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Is it That Bad? Reflections of a Grumpy Optimist
Is it That Bad? Reflections of a Grumpy Optimist
by Stuart Hulse
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.15

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shrewd, gentle, witty and wise, 5 Nov. 2011
Wisdom comes in small packages and this slim volume of cynicism-seasoned wit contains life, experience and wit and wisdom enough to fill anyone's Christmas stocking. Musings and observations on family life, human frailty and love are written from the perspective of the rainbow beyond any mid-life crisis so gentle optimism shines through the amusing grumpy grumbles. This is the perfect gift for those who have lived life and those who have lived through it with them.


The Twelve Days of Christmas
The Twelve Days of Christmas
by John Julius Norwich
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars silly funny and a modern classic, 5 Nov. 2011
Children giggle and adults cannot hold back the smiles. A superb anti-song of the season. Norwich's very very funny realists view on life surrounded by swans a swimming, numerous french hens and far too many milkmaids and pear trees. Everyone should read or listen to these letters. A must if you have not yet got it on your Christmas shelf.


Another Night Before Christmas
Another Night Before Christmas
by Carol Ann Duffy
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £5.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas is coming, 5 Nov. 2011
Clocks have just gone back so its time to think Christmas. Last year I was given this charming cosy echo of ideal Christmasses past and it was a surprising treat. Bridging the gap between the era of gaslight and our days, a very enjoyable seasonal treat. It will be on my shopping list for gifts for others this year.


Answers to Rhetorical Questions
Answers to Rhetorical Questions
by Caroline Taggart
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great for mini-moments, 19 Mar. 2011
This is a new addition to the bathroom shelf and promotes interesting conversations when my dinner guests return from washing hands and other euphemisms. Great for a one-page comfort break.


Lady Susan / the Watsons / Sandito (Penguin Classics)
Lady Susan / the Watsons / Sandito (Penguin Classics)
by Jane Austen
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Not Lizzie Bennett but an undiscovered treat, 16 Feb. 2009
I do like scouring amazon for books I've known and enjoyed and then sharing my favourites with other amazon shoppers. My sister introduced me to Jane Austen and when I had read all the "proper" books I in turn introduced her to the lesser known books, snippets and fragments. This is a good sampler of the spare bits of Jane Austen. Unfinished can be frustrating, but as a bonus glimpse into her world, it is superb. None of these books hold a candle to Pride and Prejudice and she never wrote a flawed heroine as dlightful as Emma, but for Janites and converts. This is a must add to your bookshelf.


Eccentric France (Bradt Travel Guides)
Eccentric France (Bradt Travel Guides)
by Piers Letcher
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars The french must be secret Brits, 12 Feb. 2009
If you thought eccentricity was the prerogative of the Brits, then think again. The French are often closr to Barking than Mile End! As one who has had his fair share of museums devoted to wigs, glasses and corkscrews, I raise a glass to Mr Letcher's collection of annecdote and diversion, balancing the better known barminess of the royals with the totally local passions or totally local people. A giggle if you stay at home, an antidote to the seriously dull stuff that serious guidebooks might try to fob you off with when travelling to or through France.


Lille (CitySpots) (CitySpots)
Lille (CitySpots) (CitySpots)
by Thomas Cook
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Useful basic guide, 12 Feb. 2009
I go to Lille a lot and I have collected every guidebook (I think) to the city. This one is a good lightweight pocket sized book for the outsider. Better than the very formulaic AA Essential Lille, and less yawn-worthy than the Michelin to the North, but not in the same league as the definitive Bradt Guide to Lille. If you are passing through Lille and staying one afternoon or evening, then this is useful enough. It also has some good stuff on Cross Channel Day Trips with info about Calais and Boulogne. It still feels like just another volume in a series of dozens of guide books to lots of international cities. There is personal stuff there, but not enough of it. Listings are short single paragraph affairs. Not enough space in each chapter for going into detail if something really interests you. If you really want to get to know the city, like the fun loving locals, then the Bradt Guide is the Daddy (still a pocket size book though) and the food pages of the Bradt Guide are brilliant. But this Thomas Cook Book is fine and quite cheap if you are popping into Lille as just another citybreak. Otherwise, its a few annecdotes short of a true companion.


Larousse Gastronomique: The World's Greatest Cookery Encyclopedia
Larousse Gastronomique: The World's Greatest Cookery Encyclopedia
by Prosper Montagne
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My Bible, 12 Feb. 2009
I confess that my copy of this book did not come from Amazon. It came from my auntie. Updated versions have nice pictures and this edition looks great. But as the essential how to manual of cuisine, any edition is fine. If your auntie won't give you hers, then buy a new one here.


Languedoc Roussillon Tarn Gorges Green Guide (Michelin Green Guides)
Languedoc Roussillon Tarn Gorges Green Guide (Michelin Green Guides)
by Gwen Cannon
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars good for dates, not for days, 12 Feb. 2009
This book is a bit like an accademic guide with a brolly. Lots of facts but none of the passion. Distills an exciting and glorious part of the country into a collection of historical, geological, geographical and architectural lists. It is very useful to keep in the car, and helps when you want to know just when such and such a church was built - but it lacks the fun factor. When is someone going to write a pasionate, honest and personal Bradt guide to this neglected corner of France?


Not Quite a Geisha
Not Quite a Geisha
by Marian Babson
Edition: Audio Cassette

4.0 out of 5 stars As good as the original, 11 Feb. 2009
I love the Rosemary Leach recording of Reel Murder, the first of the Trixie and Evangeline mysteries, so I was not sure about Diana Bishop as reader for these most american of english characters. Nothing to fear, Miss Bishop narrates like the true pro she is, and this recording is a worthy successor to the original.


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