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John Dodds's Book Blog

Bookfan. Likes include classic fiction, crime and thrillers.

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Steve Jobs
Walter Isaacson
The Cuckoo's Calling
Robert Galbraith
The Far Corner: A Mazy Dribble Through North-East Football
Harry Pearson
Forfeit
Dick Francis
The Bicycle Book
Bella Bathurst
World War I: The "Great War"
Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius
A History of Ireland in 100 Objects
Fintan O'Toole
The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood
James Gleick
We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea (Swallows And Amazons)
Arthur Ransome
Her Majesty's Pleasure: How Horse Racing Reveals the Queen
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reviewed: The Second World War In An Hour
This is a good idea: a very short high level summary of the main events of the Second World War. While I'm not an expert, I'm...
The Second World War In An Hour - Rupert Colley
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reviewed: Walk the Lines: The London Underground, Overground
I enjoyed this book a lot. The concept is simple: the author's thoughts and feelings as he walks the 403 miles of the London ...
Walk the Lines: The London Underground, Overground - Mark Mason
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reviewed: The Victorian Internet: the Remarkable Story of the Telegraph
A gripping story of invention and innovation in the 19th century. Two things particularly struck me: (a) that the initial ex...
The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's On-line Pioneers - Tom Standage
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reviewed: Arsenal The Agony & The Ecstasy
I enjoyed Ian Castle's book "Arsenal: The Agony & The Ecstasy". Castle takes the reader on a 43 year journey as he relives hi...
Arsenal The Agony & The Ecstasy - Ian Castle
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reviewed: Pigeon Post (Godine Storyteller)
I love Arthur Ransome's books but this wasn't one of my favourites. The final quarter was gripping but I found the first thr...
Pigeon Post - Arthur Ransome
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reviewed: A Christmas Carol (Great Stories)
Rather than reading A Christmas Carol, I saw Simon Callow's one man show in which he gave a staged reading of a substantial a...
A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
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reviewed: A Dark Brown Dog
Short and beautifully written but dark, dark, dark!
A Dark Brown Dog - Stephen Crane
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reviewed: J.R.R.Tolkien: The Man Who Created The Lord Of The Rings
I enjoyed this short biography which sets out the overall arc of Tolkien's life in a straightforward manner. No doubt other b...
J.R.R.Tolkien: The Man Who Created "The Lord Of The Rings" - Michael Coren
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reviewed: America, Empire of Liberty: Empire and Evil v. 3 (BBC Audio)
This third volume in David Reynolds' radio history of the United States covers the period from the end of World War 2 to the ...
America, Empire of Liberty: Empire and Evil v. 3 (BBC Audio) - David Reynolds
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reviewed: America, Empire of Liberty: Power and Progress v. 2 (BBC Audio)
This second volume of the BBC Radio series on US history, with its 30 x 13 minute episodes covering 1860 to 1945 slightly dis...
America, Empire of Liberty: Power and Progress v. 2 (BBC Audio) - David Reynolds
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reviewed: America, Empire of Liberty: Liberty and Slavery v. 1 (BBC Audio)
This is the first of 3 audio-CD sets of a BBC Radio series about American history. This contains the first 30 x 13 minute ep...
America, Empire of Liberty: Liberty and Slavery v. 1 (BBC Audio) - David Reynolds
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reviewed: Hornblower : Beat to Quarters
I can't remember when I last enjoyed a novel so much.I was gripped by the pacing of the plot, the descriptive battle scenes a...
Beat to Quarters - C.S. Forester
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reviewed: In Search Of Lost Time Vol 1: Swann's Way: Swann's Way Vol 1 (Vintage Classics)
Proust is a marvel. I love his poetic prose, his philosophical turns and his acutely observant treatment of character which ...
Swann's Way (In Search of Lost Time, #1) - Marcel Proust, C.K. Scott Moncrieff, Terence Kilmartin, D.J. Enright
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reviewed: Literary Taste: How to Form It With Detailed Instructions for Collecting a Complete Library of English Literature
A wonderful little book from 1909 written with flair and humour that provides a practical way into some of the gems of Englis...
Literary Taste - Arnold Bennett
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