Search Results: "Gavin Weightman"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"A very appealing snack that whets the appetite for more substantial courses."
From Julius Caesar to the Millennium Wheel—a look at London's history with its storied river ever in the foreground. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Pleasant reading for students of technological history, but radio buffs may be disappointed with Weightman's light treatment of technical matters."
A middling account of Guglielmo Marconi's development of the "wireless telegraph"—the radio. Read full book review >

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EUREKA by Gavin Weightman
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Smart technology history that's as fun and readable as it is seriously informative."
A layman's look at the eureka moments behind inventions that have become an integral part of modern life. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2009

"Like cotton candy—tasty yet somehow insubstantial."
Breezy social history of the inventors and entrepreneurs who transformed society with innovations in infrastructure and technology. Read full book review >

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THE FROZEN WATER TRADE by Gavin Weightman
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 8, 2003

"A fascinating and vast industry, melted away as completely as an ice cube on a summer sidewalk, but delightfully preserved here. (16 pp. b&w photos, not seen)"
British journalist Weightman brings back the days when an icebox was truly an ice box. Read full book review >

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WELCOME HOME, BEAVER by Magnus  Weightman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Skip. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young beaver sets off on an adventure, but can his friend Akita and his hot air balloon help Beaver find the way home? Read full book review >

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SEE NO EVIL by Jamila Gavin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 4, 2009

"It's a muddle, with good parts but no center. (Fiction. 11-13)"
The author of Coram Boy (2001) again tells several affecting tales at once—but here they're all weighed down by a baroque literary artifice and a gooey, simplistic ending. Read full book review >

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THE BLOOD STONE by Jamila Gavin
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2005

Rich prose punctuated by changes of tense and person create a dreamlike atmosphere for this tale of a lad who travels from Renaissance Venice to the India of Shah Jahan to ransom his errant father. Read full book review >

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NATALIE WOOD by Gavin Lambert
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2004

"Full of informed and intelligent observations regarding both Wood's mindset and the politics of Hollywood, but ultimately a wearying, depressing portrait. (65 photos)"
An easily familiar biography of the actress, from a personal friend who fails to connect some of the critical pieces in her puzzle. Read full book review >

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STAY AWAKE, BEAR! by Gavin Bishop

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THE AGE OF TREACHERY by Gavin Scott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"The culprit is forgettable; the murder method, ingenious but wildly implausible; and the parade of real-life cameos, from J.R.R. Tolkien to Ian Fleming, increasingly tiresome. Even so, Forrester is excellent company, and fans will surely want to read his further adventures."
Screenwriter Scott's debut novel welcomes an Oxford don home from World War II with the spectacle of a colleague disliked by him and everyone else dead beneath his best friend's lodgings. Read full book review >

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MISTER WHISTLER by Margaret Mahy
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"This romp fits in beautifully with Mahy's other wacky picture books; pair it with Song and Dance Man for a lively read-aloud. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This sprightly, whimsical tale will induce plenty of giggles and start toes to tapping. Read full book review >