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Leitz Style 40 Pocket Display Book - Garnet Red
Leitz Style 40 Pocket Display Book - Garnet Red
Price: £7.52

4.0 out of 5 stars Good sturdy product, 22 Nov 2014
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A nice slimline polypocket book belying its generous 40 pocket count, double sided it takes 80 sheets. The cover is good sturdy plastic, there is a spine label and the polypockets are well secured in the book.


Trendiy Art Beaded Chain Bracelets
Trendiy Art Beaded Chain Bracelets
Price: £8.01

4.0 out of 5 stars Fun easy to make kit, 22 Nov 2014
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A well packaged fun kit which quickly and easily makes funky bracelets and necklaces with all materials supplied. Instructions come in the form of a few pages at the centre of a mock up fashion style magazine, are well illustrated with photos,well written and easy to follow.


Vax 15-in-1 Steam Fresh Combi Steam Cleaner S86-SF-C, 0.5 Litre, White/ Grey
Vax 15-in-1 Steam Fresh Combi Steam Cleaner S86-SF-C, 0.5 Litre, White/ Grey
Price: £89.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good little steamer, 3 Oct 2014
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A pretty nifty little steam cleaner that did a good job on our floors, barely leaving them wet but definately clean. We also used the hand held bits on the oven and grouting in the kitchen and it lifted it all


Tiger Lily
Tiger Lily
by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Bewitching retelling of a classic tale, 12 Sep 2014
This review is from: Tiger Lily (Paperback)
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A beguiling book narrated by the fairy known as Tinkerbell, this is kind of a prequel to Peter Pan but also a retelling of life on Neverland before the coming of Europeans. Tiger Lily is the adopted daughter of a shaman of a clan, like all people on the island they stop ageing at some point so daughters can seem older than their mothers. Tiger Lily is a wild spirit, a talented hunter, unable to fit in with the domestic nature of most of the tribe's female roles. And she wonders, especially about the forbidden parts of the forest. When she and Peter Pan meet something amazing happens to them both, but when Wendy appears life changes forever


Finders Keepers
Finders Keepers
by Belinda Bauer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced and unputdownable, 4 Aug 2014
This review is from: Finders Keepers (Paperback)
Children are going missing from Exmoor, snatched from where they are left alone in vehicles with a single post it note: 'you don't love him'. Jonas Holly is returning to duty as a police officer after murder of his wife and his own near death at the hands of an unknown killer. Detective Inspector Reynolds and his DS Elizabeth Rice try to solve the puzzle against as they return to the bloody location and memories of Bauer's previous book Darkside.

There are two things I loved about this book. Bauer's evocation of the Exmoor landscape is skillful, speaking of both its isolation but also great beauty. And her characterization is impressive, there are no cliched hard drinking detectives here, just a set of very real people: a man whose hair is literally falling out with stress, a boy coming of age with first kisses but also coming to terms with lethal memories, a man with terrible glimpses of the past his memory is keeping from him. The pace of the book is breakneck and I could not put it down.


Blacklands
Blacklands
by Belinda Bauer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Billy's mother stands every day at the window waiting for him to come home and her daughter copes as best she can never knowing, 4 Aug 2014
This review is from: Blacklands (Paperback)
Steven's Uncle Billy disappeared aged 11, presumed killed and buried on Exmoor by serial killer Arnold Avery. Steven spends his time digging on the moor searching for his lost uncle, Billy's mother stands every day at the window waiting for him to come home and her daughter copes as best she can never knowing what has happened to her lost sibling. Steven comes up with an idea: to write to Avery and learn where his uncle is buried. Avery has patience on his side and takes up the correspondence beginning a nasty game that turns lethal when Avery learns he is writing to a child, a child the same age as the children he took and murdered.

I love Bauer's writing, Exmoor is as much a character in these novels as any character, not bleak but lovely and almost sad. Bauer's characters shine from the pages and the psychological twists and turns are deeply intriguing driving the reader on from page to page.


Eat Istanbul: A Journey to the Heart of Turkish Cuisine
Eat Istanbul: A Journey to the Heart of Turkish Cuisine
by Andy Harris
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Delicious pictures and recipes, 28 July 2014
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Istanbul is a melting pot of cultures and Ottoman cuisine is likewise a mix of Turkish, Greek, Albanian, Mongolian and Bulgarian, to name just a few. This is an enjoyable big glossy book full of pictures both of the recipes and of the markets of the city.

We are given a brief introduction to the areas and markets of Istanbul with delicious descriptions and pictures of the enjoyment and delight with which the people of Istanbul devour their food, from street vendors to restaurants. Then there are then six recipe sections: Breakfast; Streetfood and snacks; Vegetables and pulses; Meat and poultry; Fish and seafood; and Desserts. The last section is a glossary of ingredients, some of them are distinctly Ottoman and a picture and description gives enough information to understand the flavour each brings to a dish if they cannot be sourced.

As someone who is gluten intolerant I found this book really useful because it gives me access to favourite foods such as kofta kebabs and wraps that previously I would have been unable to consume and can now substitute, gluten free breads and wraps, quinoa for bulghar wheat, etc


The Natural Cook: Eating the Seasons from Root to Fruit
The Natural Cook: Eating the Seasons from Root to Fruit
by Tom Hunt
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Informative and inspirational, 28 July 2014
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An interesting book in which Hunt invites us to cook vegetables and fruit in season, divided into Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Each vegetable or fruit is introduced with notes on preparation, taste and season and instructions given for cooking it three ways, for instance, for asparagus instructions are given for preparing it raw, char-grilling it and blanching it. Below each method comes further ideas for using the ingredient, it is then followed by an extant recipe, for instance, the blanched asparagus is used for a variation on Italian Risi e Bisi (rice and peas). It's an approach that teaches you the possibilities of each vegetable and fruit.


Nescafe Dolce Gusto Oblo Coffee Capsule Machine by Krups - White
Nescafe Dolce Gusto Oblo Coffee Capsule Machine by Krups - White
Price: £54.99

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Manual a step down from automatic, 28 July 2014
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I own a Dolce Gusto machine already and this to us was nowhere near as good. My main issue is that this is a manual not automatic machine. To explain, the coffee pods for Dolce Gusto machines come marked with bars which tell you what setting to put the machine to to make it exert the right amount of pressure and put through the right amount of liquid for that pod. On the Oblo there is no setting, you just push the hot water button across until you get enough coffee. If you were not familiar with how the capsules work this would be baffling


Love at First Stitch: Demystifying Dressmaking
Love at First Stitch: Demystifying Dressmaking
by Tilly Walnes
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.60

4.0 out of 5 stars deliciously well written, 18 July 2014
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A delightful book that takes you step by step learning dressmaking by completing patterns, instruct are clear and comprehensive and the patterns modern and pretty


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