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

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4.0 out of 5 stars good - but not 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)

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: £6.29

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


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: £9.00

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 liGo
Price: £10.39

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.


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