Search Results: "Melvyn Bragg"


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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 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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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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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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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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MATISSE ON THE LOOSE by Georgia Bragg
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 14, 2009

"A very good author's note gives some background about Henri and Pierre Matisse and about the reality of art thievery. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Eleven-year-old narrator Matisse's mother is head of security for the local art museum, where an exhibit of Henri Matisse's paintings is scheduled at the same time as a security-system overhaul. 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 >

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SARANOFF'S ROMANCE by Kirk Bragg
Released: Feb. 19, 2009

"A utopia that could use some drama."
A man travels through time to a primeval paradise in this earnest utopian fable. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Although much of the ground covered is well trod, this is an admirably complete introduction to the history of the Cold War."
A brief but thoughtful essay outlining the terrible misapprehensions that led to escalating tensions between the US and the Soviet Union from the close of WW I to the end of the Korean conflict. Read full book review >

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JERRY LEE LEWIS by Rick Bragg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"From a skilled storyteller comes this entertaining, sympathetic story of a life flaring with fire, shuddering with shakin'."
An iconic rocker receives a warm, admiring biography from a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author. Read full book review >