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Tiger Lily
Tiger Lily
by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.24

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: 3.50

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: 5.59

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: 13.60

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: 13.60

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 by KRUPS Coffee Capsule Machine - White
NESCAFE Dolce Gusto Oblo by KRUPS Coffee Capsule Machine - White
Price: 89.00

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: 10.88

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


The Forever Girl: A Novel
The Forever Girl: A Novel
by Alexander McCall Smith
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.89

3.0 out of 5 stars pleasant but predictable, 18 July 2014
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An easy and pleasant read with evocative descriptions of tropical paradise and the soft rainy colours of Edinburgh. A bit predictable but well written.


Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy For Dummies
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy For Dummies
by Patrizia Collard
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.89

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent easy to follow account, 22 May 2014
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I must admit, I was sceptical at first, how could something as complex as Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) be simplified, but this book does it elegantly. It begins with a brief 'Contents at a Glance' page and then much more detailed 'Table of Contents' including all the icons used in the book which make it easy to navigate: tips; things to note down and to try, warnings, jargon explanations and tracks to play from the online spoken guided meditation tracks.

The book begins with an introductory part I: a clear explanation of what MBCT is, it's origins and benefits, the problems MBCT can address and what the challenge of taking on the full 8 week course entails

Part II is the 8 week course itself, each chapter covering a single week and each building on the one before to develop becoming mindful of your body and mind and how to deal with setbacks and difficult emotions to enable you to come to a point where you are fully in control of your own physical and mental wellbeing and able to live a life far more connected to your own life.

Part III is on using MBCT for specific afflictions: depression, addiction, anxiety, pain, ageing and the work-life balance.

Part IV enables you to go beyond the book, giving list of 10 ways to expand your mindfulness practice, 10 inspirational people and 10 inspirational places to visit.

All in all a welcome addition to the mindfulness bookshelf, straightforward but not shallow.


Micro Trader Hairdressing 18" 80% Real Human Hair Training Head - 25 X 16 X 13 cm - Brown
Micro Trader Hairdressing 18" 80% Real Human Hair Training Head - 25 X 16 X 13 cm - Brown
Offered by Micro Trader
Price: 22.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great for my 10 year old, 22 May 2014
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My 10 year old wanted a hairdressing head that she could treat like real hair, she had had one of the children's doll heads but these are synthetic hair. This one has been great, she is able to style and brush it just like real hair and the clamp means she can use it two handed.


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