Search Results: "Francis Spufford"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"C.S. Lewis might not approve of the language, but he'd surely approve of the sentiment. A thought-provoking entertainment."
A highly personal—and unconventional—defense of belief in Christian doctrine. Read full book review >

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GOLDEN HILL by Francis Spufford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"A first-rate entertainment with a rich historical feel and some delightful twists."
This sparkling first novel sends a young man through a gantlet of troubles and amusements in 18th-century Manhattan. Read full book review >

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TRUE STORIES by Francis Spufford
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A bibliophagist snacks and dines, sharing with us some of the tastiest bits."
A longtime writer in a variety of genres presents a potpourri of pieces, arranged thematically, from the past few decades. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"Spufford elegantly details how all these images, elements, and metaphors came home to roost in the Edwardian imagination, leading directly to parts unknown."
Spufford, of the Guardian in London, plumbs the cultural fascination and aesthetic attraction of cold regions for British explorers, and how their romance with snow was fashioned by an evolving national sensibility, in this smartly argued, wide-ranging book. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 8, 2002

"A brilliant personal view of why we read and why we should."
In his first book (I May Be Some Time, 1997), journalist Spufford won acclaim for examining the English imagination; now he illuminates his own with verve and intimacy. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"A highly creative, illuminating, genre-resisting history."
The strange, sad, hilarious story of the Soviet Union's blind pursuit of a Communist paradise, told through a mix of history and fiction, using both to get to the truth. Read full book review >

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CROSSFIRE by Dick Francis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

The late Dick Francis's 44th, and last, canter around the track echoes several of his greatest hits. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"As Spadaro writes, Pope Francis understands that 'One must not complicate God, especially if this complication distances God from the people.' People's Pope indeed. (Religion. 4-12)"
The People's Pope shows that he is a down-to-earth man who understands both religion and children. Read full book review >

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FRUIT by Brian Francis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 20, 2004

"A lovely and odd take on a time many of us would just as soon forget."
Peter is an average eighth grader, except that his nipples are speaking to him. Read full book review >

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LONGSHOT by Dick Francis
Released: Oct. 17, 1990

"Francis manner, without the foolish tedium of Hot Money or The Edge."
Middling, readable Francis thrills—with a serviceable murder-mystery, some harrowing violence, horses in the background (if not central to the plot), and lots of filler about wilderness-survival literature. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 23, 1991

"Cornwallis was defeated at Yorktown in Pennsylvania)."
Steegmuller (Silence at Salerno, 1978; the National Book Award-winning Cocteau, 1971) uses his formidable skills and scholarly resources to retrieve from the peripheries of a glittering pre-Revolutionary Parisian cultural circle two unfamiliar voices as characteristic of that favored but doomed world as Diderot, Voltaire, or Rousseau. Read full book review >