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The Fourth Way: The Inspiring Future for Educational Change
The Fourth Way: The Inspiring Future for Educational Change
by Andy Hargreaves
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.42

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Control education, control children., 6 Oct 2013
I cannot fairly review this as I have only read the blurb and already-posted reviews. However I am appalled that Shirley, who seems to be much admired in Germany, has apparently nothing to say about the German state's continuing use of Hitler-era law to persecute its home-educating families. The situation is against all human rights. See: [...]


The Baha'i Faith in Words and Images
The Baha'i Faith in Words and Images
by John Danesh
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the very best introductory Baha'i books., 2 Feb 2013
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This beautifully written and illustrated book provides a wonderful introduction to the Baha'i Faith and the Manifestation of God for our time, Baha'u'llah, after whom the newest of the world's religions is known. It does not replace John Esslemont's "Baha'u'llah and the New Era" but rather complements it. Thoroughly recommended.


The Hebridean Pocket Diary 2013
The Hebridean Pocket Diary 2013
by Mairi Hedderwick
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Every Day a New Delight, 2 Feb 2013
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I have used Hedderwick Pocket Diaries for several years and they make an ordinary diary into a portable art gallery of Highlands and Islands scenes - and quirky sidelights too. Mairi Hedderwick has a light touch that is always a pleasure.


Small Boats of Shetland
Small Boats of Shetland
by Alison Munro
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will be the standard work for ages!, 4 Sep 2012
This beautifully produced small book about small boats from Shetland is not only a delight to handle and read, it is a compact history and a compendium of information for all who are interested in our maritime heritage. It traces the story of small craft on Shetland from their Norwegian origins through to the adaptations made by Shetlanders, the better to suit them for local conditions. Many traditional boats have been preserved in the Unst Boat Haven, some in the Shetland Museum in Lerwick - and a few are still in use. Alison Munro has contrived to compress a huge amount of boat history, technical knowledge and descriptions of many types into her book, including stunning colour images and old black-and-white photographs. Also included are an excellent glossary of Shetlandic boat terms and many references and links for anyone wishing to do some research of their own. It may seem expensive at £15 but given the quality of the production, it is well worth the money.


T C Lethbridge: The Man Who Saw the Future
T C Lethbridge: The Man Who Saw the Future
by Terry Welbourn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.57

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book spoilt by bad editing, 30 Nov 2011
I have been a T C Lethbridge afficionado for many years. It was with delight that I discovered Terry Welbourn had written a much-needed biography of him. He has done a thorough job, too, with deep research into many aspects of Lethbridge's life that were only hinted at - or not even mentioned - in his books and publications. So, congratulations Terry Welbourn for writing this enthralling biography of one of the most under-rated great men of recent times. It is therefore with some sorrow that I can only give it four stars and that is entirely because publishers O-Books have either never had it copy-edited and proof-read or if they have, have employed uneducated idiots to do the job. There were, for example, three 'comprise of's within two pages and too many 'onboard's to mention. I know that the habit of eliding words is a favourite of advertisers and brochure writers but really should not be allowed to pass in a serious work. Split infinitives may be regarded as permissible nowadays and there are good literary precedents (Jane Austen was not averse, now and then) but to me most are still just plain ugly and, I suspect, the result of sloppiness. And there are far, far too many of them. I found the trail of copy and proofing errors that straggles through the text most off-putting and really distracting, taking away a considerable amount of the pleasure gleaned from learning about Lethbridge's early life, his expeditions and the tribulations to which he was subjected by hostile academic colleagues as well as difficult family circumstances. There are some fascinating photographs included, unfortunately reproduced on ordinary paper so that they are less bright than they should be.
All in all, an excellent job has been done by the author. It is just a pity that the low standards acceptable to his publisher has let him down so very badly.


True North: Travels in Arctic Europe
True North: Travels in Arctic Europe
by Gavin Francis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.39

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Evocative and informative, 4 Feb 2011
Gavin Francis has written a wonderful, unpretentious account of a most unusual journey. He has demonstrated how, with I imagine not very great means, what a solo traveller may still accomplish in a world where travel has come to be equated with the package tour. He has thoroughly researched the history and background of all the places he visits, from northern Scotland, via Iceland, Greenland and Svalbard to Sapmi (Lapland) and although I noticed a couple of inaccuracies, they were so minor I can no longer remember what they were. Francis has a wide-seeing eye and and a nice turn of descriptive phrase. Moreover, he does not impose his ego on the reader at all; one might just be a friend to whom he is telling some great stories. I really liked everything about this book and found it a refreshing contrast to Kavenna's hugely over-hyped "The Ice Museum" which I had read immediately before and have to say I loathed. If you want a refreshing look at Arctic Europe today and can't get there yourself, then let Gavin Francis be your guide.


The Ice Museum: In Search of the Lost Land of Thule
The Ice Museum: In Search of the Lost Land of Thule
by Joanna Kavenna
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.42

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hugely overhyped and irritating, 17 Nov 2010
This is one of the most irritating books I have ever read. I was always taught that if you can't say anything nice about something or someone, say nothing - so I can only agree with Peter Fjagesund, whose review in the "Arctic Book Review" archive (see: [...]) really says all there is to say about its failings. I am just surprised he gave it two stars. Gavin Francis's "True North" is a far superior account, for those who want to read a modern traveller's experiences of northern latitudes.


Seal-folk and Ocean Paddlers: Sliochd Nan Ron
Seal-folk and Ocean Paddlers: Sliochd Nan Ron
by John MacAulay
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars The earth is but one country...including the seas, 26 Aug 2010
John Macaulay's book is invaluable, as well as highly readable and thoroughly well researched. The question that is as yet unresolved, and which he does not resolve, is whether the Sami (Lapps) ever had kayaks as opposed to sewn clinker craft. Olaus Magnus, in his "A Description of the Northern Peoples" (1555), both describes and illustrates a sewn Sami boat. The Norse occupation of the Northern Isles dates from about 700, some 850 years previous to Olaus Magnus's work. There is not, as yet, any archaeological evidence that the Sami had Inuit-type skin kayaks, although there are rock-carvings in northern Norway depicting vessels that do look like the larger, skin covered, umiak. John Macaulay makes a good case for the Sami having kayak-type boats but - there has to be a but at this time - what evidence there is is circumstantial. Yet, how otherwise are the numerous records of 'Fin Folk' in Scottish waters, noted by Macaulay, explained? Norwegian archaeologists and historians now believe that there was an affiliation between the Norse chiefs and the Sami and that Sami may have followed the chiefs to Iceland. If Iceland, why not the Northern and Western Isles also? The Norse called the Sami Fin(n)s, after all, so it would not be surprising if the stories they told of such people diffused among the occupied populations too. I speculate here myself, now! Not knowing is half the fun. It leaves things yet to be delved into. And nothing can detract from this excellent book, which will tickle up your brain-cells no end and, who knows, may inspire you to seek further into the Alban-Sami connection.


White (Sweden)
White (Sweden)
Price: £15.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous, but...., 3 Aug 2010
This review is from: White (Sweden) (Audio CD)
The 'but' is because I have already rated and reviewed Sofia Jannok's second album "Assogattis - by the embers" and given it five stars that I would have wished could have been ten! I heard it first and am glad that I did because this one, her first, while delicious and delectable is not as good. Her voice is still spellbinding (perhaps there is a touch of ancient Sami shamanism in there somewhere!) but does not have the maturity of the second album - and I don't think the production is quite as good either. I should have preferred all the songs to have been sung in Sami, instead of there being a couple in English. That is not to say that they are not well-performed. Sofia's English is excellent, but somehow these songs lack the passion of those performed in her native language. I can't give a half star more or I would have done. However, do go and buy this, because there are some great songs on it and if you like them, you will certainly want to acquire "Assogattis" as well.


Assogattis - by the embers
Assogattis - by the embers
Price: £14.84

5.0 out of 5 stars Simply stunning!, 7 Jun 2010
Just occasionally one finds a singer with a voice that you feel you could listen to forever and Sofia Jannok comes into that category. The fact that she has simply stunning looks to go with her stunning voice is no hindrance either! I understand not a word of Sami but it really doesn't matter because you just have to shut your eyes and be transported into some liminal wonderland that Sofia's voice creates. She possesses a rare passion and a controlled vocal wildness stemming from the immense expanse of the ancient culture and the arctic land she comes from. The songs are translated into English on the insert that comes with the album, which is an added bonus. More, please, lots and lots more!


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