Tag: First World War

Dave Trott – One + One = Three | Review

Title: One + One = Three

Author: Dave Trott

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 232

Rating: 4*/5

 

Dave Trott - One Plus One Equals Three

Dave Trott – One Plus One Equals Three

 

I’ve read some of Dave Trott’s stuff in the past, and it always follows a vaguely similar formula. He has a very unique writing style in which he writes in short, repetitive sentences and where he basically shares some stories and then tells you what the moral is.

Here, the stories are all about thinking outside the box and finding opportunities where you might not have expected them. So for example, he uses a story about German U-boats in the First World War to show how by forging ahead with a plan that other people ridicule, you can potentially take people unawares and force them to totally rethink conventional wisdom.

Really, it’s more of an inspirational book than a practical hands-on guide, because it’s not going to just give you a list of steps to follow if you want to get things done. Rather, it’ll help you to think in a different way, and that in itself might be all you need to get an edge over the competition.

And the best thing is that while Dave Trott is an advertising man, the ideas here can be applied just as easily to pretty much any form of creativity. It’s certainly given me a few ideas that I’ll apply to my writing.

 

Dave Trott

Dave Trott

 

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Michael Morpurgo – War Horse | Review

Title: War Horse

Author: Michael Morpurgo

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 186

Rating: 5*/5

 

Michael Morpurgo - War Horse

Michael Morpurgo – War Horse

 

I had mixed feelings about this book, but there’s simply no denying how good it is. You can see how the plot was constructed, because it follows a formula, but it just does it so well that you can’t complain about it. It’s there, but it’s not important.

As for the story line – well, you probably already know it. But basically, it’s told from the horse’s point of view and follows what happens after the outbreak of the First World War, when he’s separated from his owner and has to go off to join the soldiers on the front line.

This isn’t the first Michael Morpurgo book that I’ve read, but it is the best. It was kind of predictable from start to finish, but it was also comforting like a warm bowl of soup. Make of that what you want. Just make some time in your schedule to give this a read, if only so you can say that you’ve read it. It’s worth it – honest.

 

Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo

 

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