Search Results: "Gavin Mortimer"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 17, 2010

"Aside from the often corny narrative, the author provides an original contribution to the history of Civil War spying."
A well-documented biography of one of Allan Pinkerton's detectives and a successful Union spy. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 4, 2005

"Reader-friendly, informative reporting—history that reads like a novel."
An emotionally stirring account of the single most devastating attack on London during the Blitz. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2009

"Enjoyable, accessible technological history, further enlivened by colorful character sketches of some of the most interesting figures in the early days of flying."
Mortimer (The Great Swim, 2008, etc.) chronicles a pivotal moment in the history of aviation. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT SWIM by Gavin Mortimer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"A stirring portrait of courage and endurance, but also a bittersweet tale of the vagaries of fame and fortune."
Mortimer (The Longest Night: The Bombing of London on May 10, 1941, 2005, etc.) recounts the quest of four intrepid women who in the summer of 1926 attempted to become the first female to swim the turbulent English Channel. Read full book review >

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DEAR LUPIN by Roger Mortimer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Entertaining letters that reflect genuine concern and love despite the rarely taken advice."
Epistolary commentary from a father to his son. Read full book review >

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CHRISTMAS MOUSE by Anne Mortimer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"No new territory here, but a very cute mouse having a very merry Christmas all the same. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A little mouse perched on a pecan tart and staring out at the reader forms the intriguing cover illustration for this rhyming exploration of a mouse-sized Christmas celebration. Read full book review >

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Released: June 4, 2001

"Pure pleasure."
In the third installment of his autobiography, the ex-barrister Mortimer (The Sound of Trumpets, 1999, etc.) focuses on a year spent as a scriptwriter for hire, fundraiser for the Royal Court Theater, advocate for penal reform, and crippled, nearly blind old liberal staggering around Tony Blair's new Britain. Read full book review >

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BUNNY’S EASTER EGG by Anne Mortimer
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Still, there's not much that will endure here—it's as sweet as a chocolate egg and will last about as long. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Bunny is tired after a long night distributing Easter eggs. Read full book review >

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DUNSTER by John Mortimer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"The disappointment here is that Mortimer doesn't do much with Dunster, who recedes from view as the plot thickens; still, his latest is just provocative enough to keep readers alert and amused."
Mortimer (Titmuss Regained, 1991, etc.) returns with a neatly plotted, fast-paced entertainment—a mix of suspense and social comedy that disturbs stereotypes by pitting an overly zealous muckraking journalist against a sympathetic pillar of the Establishment. Read full book review >

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MURDERERS AND OTHER FRIENDS by John Mortimer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1995

"An endearing ragbag of recollections snapping into focus at warp speed. (30 photos, not seen)"
Following Clinging to the Wreckage (1982), a bracing and bounteous second helping of the British barrister/writer's life, works, and many, many opinions. Read full book review >