Search Results: "Philip Ardagh"


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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2004

"Dahl and Snicket fans will find themselves on familiar ground. (Fiction. 10-12)"
The famously large and hairy author of the "Eddie Dickens" trilogy opens a new trio of Unfortunate Events—er, "Unlikely Exploits," with the fatal plummet of young Fergal McNally from a 14th-floor window. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

Better known on this side of the Atlantic for series nonfiction, Ardagh kicks off what promises to be yet another Dickensian farce with this tale of an 11-year-old buffeted by winds of silliness. Read full book review >

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HEIR OF MYSTERY by Philip Ardagh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"The oppressively rain-soaked setting, and Roberts's vignettes of misshapen figures with madly staring eyes, give the tale a Lemony taste (as in Snicket)—but it reads more like a set-up for future episodes than a self-contained story. (Fiction. 9-11)"
The second of Ardagh's Unlikely Exploits series takes the poor but unusually gifted McNally sibs into dreaded Fishbone Forest to reclaim the pilfered brain of their recently deceased youngest member, Fergal. Read full book review >

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TERRIBLE TIMES by Philip Ardagh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Lemony Snicket fans in need of a happy ending might take to this very British farce as a change of pace. (glossary) (Fiction. 10-12)"
Ardagh claims to be closing out this trilogy, but readers of the earlier volumes may be justifiably skeptical. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"Edward Gorey-esque ink drawings, tumbles along merrily to a happy ending on the strength of its unusually daffy supporting cast and resourceful main characters. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Ardagh uses the third of his Unfor—er, "Unlikely Exploits" to resolve by main force the tangled plot of the first two, while showing that the seeming baddies aren't really villains at all, and leaving the radically impoverished McNally clan with both a rich friend and interesting magical abilities. Read full book review >

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KING PHILIP by Esther Averill
Released: Oct. 18, 1950

"Mark this as a three star attraction — for school, regional interest and a swell story."
A thrilling and sincerely conceived story of the great chief of the Narragansett Indians who led a "rebellion" against the New England colonists in 1675. Read full book review >

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PHILIP JOHNSON by Franz Schulze
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 17, 1994

"An expansive view of Johnson's prickly intellect, ambition, and shifting aesthetic core. (125 photos, not seen)"
Spry and readable, this first major Johnson biography delivers the goods on the puckish 87-year-old godfather of American architecture. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"Calorie-rich fare for those who enjoy snacking on royal stories."
The author of Sylvia, Queen of the Headhunters (2007) returns with a flattering account of Philip, who could have become King of Greece but instead married the woman who would be queen. Read full book review >

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PHILIP LARKIN by Andrew Motion
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1993

"Sure to be the standard life for some time, this cadaverous book seems dead to Larkin's amazing sense of humor, one of the sources of his poetic achievement. (Photos)"
One of three literary executors of British poet Philip Larkin (1922-85), fellow poet Motion (The Lamberts, 1987) ill serves his subject with this drab, exhaustive biography full of bland literary criticism and inappropriate psychologizing. Read full book review >

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PRINCE PHILIP by John Parker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 1991

"Of interest to the royalty-obsessed only. (Sixteen pages of photographs—not seen.)"
Parker's previous book about royalty, on the Duke of Windsor (King of Fools, 1989), was a gossipy quick read, but Prince Philip makes for a tamer subject with less egregiously dirty laundry. Read full book review >

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PHILIP LARKIN by James Booth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Definitive in its scope and detail but somewhat too hagiographic."
A scholar who has published previously about Philip Larkin (1922-1985) returns with a full-meal biography glowing with admiration. Read full book review >

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PHILIP SIDNEY by Alan Stewart
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"While the accretion of detail upon detail sometimes slows the narrative flow, Stewart provides a textured insight into the society that shaped the poet. (14 illustrations, 13 b&w plates)"
A lengthy account of a short life. Read full book review >