Search Results: "Philip Hoare"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 9, 2010

"A delightfully intimate and unapologetically personal engagement—a deserved winner of the 2009 Samuel Johnson Prize in Britain."
British biographer Hoare (England's Lost Eden: Adventures in a Victorian Utopia, 2005, etc.) exults in the outsized glory of whales. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SEA INSIDE by Philip Hoare
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"A beautifully written memoir/travelogue with readable diversions into philosophy."
Do we come from the sea? Hoare's (The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea, 2010, etc.) absorbing book may well lead you to think so. Read full book review >

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NOEL COWARD by Philip Hoare
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Serious scholarship also serves here as an act of cultural restitution for a gay hero. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A full-scale life of the towering English songwriter and playwright. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 1, 1998

"Expanding an unlikely historical footnote, this account of Wilde's posthumous last trial and its wider significance is sensational in more than just the journalistic sense of the word. (For more Wilde-iana, see Merlin Holland, The Wilde Album, p. 259.) (24 pages b&w illustrations, not seen)"
Even in death Oscar Wilde could still provoke upright society, as this lively and revealing history of a bizarre 1918 libel trial in London, concerning a play by Wilde, demonstrates. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROSIE AND THE NIGHTMARES by Philip Waechter
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Similarly, the seemingly random arrangement of illustration types (full bleed, spot, cropped and more) is redeemed by the constant presence of the small, determined heroine, whose outlook seems rosy indeed. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In this amusing paean to overcoming monster-sized fears, Rosie wakes shaking from yet another nightmare. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WINTER HORSES by Philip Kerr
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 25, 2014

"A worthwhile-enough read for kids particularly interested in history and/or horses. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Kerr, well-known for his best-selling World War II thrillers for adults (A Man Without Breath, 2013, etc.), enters YA territory with a compelling but ultimately flawed tale of saving the last Przewalski's horses from Nazi invaders. Read full book review >

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GOBLINS by Philip Reeve
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"A bit overlong and slapdash-feeling, but amiable. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
Sundry creatures and an affable aspiring hero stumble and bumble around a magically infused landscape. Read full book review >