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De Vielle Double Chamber- 3 Filter Ash Vac 25Litre 1200W (Black)
De Vielle Double Chamber- 3 Filter Ash Vac 25Litre 1200W (Black)

1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed, 13 Mar. 2016
Really disappointed. The pipe and filter blocked almost immediately. Ash then spilled from the pipe all over our new carpet. Taking the vacuum to the tip.


Agatha Christie: The Lost Plays: Three BBC radio full-cast dramas: Butter in a Lordly Dish, Murder in the Mews & Personal Call
Agatha Christie: The Lost Plays: Three BBC radio full-cast dramas: Butter in a Lordly Dish, Murder in the Mews & Personal Call
by Agatha Christie
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £8.99

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful treat to hear these classic plays at last, 17 Sept. 2015
I've been hunting for Butter in a Lordly Dish for years, for a recording or for a script. But until now its eluded me. How wonderful it is to be able to hear the original BBC recording, complete with atmospheric "crackle". These plays are perfect examples of Golden Age radio suspense. Delighted to have it at last.


Close Up Highlights of the Jazz Story in USA Large Format Poster 68.5 x 98.5 cm
Close Up Highlights of the Jazz Story in USA Large Format Poster 68.5 x 98.5 cm
Offered by Close Up
Price: £28.91

1.0 out of 5 stars Completely destroyed. Arrived in a torn box. The ..., 23 Aug. 2015
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Completely destroyed. Arrived in a torn box. The poster should have been inside a poster tube but was just loosely rolled in the box. The result is that it's creased and unusable.
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Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly
Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly
by Agatha Christie
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.08

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing to read a skeletal version of Dead Man's Folly ..., 3 Nov. 2014
Intriguing to read a skeletal version of Dead Man's Folly. Not really surprised the novella wasn't picked up in 1954 by magazines. The plot is solid enough but the characterisation (never AC's strong point) is thin and leaves the reader dissatisfied. Lovely artwork though.


Maurice
Maurice
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really beautiful philosophical love story, 26 May 2014
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This review is from: Maurice (Kindle Edition)
The Merchant Ivory productions of Forster's books would have you think the books are period confections with a decent dose of melodrama. Maurice has reminded me that Forster is a deep and careful thinker: a philosopher with interests in psychology, identity and meaning.

The story I already knew, but it's told so compellingly that my heart was racing towards the end. The scene in the British Museum is vivid and horrifying. The language is beautiful too. Economical and at times startling: the description of the rain in the forecourt of the British Museum is simply spine tingling.

Ultimately, though, the sadness beneath the text is very moving. I loved it.


LOW VISIBILITY
LOW VISIBILITY

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5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling and moving., 18 Feb. 2014
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A chilling, moving glimpse of domestic violence, cleverly using the Toxteth riots to mirror the psychology of the main character. Can see why this author went on to win the CWA short story dagger for another story.


No Man's Nightingale: (A Wexford Case) (Inspector Wexford series Book 24)
No Man's Nightingale: (A Wexford Case) (Inspector Wexford series Book 24)
Price: £3.99

31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Murder at the Vicarage revisited, 25 Aug. 2013
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I didn't expect to like the new Inspector Wexford novel. The Vault was pretty dire - hard to swallow and generally dull. But No Man's Nightingale is a jolly enough tale, compelling if not gripping, with some entertaining characters. I liked Jeremy Legge, proto-sociopath, and there was more than a sprinkling of personality disorders kicking around.

Ruth Rendell has always been pretty dodgy on race and racism. She's seems at times fixated on it, but somehow always misses the mark. She condescends grotesquely to ethnic minority characters: their colour is their defining feature and they're invariably beautiful, noble, elegant and exotic. She means well, I'm sure of it, but it's painful. Having said that, this book is by no means the worst example of this inverted racism (Not in the Flesh is the worst for that I think).

I'm so fond of Wexford, though. I've grown up with him. I would love to drink sherry with him and Dora. I'll forgive a lot where he's concerned. I'll forgive, for instance, the ludicrous manner in which he becomes part of this investigation; I'll forgive his "hunches" - always a cop out in detective fiction.

A few typos in the Kindle edition, but nothing major apart from the bizarre copy-editing blooper over the name of the supermarket.

All in all, hang your disbelief at the door and you'll enjoy a decent read.

Three-and-three-quarters stars ...


Everyone Lies (DI Kate Simms Book 1)
Everyone Lies (DI Kate Simms Book 1)
Price: £4.49

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Electrifying thriller with a social conscience, 30 July 2013
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Everyone Lies is a pacy read, fuelled with crackling dialogue and short scenes. We accompany the main characters on an investigation through Manchester's underworld, encountering drugs, prostitution, corruption and downright sadism. There's concentrated darkness here, with scenes of violence, intimidation and torture. The last fifth of the novel is truly suspenseful, ultimately offering us a long, hard, grisly look at human evil. The villain is one of the nastiest I've read about in some time.

For me, crime is the fictional genre with most to say about society's ills. It's very well placed to lift the least appealing stones and expose the rot underneath. The very best crime novels do this while offering humanity and hope. Everyone Lies is one of those novels.


Monkeys with Typewriters: How to Write Fiction and Unlock the Secret Power of Stories
Monkeys with Typewriters: How to Write Fiction and Unlock the Secret Power of Stories
by Scarlett Thomas
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes me excited about the prospect of writing again, 24 April 2013
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Writing takes stamina and it's easy to become lazy or disillusioned. This book has inspired me to get stuck back into it. I actually wish I'd read it years ago - it would certainly have helped me as a reader during my English degree. It's clear, pragmatic, practical, wise and witty, and it cuts through applies literary theory sensibly. No claptrap, no unnecessary abstract guff. I now finally understand the relationship between plot, story and narrative - and most importantly how to use the mechanics of plotting to create strong stories. (I'm also pleased to learn that my writing style has a name (indirect free style).)

Should be required reading for anyone from A Level English Lit students to experienced writers.

Highly recommended.


Poppet: Jack Caffery series 6
Poppet: Jack Caffery series 6
by Mo Hayder
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just great, 8 April 2013
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This is possibly the strongest Caffery novel since The Treatment. It's a solid, high quality, gripping thriller. It's complicated, though, and you would benefit from reading the previous three Caffery novels.

One tiny gripe - the language seems to nod towards an American audience, meaning some of the dialogue (from English characters) doesn't ring true from time to time. For example: "butt" and "ass" instead of bum/arse; and "store" instead of shop. I wonder why.


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