Search Results: "Philip Hoare"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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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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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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THE BREAK-UP ARTIST by Philip Siegel
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2014

"A true chick-lit charmer, ideal for a chilly winter night or a sunny beach chair. (Chick-lit/romance. 12-16)"
Breakin' up may be hard to do but not if you get a little help from a cynical teenager who's found a niche market for her special skills. Read full book review >

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SCRIVENER'S MOON by Philip Reeve
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Quiet and somber, but still deeply satisfying. (Steampunk. 13 & up)"
The third (and final?) Fever Crumb story reminds readers of the serious themes beneath Reeve's often madcap, always entertaining tales. Read full book review >

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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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A DARKLING PLAIN by Philip Reeve
Released: May 29, 2007

"All stops are pulled out in this pyrotechnic conclusion that follows multiple narratives with such rapid-fire transitions that it will have readers gasping for breath—and humming with satisfaction at the just-right end. (Fiction. 12+)"
Taking his cue from "Dover Beach," Matthew Arnold's musing on isolation and anxiety in a world without faith, Reeve delivers a suitably explosive finish to his grueling Hungry City Chronicles. Read full book review >