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B. Symphony in B Music toy
B. Symphony in B Music toy

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 29 Sept. 2015
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Brilliant toy!


Ladies COOLERS Slip on Mule Slippers MICROSUEDE & Fleece Lined 289 UK 6 Navy
Ladies COOLERS Slip on Mule Slippers MICROSUEDE & Fleece Lined 289 UK 6 Navy
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Price: £11.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 29 Sept. 2015
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A warm slipper but slightly smaller than optimum comfort


Canada
Canada
by Richard Ford
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

3.0 out of 5 stars Thin on ideas, 17 April 2015
This review is from: Canada (Paperback)
Whilst the earlier part of this book had some interest, once the crime was committed, Ford struggled to make artistic sense in what followed. I very nearly gave up in the flat and unconvincing last section.


The Myth of the Strong Leader: Political Leadership in the Modern Age
The Myth of the Strong Leader: Political Leadership in the Modern Age
by Archie Brown
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.00

2.0 out of 5 stars Title promised an interesting read..., 15 April 2015
Read Michael Burleigh's Telegraph review which is accurate. Slim pickings, and yet not enough detail for an enduring analysis of leadership. Where detail is more fleshed out the Suez crisis for example, the argument is more coherent.


Manhattan Toy Whoozit Learn and Play Cube for 9 Months (Multi-Coloured)
Manhattan Toy Whoozit Learn and Play Cube for 9 Months (Multi-Coloured)
Price: £16.77

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3.0 out of 5 stars Has met with lukewarm response, 18 May 2013
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I like the product, and maybe baby will grow into it, but he's not particularly into it at nearly 10 months.


Essential Baby Sun Hat with Neck Protection & Drawstrings 50+ UVP, Pink, 18-24 mth - available in different colours and sizes
Essential Baby Sun Hat with Neck Protection & Drawstrings 50+ UVP, Pink, 18-24 mth - available in different colours and sizes

4.0 out of 5 stars Great hat, but if your baby has a big head go 2 sizes up!, 18 May 2013
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Title says it all really. My baby was 8 months and I purchased the 12-18 month, which is already slightly too small. Must be all those brain cells. Wouldn't hesitate to buy it again though.


Tippitoes Mini Bath (White)
Tippitoes Mini Bath (White)
Price: £13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect bath for active baby, 1 Nov. 2012
My son loves this bath. He is very active and has love kicking about in it since he was very little, but it has always kept him absolutely secure. Grandparents have been very impressed with the product too!


Freedom
Freedom
by Jonathan Franzen
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fancies itself as War and Peace, 29 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Freedom (Hardcover)
There are many references to Tolstoy's epic within the novel, and Franzen seems to have many aspects of it in mind in the patterning of his work. It has rather a lot of the diffuseness of W and P too. Whilst I enjoyed the first third very much as an example of that familiar American genre- the analysis of an breaking-at-the-seams American family- I felt that most of the rest rather outstayed its welcome. However, Franzen's decision to extend his survey to other members of the wider family can perhaps be explained by his desire to write The Great American Novel, with phallic rather than military manoeuvures. (The ending perhaps owes as much to Shakespeare's Romances, hence the opening citation from 'The Winter's Tale.')
Does the novel have anything coherent to say about freedom? Coherence is not the style here. In a book dominated by dialogue, the characters often struggle to understand the most basic motivations of their behaviour. Towards the end, Patty asks her eldery mother to explain the distance she was held at when a teenager, and says of her incomplete reply: 'it wasn't a lot, it didn't solve any mysteries, but it would have to do.' Perhaps the most telling exploration of the nature of freedom comes from the spat right at the end of the novel between a cat owner and a bird conservationist.
It's not in my view the great American work it sets out to be, but it is mostly engaging, amusing, and politically engaged.


The World of Yesterday
The World of Yesterday
by Stefan Zweig
Edition: Paperback

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential book, 12 Aug. 2010
This review is from: The World of Yesterday (Paperback)
There are several compelling reasons to read this book. Written in Zweig's crystalline prose (at one point he describes his process of writing as paring down to the essentials), he examines the effects of the turbulent events of the first half of the twentieth century on the cultural life of Europe. Zweig himself perfectly represents this cultural life. Growing up towards the end of the century, he describes how even as a boy he was a voracious imbiber of the latest books, plays, and music. His description of how the driest and dullest of lessons was alleviated by that old trick of hiding a book of poems behind his mathematics primer (not possible alas in today's 'child-centered' classrooms). As an adult he was immensely sociable with, and held a deep admiration for, the prime writers and thinkers of his time. Therefore the final chapters are all the more shattering as he delineates what Nazism destroyed, both in personal and cultural terms.

Twice now Zweig has illuminated my understanding of the 30's. Firstly in his marvellous novella 'The Post-Office Girl', where the desperation of post-war Austrians is shown to lead easily to radicalism (this is also described very vivdly in this book). And secondly, the intellectual costliness of Hitler's programme. Zweig is such a keen observer that I felt moved afresh by the atrocities committed then. I urge anyone to read this book.


Helen
Helen
by Maria Edgeworth
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth persevering, 17 July 2010
This review is from: Helen (Paperback)
The eponymous Helen is a young lady without a fortune, who at the outset of the novel goes to live with her recently married friend Cecilia Clarendon. The first half of the novel, and this does feel slightly too long, establishes the characters of the protogonists through discussions in the setting of country houses, and even, at one point, a hawking party- a scene which befitted the 'silver fork' fiction the introduction describes. In Volume Two, the action becomes more psychological and the drawing room conversation much more vicious as Helen is embroiled in her friend's lies, which threaten her status in society and her impending marriage.

Ignore the comparisons with Jane Austen, as you may be disappointed. This novel does not have the economy and the bristling wit of Austen, or the sustained insight and more complex characterisation of 'Wives and Daughters', which apparently the novel influenced. There is also rather too much fainting towards the end, and I personally found Helen's patience increasingly unconvincing. The strength of it lies in the picture of the corrosive London set, the presentation of Helen's dilemma mid-way through the novel, and what is to my knowledge the first chapter set in a dentist's!


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