Category Archives: Book reviews

For many years a small narrow-gauge train periodically stopped the traffic on the road from Wareham to Swanage, and for many people this was the only manifestation of an important local industry.

Ball clay had been extracted in Purbeck since the 16th century, but it was the beginning of the 19th century that saw the start...

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Julian Nangle is a familiar figure in Dorchester’s literary circles. An antiquarian bookseller and sometime poet, he was also the proprietor of the much loved bookshop Words Etcetera in Cornhill for several years.

What many may not know is that he was a successful bookseller in London before moving to Dorset. His first bookshop in Islington...

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Tim Laycock, storyteller, actor, singer and musician, is Dorset’s foremost folk animateur, whose performances, in libraries, schools, village halls and other venues throughout the county, often encompass all the above roles.

This attractive book is a compilation of stories (and a few songs) which the author has collected during his career, proves the storytelling tradition is...

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This nicely-presented volume is, as the author acknowledges, aimed more at the pagan reader than the average punter.

Perhaps more refreshing is Bird’s recognition of the more recent origins of modern paganism. His approach to the magical tradition is both frank and open, and lends weight to...

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This attractively presented book provides the reader with a guide to around three dozen of West Dorset’s landscape gems, focusing on sites that are largely unknown and often ignored by tourists.

There is an emphasis on the sacred, both in a Christian and Pagan context, but while...

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The Last Scion by Richard Reed is a fast-paced novel set against the backdrop of the mysterious hilltop village of Rennes-le-Château in southern France.

Blending fact with fiction, the novel pieces together the legends of Mary Magdalene fleeing Palestine after the Crucifixion for what was then the...

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