Search Results: "Robert McCrum"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 24, 2010

"Heavy on historical summary yet gripping and profoundly informative."
The Observer associate editor McCrum (My Year Off: Rediscovering Life After a Stroke, 2008, etc.) rehearses the history of the English language, from Britannia to Bollywood, focusing on how it has transformed from one island's language to "Globish," a version of the language used by billions worldwide. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A vivid reminder to seize the day. (First serial to the New Yorker; author tour)"
The perceptive memoir of a 42-year-old British publisher's tortuous journey of recovery after a stroke. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WODEHOUSE by Robert McCrum
Released: Nov. 29, 2004

"A bit long, but a fitting tribute to one of the great purveyors of light—though not insubstantial—entertainment."
A graceful biography of the most British of all humorous novelists. Read full book review >

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MAINLAND by Robert McCrum
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 4, 1992

"As careful in its observation, as beautifully composed, and as hollow at the core as a spy film directed by Woody Allen at his most dyspeptic."
Another sensitive, underplotted sort-of-espionager from British publisher McCrum (The Fabulous Englishman, A Loss of Heart, etc.) that almost succeeds in turning its featureless anomie to advantage. Read full book review >

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SUSPICION by Robert McCrum
Released: March 10, 1997

"McCrum's own fatal flaw remains: The underpinnings of the plot are weakened by unanswered questions and dodges that, however artful, leave the reader increasingly unwilling to go along. (Author tour)"
Lust and murder lurk in the heart of a mild-mannered official living a quiet life in the south of England, in McCrum's (Jubilee, 1994, etc.) latest thriller, a work no more credible than its predecessors. Read full book review >

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JUBILEE by Robert McCrum
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 2, 1994

"Although McCrum is an expert at both deceiving and enlightening the reader, the high stakes of both the political and filial dramas are never made plausible, and this intricate mystery falls flat."
A clever but unconvincing suspense novel from the author of four previous novels (Mainland, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

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ROBERT KENNEDY by Evan Thomas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2000

"A compelling re-telling of one of the saddest and most intriguing life stories in American politics."
Newsweek assistant managing editor Thomas (The Very Best Men, 1995, etc.) enlivens his engrossing RFK biography with fresh interviews and the use of previously restricted sources. Read full book review >

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ROBERT FROST by Jay Parini
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"Parini's life magnificently details how Frost, through fortitude and lifelong dedication to craft, sought to heed his own advice to be whole again beyond confusion. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Parini, a poet (House of Days, 1998), biographer (John Steinbeck, 1995), and novelist (Benjamin's Crossing, 1998), delivers a sensitive life of Frost that highlights the poet's struggle to find light and stability in an existence filled with darkness and chaos. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"At a time when the biographical form is inspiring much-needed experimentation, Seymour's straightforward approach seems old- fashioned, although sturdy. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A competent but unimaginative life of the bardic English classicist, novelist, and poet. ``I could fall in love with my big toe if I wanted to,'' declared the contradictory Graves (18951985), notorious puritan and inveterate womanizer who held court for years at his home on the Spanish island of Majorca and is best known for his meditations on woman as muse in The White Goddess (1948), et al. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"A fascinating insight into British politics through the life of someone who knew everyone of significance, and who possessed an unusual capacity to tell the truth, however much it hurt him. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A masterly biography of Robert Boothby, a Conservative politician now little remembered, whose Parliamentary career spanned more than 50 years during the interwar and post-WW II period. Read full book review >

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WILD ROBERT by Diana Wynne Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Minor Jones to be sure, but still entirely intelligent and engaging. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Wild Robert provides the fizz in this outing from master fantasist Jones, the first US edition of a 1989 novella. Read full book review >

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ROBERT FROST by Jeffrey Meyers
NON-FICTION
Released: May 8, 1996

"Notwithstanding a certain critical padding and occasional harshness, Meyers's biography gives a readable, sympathetic portrait of Frost without sacrificing either the dark poet or the affable public New Englander. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
After deferential personal reminiscences and a hostile authorized biography, Frost is finally portrayed here as equally complex in both his poetry and his personality. Read full book review >