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When I Fell From the Sky: The True Story of One Woman's Miraculous Survival
When I Fell From the Sky: The True Story of One Woman's Miraculous Survival
by Juliane Koepcke
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.68

4.0 out of 5 stars A thriller, mixed with a story of confidence and hope, 11 May 2013
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When I was nine years old I read Juliane's story in a women's magazine - it was world news back then - and was very impressed. Forty years later I stumbled onto this book and just knew I had to read it. It is a thriller, but above all a story of confidence and hope. The best parts are of the actual crash and her ordeals in the jungle. It is not literature but it makes most interesting reading.

Dust: Egypt's Forgotten Architecture
Dust: Egypt's Forgotten Architecture
by Xenia Nikolskaya
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.73

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully depicted decay, 11 May 2013
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To the average visitor, Egypt is all about pyramids, temples and tombs. However, for anyone who has wandered the streets of downtown Cairo and looked beyond the busy traffic, chaos and dust, and wondered what was beyond the sometimes intricately decorated façades of late 19th and early 20th century buildings, this book with its stunning and perfect photographs is a must-see.
Each photograph is a piece of art, creating its own atmosphere and telling many stories. As there is hardly any background information it leaves one's imagination to roam freely in a strange, secret perishing world of decay and apparent loneliness: Miss Nikolskaya has deliberately left out the presence of any people, which adds to the eerie atmosphere.
I found the total lack of outdoor shots of the particular buildings a little disappointing. (For a completer image I could recommend Paris along the Nile by Cyntia Myntti.). Also the photos in Nikolskaya's book are merely an anthology and far from complete as there are many other places - what about Helouan (Helwan), the once-famous watering place.

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