Search Results: "Ian Mortimer"


BOOK REVIEW

THE TIME TRAVELER'S GUIDE TO ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND by Ian Mortimer
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2013

"Readers accustomed to Hollywood's portrayal of people in earlier times (just like us, except for the funny clothes) are in for a jolt as they encounter plenty of new, often unsettling, occasionally gruesome but always entertaining information."
Having made a splash with The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England (2009), popular British historian Mortimer delivers an equally authoritative, amusing bottoms-up account of life during Queen Elizabeth's 1558-1603 reign. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A quirky but always delightful social history that will convince most readers that social revolutions have been happening for a long time."
Most observers agree that the 20th century saw dazzling changes: the automobile, airplane, atom bomb, antibiotics, computers, space travel, the internet, and hundreds of other amazing advancements. What century can match that? Every one since 1000, responds veteran British social historian Mortimer, and he makes a convincing case. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 18, 2017

"Readers will finish this third in a delightful series of bottom-up histories hoping Mortimer has his sights set on Georgian England."
The latest guidebook to England's past from the renowned historian. 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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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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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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RUMPOLE AND THE PENGE BUNGALOW MURDERS by John Mortimer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 22, 2004

"The real and considerable joys here are watching Rumpole spread his wings and observing, in what passes for his courtship of Hilda, the seeds of his thrall to She Who Must Be Obeyed."
Finally, it can be told: the vaunted case that launched the loosest cannon in the English legal system on his nonpareil career (Rumpole and the Primrose Path, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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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QUITE HONESTLY by John Mortimer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 27, 2006

"A witty Brit bagatelle and a romantic comedy tailor-made for the multiplex."
Fate throws together a cinematically mismatched pair; Cupid deftly aims his arrows; cute fun ensues. Read full book review >