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The Goldfinch
The Goldfinch
by Donna Tartt
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Just wonderful, 25 May 2015
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Wonderful - I am so glad I bought this book which is thought provoking, page turning, beautifully written fiction of the highest order. Whilst I was reading it I believed every word and was sad when it was finished - one of the best novels I have ever read


Us
Us
by David Nicholls
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £4.99

3.0 out of 5 stars pleasant enough - but no 'One Day', 22 May 2015
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I was really disappointed with 'Us'. One day is one of my favourite books ever, which managed to make me laugh and cry in public places. This,, by contrast is just so hum-drum, a story of a failing marriage, the tensions between a son and his father, and all the years before. I never found any of the characters particularly likeable, or engaging, and although I read it in just a few days, the end left me feeling decidedly underwhelmed.

Its a pleasant enough read, and are things in it which most people will recognise in their lives, but very disappointing overall


Hama Star 75 Tripod With free Carry Case
Hama Star 75 Tripod With free Carry Case
Offered by Office Nerd
Price: £10.50

5.0 out of 5 stars great value and easy to use, 27 April 2015
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Very good value. It is very lightweight, has extendable/retractable legs with intuitive clips to hold them in place and fits most cameras. It also comes with a neat little case into which it all folds down easily.


Greenfield Collection Deluxe Somerley Willow 4 Person Picnic Hamper with Matching Blanket - Midnight Blue and White Striped Lining
Greenfield Collection Deluxe Somerley Willow 4 Person Picnic Hamper with Matching Blanket - Midnight Blue and White Striped Lining
Price: £98.83

5.0 out of 5 stars Deluxe and practical hamper, 27 April 2015
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Really delighted with this. The basket opens on top, and is carried from the top with a comfortable wicker handle. The set has proper plates and glasses (not plastic) as well as knives and forks, salt and pepper pots, a decent size cool bag and a waterproof blanket. Best of all though it is spacious with plenty of room for food and drinks bottles. The presentation is really nice, in leather and wicker and its also very practical.

Highly recommended


Modernity Britain: Book Two: A Shake of the Dice, 1959-62 (Modernity Britain Book 2)
Modernity Britain: Book Two: A Shake of the Dice, 1959-62 (Modernity Britain Book 2)
by David Kynaston
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 4th volume of post war British social history, 21 April 2015
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I thoroughly enjoyed this - the 4th volume of David Kynaston's post war social history of Britain. Like the previous volumes this is mostly eyewitness history, using diaries and other writings of people of the day - in high office and in everyday life. This volume covers the years 1959-1962, including the development of new towns and high-rise flats, television, theatre, the beginnings of the Beatles, the rise of consumerism and much more.

It all makes for interesting reading, and I look forward to the next volume with anticipation


The Buried Giant
The Buried Giant
by Kazuo Ishiguro
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreamlike reflection on life, death, and the power of memories, 7 April 2015
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This is an extraordinary book, which I find rather difficult to review, as it unlike almost anything I have read before. Based in post Arthurian Britain, peopled by Saxons and Britons who share the landscape with ogres, pixies, and a she dragon, this is a reflection on true love, life, death, and the power of memories (or the absence of them) .

With a strangely haunting, ambiguous ending, this is a book which will, I think, return to me in dreams. It certainly has a dreamlike quality, where nothing - and yet everything - makes complete sense

Hard to describe - but well worth reading


Galileo's Daughter: A Drama of Science, Faith and Love
Galileo's Daughter: A Drama of Science, Faith and Love
by Dava Sobel
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Galileo - his life, work, and daughter, 5 April 2015
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Far more a biography of Galileo, than of his daughter, this book makes clear the professional and personal tragedy which arose from Galileo's trial for heresy, and the consequences to him and his family and friends during his old age.

The love of Galileo's daughter, Maria-Celeste, is clear from her writings to him which are a key feature of the book, and which rather wonderfully depict late 16th, early 17th, century convent life. But it is the life of Galileo, his genius in seeing and interpreting what others could not, and his enduring scientific legacy which are main features of this well written and interesting book.


The Two Faces Of January [DVD]
The Two Faces Of January [DVD]
Dvd ~ Viggo Mortensen
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 3 April 2015
This is billed as a tense psychological thriller. Centred around an American couple in Greece, and their evolving relationship with a younger tour guide, it soon becomes clear that not all is at seems. Things soon go from bad to worse as the story unfolds. However for me at least the tale never became gripping, and I never found myself engaged with the characters or what would become of them. It isn't tense, despite the dramatic music at times, and I was really disappointed by the ending, which I found unbelievable

There is some beautiful scenery shown in Athens, Crete, and Istanbul, but to be honest I was glad when the film was over. I would recommend watching something, just about anything, else


Please, Mister Postman
Please, Mister Postman
by Alan Johnson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars pleasant reading of the life a postman and union official, 29 Mar. 2015
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This second part of Alan Johnson's memoirs covers the sixties, seventies and eighties, during which time he rose through the ranks of post office union life to the national executive. This is a very personal memoir - full of accounts of people in Johnson's life who are unknown to the reader, as well as some rather more famous ones. It is well written, full of charm, a degree of self deprecation, humour and at times real sadness. It is also a rather charming account of life as a postman in the heyday of the post office.

However it is the story of an ordinary life - great deeds are not done, and much of the work described is around arcane union disputes and resolutions, which I found rather disinteresting. If it were not written by an ex-cabinet minister I wonder what interest it would hold, or what sales it would have achieved. As it is it makes for pleasant reading - not particularly stimulating, just pleasant


Runaway
Runaway
by Peter May
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £4.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars great writer - but this one is disappointing, 27 Mar. 2015
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This is not one of Peter May's best novels. I loved the Lewis trilogy and Entry Island and pre-ordered this book with some anticipation of another great read. This story revolves around a group 17 year olds who ran away from Glasgow to London in the 1960's, who 50 years later do it again. It is in many ways a coming of age story - both young and old

This is a very plot driven book , but with for the most part pretty thin characters who failed to completely engage me. There is some good writing, and the plot (s) are pacey, but I never really believed in the characters or liked them very much. And yet strangely I enjoyed the read and completed the book in a few sittings...so 3 stars, and I'll look forward to the next one in the hope of a return to top form


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