Search Results: "Ian Sansom"


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THE BAD BOOK AFFAIR by Ian Sansom
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 19, 2010

"Whither the mystery? one might ask. But that would be churlish in light of all the rollicking wit from satirist Sansom (The Book Stops Here, 2008, etc.)."
Ireland's only English Jewish vegetarian mobile librarian suffers through a bout of melancholia. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK STOPS HERE by Ian Sansom
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2008

"The mystery's barely there, but the company in this slapstick satire is so appealing that you'll never miss it, especially when Ted makes up more words than Mrs. Malaprop and Israel keeps bumping into reasons why London isn't home anymore."
A vegetarian Jewish bookmobile driver transplanted from London gets homesick. Read full book review >

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THE IMPARTIAL RECORDER by Ian Sansom
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2004

"A clever, affectionate poke in the ribs: just sentimental enough to be nostalgic, just sharp enough to avoid sentimentality."
Critic and first-novelist Sansom (The Truth About Babies, not reviewed) takes a wry look at an Irish village and discovers an exceptionally lively world. Read full book review >

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PAPER by Ian Sansom
Released: May 14, 2013

"An enjoyable argument that speaks to the paper lover in all of us."
With a playfulness that begins with the title, this "elegy" to paper is instead a celebration of its essential, ubiquitous role in society, culture and life itself. Read full book review >

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THE CASE OF THE MISSING BOOKS by Ian Sansom
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 2, 2007

"A buoyant series kickoff. Veteran Sansom (The Impartial Recorder. 2004, etc.) writes with refreshing deftness and sharp wit."
A hapless librarian scours the picturesque Irish countryside for missing tomes. Read full book review >

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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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DISSOLUTION by C.J. Sansom
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2003

"Spooky atmosphere and a wealth of fascinating historical tidbits suffer from rather grinding detective work."
A brilliant lawyer investigates murder in a monastery that's under attack by Henry VIII's greedy forces of secularism. Read full book review >