Search Results: "Ian Fraser"


BOOK REVIEW

IAN FLEMING by Andrew Lycett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A solid scholarly biography with little to savor for general readers. Lycett's subject remains an aloof, disagreeable enigma."
An exhaustive and exhausting biography of Ian Fleming (1908-1964), the creator of secret agent James Bond. Read full book review >

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IAN PENNEY'S ABC by Ian Penney
ABC BOOKS
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Elegant and illuminating. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Each page of Penney's alphabet resembles a piece of stained glass, not in the precious sense, but in its composition and light. Read full book review >

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IAN IS SICK  by Pauline Oud
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2017

"Ian isn't well, and his book isn't so great either. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Some TLC and a play date help a sick little boy get better. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2010

"More appreciation than critique. Cabell's biggest achievement is an annotated guide to Rankin first editions and comprehensive cast lists and episode summaries of the TV series."
An analysis of much-lauded crime writer Ian Rankin's relationship with his iconoclastic detective John Rebus. Read full book review >

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IAN PENNEY'S BOOK OF FAIRY TALES by Ian Penney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Some of the appeal will be wasted on American children, but travelers, even of the armchair variety, might give it a go. (Picture book/folklore. 7-9)"
The Billy-Goats-Gruff, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and more of the usual suspects play out their tales on some of Great Britain's historic sites and estates: Stowe, the Giant's Causeway, Kedleston in Derby, the ``Bear's Hut'' on the grounds of Killeston, the garden tower at Cornwall's Trelissick, and Chirk Castle. Read full book review >

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OUR ISRAELI DIARY by Antonia Fraser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A slim volume graced by lively observations."
A British biographer offers salient glimpses of Israeli life and culture. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Pleasant and even instructive, but requires sustained suspension of the critical faculty."
A fan's notes on the "ironic, kindly, democratic, humorous, energetic, tolerant, and brave" peoples of Britain. Read full book review >

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MOTIVE FOR MURDER by Anthea Fraser
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 15, 1997

"Fraser (I'll Sing You Two-O, 1996, etc.) unveils each eminently predictable development with professional skill."
If Emily Barton had ever read a modern gothic, she'd never have taken that secretarial job with eminent Cornwall novelist Matthew Haig. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Fraser's book, a solidly researched and gripping account of religious battles and persecution, forces the reader to reflect on both the gruesome results and complex origins of terrorism. (40 b&w illustrations) (Book-of-the-Month Club/History Book Club selections; author tour)"
Early 17th century England's complexities and dangers are rendered both comprehensible and relevant in the skilled prose of a veteran mystery novelist (A Splash of Red, 1981, etc.) and popular historian (The Wives of Henry VIII, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE WIVES OF HENRY VIII by Antonia Fraser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 16, 1992

Fraser (The Warrior Queens, 1989, etc.) brings her personable voice and vivid historical imagination to the six women who married Henry VIII. Read full book review >