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My Garden, My City, and Me: Rooftop Adventures in the Wilds of London
My Garden, My City, and Me: Rooftop Adventures in the Wilds of London
by Helen Babbs
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely, lyrical read, 25 Aug. 2015
A lovely, lyrical read.
This is a slight book, but very appealing and worth buying. It's beautifully written and is as much a love letter to London as it's a gardening book. It's a book to inspire dreams of flowers and greenery, maybe on long rainy afternoons or frosty winter evenings.


Good Evening, Mrs Craven: The Wartime Stories of Mollie Panter-Donnes (Persephone Classics)
Good Evening, Mrs Craven: The Wartime Stories of Mollie Panter-Donnes (Persephone Classics)
by Mollie Panter-Downes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good selection of stories with a nostalgic war time feeling, 4 July 2014
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Some beautifully written stories, very evocative of the war time period. I've already bought an extra copy for a friend as a birthday present, and if you're interested in 20th century women's fiction then you're sure to find some stories you'll like in this collection.


How green Are My Wellies?: Small Steps And Giant Leaps To Green Living With Style
How green Are My Wellies?: Small Steps And Giant Leaps To Green Living With Style
by Anna Shepard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and very readable., 4 July 2014
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I love this book. The chatty style of it, the useful ideas about how to be greener, the lack of a preachy style. It's a good book to dip into every now and again when your green resolve is flagging and you need an environmental top up. Would definitely buy this for a friend.


The Bristol Suffragettes
The Bristol Suffragettes
by Lucienne Boyce
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Useful and practical, if a little prosaic, 4 July 2014
It's a good introduction to the subject and the suffragettes links with Bristol. There's a pull-out map for a walk around places linked with meetings, protests etc, and short profiles of some Bristol suffragettes whom readers might not have heard of.
I suppose my review isn't quite a 4 or 5 star as it's a bit dry as a book. I'd like more of a sense of drama, a more gutsy style for what's a fascinating period in British history. I know it's a reference book rather than a novel, but I'd still like to have that sense of excitement as some incidents in Bristol were pretty thrilling. A suffragette trying to strike Churchill with a whip at the train station, the WSPU shop being ransacked by a gang of outraged students in revenge for a suffragette arson attack.
Having said it, it's a well presented book and - for the price - it's good value.


Devil's Cub
Devil's Cub
by Georgette Heyer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, stylish and well written, 9 May 2010
This review is from: Devil's Cub (Paperback)
Georgette Heyer still gets overlooked by lots of readers who lump her into the Mills & Boon / Barbara Cartland territory (a bad place to be!). But she's a really good writer, a creator of intricate plots and superb secondary characters as well as dashing heroes, spirited heroines and dastardly villains. Her books have humour and the historical research gives an impeccable sense of Regency period.
She has more in commom with Jane Austen than with Cartland etc. Georgette Heyer took marriage seriously. She recognised how it was vitally important for women to marry to have a place in Society (the spinster was an object of cruel ridicule)and how not only a woman's economic future depended on a good marriage but her wider family's fortune too.
Her books are terrific for whiling away a rainy afternoon or a dull weekend. You'd be bacon-brained not to like them, so why not familiarise yourself with the dandys, ape leaders and abigails, Cortinthians and demi reps, dowagers and diamonds of the first water that populate her stories. Have fun!


Ysl Yves Saint Laurent Cinema 3 Piece Ladies Gift Set
Ysl Yves Saint Laurent Cinema 3 Piece Ladies Gift Set

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A heady blend, 2 Oct. 2009
YSL's Cinema is a beautiful scent, and the bottle it's packaged in is very elegant, a really attractive design. But the perfume that I loved on someone else was far too heady for me. I felt as though it was wearing me rather than me wearing it.
It's a scent for a confident, out-going person who wants to create a bold impression. If you like softer, more subtle floral fragrances then choose another YSL product as Cinema's not for you.


Beloved (Vintage Classics)
Beloved (Vintage Classics)
by Toni Morrison
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning and moving, 7 Jun. 2009
A previous reader review shared the opinion that 'reading should not be such hard work'. I disagree. Sometimes a truly great book shouldn't be something that is easy to read as the back of a cornflake packet. It should challenge you, make you read closely, pay the book the attention it deserves. 'Beloved' is a wonderful book. Beautifully written, so very moving. It's difficult to use the word 'enjoyable' about it, concerning as it does the subject of slavery, but it's enjoyable because of its quality. The novel makes me want to know more about how the real former slaves dealt with 'freedom'. Their grandparents/great grandparents wrenched from their African homelands, forbidden from speaking their own language, bought and sold, their children taken from them. Toni Morrison's done an amazing thing in writing this book, giving voice to the voiceless.


Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft, and Design
Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft, and Design
by Faythe Levine
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Handmade Nation, not as good as I'd hoped, 22 Feb. 2009
I'm sorry to say Handmade Nation wasn't as good as I'd hoped. I was full of goodwill for this book and for Faythe Levine, being a crafter myself. But it's a book that can be browsed through and ... well, that's it really. You look at the glossy pictures, read far too short interviews with crafters/artists that aren't in depth enough to be very meaningful, and then the book goes on the shelf and it slips from your mind. If you want a much better value book about the ressurgence in craft go for Amy Spencer's The Crafter Culture Handbook. A nice fat book full of insight into craftspeoples work, plus patterns & instructions on how to make a vast range of items. Plus longer pieces on knitting, the new domesticity, a good resources section. It's better value and a practical size and layout.


Write and Get Paid for it
Write and Get Paid for it
by Terry Prone
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value and full of common sense advice, 29 Aug. 2002
If you're an aspiring writer, you need this book. It's invaluable, full of basic home truths and old fashioned common sense.
Terry Prone covers all kinds of writing, including novels,short stories, interviews, writing for TV and radio. She has no time for the romantic notion of an aspiring author waiting for their Muse to strike while every now and then scribbling down the odd poem or chapter of The Great Novel. Terry shows you ways to kick start the creative process, to trawl for ideas, ferret out markets for your work and present what you do in a professional, saleable way.
It's a great book to dip into, and one that's permanently found a corner on my desk.
The woman's a successful journalist and author, AND IT SHOWS.


The Glass Ceiling (Notting Hill Mysteries)
The Glass Ceiling (Notting Hill Mysteries)
by Anabel Donald
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An intriging mix of believable characters & satisfying plot, 2 Jun. 2001
Alex Tanner, Doland's investigative heroine, is totally believable. Feisty, smart and at home in the modern London setting. She's that cliched combination of 'tough but vulnerable' - without being cliched. The plot's got enough twists to keep you hooked, but not leave you baffled. Well recommended.


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