dotted with visitors from the Far East.  On seeing the title quickly I … Continue reading

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Les Mots by Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980)

I picked up this book in an Oxfam shop during one of my many travels around the country.  It caught my eye because at the time I was looking for something small to read and the name ‘Jean-Paul Sartre’ was … Continue reading

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The Last of the President’s Men by Bob Woodward

The Last of the President’s Men by Bob Woodward. Simon & Schuster UK Ltd, 2015. ISBN 978 – 1 – 4711 – 5650 – 2 (Hardback £25.00) 291pp, or 978 – 1 – 4711 – 5652 – 2 (Paperback). On … Continue reading

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Danger Pay

  Danger Pay – Memoir of a Photojournalist in the Middle East, 1984 – 94 FROM THE COLLECTION OF NOTES AND DIARIES ACCUMULATED BY CAROL SPENCER MITCHELL edited by ELLEN SPENCER SUSMAN. University of Texas Press, 2008. ISBN 978 – … Continue reading

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Under The Wire; Marie Colvin’s Last Assignment by Paul Conroy

For me this was a real page turner of a book which is an experience I have been missing for a couple of years. I have read books by journalists going into conflict zones. The first one I read was … Continue reading

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