Search Results: "Richard Davenport-Hines"


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UNIVERSAL MAN by Richard Davenport-Hines
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015

"An admiring and nuanced book filled with insights into this scholar and man of action in all his complexity."
An unconventional biography of the brilliant economist who shaped British public life in the 20th century. Read full book review >

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Released: June 1, 2006

"Informed and sympathetic portrait of a genius struggling to complete his life's work, no matter what."
An admiring, even loving, look at the dying Marcel Proust's final six months, with many glances backward (and sometimes askance) at the novelist's family and friends. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2012

"The book has all the inevitability and pathos of Greek tragedy, but by maintaining the personal dimension, the author transforms a narrative of monumental hubris meeting human error into a haunting story of real, intersecting lives on a collision course with destiny."
A moving account of the people who sailed into maritime history on the doomed Titanic. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"A well-drawn, comprehensive account of a troubling subject."
A British historian trains an eye on the vast history of human experience with illicit drugs. Read full book review >

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AUDEN by Richard Davenport-Hines
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 19, 1996

"The book, in effect, prevents a placid understanding of a man whom perhaps nobody understood—an astringent but welcome service. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
British critic and author Davenport-Hines (The MacMillans, not reviewed, etc.) brings very English gusto and insight to this biography of the poet. Read full book review >

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NO WAY BUT GENTLENESSE by Richard Hines
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 2016

"A delightful story of a boy, his birds, and his pursuit of knowledge in spite of society's dictates."
How catching and training a kestrel changed the life of a young British boy. Read full book review >

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LAURA INGALLS WILDER'S FAIRY POEMS by Laura Ingalls Wilder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"A sweet confection for fans of fairies or the author. (Poetry. 6-10)"
A slim, pretty volume containing five poems composed by Wilder in 1915 for a newspaper column; a protestation that fairies do indeed exist written in the following year; and a new introduction by Hines (I Remember Laura, 1994, not reviewed). Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 30, 1998

"Davenport is a virtuoso of the literary essay, and here the magic mostly works. (8 pages b&w illustrations, not seen)"
Urbane meditations on the history and meaning of the still life in art and literature. Read full book review >

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THE END OF ALWAYS by Randi Davenport
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2014

"It's an accurate commentary about the times that, sadly, may still apply behind the closed doors of many households today."
Set in Waukesha, Wis., at the turn of the 20th century, this is a gritty yet hopeful tale about a young woman determined to escape her family's legacy of abuse. Read full book review >

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THE FIFTH SECRET by Joanna Hines
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Hines's first US publication is just the thing for readers who've found Barbara Vine's last few forays into a troubled past a little flat emotionally."
Nursery owner Jane Baer's life with her oppressively perfect husband Owen and their equally perfect children is already fraying around the edges when Jane gets a call invoking the childhood password (``Urgently Derby'') that sends her racing across England to Berkshire and a rendezvous with Rob Hallama glamorous crusader for the homeless whose recent return to his childhood sweetheart, Esme Drummond, has been shattered by an attack that's left Esme near death. Read full book review >

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THE PAINTER by Will Davenport
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 2003

"Although the contemporary story becomes an annoying distraction, Davenport does right by Rembrandt and his genius—and that gives his fantasy a glow of its own."
Rembrandt in England, locked in a fierce struggle with the poet Andrew Marvell for artistic preeminence—and the attentions of a beautiful woman: all in this outing from Davenport (a.k.a. British thriller writer James Long: Silence and Shadows, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >