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The Taste of Sorrow
The Taste of Sorrow
by Jude Morgan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good novelisation that is accurate as well., 7 Jun. 2010
This review is from: The Taste of Sorrow (Paperback)
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The story of the Brontes has entered popular legend; the three girls and one boy growing wild on the moors, barely leaving their parsonage home and writing novels that have survived as classics for over 150 years; but they did leave their homes, as this novel shows. The girls went as far as Brussels and back, while Branwell played on the edges of Hell with his personal daemons. The novel has made the facts of their lives into a very enjoyable read. I was initially worried that there was a very heavy emphasis on sex... too much thinking and obsessing by Patrick Bronte in the beginning, but once the girls had grown older and the novel concentrated on them, then the style settled down and the story began to shine. I've read The Brontes and got it out when reading this to check the details and Jude Morgan has them correct. A thoroughly enjoyable and grown up read, not full of histrionics and passions, but smouldering resentments and inner lives. I can thoroughly recommend it to any Bronte reader who wants a sensible story about them.


Frommer's Paris Free and Dirt Cheap (Frommer's Free & Dirt Cheap)
Frommer's Paris Free and Dirt Cheap (Frommer's Free & Dirt Cheap)
by Anna E. Brooke
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A must for a weekend in the City of Lights, 7 Jun. 2010
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Paris is a lovely and stylish city, but a weekend there can be costly. This one volume has the information necessary for you to tailor the holiday to your budget. It's written by a freelance writer living in Paris, who sounds like she has actually lived the problems, rather than looking at the issue of cheap entertainment from the high altitude of a regular paycheck. She has compiled a comprehensive list of things that are free or cheap or good value for money. Sections include entertainment,eating and drinking,for the kids,living, shopping, free and dirt cheap days and a section on Paris basics. The 314 pages are crammed, with no pictures but plentiful clear maps. You would probably want a more colourful guidebook for the interesting details of the tourist sites, such as AA CityPack Paris (AA CityPack Guides) orDK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Paris and certainly the maps in the guides will show roads etc in colour. The strange orange colour is the only draw back about the book, but that is just a niggle, and far outweighed by the packed contents. Can't wait to go back to Paris!!!


Song for a Young Prophet
Song for a Young Prophet
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely music to pray to, 21 May 2010
The voice on this recording is exquisite; for such a young boy to have such a clear voice is amazing. This is one of my favourite hymns from my youth and not as well known as I think it should be; it neatly summarises Jeremiah 1 and shows that the Bible still forms the basis of most good worship music out there. It is a very spiritual experience. Enjoy!


Instruments of Darkness
Instruments of Darkness
by Imogen Robertson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CSI High Wickham, 21 May 2010
This is a detective novel set in a time before the police, with a 'natural scientist' and the lady of a big house collaborating to find out who has been killing people in the neighbourhood. It's a new twist on an old favourite, a bit like Silent Witness meet Jane Austen. It isn't a comedy novel; it seriously is a mid 18th century murder mystery.
The eldest son of Thornleigh Hall, Adam, is murdered in London, where he has spent the past 20 years in self-imposed exile. His children and friends are caught up in the riots against the Catholics and their identity is secret to everyone, including themselves. His younger brother, Hugh, hideously scarred in the war in America, is sliding towards Lordship as their father slides away from life, but people start to die in mysterious circumstances, including his father's nurse, Miss Beck. She has secret letters from Adam, and so the hunt begins to find the children of the eldest son before they, too die. And who is behind this devilish plot? That would be telling.
The real heroes of the book are Mr Crowther, himself possessed of a dark secret and Harriet, the naval wife who forces him to help her to investigate the deaths. Given that there are no forensic possibilities, they use a remarkable set of deductions and assumptions to help them. Skin under fingernails, scar patterns, fibre; they use as much as they could reasonably expect to in the 1700's to good effect.
It's a detective story; well plotted and I'd love to say slightly formulaic, except that the setting adds enough interesting details to make you enjoy it. The characters are adequate to their roles, and my only real criticism would be that it jumps between London and the country every couple of pages meaning that neither arena has enough time to bed down properly before it's all change again. It's the equivalent of the shaky camera work in The Wire; you know it's supposed to make it more exciting but after a while it just gets annoying. Having said that, it is an enjoyable read and I would recommend it to friends who enjoyed crime novels like Body of Evidence (A Dr. Kay Scarpetta mystery) and felt like a twist in their usual fare.... or perhaps for die-hard The Convenient Marriage Heyer fans. It's interesting; I'd read the next book, if there is one.


Schifrin and Variations
Schifrin and Variations
Price: £0.79

4.0 out of 5 stars This download will self destruct in 10 seconds...., 2 May 2010
Right from the first beats of the music you know that the mission is impossible. It must be one of TV's most iconic themes. This is an extended version that lasts longer than 1 minute, with a bit of a beat and variations added on. It's not for the purist, but if you need the tune but want it to last longer than the original, this will work.


Mums Know Best: The Hairy Bikers' Family Cookbook
Mums Know Best: The Hairy Bikers' Family Cookbook
by Hairy Bikers
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £5.00

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Hairy Bikers know best..., 2 May 2010
I loved the TV series,and got this book for Mother's day this year. It is brilliant. It's full of basic recipes that are fun to make, not too expensive generally and edible.
The bikers have scoured the country and come up with a wide selection of family favourites from the British, Greek and Indian traditions.... samosas made with tortilla sound strange, but taste great. Scotch eggs with a spicy eastern touch, minced beef pie, cheesy mash, a whole range of recipes that reflect the diversity of our cuisine and celebrate the idea that a home cook can make good, wholesome meals without ordering free range pork or spending a fortune on spices from Waitrose.
My favourite recipes are the baking products. Welsh cakes, butterfly cakes, a cracking version of Rocky Road (renamed Colorado Cake in our house because of the boulders)millionaire shortbread and so many others that I ams till working my way through the options available. If you have a hoard of hungry mouths to feed, related or not, this book will appeal to you. One of my essential cooking volumes now, along with Apples for Jam: Recipes for Life and Delia's whole output, especially her Delia's Complete Cookery Course - Classic Edition: Vol 1-3 in 1v


Changeling: Blood Wolf
Changeling: Blood Wolf
by Steve Feasey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Third in a classic series in waiting, 23 April 2010
This review is from: Changeling: Blood Wolf (Paperback)
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I gave this book to the people who know most about it; my 12 year old and 10 year old sons. They were unanimous that it is as good as the first two books in the series. They have loved the story of Trey the vampire and his discoveries of past, present and.... dare he hope to have a future? This book especially deals with Trey's discovery of a family that he never knew existed and, like all teen angst novels, the family is not all he could wish for. How can Trey reconcile his past with whatever future awaits him? Give it to your early teen boy relatives and gain some kudos. BUT MAKE SURE THEY READ THE FIRST TWO BOOKS BEFORE THIS ONEChangeling: Dark Moon Changeling: Blood Wolf


Balthazar Jones and the Tower of London Zoo
Balthazar Jones and the Tower of London Zoo
by Julia Stuart
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars What would you do if a child died?, 22 April 2010
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This book is recommended for fans of Joanne Harris and, having read it, I can see why. It has a magical realism that is very like her work.
Balthazar Jones is a Beefeater at the Tower who finds, after the death of his son, that he loses the wish to talk to his wife. He gains an obsession, with rain and collects rain samples. He gets made the keeper of the Royal Zoo.... the tales of a royal polar bear swimming in the Thames are true.... and the rest of the book is concerned with how he and his wife, touchingly always referred to as Hebe Jones, find a relationship which has been shattered by the sudden death of their son, Milo. Guilt, grief and good husbandry are wound together in a touching and enthralling tale.


Snow Hill
Snow Hill
by Mark Sanderson
Edition: Paperback

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A very dark underworld indeed, 22 April 2010
This review is from: Snow Hill (Paperback)
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Mark Sanderson takes us on a journey through a London that few of us would recognise. An unforgettable re-creation of a sleazy, seedy underworld. The characters are difficult to separate from the world in which they live and seem to be dragged down by it. The plot solution is a little predictable and not very satisfying. Those who enjoyed The Long Firm would probably enjoy this.


I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend
I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend
by Cora Harrison
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lessons, not lost, in Austen, 22 April 2010
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I so did not like this book, and that was a shame because I thought I would. I found it cumbersome and heavy and I think it could have been a very light and delicate story.
The idea was a good one, Jane Austen's younger cousin as a best friend and school confident seemed like such a good way to introduce Jane Austen to a young reader, but it didn't work. I think anybody who was an Austen fan would find the language tortuous. The writer tries to sound right and so does not. Anybody who had never read an Austen book would do better to go to the original and read Pride and Prejudice (Wordsworth Classics) whilst anybody seeking a regency romance with wit and historical details in abundance would do much better to seek out all of Georgette Heyer's books, try Devil's Cub for one of my personal favourites. Sorry, this book just lacked something; possibly Miss Austen's lightness of touch.
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