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Review: 17 Carnations by Andrew Morton

‘Hark the Herald Angels sing, Mrs Simpson’s pinched our King’ Christmas carol 1936 An experienced biographer, Mr Morton has now graduated to a serious subject and here focuses on the life of the Duke of Windsor and his unwise flirtations with the German Nazi leadership. He has had access to

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British Military Operations in Aden and Radfan: 100 Years of British Colonial Rule by Nick van der Bijl

This book covers the period of time from 1839 to 1967, the times when Britain was the colonial power in the area, the times when a presence ‘East of Suez ‘ was a common enough phrase.  It is a book that could well surprise a number of people, especially those

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Review: So You Want To Be A Celebrity by Steve Allen

The author has been a presenter on LBC Radio since 1979 so has had to deal with more than his fair share of vapid celebs. So You Want to Be a Celebrity is another of the LBC polemics on modern life. Apparently 80% of newspaper and magazine coverage is of

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Review: The Dumbing Down of Britain by Duncan Barkes

This is another of the series of polemics by LBC Radio presenters, of which Duncan Barkes is one. This short book does what is says on the cover. It is well written; the prose flows and the general tone is one of reasonableness, with justifiable flashes of exasperation. It skilfully

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Book Review: Its Politics… But Not As We Know It by Nick Ferrari

Nick Ferrari hosts the breakfast show on LBC Radio, spending much of that time interviewing politicians. This short book, which is another of the LBC polemics, addresses what he sees as the disconnection between Westminster and the rest of the country.

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Book Review: Loathe Thy Neighbour by James O’Brien

James O’Brien is a journalist presenter on LBC Radio. This short polemic (their choice) is written as part of a series on contentious current affairs subjects being produced by LBC. This book is about immigration. We get off to a brisk start with the politics of fear and then canter

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Book Review: The NHS: Things That Need To Be Said by Iain Dale

The author presents the drive time show on LBC Radio, the UK’s only national news talk radio station. This short book is one of a series of polemics being published by LBC on contemporary topics. Sensible debate on the NHS is long overdue and this is a welcome start. The

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Equipment Review: Pilgrim HL GTX MTP Forest Boot

Firstly I would like to thank Paul, the MD of Trekitt, (http://www.trekitt.co.uk/) for his help as well as generosity. So, I have had these boots just over a week and have just this afternoon returned from an eleven mile walk confronted/accompanied by a good sea breeze, rain and a bit more

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Review: Dead Souls by Elsebeth Egholm

I must admit to not having been caught up in the current craze for Scandinavian crime that it around whether it be in written or televisual form, so this book was a first for me.  Slightly unfortunately this book is not the first in this particular series containing the same

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Review: War at the Edge of the World by Ian Ross

This fictional novel is set in the Northern part of Britain in late Roman times, with the antagonist crossing Hadrian’s Wall into the land of the Picts to face undue horrors although there it’s too early in history for deep fried Mars Bars.

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