Search Results: "Alistair Lawrence"


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Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"Lucid and lavishly illustrated—a fine gift for pop and music history buffs."
Appropriately ambitious biography of the recording studio that gave the world the Beatles' eponymous swan song—but also, lest it be forgotten, the works of Helen Shapiro and Vanessa-Mae. Read full book review >

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HAROLD MACMILLAN by Alistair Horne
Released: March 31, 1989

From British historian Horne (Napoleon, Master of Europe 1805-1807; A Savage War of Peace; etc.), the first volume of a multivolume, definitive biography of the British statesman. Read full book review >

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A BUNDLE FROM BRITAIN by Alistair Horne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 31, 1994

"The same qualities that produce brilliance in his historical writings—a penchant for detail and a pursuit of the social connections that bind his subjects together into complex entanglements—render his autobiography detached and impersonal."
A chatty, meandering memoir of the British historian widely known for his definitive, two-volume biography of the late prime minister Harold Macmillan (1989). Read full book review >

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LA BELLE FRANCE by Alistair Horne
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 25, 2005

"A pleasure for Francophile readers, balancing the recent space of dimwitted screeds against a nation that dares to go its own way, hyperpuissance be damned."
A sweeping, literate history of a nation that the English-speaking powers have found vexatious and puzzling—but certainly never boring. Read full book review >

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THE AMERICAN HOME FRONT by Alistair Cooke
NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 2006

"A vivid, endlessly interesting view of the home front."
Revealing portrait of America in the early years of WWII. Read full book review >

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THEY FALL HARD by Alistair Boyle
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Beneath the unvaried series of dialogue scenes is some rudimentary mystery-mongering and an anticlimactic solution. Even Gil's trademark malapropisms seem tired."
Gil Yates, the low-key private eye who never met a cliché he couldn't mangle (Ship Shapely, 1999, etc.), revisits the case of a dead Sonny Liston look-alike on behalf of the boxer's unacknowledged son. Read full book review >

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THE CON by Alistair Boyle
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1996

"Shaggy folderol with enough twists, forgeries, double- crosses, and switcheroos to make your head rotate."
Gil Yates, unlicensed veteran of exactly one investigation (The Missing Link, 1995, not reviewed) with a winningly malapropic way with clichÇs, is hired by Los Angeles director Franklin d'Lacy to recover a $16 million Monet purchased from London dealer Jacques Moran but exchanged in transit for an amateurish forgery. Read full book review >

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SHIP SHAPELY by Alistair Boyle
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"Though Gil's as charming as ever, the answer to this riddle isn't likely to sweep you off your legs."
The police call Les Quincy's death an accident, and why shouldn't they? Read full book review >

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SEVEN AGES OF PARIS by Alistair Horne
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 15, 2002

"A lively primer of Parisian history, just the right companion for travelers to the city seeking a deeper understanding of the view before them."
A fittingly illuminating history of la ville lumière and of the great men and women who have passed beneath the gates of the French capital. Read full book review >

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THE DISINTEGRATIONS by Alistair McCartney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Outré and disturbingly engaging."
A novel that reads like a journal—with all entries meditations on the theme of death. Read full book review >

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ISLAND by Alistair MacLeod
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"A masterful evocation of a displaced people caught between past and present."
Like the poignant lament of a Scottish piper, this first collection by the acclaimed Canadian writer (No Great Mischief, p. 410) details the bittersweet lives of the Highlanders and their descendants who settled on Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Island. Read full book review >