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The Picnic (Pleasures and Treasures)
The Picnic (Pleasures and Treasures)
by Jane Pettigrew
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.00

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely recipes for the perfect picnic tea, 29 Oct. 2006
Jane Pettigrew is well established as Britain's First Lady of Tea, and this delightful hardcover full of fascinating facts, yum recipes to accompany tea and beautiful pics - from a Helen Bradley watercolour to an old LNER poster to a teddy bears picnic - makes for an ideal present.

Each piece is accompanied by a poem or quote, best encapsulated by William Wordsworth

'Hence rustic dinners on the cool green ground,

Or in the woods, or by a river's side

Or shady fountains, while among the leaves

Soft airs were stirring, and the middaysun

Unfelt shone brighty round us in our joy.'


You Are My Music... The Best Of Clodagh Rodgers
You Are My Music... The Best Of Clodagh Rodgers

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clodagh on top form!, 1 Sept. 2006
This CD was released after Clodagh Rodger's success in the musical "Blood Brothers" when there was again a demand to hear Clodagh's music. Indeed the CD was sold in many of the theatres around the UK when Clodagh was on tour with "Blood Brothers."

The CD is not so much a greatest hits - certain hits are missing, specifically the Eurovision hit "Jack in the Box" - but more a reflection on some of the better recordings Clodagh made during her long recording career. There are plenty of songs from albums "It's Different Now" and "You are My Music." The mystery of Clodagh's career, with her powerful, stunning voice is that she didn't have more hits - witness the brilliant interpretations of "That's the way I've always heard it should be" and "You are My Music" (soft and sexy), "Day by Day and "Help Me make it through the Night" (power ballads) to "Ease Your Pain" and "Carolina Days" (sing-a-long).

Her hits are here too of course, especially "Come Back and Shake Me" and the foxy "Goodnight Midnight"

Clodagh has confined her recent career to musicals - "Blood Brothers" and "Pump Boys and Dinettes" spring to mind, but this CD is a great reminder of just what a superb entertainer Clodagh is. Oh, and as for her rendition of "Betcha By Golly Wow" - gorgeous......

A Life In Secrets: Vera Atkins and the Lost Agents of SOE
A Life In Secrets: Vera Atkins and the Lost Agents of SOE
by Sarah Helm
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.68

22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Biography reads like a thriller, 1 Sept. 2006
Sarah Helm is a top notch investigative journalist who has gone to extraordinary lengths to bring to the public eye a story you just couldn't make up.....Vera Atkins spent time after WW2 in tracing the fate of twelve female SOE agents (amongst them Violette Szabo and Nora Inayat Khan) all parachuted into occupied France to rally resistance. Their tales are gripping and the reader is left desperate to know what happens to each of the ladies. From Dachau to Ravensbruck to Gestapo HQ the story twists and turns, and the real skill of Helm is to make you care passionately about each of the agents. The book leaves you feeling humbled by the bravery and courage of each and every one of the agents. Unputdownable!

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