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The Global Expatriate's Guide to Investing: From Millionaire Teacher to Millionaire Expat
The Global Expatriate's Guide to Investing: From Millionaire Teacher to Millionaire Expat
Price: £12.34

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal, 18 Oct 2014
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This book is a tour de force from beginning to end. It's effortlessly clear, engaging, fun to read, and a masterpiece of education.
To my mind, the book has four key messages:

1. How to determine your future financial needs
2. How to avoid making really bad - but well-intentioned - investment decisions
3. How to identify when financial advisors do not have your interests at heart
4. How to build and manage your own portfolio from scratch (it's much easier than you might think)

The intended audience, of course, is primarily the global expatriate community. But the book should also be mandatory reading for all HR employees, in all companies, everywhere.

I can confidently say that this will probably be among the best 16 pounds you ever spend in terms of value for money.


Official Road Atlas Ireland 2010: All Ireland Road Network. City Maps. Ideal for Tourists. Fully Indexed (Explorer Maps)
Official Road Atlas Ireland 2010: All Ireland Road Network. City Maps. Ideal for Tourists. Fully Indexed (Explorer Maps)
by Ordnance Survey Ireland
Edition: Spiral-bound
Price: £10.00

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Littered with errors, 29 Mar 2010
This atlas is the first produced by the OSI since 2007. The OSI waited so long to publish this new, "fully up to date" atlas bacause they wanted to issue the map as close to the completion of Ireland's new motorway network as possible. It did not bode well that in their press release to mark the launch of the atlas the OSI boasted that it showed the "M7 to Cork" -- in fact the M7 runs between Dublin and Limerick, while the M8 runs between Cork and Portlaoise.

The first thing to say is that the colour scheme of this atlas is brown and dull. Minor routes are shaded to show accident blackspots -- but where these happen to run alongside motorways, they appear much more prominently; all too often, the motorways, despite being the major routes, are extremely narrow and appear sky blue, which does little to make them stand out. In addition, the back cover of the atlas shows a blue Ireland on which, of course, it is very hard to see the motorway routes.

There are numerous errors all over the map, too -- mostly regarding the motorways. The M18 junction numbers are missing (and on the back cover is completely absent). The M7 has been confused with the M20 close to Limerick. M8 junction 8 is falsely claimed as being limited access. Several important realigned regional roads are incorrectly shown. The motorway schemata generally contain several important errors. I could go on.

All in all, this is a very bad atlas, aesthetically and functionally. Do yourself a favour and pick up the 2010 Collins Touring Edition instead. It's much more user-friendly, and a great deal more accurate.


Road Atlas Ireland (Collins Road Atlas Ireland)
Road Atlas Ireland (Collins Road Atlas Ireland)
by Collins Uk
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So up to date, it's actually preemptive!, 6 Feb 2010
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This atlas has been accused of jumping the gun by showing most currently (February 2010) under-construction motorways as already open - albeit with a few warning capsules inserted to warn the reader of expected opening dates. Confused? Well, take this example: The M3 Dublin to Kells motorway is shown in this atlas as open to traffic, even though it won't actually be open until June 2010. But the atlas warns you about this in the above-mentioned capsules.

Collins' reasoning for showing the motorways as complete, I presume, is that as a touring atlas, most copies will sell in July and August - by which time the lion's share of Ireland's motorways will indeed have opened. So, all in all, it gets a big thumbs up from this particular reviewer for foresight.

In addition to clearly laid out leaves with attractive colouring and minimal clutter, there are a number of city orientation maps towards the back of the atlas, as well as a list of some sights worth seeing.

Do yourself a favour and get this atlas!


Chambers German Verbs (Chambers Language Study Aids)
Chambers German Verbs (Chambers Language Study Aids)
by Chambers (Ed.)
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely useful, 23 Jun 2009
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This little book is excellent. Pocket-sized, it gives over 200 verbs - and all of these are conjugated in ALL their possible forms, including conjunctive and imperative.
It is very clearly laid out, and is perfect for learners of all levels. The section at the start explains grammatical terminology clearly and very usefully. I strongly recommend this book to all students of German.


Michelin Germany, Benelux, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic Tourist and Motoring Atlas (Michelin Germany, Austria, Benelux, Switzerland, Czech Republic Atlas)
Michelin Germany, Benelux, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic Tourist and Motoring Atlas (Michelin Germany, Austria, Benelux, Switzerland, Czech Republic Atlas)
by Michelin Travel Publications
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.12

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent atlas, 17 April 2009
This atlas has a very clear format which uses an attractive colouring scheme. There is no want of detail (villages and minor roads are clearly shown), yet the pages are not cluttered. The atlas is easy to use, easy to hold, and, importantly, the spiral binding is sturdy.
It really is the ideal road atlas of Germany, Benelux, Switzerland, Austria and the Czech Republic, and I heartily recommend it to anyone planning a road trip to the region.


Comprehensive Road Atlas Ireland
Comprehensive Road Atlas Ireland
by Collins
Edition: Spiral-bound

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Only Atlas Worth Having in 2009, 9 April 2009
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Given how rapidly Ireland's road network has changed in recent years, the 2009 Collins Comprehensive Road Atlas of Ireland is incredibly up-to-date. It correctly shows all sections of motorway that opened as late as December 2008, and it furthermore shows almost all sections presently under construction - the only exception being a 22km stretch of the N18 being built between Crusheen and Gort (though this will not open until 2010).

As things stand, this road atlas is undoubtedly the best around.
It is compact and clearly laid out using attractive colouring. Importantly, the spiral binding is sturdy. There is an extremely useful "Places of Interest" section showing many of the major spots worth visiting. The road atlas itself is of the usual high Collins standard - extremely user-friendly and clear. An excellent addition is the section on cities at the back of the atlas. Belfast, Cork, Dublin and Limerick all have a comprehensive street map, as well as detailed information on all attractions therein.

Simply put, this is the best road atlas of Ireland in 2009, and is an essential aid for anyone planning a road trip there this year. The one thing to remember is that because of the major road-building programme currently underway in Ireland, the atlas will be out of date by 2010, and even moreso by 2011.*

* Additional sections of the M3, M6, M7, M8, M9 and N25 will open from mid-2009 onwards. Substantial sections of existing dual carriageway on the Ns 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 11, 18, 20 and 21 will also probably be designated motorway before the end of this year.
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Foundations of the Nineteenth Century: With an introduction by Lord Redesdale. Volume 1
Foundations of the Nineteenth Century: With an introduction by Lord Redesdale. Volume 1
by Houston Stewart Chamberlain
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.97

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable source, 18 Feb 2007
Chamberlain was an Englishman who moved to Germany in the late 1800s. There he became a highly respected author who ultimately married the daughter of his idol, Wagner. The author was a strong anti-semite and an ardent eugenecist. "Foundations" was loved by those who eventually came to positions of prominence in the Nazi Party and its influence on that organisation was enormous; indeed, Chamberlain corresponded throughout the 1920s with Hitler and Hess.

Foundations, which comes in two volumes, is therefore an essential addition to the library of those seeking to better understand the impetus behind the eugenics and racial movements of the early twentieth century. It is intensely readable, absorbing, and, dare I say it, enjoyable. One does not a read a book like this these days for political and/or scientific instruction, of course; it is, however, an historical primary source of intellectual history, and in that capacity is invaluable to students and scholars alike.

This edition comes in two small blocky paperbacks, each c.600 pages long. It is unattractively bound, and seems to be a facsimile reproduction of the first English language translation. Because of the shoddy binding, it is certainly over-priced; but it does seem to be the only edition currently available. The two volumes do not need to be read together, and for those interested primarily in the racial aspect, the first volume is the one to get in this respect - though it would be no harm to get the second volume too (each must be bought seperatly).
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The Annotated Brothers Grimm
The Annotated Brothers Grimm
by Maria Tatar
Edition: Hardcover

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully produced book, 11 Dec 2006
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This book, like the author's other work, the Annotated Fairy Tales, is a masterfully produced compendium of a great many of the Grimm's best tales. It also includes some of their less well-known and darker stories, which have been banished to the back. The illustrations are excellent, and unlike the Annotated Fairy Tales, generally quite large. Two things prevent me from giving it five stars: firstly, Tatar's annotations are in places plain irritating, reading too deeply into even the most banal sentences and phrases. The annotations appear alongside the text-- naturally enough, I suppose--but some are unsuitable for young children, particularly the references to menstruation and defloration, for example. I feel they might have been better presented as endnotes. So, if you're a parent and considering buying this book, bear that in mind. Otherwise, I'd recommend it: it's certainly great value for money, artfully produced and wonderful to hold.


Badgers (Poyser natural history)
Badgers (Poyser natural history)
by Ernest G. Neal
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best badger book around, 2 Dec 2006
This beautifully produced book is simply fantastic. The paper is of a very high quality, as are the numerous photographs, some of which are astounding. The book is well chapterised, academically referenced, and answers just about any query one could possibly have about the European badger. It deals with the badger's biology, its home and environs, diet, patterns of behaviour, reproductive and parenting habits, demography, badgerwatching, and there is also a well-researched chapter on Bovine TB. It is slightly expensive, but is probably underpriced, considering its all-round quality.


Complete Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales
Complete Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales
by H.C. Andersen
Edition: Hardcover

30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An adult edition?, 2 Dec 2006
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This is a good, sturdy hardback edition, suitable, in my view, mainly for adult readers. The font is tiny, closely spaced, and could intimidate younger readers. The paper is rough and of poor quality; the illustrations are very -- very -- few and far between, black and white, small, and in my opinion, not particularly good. There are also a few punctuation errors, which, while they don't distort the meaning overly, are nonetheless annoying.
Nevertheless, it's good to have Anderson's tales in one durable volume, faithfully translated.


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