November 2016

Venom Doc by Brian Fry

Reviewed by Jill   Bryan Fry’s fascination with the reptile world began early in life.  A supportive family did not try to dissuade him.  Fortunately he learnt caution early on, because this was to be his career and lifelong passion.  He achieved many firsts, both species capture and the unravelling of the puzzle that is

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Blood, Dreams and Gold: the Changing Face of Burma by Richard Cockett

Reviewed by Jill Blood, dreams and gold : the changing face of Burma  is a study of contemporary Burma.  Author Richard Cockett has studied and monitored Burma over many years.  He combines historical research, interviews and his own observations to present a lucid, intriguing and sometimes awful account of the events and policies that its

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Wild One by Jessica Whitman

Reviewed by Ian Lipke Jessica Whitman’s vivid imagination is never better shown than in her novel Wild One, where her leading characters are larger than life and her others are undeveloped, probably with the intention of allowing a sharper focus on the leads. The story is implausible but it would be an insensitive reader who

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In the Darkroom by Susan Faludi

Reviewed by Sue Bond In the summer of 2004 I set out to investigate someone I scarcely knew, my father. The project began with a grievance, the grievance of a daughter whose parent had absconded from her life. I was in pursuit of a scofflaw, an artful dodger who had skipped out on so many

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