Search Results: "Melvyn Bragg"


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CROSSING THE LINES by Melvyn Bragg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"An intelligent tribute to a heroic era and its aftermath, short on poetry but not on gravitas."
The concluding novel in a solid trilogy chronicling post-World War II northern English life. Read full book review >

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THE SWORD AND THE MIRACLE by Melvyn Bragg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Serio-escapist fiction void of bodice-ripping, free of clichÇs, clean-limbed in style: a rich and powerful plunge into the Dark Ages."
Bragg (A Time to Dance, 1991, etc.), an appealing, intelligent interviewer on cable's South Bank Show, author of well-received bios of Laurence Olivier and Richard Burton, of 13 novels, of screenplays, and a director of several musicals and plays, now finds time to turn out a giant historical set in Britain's Dark Ages. Read full book review >

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THE SOLDIER’S RETURN by Melvyn Bragg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Quite powerful in an understated way: a splendid portrait of a world on the verge of a new era."
A quietly evocative account of a soldier's homecoming in northern England, by British novelist Bragg (On Giants' Shoulders, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 27, 1999

"A series of meandering discussions of great scientists that is two parts Charlie Rose to one part Bill Maher. (12 photos, not seen)"
A mixed bag of essays on 12 great scientists, derived from a series of radio shows hosted by the author. Read full book review >

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A SON OF WAR by Melvyn Bragg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Like its predecessor, a marvelous and very rich tale, all the more powerful for its quiet tone and restrained narration."
The second installment of a trilogy set in a small industrial town in the north of England, about a young WWII vet's struggle to adjust to peacetime routine. Read full book review >

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A TIME TO DANCE by Melvyn Bragg
Released: Jan. 24, 1990

Bragg's lusty tale of a retired bank-manager's obsession with an 18-year-old urchin embarrasses more than it captivates as it grunts and pants its way toward a predictable resolution. Read full book review >

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The Broom of God by John Bragg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 2, 2015

"A gripping, entertaining mystery bolstered by spooky ambiance."
An inspector investigating the murder of an American in Patagonia, Chile, isn't short on suspects or motives in Bragg's debut novel. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2000

"`There is a lot of sadness in this [book] because the best stories in the newspaper are those of people in trouble,` Bragg warns. Journalists, sociologists, and psychologists will find much in Bragg's observations to consider and reconsider. Most readers will, too."
A collection of did-you-hear-about-the-person-who articles by a Pulitzer-winning New York Times feature reporter. Read full book review >

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ALL OVER BUT THE SHOUTIN' by Rick Bragg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 17, 1997

"His memoir is a model of humility combined with pride in one's accomplishments."
A celebrated Pulitzer Prizewinning New York Times reporter turns his investigative attention to his own past: growing up poor and making his way from rural Alabama to the top of his profession. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 25, 2007

"A well-balanced and illuminating history of the Cold War."
The Cold War began under murky and not entirely planned circumstances governed by individual personalities. So, writes Leffler (History/Univ. of Virginia; The Specter of Communism: The United States and the Origins of the Cold War, 1917-1953, 1994, etc.), did it end, thanks to two personalities in particular. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"A soothing, clearly presented message of self-acceptance that may succeed in adding four new terms to the vocabulary of psychobabble. (First serial to Redbook)"
Slickly packaged pop psych from Kinder, who's previously tackled myths about self-improvement (Going Nowhere Fast, 1990) and marriage (Husbands and Wives, 1989). Read full book review >

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 Economic Conservative/Social Liberal  by Mark Bragg
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"A vibrant attempt to articulate a grand compromise between the American left and right."
A list of political cures for what ails the United States, offered in a spirit of bipartisanship. Read full book review >