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Made it in China
Made it in China
by Cann Simon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic China business guide, 8 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Made it in China (Paperback)
Tim Ferriss says that if you are going to buy a book about how to do something - buy one by someone who has actually done it. For anyone looking for a primer on doing business in China, this has to be the book. Written in fast-paced, engaging chapters, each section summarised the experiences and lessons of a high-achieving entrepreneur who has built or run a successful businesses in China. It's full of useful tips about relationship management, deal-making and the mechanics of Chinese society.

There's also a lot of advice that is counter intuitive to anyone whose not done business there: like the fact that Shanghai is full of Westerners who would have been better off had they not learned Chinese.

It fits right in a pocket and does precisely what it says on the tin. I really enjoyed it and I've never even been to China. It made me want to start up a business in the Far East!

World History: A New Perspective
World History: A New Perspective
by Clive Ponting
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best history book I ever read, 28 July 2011
I read this book some years ago, at the end of a period of my life when all I'd read was history for three or four years. It's a stunning volume. Mr Ponting probably overdoes his stated thesis (that traditional historical scholarship was/is too Eurocentric), as he is clearly right and doesn't need to labour the point so much. But in terms of the overall sweep, this is a small matter, for this book sets out a narrative of human history that is detailed and compelling. It really is a next-generation history book, several leaps beyond the traditional kings/empires/politics scholarship it grew out of.

Where Mr Ponting is at his best is describing how technological developments drove all other political and social changes since the dawn of agriculture. This has been one of the most influential books of my entire life. Masterful. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Peter Baker
The Jolly Pilgrim

The Worms of Euston Square
The Worms of Euston Square
by William Sutton
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking stuff, 3 April 2011
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This is a marvellous book. Set in mid-nineteenth-century London, it has a noble hero, an intriguing anti hero, a sexy love interest and a selection of cameo characters, ranging from the seedy to the bazaar to the tragic. The plot is big, elaborate and tightly woven, but with enough messy elaborations that it speaks of real life. It's divided into subchapters which makes it easy to dip in and out of, and periodic detours (into newspaper stories and, at one, point music hall) spice-up the narrative.

While ostensibly historical crime-busting fiction, you'll learn an enormous amount about nineteenth-century London from reading it. Anyone who lives in twenty-first-century London will be fascinated by the light it casts on the process which brought the great metropolis to its current state and character.

People often talk of how the twentieth century was a period of transformation. This book reminds one of how - in Britain at least - the structural changes which turned a post-medieval world into the modern one fundamentally played themselves out in the century before. It's telling how many epoch-defining people were running around London at the time (Darwin, Dickens, Marx and Brunel, to name a few), several of whom make cameos in Mr Sutton's wonderful book.

The Serenity Code: A Personal Journey to Wellness
The Serenity Code: A Personal Journey to Wellness
by Louise Claire-Pardoe
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.84

5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful journey, 12 Jan. 2011
The Serenity Code is a wonderful book about two people charting a journey through life and into wellness. It's beautifully produced and illustrated, with engaging inserts and lots of original artwork. A real spiritual and artistic achievement. Top-class.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb and practical, 12 Jan. 2011
This is a brilliant machine. The pulp that comes out is practically bone dry and it juices anything. It's really easy to use and (crucially) keep clean. I'm using mine all the time and it's having a really positive effect on my health. If you're short of time, trying to eat healthily and you don't have one of these - then you're not using technology to its full potential.

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