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The Lonely Sea: Collected Short Stories
Alistair MacLean
Her Benny
Silas K. Hocking
Vedere din Parfumerie
Silvia Kerim
Mysticism and Logic (Western Philosophy)
Bertrand Russell
The Analects of Confucious
Pragmatism: A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking
William James
Does Anything Eat Wasps?: And 101 Other Unsettling, Witty Answers to Questions You Never Thought You Wanted to Ask
New Scientists Books Staff, New Scientist
Mutual Aid
Pyotr Kropotkin
City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi
Olivia Fraser, William Dalrymple
The Brothers Karamazov
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Nation's Favourite: Poems

The Nation's Favourite: Poems - Griff Rhys Jones How can one rate an anthology of poems chosen by collective voting, really? It seems well-intentioned, the preface thankfully includes an excellent modern poem which didn't make the list, and the editor's synopsis is (thankfully?) short of analysis.

My edition is simply hard to read based on the book layout. I've also read that some of the longer poems were cut down on the sly. Finally, what can one say about a nation which puts "Toilet" at number 79 of the 100 greatest works in its own language?

Better, longer and internationally agreed upon lists are readily available online too.