Search Results: "Piers Dudgeon"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 14, 2006

"Aimed, of course, at fans, who will love it. To those unmoved by the Barbara Taylor Bradford mystique, all this will, naturally, be of supreme unimportance."
Amid recent scholarly biographies of The Bard of Avon, we are now favored with the inside scoop on another pride of English letters, Barbara Taylor Bradford. Read full book review >

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THE REAL PETER PAN by Piers Dudgeon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 12, 2016

"A simultaneously interesting and depressing story of arrested development, as sometimes occurs with those who write of children's heroes."
With his broad knowledge of J.M. Barrie (1860-1937) and his contemporaries, Dudgeon (Maeve Binchy: The Biography, 2014, etc.) tells the disturbing story of his odd relationship with the Llewelyn Davies family. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2009

"Nowhere near a cut-and-dried case, but plausible enough to leave readers—particularly those who found Peter Pan disquieting (which it is)—wondering."
Adopting both the general notion and the melodramatic tone of D.H. Lawrence's famous comment—"J.M. Barrie has a fatal touch for those he loves. They die"—Dudgeon (Our East End: Memories of Life in Disappearing Britain, 2008, etc.) presents the author of Peter Pan as a crippled soul who deliberately manipulated the lives and psyches of numerous associates and children. Read full book review >

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MAEVE BINCHY by Piers Dudgeon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 22, 2014

"'The secret of the universe is that we do have to take control of our own lives,' was, Dudgeon claims, Binchy's lifelong mantra, and he captures her ebullience and drive in this anecdotal biography."
An upbeat biography of the prolific, much-loved Irish writer. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 1, 1989

"Although the text is probably of interest mostly to hard-core fans, more than a hundred truly gorgeous photographs broaden the appeal: prospective travelers will find itinerary inspiration, and anyone who loves the outdoors may relish a quick browse through the misty moors, seascapes, and woods of this wild and peaceful region."
Du Maurier's final book (she died last April) is both a personal memoir and a love letter to Cornwall, which served as inspiration for—and setting of—much of her popular fiction (Rebecca, Jamaica Inn, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 10, 2006

"Fascinating look at how politics and science intersected in the glory years of NASA."
The story of the space race, from an angle only insiders knew until now. Read full book review >

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THE DARK VALLEY by Piers Brendon
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 10, 2000

"Compelling and propelled by a gathering momentum, this all but begs for a sequel."
A majestic and highly readable history of the most distressing of decades. Read full book review >

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VIRTUAL MODE by Piers Anthony
Released: Feb. 13, 1990

"Rewarding if you can get past her and Darius's never-ending internal monologues."
In an interesting mix of sf and fantasy, Anthony examines the effects of parental neglect and sexual abuse against a fantastic backdrop. Read full book review >

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BEING A GREEN MOTHER by Piers Anthony
Released: Dec. 1, 1987

"Overall: agreeable enough—and bound to be very popular."
Fifth and final fantasy in the Incarnations of Immortality series—Death, Time, Fate, and, most recently, War (Wielding a Red Sword). Read full book review >

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OUT OF PHAZE by Piers Anthony
Released: June 12, 1987

"Still, don't underestimate Anthony's popularity."
A continuation of Anthony's Apprentice Adept series about science-world Proton (whose surface is polluted and uninhabitable; rich, powerful Citizens and their serfs live in airtight domes) and its dimensionally connected counterpart, magic-world Phaze (ruled by Adepts and populated by shape-shifting unicorns, werewolves, vampires, and so forth). Read full book review >

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BLUE ADEPT by Piers Anthony
Released: May 18, 1981

"Tirelessly inventive, action-packed entertainment—with a mild comic strain and no claim to seriousness."
The second installment in the lightweight, Zelazny-ish fantasy trilogy begun with Split Infinity (1980). Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"The journey's the thing in this game whose format ensures that there will be no lost pieces. (Picture book. 4-10)"
This interactive book follows the ladders-go-up, snakes-go-down rules of the traditional board game. Read full book review >