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Think Like a Freak: How to Think Smarter about Almost Everything
Think Like a Freak: How to Think Smarter about Almost Everything
Price: £3.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing addition go the series, 20 May 2014
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The Freakonomics series is known is lateral-thinking, everyman approach to common (and uncommon) question, and this book delivers that in spades.

Read the synopsis (it does just what it says on the tin) and then buy this book. Within minutes I promise you'll be nodding sagely at a truth in the book which you've known all along.

For Richer, For Poorer: A Love Affair with Poker
For Richer, For Poorer: A Love Affair with Poker
Price: £4.63

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic poker memoir, 1 May 2014
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I purchased this book at a bargain price just after Victoria Coren-Mitchell won her record-setting second EPT championship; and it has brought me up-to-date with the period in her life just before she won the first one.

I read this book very quickly within around six hours over three days. Her writing style is very fluent and accessible (as it should be, considering she's a writer) and she raises a chuckle throughout the book. Sometimes there are more poignant moments, and the way she wrote about them put me in her shoes.

This is a great book because there are so many poker memoirs out there, but this is the first that I have read from a female perspective in a male-dominated world. It also gets down to the way poker was before it was all mouse-clicks and screennames; her fond tales of her home game are great.

Get the book if you have any interest in poker whatsoever.

Criminal Litigation, Evidence and Sentencing
Criminal Litigation, Evidence and Sentencing
by Rory Clarke
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book which I recommended to all of my colleagues, 1 May 2014
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I purchased this book around one month before my Criminal Litigation exam and it was brilliant as a skeleton guide to the syllabus.

It took me a few days to realise that it is set out exactly as the syllabus is, and once I noticed that it was even more useful than before. Without exaggeration: this book may well have saved myself and many more of my colleagues from failure in this exam.

Godfather of Poker
Godfather of Poker
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Must-read for all poker fans, 15 July 2013
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Doyle has done it all and seen it all. Now that this book has been written we can be assured that the stories will live on forever.

The book covers Doyle's life in great detail and is interspersed with tales of his emergence into - and interactions with - the gambling world. Not once do you get the feeling that he has oversold any parts; it's just how it was.

If you want to know more about Doyle and fill in some of the gaps in your poker history then you need this book.

Heartbreak and Triumph: The Shawn Michaels Story (WWE)
Heartbreak and Triumph: The Shawn Michaels Story (WWE)
by Shawn Michaels
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

4.0 out of 5 stars A heart-tugging read, 13 Aug 2007
I don't actually own this book, but I borrowed it from my local library and read it over two days of the weekend: definitely an easy read.

To truly enjoy this book, though, and not want to skip through pages and chapters, you have to have a genuine interest in the person that is Shawn Michael Hickenbottom, rather than the character that is Shawn Michaels.

Sure, there is indepth discussion about his character and its development (including title reigns, injury and the infamous 'Montreal Screwjob'), but there is also an intense focus upon his home-life and the Hickenbottom household in the early days.

This book is most definitely a heart-tugging read though: you hear about agonies through injury, agonies through prescription pill abuse and the strain it put on his family. You also read about his redemption through becoming a born-again Christian: a fact that could be a shock to those who know Shawn Michaels only through his D-Generation-X hellraising.

It is a good read, not a great read; but if you want a personal story inter-laced with industry secrets and anecdotes then this autobiography is one that you should definitely pick up a copy of.

Mr.Jones' Rules for the Modern Man
Mr.Jones' Rules for the Modern Man
by Dylan Jones
Edition: Paperback

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read, but beware, 29 July 2007
This book is a fantastic tome for the modern man and does exactly what it says on the tin. However, I would issue a very important caveat: use this book as a reference point, but not as a bible.

The user of this book cannot help but become more savvy as a result. There are eight categories covered all-in-all: Work & Money, Etiquette & Decorum, Sex & Sensibility, Style & Fashion, Sport & Leisure, Health & Efficiency, Elbow Grease & Skyhooks and Food & Drink. The book glides effortlessly between the sublime and the ridiculous, the Chief Editor of GQ covers everything from hosting a formal dinner party, to how to stop a fight.

The Sex & Sensibility section (probably better-titled 'Seduction 101') is the reason why it should be a reference point and not a bible: if you need to brush up on certain elements such as buying flowers for a woman then that is perfectly normal; however, if you need to constantly look up 'how to seduce a woman' every time you go down the pub, then there's something seriously wrong with you and you probably need a life coach rather than a book.

Dylan Jones does a fantastic job of adding humour to almost every task in the book. But I do warn you: it does seem a little bit 'high tea and jodphurs' at times. This isn't a book for the local brickie, but will do perfectly for a young businessman making his way up the ladder. Highly recommended.

No Ordinary Joe
No Ordinary Joe
by Joe Calzaghe
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No Ordinary Joe, Joe Calzaghe, 28 July 2007
This review is from: No Ordinary Joe (Hardcover)
I've just finished reading this book in about two evenings, which just goes to show what an easy read it is.

At 272 pages, split down into 12 'rounds', 'No Ordinary Joe' lets you into the mind and life of the man who is considered the best pound-for-pound British boxer for decades. From birth and settling in Wales, to his amateur days (crying whenever he lost), onto his professional debut and his unbeaten record, this book offers you the chance to walk alongside Joe Calzaghe.

The book reveals the full extent of the hand injury which kept him from fighting just a handful (excuse the pun) of times during his career. Through anecdotes such as these, you realise the true closeness that Joe shares with his trainer, father and closest friend Enzo.

The book does labour a lot over specific fights, but you can hardly blame Joe for writing about the events which have made him a comfortable living and as close to a household name as a laid back young man from Wales can be. Nonetheless, it's intriguing to read about his very specific methodology which he follows fight-after-fight. Not to mention the way his personal life - such as his divorce from his first wife - has had an effect on his training, but an effect which he has had to sweep aside in order to maintain his Champion status.

The book opens and closes with words from some of Joe's heroes, friends and adversaries, leaving no doubt in anybody's mind: this Welshman is No Ordinary Joe.

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