Category Archives: Trevina Library Book Reviews

Reviews of a random selection of books in the Trevina Library.

“Confident Conversation” Dr Lillian Glass (Psychology)

Although first published in 1991, this is still a useful primer or refresher to public speaking, whether at a business meeting or a cocktail party. Written primarily for an American audience, the cultural similarities allow a transfer of techniques to … Continue reading

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Men of Honour, “Trafalgar and the Making of the English Hero” Adam Nicolson (History)

Impeccably researched, sets Trafalgar within the wider context of social and economic change at the end of the 18c. Dispels a few myths along the way. Amazing, the Royal Navy blasts hell out of the enemy till they surrender or … Continue reading

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“Century Rain” Alastair Reynilds (SF)

Great space opera. Raymond Chandler meets matrix with a dose of Schrodinger’s cats for good measure. Bit too much reliance on Deux ex machina to shft story along.

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“Urban Grimshaw and the Shed Crew”Bernard Hare (Sociology/Anthropology)

An essential read for the bigoted ‘Daily Mail’ readers who write vitriolic comments decrying degenerate youth culture. These kids are a very small minority and many of them are one person crime waves that would be ‘sorted’ with more ‘Chop’ … Continue reading

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“Sunlight On The Lawn” Beverley Nichols (Garden)

I loved the whit and understated sarcasm of ” Down the garden path”, “A thatched roof” and “A village in a valley”. This book was pence at a car boot, and it was wasted pennies, the narrative was tired, the … Continue reading

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“In and Out of the Garden” Sara Midda (Garden)

The dust cover blurb sums the book up – “…potpourri of garden lore painted in minute,…detail”. A lot of it looks like designs for cheap kitchen wallpaper. My edition appears to have been reduced from a larger formated edition, a … Continue reading

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“Tremendous Toy Trucks” Les Neufeld (DIY)

Fantastic heavy duty home made wooden trucks, for those of a certain age “Tonka” comes to mind. Just as soon as I’ve got my lathe set up the truck on the cover will be a starter. Just wonderful projects for … Continue reading

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“Traditional Toys: Over 20 Classic Toy Designs for Woodworkers” George Buchanan (DIY)

When my kids (in their 30’s now) were small I used to makeall sorts of toys and stuff…railway layouts, farmyards, monster sandpits, two storey tree houses. So with pre school Grandchildren, now seemed a good tme to start making stuff … Continue reading

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“Paradigms and Fairy Tales: Introduction to the Science of Meanings” Julienne Ford (Sociology)

This two volume example of sociological navel gazing was a set text on my postgrad sociology course in the late 1970’s. One of those books that looks intellectual, but you can read the whole of a page and  be none … Continue reading

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“Building a Low Impact Roundhouse” Tony Wrench (sustainability/self sufficiency)

An “up yours” to the discredited British Town Planning system. The book, or rather extended pamphlet is full of great ideas, just don’t attempt to get Planning Permission. The decade long legal battles that this structure caused and the family … Continue reading

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