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Whitefurze 10L Watering Can - Green
Whitefurze 10L Watering Can - Green
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars very good value - but heavy when full, 19 July 2015
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We bought this to water our hanging baskets and pots - it does the job perfectly of course, but when full its pretty heavy to lift up to water over your head - still, you don't have to fill of course


Autoglym Bird Dropping Wipes
Autoglym Bird Dropping Wipes
Price: £3.95

5.0 out of 5 stars works brilliantly, 19 July 2015
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These are great - they clear great dollops of bird poo with ease and next to no mess - we also tried them on clearing green from the metal on our gate - and it worked brilliantly for that too


Citizen Emperor: Napoleon in Power 1799-1815 (Napoleon Vol 2)
Citizen Emperor: Napoleon in Power 1799-1815 (Napoleon Vol 2)
by Philip Dwyer
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £26.95

4.0 out of 5 stars superbly researched and great reading - but clearly on the side of the detractors, 19 July 2015
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This the second volume in Philip Dwyer's superbly researched and very readable biography of Napoleon Bonaparte, covering the period from 1999-1815, and therefore Napoleon's rise to power, the disaster that was the invasion of Russia, and the subsequent collapse of the French Empire.

The book has been meticulously researched with over 200 pages of references and bibliography, and reads at times like a pace novel. Despite all this, the book left me a little dissatisfied. Dwyer is on the side of the detractors, and tends to attribute all of Napoleon's actions and motivations to a cynical self interest. There are of course entirely different interpretations, and it would be well worth the reader with an interest in Napoleon also reading, for example, 'Napoleon the Great' by Andrew Roberts.


The Secret History
The Secret History
by Donna Tartt
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

4.0 out of 5 stars Good - but not for me as good as the Goldfinch, 20 Jun. 2015
This review is from: The Secret History (Paperback)
I bought this having read and loved the Goldfinch. I did enjoy this too but not as much. The story revolves around a small class of students of Ancient Greek at an elite private college in New England. The main character has come from a fairly humble background, and finds himself mixing with much more affluent group of young people. Their explorations of Ancient Greek myth lead them ever further into darkness as the book goes on, fuelled by a hedonistic lifestyle, and their hero worship of their tutor.

It is all beautifully written, and fairly enjoyable - but if you read and loved the Goldfinch you may be disappointed by this book. It never engages in the same way, and the main character is rather less sympathetic. Not that this is a bad book at all - just not as good as the Goldfinch


The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance by de Waal, Edmund (2011)
The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance by de Waal, Edmund (2011)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Art history - but more than that a human tragedy which should be read, 10 Jun. 2015
This is a fascinating account of the Ephrussi family, to whom the author is related, and their accumulation over time of art works including 267 Japanese carvings,(Netsuke) one of which is the 'hare with amber eyes', and of numerous paintings by, amongst others, Monet, Manet, and Renoir. It is also a tale of tragedy - the evil effects of anti semitism are made clear with subtly and grace - culminating in the utter disaster of the rise of Hitler and the dispersal and death caused by the war and Hitler's policies.

This is very moving book - an art history to an extent - but a human history above all, and is very well worth reading


Winners: And How They Succeed
Winners: And How They Succeed
by Alastair Campbell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.60

5.0 out of 5 stars What makes leaders - and why they succeed, 10 Jun. 2015
This is a fascinating account of what makes winners, and of the common themes and behaviours which Campbell convincing argues are the key to success. Drawing on his personal experience as well as with interviews with Jose Mourinho, Alex Ferguson, Floyd Mayweather, Richard Branson, the Mercedes F1 team, and many many more, this book explores the worlds of business, sport and politics to identify what makes leaders, and the factors which contribute to their success.

This is a book of over 400 pages, but I raced through it, captivated, in just a few sittings. It is that good, and I will be delighted to read it over agin soon


The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher
The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher
by Hilary Mantel
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.74

5.0 out of 5 stars 11 disturbing, thought provoking, short stories, 10 Jun. 2015
I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of 11 short stories ( there is an excellent extra one in the paperback edition) which cover a range of disturbing topics including compound life in the middle east, feral children, the unexpected effects of an extra marital affair, vampirism, the lot of immigrants working on the margins of society, and finally an IRA attempt to assassinate Margaret Thatcher. Each story is disturbing thought provoking and highly readable.

Excellent stuff


One Hundred Years of Solitude (Penguin Modern Classics)
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading - often melancholy, always interesting, 10 Jun. 2015
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I really enjoyed this book at first, which reminded me a lot of Louis De Bernieres' 3 books set in Latin America,which I love, and I thought 'I am in for a real treat here'. However as the story unfolded the continual recurrence of the the same, and very similar, peoples' names across families and generations became a little confusing to the point I had to go back a few pages at time to pick up the thread again.

The story cover a hundred years in the life of Colombian town - there are many happy events, but war and tragedy too. It mixes the the arrival of modern technology with fantasy - including flying carpets at one point and lots of ghosts. The overall effect is a little dreamlike, often melancholy, and always interesting. Almost 5 stars - but not quite because of the reporting of characters' names so often


What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
by Haruki Murakami
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.79

4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable treatise on the joy of running - with a little bit of autobiography, 10 Jun. 2015
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This is a short ( about 180 pages) reflection on Murakami's career as an amateur runner and sometime triathlete. Along the way he reflects on his life, the early books, and why he runs. All very straightforward and highly enjoyable


Luggage Zone Ultra Light 4 Wheel Spinner Suitcase, Key Lock, 48/31/70 cm, Large, 3 Year Warranty
Luggage Zone Ultra Light 4 Wheel Spinner Suitcase, Key Lock, 48/31/70 cm, Large, 3 Year Warranty

5.0 out of 5 stars Vey good value - light and easy to manoeuvre, 10 Jun. 2015
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Excellent luggage which has just made 2 x 9 hour flights without any damage whatsoever. Very light and easy to manoeuvre with its four wheels. It looks good too, and comes with a padlock, various pockets and an extendable pulling handle.

Very good value - I am delighted


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