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The Pocket Book of British Patriotism: The History of Great Britain and the World
George Courtauld
1402728352
May 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
This self-published sensation sold over 120,000 copies in one month in Great Britain. George Courtauld wrote it when he discovered one evening that his three young boys had history questions even he couldn't answer. So, he set out to create a simple book that would outline the basic facts and make his children proud of their heritage. What he produced is a uniquely British, thoroughly fascinating timeline of events, with no judgment or padding, brought to life by soul-stirring quotations. Major moments in British history are placed alongside coinciding world events in an easy-to-read format. From the building of Stonehenge to England's rugby World Cup victory in 2003, from the rule of Henry VIII to the death of Princess Diana, The Pocket Book of British Patriotism covers all of Britain's essential dates,...


The Pillars of the Earth
Ken Follett
0451166892
July 1990
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Set in 12th-century England, the narrative concerns the building of a cathedral in the fictional town of Kingsbridge. The ambitions of three men merge, conflict and collide through 40 years of social and political upheaval as internal church politics affect the progress of the cathedral and the fortunes of the protagonists. "Follett has written a novel that entertains, instructs and satisfies on a grand scale," judged PW. Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal
A radical departure from Follett's novels of international suspense and intrigue, this chronicles the vicissitudes of a prior, his master builder, and their community as they struggle to build a cathedral and protect themselves during the tumultuous 12th century, when the empress Maud...


The Aristocracy of Norman England

0521524652


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Review
' ... a well-documented, well-argued and balanced account of a pivotal period.' History Today
'This is an extremely useful book, providing a wide-ranging survey of the composition, power and practices of the aristocracy ... it is to be hoped that this important book stimulates a fertile debate on the nature of aristocratic power, in England and beyond.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History

Review
"Green expertly and gracefully synthesizes the results of more than three generations of copious and often contentious scholarship on the politics, economy, and society of the lay aristorcracy of England in the first century after the Norman conquest....Highly recommended." -- Choice

"Green's book will not merely be of interest to historians whose research interests lie in the Anglo-Norman...



Rick Steves' Great Britain 2006 (Rick Steves' Travel Guides Series)
Rick Steves
1566917255
November 2005
Paperback
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San Francisco Chronicle, July 18, 2004
You stop watching the shows for information and start watching because Rick is in them . . . smart, likeable, and impossibly goofy. --This text refers to the Laser Disc edition.

Book Description
Who but Rick Steves can tell travelers how to promenade down Edinburgh's Royal Mile or visit the ancient home of the Holy Grail? With Rick Steves’ Great Britain 2006, travelers can experience Rick's favorite destinations in London, Bath, York, the Cotswolds, the Lake District, Edinburgh, and North Wales — economically and hassle-free. Completely revised and updated, Rick Steves’ Great Britain 2006 includes opinionated coverage of both famous and lesser-known sights; friendly places to eat and sleep; suggested day plans; walking tours and...


Wicked Fantasy
Nicole Jordan
0345467868
July 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Romance readers who believe "heavy on sensuality" equals "light on character" would do well to pick up the latest Regency by Jordan (Lord of Seduction), who deftly discloses her hero and heroine's depths even as they de-clothe each other. Again featuring the adventures of the Guardians of the Sword, a secret society pledged to protect the weak and fight tyranny, Jordan spotlights Trey Deverill, a handsome, virile, pirate-battling ship captain who returns to London to safeguard beautiful heiress Antonia Maitland. Antonia's father died mysteriously, and Deverill suspects her well-born fiancé is involved. When Antonia rejects Deverill's warnings and her fiancé sets Deverill up for murder, the captain has no choice but to abduct Antonia to secure her safety. In the process, Deverill discovers an...


Michelin Great-Britain Scotland Map No 501
Michelin
2061007317
April 2003
Other Format
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Book Description
An annually updated road map of Scotland, covering the main and secondary road networks across the region. Scale: 1/400,000 - 1cm=4km - 1in: 6.30miles Legend/Key in four languages (English, French, German, Dutch)


The Devil's Necklace
Kat Martin
0778321991
Aug 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Full of spirited romance and nefarious skullduggery, the second volume of bestseller Martin's Regency trilogy (after The Bride's Necklace) centers on Capt. Ethan Sharpe, a British privateer determined to punish Harmon Jeffries, Viscount Forsythe, a convicted traitor whom he believes to be responsible for his years of imprisonment in France and the death of many of his crew members. Sharpe's search for Jeffries leads him to Grace Chastain, Jeffries's illegitimate daughter, who, contrary to his expections, proves to be a gently reared young woman possessed of a courageous spirit and intense family loyalty. To his horror, Sharpe finds himself falling in love with her. Complicating matters is Grace's friendship with the wife of Ethan's best friend, who managed to secure Ethan's prison release. Lively emotional...


The Pale Horseman

0060787120


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From Publishers Weekly
Outnumbered Saxon forces continue battling Danish invaders in this rousing sequel to the bestselling The Last Kingdom. It's A.D. 877, and the dispossessed Northumbrian noble Uhtred has just routed the Danes in a battle at Cynuit in southern England. Logically, Uhtred should now ally himself with Alfred, whose Wessex kingdom alone has successfully resisted Danish control. But Uhtred sees a better chance of recovering his lost estate if he finds a way to join the Danes, who raised him and whose simple life of "ale, women, sword, and reputation" he finds more congenial than Alfred's Christian piety and military caution. But when the Danes invade Wessex, Uhtred's loyalties are further divided. His Celtic mistress foretells victory for Alfred, but Uhtred can scarcely believe that the bedraggled king, camped in...


Here, There and Everywhere : My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles
Geoff Emerick, Howard Massey
1592401791
March 16, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Emerick was a fresh-faced young engineer in April 1966 when producer George Martin offered him the chance to work with the Beatles on what would become Revolver. He lasted until 1968, when tensions within the group, along with the band members' eccentricities and the demands of the job, forced him to quit after The White Album, exhausted and burned out. In this entertaining if uneven memoir, Emerick offers some priceless bits of firsthand knowledge. Amid the strict, sterile confines of EMI's Abbey Road studio, where technicians wore lab coats, the Beatles' success allowed them to challenge every rule. From their use of tape loops and their labor-intensive fascination with rolling tape backwards, the Beatles—and Emerick—reveled in shaking things up. Less remarkable are Emerick's personal recollections...


Rick Steves' Great Britain 2005 (Rick Steves' Travel Guide Series)
Rick Steves
1566916763
January 2005
Paperback
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San Francisco Chronicle, July 18, 2004
You stop watching the shows for information and start watching because Rick is in them . . . smart, likeable, and impossibly goofy. --This text refers to the Laser Disc edition.

Book Description
Who but Rick Steves can tell you how to promenade down Edinburgh's Royal Mile or visit the ancient home of the Holy Grail? With Rick Steves' Great Britain 2005, you can experience Rick's favorite destinations in London, Bath, York, the Cotswolds, the Lake District, Edinburgh, and North Wales-economically and hassle-free. Completely revised and updated, Rick Steves' Great Britain 2005 includes color maps and photos, opinionated coverage of both famous and lesser-known sights; friendly places to eat and sleep; suggested day plans; walking tours and trip...


The Daughter of Time
Josephine Tey
0684803860
Nov 1995
Paperback
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Book Review
Josephine Tey is often referred to as the mystery writer for people who don't like mysteries. Her skills at character development and mood setting, and her tendency to focus on themes not usually touched upon by mystery writers, have earned her a vast and appreciative audience. In Daughter of Time, Tey focuses on the legend of Richard III, the evil hunchback of British history accused of murdering his young nephews. While at a London hospital recuperating from a fall, Inspector Alan Grant becomes fascinated by a portrait of King Richard. A student of human faces, Grant cannot believe that the man in the picture would kill his own nephews. With an American researcher's help, Grant delves into his country's history to discover just what kind of man Richard Plantagenet was and who really killed the little princes.


The Virgin's Lover
Philippa Gregory
0743269268
August 30, 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Gregory captivates again with this expertly crafted historical about the beautiful young Virgin Queen, portrayed as a narcissistic, neurotic home-wrecker. As in her previous novels about Tudor England (The Queen's Fool, etc.), Gregory amasses a wealth of colorful period detail to depict the shaky first days of Elizabeth I's reign. The year is 1558, an especially dangerous time for the nation: no bishop will coronate Henry VIII's Protestant daughter, the treasury is bankrupt, the army is unpaid and demoralized. Meanwhile, the French are occupying Scotland and threatening to install "that woman"—Mary, Queen of Scots—on the throne. Ignoring the matrimonial advice of pragmatic Secretary of State William Cecil, the 25-year-old Elizabeth persists in stringing along Europe's most eligible...


Fodor's Great Britain 2006
Linda Cabasin (Editor)
1400015537
October 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Sip a pint in a time-burnished London pub, go for baroque in the Thames Valley at a duke's stately home, hike by the sea along the cliffs of Cornwall, take in pomp and ceremony by the palace, or let loose at café-bars in a clubbing capital—Fodor's Great Britain 2006 offers all these experiences and more! Our local writers have traveled throughout the country to find the best hotels, restaurants, attractions and activities to prepare you for a journey of stunning variety. Before you leave for your trip be sure to pack your Fodor's guide to ensure you don't miss a thing.

The San Francisco Chronicle sums it up best —"Fodor's guides are saturated with information."

- We update our Great Britain guide every year. You won't find a more accurate, current guidebook...


Boy
Roald Dahl
0141303050
Feb 1999
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4-7-Fans of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and Matilda will be entranced by actor Derek Jacobi's amusing and captivating narration of the formative years of Dahl's life. Listening to the boyhood antics of this world famous and best-selling author provides a glimpse into where he got some of the plot ideas and inspirations for his most popular books. Dahl's upbringing was, by any standard, eccentric. In Boy (FS&G, 1984), the first of his two autobiographical titles (the second is Going Solo), he details many of his more unusual boyhood adventures, such as almost losing his nose in a car accident, the "Great Mouse Plot" of 1924, and boarding school antics in prose that will leave listeners laughing out loud. Jacobi's wry delivery is completely unselfconscious,...


Temptress
Lisa Jackson
0451411552
Oct 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
A bloodied warrior is brought to the Castle Calon, battered, nearly unrecognizable. And yet Morwenna sees that he resembles Carrick of Wybren, a man who not so long ago broke her heart. Is he friend or foe? Lover or enemy? As the days pass and the unknown soldier revives, Morwenna senses that, together, they will face a new peril. For the Redeemer, a mysterious man who stalks the halls of the castle is moving now-and in his wake he brings with him destiny, desire and death.


Michelin Great Britain Wales/West Country/Midlands Map No. 503
Manufactured by Michelin
206100735X
April 2003
Other Format
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Book Description
An annually updated road map of Wales, the West Country and the Midlands of Great Britain, covering the main and secondary road networks across the region. Scale: 1/400,000 - 1cm=4km - 1in: 6.30miles Legend/Key in four languages (English, French, German, Dutch)


The Night Watch
Sarah Waters
159448905X
March 23, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Waters (Fingersmith) applies her talent for literary suspense to WWII-era London in her latest historical. She populates the novel with ordinary people overlooked by history books and sets their individual passions against the chaotic background of extraordinary times. There are Kay, a "night watch" ambulance driver; her lover, Helen; two imprisoned conscientious objectors, upper-class Fraser and working-class Duncan; Duncan's sister, Viv; Viv's married soldier-lover, Reggie; and Julia, a building inspector–cum–mystery novelist. The novel works backward in time, beginning in 1947, as London emerges from the rubble of war, then to 1944, a time of nightly air raids, and finally to 1941, when the war's end was not in sight. Through all the turmoil on the world stage, the characters...


The Constant Princess
Philippa Gregory
074327248X
December 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
As youngest daughter to the Spanish monarchs and crusaders King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, Catalina, princess of Wales and of Spain, was promised to the English Prince Arthur when she was three. She leaves Spain at 15 to fulfill her destiny as queen of England, where she finds true love with Arthur (after some initial sourness) as they plot the future of their kingdom together. Arthur dies young, however, leaving Catalina a widow and ineligible for the throne. Before his death, he extracts a promise from his wife to marry his younger brother Henry in order to become queen anyway, have children and rule as they had planned, a situation that can only be if Catalina denies that Arthur was ever her lover. Gregory's latest (after Earthly Joys) compellingly dramatizes how Catalina uses her faith, her cunning and her...


The Windsor Style
Suzy Menkes
0881623210


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From Publishers Weekly
British fashion editor and historian Menkes, author of The Royal Jewels, has created an album of great appeal with considerable new information about the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. With nearly 200 photographs (over half in color), this showcase evokes the magnificence of the exiled couple's homes in France and the United States and the opulence of the duchess's wardrobe and jewels. Quotes from friends and critics of the former king and his wife add poignancy to this portrait of famous lovers who led empty lives. In the otherwise elegant bedroom of the duke, Menkes found toys from his nursery days, including one made by his mother, Queen Mary. Her account of the often mean-spirited if always exquisite Wallis makes a sad commentary on living like Midas as the best revenge. First serial to European Travel & Life....


Master and Commander
Patrick O'Brian
0393325172
Oct 2003
Paperback
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Book Review
The opening salvo of the Aubrey-Maturin epic, in which the surgeon introduces himself to the captain by driving an elbow into his ribs during a chamber-music recital. Fortunately for millions of readers, the two quickly make up. Then they commence one of the great literary voyages of our century, set against an immaculately-detailed backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. This is the place to start--and in all likelihood, you won't be able to stop. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Review Audiobook Review
Since Patrick O'Brian launched his series of historical novels with Master and Commander in 1970, millions of readers have enjoyed the adventures of Captain Jack Aubrey and his friend, surgeon Stephen Maturin. O'Brian's prose, so immediate and yet so...


Michelin Green Guide Great Britain
Michelin Travel Publications Staff (Editor)
2067120743
February 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
PLAN…...DISCOVER…..EXPLORE….with the newly updated Michelin Green Guide Series. Reorganized and reformatted, Michelin’s Green Guide Series helps travelers find the best local and regional travel information. Our goal is to provide travelers with practical, accurate and cultural destination information to a city, region or country with emphasis on: • Prioritizing your trip via Michelin’s star ratings for major sights • Time-saving practical information with detailed itineraries, excursions and walking tours • Navigating effectively thru the area, destination and sight using maps and floor plans throughout the guide. • Enhancing knowledge of destination and sights with detailed historical and cultural information • Learning the best hotels, restaurants, shopping,...


Sharpe's Rifles (#1)
Bernard Cornwell
0140294295
Feb 2001
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The eight previous books about Richard Sharpe, up-from-the-ranks infantry officer in H.M. Rifles, followed him from Talavera in 1809, battling Napoleon's armies across Iberia into France in early 1814. This "prequel" set in January 1809 has the new Lieutenant Sharpe trying to get his small English band away from the victorious French. Sharpe hopes to join the British outpost in Lisbon but is waylaid by a Spanish major of cavalry into helping him pull off a "miracle." The noble Major Vivar means to raise the flag of Spain's patron saint over Santiago de Compostela, now in French hands, as a sign that Spain will not be defeated. Readers of the earlier books will enjoy the usual smooth writing and vivid, occasionally quite gory, color. The battle scenes are thrillingly realistic and we always learn something: a...


Year of Wonders
Geraldine Brooks
0142001430
April 30, 2002
Paperback
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Book Review
Geraldine Brooks's Year of Wonders describes the 17th-century plague that is carried from London to a small Derbyshire village by an itinerant tailor. As villagers begin, one by one, to die, the rest face a choice: do they flee their village in hope of outrunning the plague or do they stay? The lord of the manor and his family pack up and leave. The rector, Michael Mompellion, argues forcefully that the villagers should stay put, isolate themselves from neighboring towns and villages, and prevent the contagion from spreading. His oratory wins the day and the village turns in on itself. Cocooned from the outside world and ravaged by the disease, its inhabitants struggle to retain their humanity in the face of the disaster. The narrator, the young widow Anna Frith, is one of the few who succeeds. With Mompellion and his wife,...


Born in Blood : The Lost Secrets of Freemasonry
John J. Robinson
0871316021
October 25, 1990
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Unlike most of its five million members, including many world leaders, who believe that the Freemasons, the world's largest fraternal organization, evolved from the guilds of medieval stonemasons, historian Robinson persuasively links Freemasonry's origins and goals to the once powerful and wealthy Knights Templar order. Banned and persecuted by a 14th-century papal bull, he claims, the Knights were forced to form an underground society. The author combines scholarly research and entertaining storytelling in tracing Freemasonry as a worldwide political, religious, economic and social body dedicated to self-improvement and charity while governed by secret rituals and symbols (explained here in detail). Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Eyewitness Travel Guide: Great Britain
Contribution by Michael Leapman
0756615429
March 2006
Other Format
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Book Review
You'd be hard-pressed to find a more comprehensive, engrossing, and just plain fun-to-read guidebook than the Eyewitness Travel Guide: Great Britain. Spilling over with all sorts of useful information for the traveler, you'll find three-dimensional drawings, floor plans, and detailed neighborhood maps, as well as timelines, charts, and even popular bus routes. Broken into several sections--"Introducing Great Britain," "Region by Region" (including London and environs, Scotland, and Wales), "Traveler's Needs," and "Survival Guide"--the guide paints a complete picture of the country. Readers will especially appreciate the hundreds of color photos of everything from London's double-decker buses to the ancient formations at Stonehenge. You'll also find street-by-street illustrated city walks (Covent Garden, Westminster), as well...


Lennon Revealed with DVD
Larry Kane
0762423641
Oct 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In this breezy collection of remembrances, journalist Kane (Ticket to Ride) fondly-if a bit too reverentially-remembers his times with enigmatic Beatle John Lennon. In 1964, Kane, then a radio reporter, was assigned to follow the Beatles in America, beginning a relationship with Lennon that lasted throughout the musician's short life, and one that obviously engendered some real affection. In brisk, entertaining prose, Kane, with a supporting cast of many Beatles associates, assesses the many faces of Lennon from a journalistic yet intensely personal perch. "Was John Lennon a mean bastard? A foolish prankster? An aggressive sex fiend? A musical tyrant? A gay man?" The answers, Kane says, are as complex as Lennon himself. Kane shares his take on the man and the pivotal moments in his life, including Lennon's...


One Christmas in Washington
David J. Bercuson
1585674036
Nov 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Describing Winston Churchill's stay with FDR from December 1941 to January 1942, historians Bercuson and Herwig resemble Jon Meacham (Franklin and Winston, 2003) in their redolence of period detail. To be sure, grand strategy in a world war grounds their recounting, but its emphasis on interpersonal relations, its fly-on-the-wall perspective, proclaim this work to be a decidedly popular treatment of an important summit meeting. Thus FDR mixes cocktails for his British guest, who squelches his distaste for the American martini in the interest of inter-Allied harmony. However ebullient the two leaders were, their military and naval chiefs were highly antagonistic. The authors explain how the agendas they broached over the conference table, and the ensuing disputes over where armies were to be sent, were, in reality,...


Michelin Great Britain South East England/Midlands/East Anglia Map No. 504
Manufactured by Michelin Travel Publications
2061007376
April 2003
Other Format
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Book Description
An annually updated road map of the Southeast, the Midlands and East Anglia of Great Britain, covering the main and secondary road networks across the region. Scale: 1/400,000 - 1cm=4km - 1in: 6.30miles Legend/Key in four languages (English, French, German, Dutch)


Rough Crossings : Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution
Simon Schama
006053916X
May 1, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
[Signature]Reviewed by Adam HochschildHas there ever been a patch of history more celebrated than the American Revolution? The torrent is endless: volume after volume about the glory of 1776, the miracle of 1787 and enough biographies of the Founding Fathers to stretch from the Liberty Bell to Bunker Hill and back again. The Library of Congress catalogue lists 271 books or other items to do with George Washington's death and burial alone. Enough!By contrast with the usual hagiography, distinguished historian Schama has found a little-known story from this era that makes the Founding Fathers look not so glorious. The Revolution saw the first mass emancipation of slaves in the Americas—an emancipation, however, not done by the revolutionaries but by their enemies. Many American rebel leaders were slave...


Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya
Caroline Elkins
0805076530
January 11, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
Forty years after Kenyan independence from Britain, the words "Mau Mau" still conjure images of crazed savages hacking up hapless white settlers with machetes. The British Colonial Office, struggling to preserve its far-flung empire of dependencies after World War II, spread hysteria about Kenya's Mau Mau independence movement by depicting its supporters among the Kikuyu people as irrational terrorists and monsters. Caroline Elkins, a historian at Harvard University, has done a masterful job setting the record straight in her epic investigation, Imperial Reckoning. After years of research in London and Kenya, including interviews with hundreds of Kenyans, settlers, and former British officials, Elkins has written the first book about the eight-year British war against the Mau Mau.

She concludes that the war, one of the...



The Lighthouse
P.D. James
030726291X
November 22, 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
British master James's 13th Adam Dalgliesh mystery, like its two predecessors, The Murder Room (2003) and Death in Holy Orders (2001), focuses at first on a hostile character who threatens to shatter a longstanding way of life. Acclaimed novelist Nathan Oliver incurs the wrath of his fellow residents on Combe Island, a private property off the Cornish coast used as an exclusive retreat by movers and shakers in many fields. When Oliver is murdered, Scotland Yard dispatches Dalgliesh and two of his team to Combe, where the commander checks alibis and motives in his trademark understated manner. Because the detective's new romantic attachment is more of a backstory than in The Murder Room, it intrudes less on the murder inquiry. The solution, which hinges on the existence of an unknown child, is less than fully satisfactory and...

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