Search Results: "Ian Mortimer"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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: 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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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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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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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 >