Essential and uplifting

A must for any Beatles fan. So if you've got this far and are considering it as a read you must be interested. Get this. Watch the documentaries on Disney+. Then you'll have a complete picture of the biggest band on the planet (ever) putting together new material.

The journey is tough at first, progress is slow. But they work around their difficulties to produce a body of work full of freshness and joy. Yet another triumph on their gold lined road.

The pictures are excellent, big and colourful. The humour is constant. It is a comment on the times as much as music.

I just can't get enough.


This is a factual account of an incredibly moving story. It avoids cliche and fake overblown adjectives. I found the background to events just as fascinating. Life in Victorian England was genuinely difficult and the use of the word poverty is totally appropriate and read from our twenty first century world brings into perspective what deprivation really means.

The society of the day proved to be cruel and kind in equal measure. Compassion followed violent distaste for Joseph Merrick. The human capacity for both is indescribable.

As a documentary this work deserves high praise. I liked the accuracy of the index, something I often find lacking in other books.


My first bit of horror for a while. The mystery in this story was well constructed, building up a tension that left you wanting to read more. In my usual way, this meant actually putting the book down at times to prevent it all being over too soon.

There are three times streams running and I like books that do this provided you can keep focused. There were no issues with this. I was drawn in to the growing terror.

Good characterisations and plenty of detail on daily life to keep things real. The use of the words and writing style is a pleasure to follow.

I found one or two bits felt contrived, but that is a small complaint for such a thrilling read.

A great story

I liked the writing style - direct, factual, correct. It lends an air of authority to a novel about a serious event in an English village. This is a great story, a wonderful premise as with much of his work. You can feel yourself drifting into some spooky sixties tv serialisation, wondering all the time where it is all going to lead.

I had not read any Wyndham for many years. I'm glad I went back for more. A master of science fiction not complicated by the box ticking correctness that affects so much art these days. This is a slice of old England, under threat from invasion and approached with typical British properness. Bravo!

The perfect book

The perfect book. As a photographer I appreciate the visual quality of the work. What is also enlightening is the text. Written inclusively, never too highbrow or preachy. The purpose of this work must be to engage you with the incredible stories of the natural world and it does this effortlessly.

You don't need to have seen the tv programmes to enjoy the experience of learning and marvelling. If more people focused on things like this the world would become a better place. Now that's me throwing out an opinion but it is my world as much as anyone's and I want to see it looked after.

Book Club Award

Very proud to announce that The Dominion has been selected by the panel of select judges for 2nd place in Sandra's Book Club Favorite Award for the month of December 2021.

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My inspiration

I read the lyrics while I played each song. I am a massive fan so I already knew all the words. Regardless of this it was fantastic to read them through as I listened. I was fascinated to work out why certain tracks were grouped together.

In hardback it is a lovely book just to have and to hold. My little review is pathetic compared to David Mitchell's analysis which forms the introduction. However, every individual has their own particular experience which is special to them. For me, this is a summary of everything that is good about words and the expression of emotion and atmosphere. She is my inspiration!

The Dominion - Defiant

An ancient adversary in the east seeks to invade Ordefima and claim the treasures it holds.
When his beloved sister is captured, Rupert, the youngest son of the ruling family, is sent to save her. As the power of the enemy increases, can he overcome personal tragedy, emotional entanglements and lost allegiances to emerge as the hero? Or will subversive forces and increasing austerity inspire the people to rebel against him?
The Dominion - Defiant is the second book in the fantasy trilogy. If you like epic adventure, dark brooding menace, vivid characters and imaginative settings, then you’ll love this latest instalment by popular author Chris Cloake.
Buy The Dominion - Defiant today and immerse yourself in a mythical new world.

On The Nose

Essential for anyone interested in the great British language.

How many phrases we use that we don't really know the meaning of. This book and its companion will be a permanent source of reference. I'm Happy As A Sandboy to have read this and can use those words with thanks to Dickens.


An immense piece of work. There is so much story here. Enough for ten movies! The world Tolkien creates and controls here is fabulous and he covers many aspects of the creation myth.

It is a dense read and without the detailed index I would have struggled to follow some parts. Everyone and everything seems to have three different names!

If you are into fantasy fiction and of the millions who liked Lord of the Rings, this is essential to give a full understanding of the events and characters later on.

It is nice to see our language so well mastered and delivered. I found myself utterly transported to a history of ancient ideals where the people (and elves and dwarves) are as flawed as we are today.