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Titanic: A Survivor's Story
Titanic: A Survivor's Story
by Archibald Gracie
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well researched., 21 Dec 2011
Colonel Gracie had an obsession with the great ship and its crew and passengers, he had every right as he had a miraculous escape and sought information from the inquiries that followed. He describes life on board the ship, the sinking, the survival of Colonel Gracie then he goes into detail as to the other lifeboats.
The only sad part is that when he lists whom was on a certain lifeboat he will record the names of First class passengers and crew but no mention of the third class passenger names (which there were few).
It is however a very interesting and engaging book and is an essential Titanic book.


101 Things You Thought You Knew About the Titanic...But Didn't
101 Things You Thought You Knew About the Titanic...But Didn't
by Tim Maltin
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars I thought I knew it all!, 21 Dec 2011
This book is an ideal inclusion to any Titanic library or for anyone with a passing interest in the ship.
The book is reader friendly and you can dip in and out. You will learn new facts from this book and also learn the fact from fiction!


Battlefield 3 - Limited Edition (Xbox 360)
Battlefield 3 - Limited Edition (Xbox 360)
Offered by clickforgamesltd
Price: £15.63

5.0 out of 5 stars Very solid shoot 'em up!, 21 Dec 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
The graphics in this game are very good but it really succeeds on the gameplay.
After playing the Medal of Honour series and Call of Duty series it seems that the Battlefield series seems most solid and realistic. Having the ability to be a medic, sniper, engineer or assault gives it that more immersive feel.
Adding to this the ability to fly and drive various vehicles makes it all the more fun.
The damage modelling is superb, buildings collapse, trees fall down and cars explode.....bliss!
I would recommend this game to anyone new to shoot 'em ups or old pros!


Forza Motorsport 4 (Xbox 360)
Forza Motorsport 4 (Xbox 360)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: £12.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 19 Dec 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This game is really good, the graphics are amazing.
When you look at cars through the "Autovista" section it really is jaw dropping stuff and with a little honest review by Jeremy Clarkson it all adds to the immersion.
On-line is very good, I have spent hours playing "Tag" and it never gets dull!
The inclusion of the Top Gear track which is excellently detailed is good fun.
In career mode the racing action takes you all over the world which keeps you coming back as the repetition is very minimal.
If you are new to Forza or an old hand to it then I would recommend it as I owned Forza 3 which is not a patch on this version.


Titanic Survivor: The Memoirs of Violet Jessop, Stewardess
Titanic Survivor: The Memoirs of Violet Jessop, Stewardess
by Violet Jessop
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Story., 28 Nov 2011
As someone who cannot read enough books related to the White Star Line then this was perfect for me!
Violet Jessops life is fascinating, moving and shocking.
The only thing however that kept that magic fifth star away was John Maxtone-Grahams need to defend Americans where possible. If Americans were portrayed badly in the eyes of Violet Jessop then he was very quick with a footnote to excuse them!
The book was "Americanised" which is a shame but I suppose it was aimed at that market?
Buy this book if you want to read a very interesting account of life working at sea in a very different world we have now, don't assume it is all Titanic.


Thirty Seconds to Impact
Thirty Seconds to Impact
by Peter Burkill
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.54

5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended., 15 Jun 2011
I was engrossed in this book as soon as it arrived.
I have an interest in human psychology and reaction to aircraft emergency situations be it if a crew member is "dead set" on a particular problem whether that is the problem or not or whether the crew member assesses the situation and reacts accordingly.
Captain Burkhill in my non professional view handled the aircraft excellently and truly was a hero on that day.
If that crucial flap setting was not not carried out then the result would have been terrible.
Most people who pass judgement have maybe sat in the back of an airliner and as a result can and will give their opinions, regardless of right or wrong.
The story of Mr and Mrs Burkhill having to rebuild their lives was very moving and takes courage to be so honest and open about money issues and arguments.
All the research I have done over many years into aircraft accidents has never taken me back to the home life, the aftermath and living day to day (or trying to!) So I thank Mr and Mrs Burkhill for a very good and interesting book which I can thoroughly recommend.


Fred: The Definitive Biography Of Fred Dibnah
Fred: The Definitive Biography Of Fred Dibnah
by David Hall
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true Briton!, 22 Mar 2008
Fred Dibnahs story is of one growing up in an era when men were men and this book certainly pulls us back to that time thanks to Freds wonderful memories of a bygone age.
You can't help but feel that Fred was born too late and missed his real era in the age of steam and Queen Victorias reign.
It is painful at the end as Fred succumbs to Cancer but he gets on with it and fights to the bitter end.
Very well recommended (you don't even have to like steam trains, I don't !)


The Flying Book: Everything You've Ever Wondered About Flying on Airlines
The Flying Book: Everything You've Ever Wondered About Flying on Airlines
by David Blatner
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative!, 22 Mar 2008
This book is very imformative and teaches everyone from the curious passenger to someone wanting to fly as a career new facts.
It is the kind of book where after reading it you can point out things to your partner, colleague or bored fellow passenger.
All in all, thoroughly recommended.


Emergency: Crisis on the Flight Deck
Emergency: Crisis on the Flight Deck
by Stanley Stewart
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.89

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and not too complicated!, 22 Mar 2008
This book is really interesting and it is not over complicated with detail that would confuse even a hardened aircraft engineer.
Saying that, it does not simplify things either, it is a nice middle ground book that paints a vivid and precise build up to an aircraft incident.
I would especially recommend this book to nervous flyers....no really! as the author really shows us that in an emergency situation these pilots are well trained and capable in landing these aircraft safely (most of the time!)


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