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Books--What are you reading/read and recommendations 4 months 2 weeks ago #83247

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Thanks to Trev, I became aware of this work and lost no time in obtaining same. This book is a quite remarkable history of the 1st NSWMR. The detail, culled from many sources, is extensive and the bio's of members of that unit is particularly useful. I was pleased to find interesting references to members of 1NSWMR whose medals are in my current custody - including a couple of pics of a member who has previously featured on this Forum. Always nice to see pics of OR's in addition to just those of Commanding. Officers, etc.
If any Forum member is fortunate to have custody of a 1st NSWMR medal, or wishes to examine the activities of this crack unit, they would benefit from this extensive Regimental history.
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Books--What are you reading/read and recommendations 4 months 1 week ago #83264

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Hi Ian,
Congrats on receiving your book. My copy is sitting at the post office awaiting for me to return from holidays. Looking forward to getting home and turning the mobile off and locking everybody else in the household outside so that I can put the feet up and enjoy some peace and quite with my new read.

Trev

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Books--What are you reading/read and recommendations 3 months 3 weeks ago #83629

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I've just received my copy of The Boer War in Colour by Tinus le Roux (Jonathan Ball publishers).
It's delightful, and just the thing to pore over when having an idle moment. It's a very high quality book, and beautifully done. I chose the hard cover version, and am pleased I did.

The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past.
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Books--What are you reading/read and recommendations 3 months 1 week ago #83875

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This is the first of several books on the Boer War written by Edward Spiers that I have read. It recounts the siege of Mafeking from diaries and letters.

The book adopts a critical perspective for example regarding the medical and nursing problems in the town and addresses some thorny issues such as BPs treatment of all the town's inhabitants. The book gives a comprehensive view of the siege and includes a few pictures from The Graphic and ILN et al.

The book is very well referenced and has been very enjoyable to read. Afterwards, I will read his other books on Ladysmith and Kimberley.

I acquired the book in the UK via World of Books (Wob) at a post-free cost of £7 against a published price of £20.
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Books--What are you reading/read and recommendations 2 months 3 weeks ago #84166

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One book I've begun to read, the second is in the queue.

'Mafeking.' by Brian Gardner [Cassell, 1966] was a find at a used-book shop in Shrewsbury's indoor market, and cost me £4. Many of you will know this book, and it seems to me so far to be a good read. The author doesn't take long to debunk some of the Baden-Powell story!
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I haven't yet started to read 'Oxfordshire People and the Forgotten War,' by Ann Spokes Symonds [Robert Boyd Publications, 2002], but from a look through, it's very much to my liking. It doesn't cover the military actions so much, but concentrates on the personal side, and includes family archives and photographs; there's also an impressive number of Oxfordshire war memorials photographed, with some quite obscure ones too. I got my copy off eBy gum.
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