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Art as an Investment?
Art as an Investment?
by Melanie Gerlis
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £30.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is hard to be truly frank when you know that people you have grown to like (and see regularly) will be upset by things like ., 27 Nov. 2014
This review is from: Art as an Investment? (Hardcover)
Journalists who focus on a specific market, often unintentionally end up losing some of their editorial independence. It is hard to be truly frank when you know that people you have grown to like (and see regularly) will be upset by things like you have written. In her book Melanie Gerlis, however, has not succumbed to this weakness.

In her day job as art market editor at The Art Newspaper she no doubt spends much of her time with people who say that investing in art makes sense. In her well-researched book she argues that this is simply not true.
Gerlis compares art to stocks, gold, wine, private equity and luxury products. She does this first using hard data and then backs it up with fun anecdotes and war stories. She also uses this chapter structure to expand on other issues (the one on private equity funds leads on to a good discussion about art funds for example).

Art as an Investment should be read by anyone looking to understand the art market, anyone involved in an art finance course and – most importantly – anyone who is planning to invest in art.


Viking Raid: A Robert Fairchild Novel
Viking Raid: A Robert Fairchild Novel
Price: £7.34

5.0 out of 5 stars Another great insight into the world of shipping and ship finance, 16 Jun. 2014
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Following on from the excellent The Shipping Man (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Shipping-Man-Matthew-McCleery-ebook/dp/B005S4FTHW/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1402942859&sr=1-1&keywords=the+shipping+man) this book takes Robert Fairchild around the world again to structure an impossible deal. Fairchild visits the Channel Islands, Korea, London (the always fun Harry's Bar), Athens and other shipping centres and the end really is a surprise.

A great guide for anyone that wants to understand the tangled web of ship finance and the shipping cycle.


J Sheekey FISH
J Sheekey FISH
by Allan Jenkins
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Great recipes that are easy to follow, 16 Jun. 2014
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Every dish that I have tried in this book has been fantastic. Although some of the recipes include a lot of ingredients (more than 30 for the delicious Monkfish and Prawn Curry) they are easy to follow and worth the effort. I particularly love the Smoked Haddock with Colcannon, Poached Egg and Wholegrain Mustard Sauce and it also has classics that I still need to do. A fantastic fish cookbook.


Maxwell: The Final Verdict (Text Only)
Maxwell: The Final Verdict (Text Only)
Price: £2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A fearless analysis of Robert Maxwell, 16 Jun. 2014
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Robert Maxwell hated Tom Bower. And he would have hated this well researched fearless book. Bower spent years investigating Maxwell whilst he was alive and this book also includes years of research into his death. Maxwell died in 1991 but many of the lessons from his downfall are still very relevant today. A really brilliant biography.


Deep Sea and Foreign Going
Deep Sea and Foreign Going
Price: £6.79

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5.0 out of 5 stars A really fantastic book for anyone that wants to learn about shipping, 16 Jun. 2014
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Rose George's book is a beautifully written guide to modern shipping. The book is structured around a voyage that she made on a Maersk container ship with each chapter covering a different issue ranging from pirates to chaplains or the environment (with some fascinating insights on noise) to the Suez canal.

She is also right that so many of us consumers (including me) no so little about the world of shipping. I really recommend it. And it has also convinced me that I would not have been tough enough for the Merchant Navy.

(I partly read this because I had enjoyed The Shipping Man - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Shipping-Man-Matthew-McCleery-ebook/dp/B005S4FTHW/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1402942859&sr=1-1&keywords=the+shipping+man and Viking Raid by Matt McCleary that cover Ship Finance - which explore a different side of this fascinating industry).


Thinking Statistically
Thinking Statistically
Price: £2.32

5.0 out of 5 stars Really brilliant, 3 Mar. 2014
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A fantastic little book that genuinely makes statistics fun (but not sexy I am afraid). Really quite brilliant and very relevant to everyone.


Devotio: The House of Mus
Devotio: The House of Mus
Price: £2.65

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping historical fiction, 3 Mar. 2014
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He may not be that well know but I am a big fan of Kelso (I think this is the third one I have read). The House of Mus is his latest series and I can't wait for the next one.


Out of Pocket: How Collective Amnesia lost the world its wealth, again
Out of Pocket: How Collective Amnesia lost the world its wealth, again
Price: £10.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Puts every financial downturn in perspective, 3 Mar. 2014
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It is natural for people to tend to think things happening now are more dramatic than in the past. This book shows that financial crashes have been happening for hundreds of years and will continue to happen in the future. It should be a set text on every financial degree and MBA. Because it is a fun book to read there is a chance bankers might even remember some of it. Although, on second thoughts...


Black Heart (Revenge Trilogy)
Black Heart (Revenge Trilogy)
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant South African crime novel, 27 Jan. 2014
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All of the Revenge Trilogy are worth reading. Great descriptions of Cape Town and the new South Africa. Highly recommended.


The Ultimate Burns Supper Book: A Practical (But Irreverant) Guide to Scotland's Greatest Celebration (Ultimate Scotland)
The Ultimate Burns Supper Book: A Practical (But Irreverant) Guide to Scotland's Greatest Celebration (Ultimate Scotland)
Price: £6.40

5.0 out of 5 stars Do not organise or attend a Burns Supper without reading this, 27 Jan. 2014
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If you have been invited to speak, attend or help organise a Burns Supper you should read this book.

I have attended several Burns Suppers in the past but bought it this year as I was asked to help organise one. It really is indispensable.

As well as explaining the practicalities - such as how to make a haggis - or, perhaps more accurately, why you should not make a haggis but buy one - or which side your sporran should be worn on - it also teaches you a lot about Robert Burns and explains his key poems.

So worth buying if you just want to find out more about Burns the man as well.


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