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The Reader on the 6.27
The Reader on the 6.27
by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Touching and well written, 5 May 2015
This review is from: The Reader on the 6.27 (Hardcover)
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Thirty-six-year-old Guylain is a grey man living a life of quiet desperation. Every morning he boards the train to commute to a job he hates and despises, returning at night exhausted to his tiny flat and only companion, a goldfish named Rouget de Lisle. Weekends are bleak, Sundays ruined by the thought of the week ahead. But Guylian does something extraordinary to survive, every morning on the train he reads random fragments of books out to the other passengers. And then one day he finds a lost flash drive. It's the diary of a toilet attendant called Julie who is also struggling against suffocation by the mundane.

I finished this in one short sitting, it isn't long but it glows. Didierlaurent's characters are beautifully crafted, full of life and so different from each other. The author touches on the existential angst of today's readers living in the modern world for whom their day to day existence of drudgery at work denies freedom of spirit and crushes a rich internal life.


Pearl Oyster Mushroom Kitchen Garden Grow Your Own Kit
Pearl Oyster Mushroom Kitchen Garden Grow Your Own Kit
Price: £18.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Growing well so far!, 5 May 2015
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This is quite an easy kit to use, you cut a hole in the inner plastic and soak submerged for 12 hours, I had a bit of trouble finding something heavy enough to weigh it down with. After soaking you put it back in the box and out into a shaded position in the garden. You then water it twice a day by spraying with the provided mister. Ours has been going about a week and so far we do have mushrooms coming out on the box but nothing big enough to eat yet.


The Gracekeepers
The Gracekeepers
by Kirsty Logan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.09

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quietly powerfully beautiful., 5 May 2015
This review is from: The Gracekeepers (Hardcover)
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Callanish, a girl with webbed hands and feet remembers her first sight of a travelling circus and witnessing a terrible night of blood and screaming. Elsewhere, another time, North waits behind the circus curtain for her turn in the ring with her bear. The world has changed, the seas have risen and our world of vast tracts of land has been submerged, our great cities replaced by small strings of archipelagos. Society is split between those who live an itinerant lifestyle on the water and those who live on land, each distrustful and afraid of the other.

The two girls reflect this split but also speak of a world coming into being where human and sea merge, a fabulous world of mythical selkies, their children, strange sea burials, tree worship and the anarchy of the circus.

Logan tells all this in a lyrical prose in which every word seems carefully chosen, a world strange to us is rendered very much alive.

A book of great beauty I was sad to finish. Yes there are echoes of Carter and Mieville, but this is very much Logan's book


Toshiba THNU08HAYWHT(6 8GB TransMemory USB 2.0 Flash Drive - White
Toshiba THNU08HAYWHT(6 8GB TransMemory USB 2.0 Flash Drive - White
Price: £2.58

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 5 May 2015
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Good little flash drive with plenty of room for data


My Neighbor Totoro Wrist Watch
My Neighbor Totoro Wrist Watch
Offered by Simplelife
Price: £5.39

4.0 out of 5 stars Good cheap adorable watch, 5 May 2015
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A nice sized watch, cheap but worth the wait


How to Write Your Best Story Ever!
How to Write Your Best Story Ever!
by Christopher Edge
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, fun and educational, 5 May 2015
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This nicely sized book is colourful all the way through. There are two parts to the book.

The first half is on storycraft. In various fonts and using collections of words scattered across spiderwebs this part guides readers with humour and acessible language through creating characters, scene setting, plot, voice, openings and endings, action, titles, editing, dialogue and vocabulary.

The second part introduces genre: adventure, mystery, scary, funny, fantasy, science fiction, spy, love, historical, diary, animal, sport, school, thriller, script and mash-up. Each genre is introduced with a paragraph identifying the features of the genre in a fun way, there is a web of words associated with the genre and lots of tips and quotes from stories written in the it.

Inspirational fun for any reluctant author.


Philosophy Bites Again
Philosophy Bites Again
by David Edmonds
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.68

4.0 out of 5 stars Great for giving the brain cells a workout without overtaxing them., 18 April 2015
This review is from: Philosophy Bites Again (Hardcover)
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A nice set of bite size interviews from philosophers speaking about their subjects, sometimes annoying, sometimes bewildering, but mostly interesting and thought provoking. A nice sized book divided into six sections: Joy and Pain; Morality; Mind, Self and Imagination; Free Will, Responsibility and Punishment; Politics and Metaphysics, Meaning and Reason.


The Nuns of Sant' Ambrogio: The True Story of a Convent in Scandal
The Nuns of Sant' Ambrogio: The True Story of a Convent in Scandal
by Hubert Wolf
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Nuns and priests in a sober true story of power and scandal, 18 April 2015
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Drier than Dan Brown but this is worth persevering with. Hubert Wolf's is a story more byzantine than fiction.

In 1858 a German princess Katharina writes a desperate missive from her seclusion in Sant'Ambrogio convent in Rome. She fears for her life at the hands of her fellow nuns. After being helped to escape. Katharina, encouraged by her family, complains directly to the Pope and an investigation is begun. What ensues is a trial alien to our current understanding of the word, of confessions to the inquisition without the structure of the modern court system. There is sexual abuse, murder, breaking of the seal of concession and abuses of power all carefully evaluated by Wolf. But underlying this story is a web of intricacies of the place of women and men within the Catholic church, the men seemingly firmly in power but vulnerable to having that power bypassed by female mystics with their apparent direct connection to God. Bewildering points of doctrine, political maneouvering by Jesuits, priests with double identities, the Holy City under threat from invasion, they are all here.

Almost as fascinating is how Wolf came by this story, finding a shelf of yellowing papers in part of an archive only recently released by a notoriously secretive Vatican. Well worth the hard work.


Ultrasport Women's Ski Jacket Mayrhofen - Black, Large
Ultrasport Women's Ski Jacket Mayrhofen - Black, Large
Price: £71.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Good ski jacket quite expensive, 25 Mar. 2015
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This is a well fitting jacket, I'm a size 16 and anything smaller than the large would have been tight. It has all the pockets you need in a ski jacket, from large outside pockets to smaller ones on the sleeve and inside. The outside pockets are fleece lined which makes them nice and cosy. There is a waist strap secured with poppers that would stop snow getting up the inside. The hood does not detach but has plenty of toggles to tighten it well in bad weather. The jacket is lightweight but very warm, effortlessly wind and waterproof and a good length for wearing without snow trousers over jeans or a skirt. The zips move well, the jacket appears sturdily made and the extended sleeve linings act as fingerless gloves. The jacket looks good in black with white stripes. Living in the north east of Scotland this is a useful coat, breaks the cold wind well.
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Sony BDPS5500 SMART 3D Wi-Fi Blu Ray Player
Sony BDPS5500 SMART 3D Wi-Fi Blu Ray Player
Price: £95.56

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but no HDMI cable, 25 Mar. 2015
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This is a great product, but I do like to be able to use a product straight out of the box and this does require an HDMI cable, however, it does not need to be expensive, ours was £3 and works perfectly

The player itself is a nice compact size and quite light. On first use our HD TV sensed the player and assigned an input source to it with no issues. It connected easily to our WiFi once the password was entered and so far has maintained an excellent wireless connection.

The player can take DVDs, Blurays and 3d bluray, we have only tried the first two and it has been free of any problems

I like the extras, it comes with iPlayer, YouTube and Demand5 and has a store for lots more downloadable apps. There are also apps for Netflix and Amazon Prime preloaded, I haven't used these

A clever detail is that the player's wireless functioning means that you can use a tablet or smartphone with it. This means both screen mirroring where you can project what is on your device screen on the tv screen, and also that the YouTube app interacts with the smart device so you can, for instance, use your tablet keyboard to search rather than the slower remote control option

Would have given this 5 stars if it had come with the cable.


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