Tag: Shelf Indulgence

THE BATTLE FOR BEVERLY HILLS, by Nancie Clare

St Martin’s Press ISBN-10: 1250121345 How did actors metamorphose from uncredited players in silent ‘flickers’ to become powerful movers and shakers in politics? Apparently, it all began in the 1920s with the very first celebrity movie stars. Nancie Clare charts the development of Beverly Hills from marginal rancho land to glamorous enclave for Hollywood stars. It […]

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UNCOMMON TYPE by Tom Hanks

UNCOMMON TYPE by Tom Hanks William Heinemann ISBN-13: 978-1785151514 This is Tom Hanks’s first collection of short stories. Yes, Tom Hanks the actor. He writes, too – and very well, damnit! Uncommon Type’s eclectic mix of stories have one common theme: a typewriter features in each. We’re not talking about electrics or word processors; these honest-to-goodness […]

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LA BELLE SAUVAGE: The Book Of Dust Volume I, by Philip Pullman

LA BELLE SAUVAGE: The Book Of Dust Volume I, by Phillip Pullman Penguin RH & David Fickling Books ISBN–13: 978-0385604413 There’s a delightful trend, just now, for beautiful books. Bound between linen-covered boards, some engraved, some gilt-edged, many with silk place-markers, they recall a time when print books were given as precious gifts, and treasured by […]

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THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHTTIME, BY Mark Haddon

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHTTIME, by Mark Haddon Vintage ISBN-13: 978-0099450252 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a murder mystery like no other. The detective and narrator is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger’s Syndrome; he knows a very great deal about maths and very little about […]

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