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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
by Haruki Murakami
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.00

5.0 out of 5 stars captivating, 4 Oct 2014
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I am big fan of Murakami, and count some of his books amongst the best I have ever read. That sets a high standard for a new novel to be judged against, but I wasn't disappointed. I could hardly put this down - reading it in two or three sittings, until i had finnished, staying up way too late one night to find out how it ends.

As so often with Muraki this book deals with loneliness, redemption, music, food, love and sex. It is compelling, beautiful and utterly captivating.

One of Murakami's best, in my opinion


The Children Act
The Children Act
by Ian McEwan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars a short but powerful novel, 4 Oct 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this short but very powerful novel, which looks at the dilemmas facing a judge in her private and public life, whilst exploring the issues around freedom of choice, religon, and medical treatment in a very humane, credible and readable way.

I must admit that Ian McEwan is one of my favourite authors and I look forward to his books - this one did not disappoint at all


Premier Housewares Ecocook Frying Pan with Glass Lid, 24 cm, Red
Premier Housewares Ecocook Frying Pan with Glass Lid, 24 cm, Red
Offered by Bargains 4 Ever
Price: £15.99

5.0 out of 5 stars light, easy to use and to clean, 4 Oct 2014
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I am delighted with this pan. Nice a deep for stirring or stewing, it cleans up so easily afterwards. It seems to be totally non stick and a quick wipe down leaves it sparkling agian.

Very light. looks great and the handle stays nice and cool. I have had no problems at all with this and for me it has proved to be a great buy


Nicorette Cools Lozenges Mint 2mg
Nicorette Cools Lozenges Mint 2mg
Offered by M&B Bargains
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars they work - and have a pleasant taste, 4 Oct 2014
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there realy work - they hold off the cravings and taste like mints. They are great as a substitute for smoking indoors or on long journeys.


Nicorette 2mg Cools Lozenge - Pack of 80 Lozenges
Nicorette 2mg Cools Lozenge - Pack of 80 Lozenges
Price: £11.20

5.0 out of 5 stars Really works - pleasant minty taste too, 4 Oct 2014
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These really work. These are a great way to cut down or stop smoking, They taste like mints and take a while to disolve so they are quite pleasant to use. And they really do hold off the cravings. Brilliant for long journeys if you are smoker too.


Set of 3 Ceramic Non-Stick Frying Pan Set - Red
Set of 3 Ceramic Non-Stick Frying Pan Set - Red
Offered by EMS (UK) LTD
Price: £28.00

5.0 out of 5 stars non stick, light, and look great, 4 Oct 2014
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These are really easy to use - they seem to be completely non stick and you dont need any oil at all for cooking. They heat really quickly and look great.

I was impressed by how light they are, the handles stay cool, and they wide down so easily after use.

Really happy with these - they are brillaint value


Stagg MD500 General Purpose Dynamic Microphone with 6m XLR/Plug Cable
Stagg MD500 General Purpose Dynamic Microphone with 6m XLR/Plug Cable
Price: £16.42

5.0 out of 5 stars great value - good sound, 4 Oct 2014
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Really good value - the sound quality is just fine for voice, it has a good feel, and is very easy to use, Great value


The Royal Stuarts: A History of the Family That Shaped Britain
The Royal Stuarts: A History of the Family That Shaped Britain
by Allan Massie
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars a very readable introduction to Stewart history, 4 Oct 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed this fairly short ( at 330 pages) of the Stuarts and learned a lot about the Scottish Kings before Mary Queen of Scots, as well as those who became kings of England as well. This is a very engagingly written book, as a readable as one of Alan Massie's novels, and was for me an excellent introduction to the period and to various Stewart monarchs (crowed and uncrowned). I will want to learn more about all them now


Charlotte Gray
Charlotte Gray
by Sebastian Faulks
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars a terrible time, 13 Aug 2014
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This is a harrowing tale which depicts a dark past in Vichy France during World War II. The treatment of Jewish people was appalling - I knew about Germany and Poland - but France - i didn't know. The story is set around the story of a young British girl parachuted into France to help the resistance, who also has her own agenda in trying to find her lost RAF pilot lover.

The writing brilliantly depicts an era - dark and shameful - and is much stronger in that depiction than in the narrative of the story. I can't say I enjoyed it much - it is far too dark for that, and the story seems to be a vehicle for the portrayal of a time and place.

I have enjoyed many of Sebastian Faulks' books - this is different. Darker and less plot driven, it does not always make for pleasant reading.


The President's Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity
The President's Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity
by Michael Duffy
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars presidents and former presidents - how did they get on?, 7 Aug 2014
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This is an interesting and well reasearched account of the relationships between each president since Truman with their predecessors right through to Obama and his relationships with Clinton and Bush.

In telling the story of these relationships this book covers pretty much all of the major points of US history since WII in a very readable way. I thouroughly enjoyed this book and learned a great deal - some of which - for example the warm relationships between Bill Clinton and both Bush father and son surprised me a liitle.

Interesting and informative - a very humane account of the pressures of very high office and what it is like to move on from the summit of power


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