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Shadow Baby
Shadow Baby
by Margaret Forster
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Margaret Forster at her best, 7 Mar 2014
This review is from: Shadow Baby (Paperback)
I always enjoy Margaret Forster's books and this one was one of her best. Set at the turn of the 20th Century and mid 20th Century it concerns two mothers one who gives up her child at birth for adoption and the other who abandons her daughter when she marries. Both stories ably tell of the trauma associated with such actions and the harm suffered by the children. Brilliantly written and gripping from the start and more poignant as there are elements from the author's own history.


Proof [DVD]
Proof [DVD]
Dvd ~ Gwyneth Paltrow
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: 14.76

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About fears and families, 7 Mar 2014
This review is from: Proof [DVD] (DVD)
Gwyneth Paltrow plays Catherine the younger daughter of a brilliant maths professor who's loosing his mind but still thinks he can function normally. She's been looking after him for five years and when he dies her elder sister comes to help to settle his affairs. The elder sister is the antithesis of both Catherine and their father and comes across as an absolute airhead - brilliantly acted by Hope Davis. The film is perhaps more about Catherine's fear that she may be cursed to suffer the same fate as her father and her annoyance at all her fathers sycophants , especially at his funeral , where she can't stop herself saying what she really thinks. A brilliant film beautifully acted with a real subject not like the rubbish Hollywood normally produces. And the question " Who wrote the Proof" is not resolved until the end.


The Unknown Bridesmaid
The Unknown Bridesmaid
by Margaret Forster
Edition: Paperback
Price: 3.85

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The importance of a stable loving childhood, 3 Mar 2014
This review is from: The Unknown Bridesmaid (Paperback)
Julia is a child psychologist who calls on her troubled past for guidance in dealing with her clients. This excellent story ably illustrates the vital importance of a stable loving family environment and deals with jealousy , petty thieving and lying that often occur in young children. If these traits are not carefully dealt with this story illustrates how one may be affected in later life. Margaret Forster's story is beautifully written and there are a lot of uncomfortable scenarios that some of us may recognise from our own childhood.


Chromosome 6
Chromosome 6
by Robin Cook
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genetic engineering par excellence, 2 Mar 2014
This review is from: Chromosome 6 (Paperback)
A story about genetic engineering that could happen if large companies are allowed to do what they want with no moral or ethical limitations. Fast paced with plausible scenarios from start to finish starting with the killing of a mafia boss whose body suspiciously disappeared only to turn up in a mutilated condition - so something underhand was going on that needed to be investigated. Brilliant read with faultless medical knowledge included also with the message that interfering with genetics is a risky business.


The Testament of Jessie Lamb
The Testament of Jessie Lamb
by Jane Rogers
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing view of the near future, 28 Feb 2014
Jessie Lamb is a 16 year old girl with a conscience living in the near future where an apparently man made virus , MDS , is infecting everyone and killing all women if they conceive by an aggressive neurological degeneration that only takes a few weeks and killing the foetus as well . The disease is similar to AIDS and CJD but much quicker acting , Jessie's solution to the crisis is both noble and self-sacrificing but as the book progresses you wonder if she's doing the right thing. Very tense writing makes this a thought provoking and dark read. Highly recommended


Arbitrage [DVD]
Arbitrage [DVD]
Dvd ~ Richard Gere
Price: 5.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great film - pity about the end !!, 28 Feb 2014
This review is from: Arbitrage [DVD] (DVD)
Great acting , great story about a hedge fund financier in trouble in the USA. Gripping film about shady deals and infidelity keeping you on the edge of your seat until the end when so many unresolved issues are just left in the air. ( Also there were too many continuity errors )


Hozelock 2292 Hose Nozzle HOZ2292B10
Hozelock 2292 Hose Nozzle HOZ2292B10
Offered by Compact Compatibles
Price: 3.40

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick delivery and exactly as described, 25 Feb 2014
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My original one cracked last time I used it and was spraying water out from the side. The new one does the job and is the same as a similar one in B&Q costing 20% more. - Excellent value at 4.49 including postage


Instructions for a Heatwave
Instructions for a Heatwave
by Maggie O'Farrell
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.11

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disfunctional families and their problems, 25 Feb 2014
Very good story about the Riordan family headed by Robert and Gretta. Family secrets and the disappearance of Robert at the start of the story make for a gripping tale about how family secrets can influence children brought up in such a family. Their upbringing has cast a shadow over how they view their roles in life with far reaching consequences. All set in the glorious summer of 1976 - well worth reading.


The Internship [DVD]
The Internship [DVD]
Dvd ~ Vince Vaughn
Price: 2.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good for only the first 10 minutes, 25 Feb 2014
This review is from: The Internship [DVD] (DVD)
Quite funny for about 10 minutes as two hapless salesmen realise that their skills are no longer required and decide to apply for internships at Google in California. It's interesting seeing Google's methods of selection but when it goes on and on ad nauseam it becomes tedious. I ended up being bored to tears with all the predictable scenarios. Not quite the worst film I've watched but very close.


Kindle Fire HD 7", HD Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB - Includes Special Offers
Kindle Fire HD 7", HD Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB - Includes Special Offers
Price: 139.00

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value portable computing for those who don't want the expense of an i-pad, 20 Feb 2014
If you like reading ,listening to music , use the internet for surfing , shopping and looking at your e-mails then the kindle fire is an excellent tool and much cheaper than an I-pad. My wife bought one recently and when it was activated it downloaded all the books and music from her ordinary kindle , so I can use the old one now , and she can make use of the new one. When she adds books they're also available on the old one which is a useful feature. I know that I-pads are a lot more advanced and have many additional functions but I suspect that many people who buy them simply don't use the additional capability so would find the kindle fire does all they require. Even the internal speakers are not too tinny so overall it'll do everything most of us want , it's small enough to carry easily but not too small and very good value.


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