Search Results: "John Bayley"


BOOK REVIEW

THE RED HAT by John Bayley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 18, 1998

"For readers in the right mood, a giddy dose of helium; for others, a farrago of tediously precious folderol."
Postmodern mysteries from Paul Auster to Martin Amis have generally been dark and despairing. Read full book review >

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IRIS AND HER FRIENDS by John Bayley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"A moving final tribute to the healing force of memory and the sustaining power of love."
Sweet memories of the distant past are juxtaposed with present agonies as Bayley, a retired Oxford don, novelist, and critic, concludes the story of wife, Iris Murdoch's struggle with Alzheimer's disease in this piercing follow-up to Elegy for Iris (1998). Read full book review >

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ELEGY FOR IRIS by John Bayley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 25, 1999

"Nonetheless, this seems an appropriate error for a loving husband to make, and the book's intimate tone will surely please both his fans and hers. (6 b&w photos, not seen) (First serial to the New Yorker)"
A sweet if somewhat old-fashioned memoir about a literary marriage. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2001

"Could have been funnier, should have been kinder."
The memoirs of an acidic curmudgeon and widower. Read full book review >

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THE POWER OF DELIGHT by John Bayley
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 1, 2005

"Bayley is England's Edmund Wilson, and reading him on reading others truly is an education."
A generous display of the indefatigable British critic's wares: nearly 70 informed, eloquent, and endlessly stimulating book reviews and literary essays. Read full book review >

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THE NECESSARY CAT by Nicola Bayley
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Every page of this lovely catalogue is ideal for children to pore over, but also a tribute for cat-lovers of all ages. (Picture book. 7+)"
In a cat fanatic's dream, Bayley exalts felines in the definitive collection of cat bric-a-brac while presenting many nibbles of feline fancy for all ages. Read full book review >

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TASTE by Stephen Bayley
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1992

"Much of the impact of this smart, sweeping, intermittently clarifying commentary comes from well-captioned b&w photographs of influential landmarks of taste—from a Paris restaurant of 1900 to Converse sneakers, Coco Chanel, a William Morris print, and the Rothschilds' chateau."
A British design critic (Harley Earl and the Dream Machine, 1983) offers an opinionated tour of the modern and mercurial concept of taste, that ``merciless betrayer of social and cultural attitudes.'' ``Good'' and ``bad'' taste, Bayley argues, are not absolutes, and no longer the simple matter of rules they were in Joshua Reynolds's England. Read full book review >

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FUN WITH MRS. THUMB by Jan Mark
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"An elegant little charmer of a book. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Poor Mrs. Thumb! Read full book review >

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KATJE, THE WINDMILL CAT by Gretchen Woelfle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"An author's note follows the story, detailing the historical events that inspired the story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A tale of feline heroism from 15th-century Holland. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALL FOR THE NEWBORN BABY by Phyllis Root
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Exquisite. (Picture book/poetry. 1-3)"
To go with reverent, lovely manger scenes, Root draws images from several Christmas carols and songs for a tender lullaby in which birds, livestock, a spider, even a cherry tree attend on the holy infant. Read full book review >

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THE JUNGLE BOOK by Rudyard Kipling
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2005

"An ideal replacement for the edition of these tales illustrated by Inga Moore (1992), and other edited versions. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Printed on heavy, coated stock, with wide floral borders adding further notes of luxury, these three complete tales from Kipling's classic, with attendant verses, get both sumptuous packaging and a generous helping of small, finely detailed illustrations. Read full book review >