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Panasonic SD-2501 WXC Automatic Breadmaker with Nut & Raisin Dispenser & Gluten Free Program, White
Panasonic SD-2501 WXC Automatic Breadmaker with Nut & Raisin Dispenser & Gluten Free Program, White
Price: £109.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dependable machine., 28 Sep 2013
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This is the third machine of this type we have bought, each updated and improved on the last. Dependable and efficient - we think we baked over 1200 loaves in the last one, before it somehow gave up the ghost!


William McGonagall Collected Poems
William McGonagall Collected Poems
by Chris Hunt
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and amusing, 28 Sep 2013
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It is good to have the verse together with details of the man and his life - enetrtaining and informative.


Black Mongoose
Black Mongoose
by Jon Haylett
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.29

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too real to ignore., 15 Aug 2009
This review is from: Black Mongoose (Paperback)
The long-awaited second published novel of Jon Haylett does not disappoint and gives an all too real impression of life in an African state today. The events are violent, yet skilfully penned, and one is all too aware that they are not far from the truth - this could be an account of something which is happening today. The characters are believable, the setting colourful and real and the writing graphic and lucid. This is a book which is uncomfortable to read, but which one cannot put down until the whole drama is revealed. Once again the real central character is Africa itself- portayed here in its splendour and squalor. There is a website which can be used alongside the book, but I preferred to read without the distraction of the internet - it is possible for the imagination to build its own picture of the setting and events. This is a must read and highly recommended.


Miss Buncle's Book
Miss Buncle's Book
by D.E. Stevenson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.88

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Miss Buncle's Book, 10 Jun 2009
This review is from: Miss Buncle's Book (Paperback)
This is a delightful story of village intrigue, based on thoroughly believable characters in a pre-war setting. I have only recently read this, having first come across it when it was read on "Woman's Hour2 in the 1950's and it has stood the test of time. It is a gentle read, but leads one to want to read its sequel - still, apparently, out of print! I would recommend this for those who seek refreshment from the sometimes harsh reality reading typical of today.


The Grass Is Singing
The Grass Is Singing
by Doris Lessing
Edition: Paperback

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The grass is singing in Africa, 11 Oct 2007
This review is from: The Grass Is Singing (Paperback)
This is a wonderful book to experience, telling the story of an unhappy marriage and the effect of a harsh, yet beautiful environment. The couple who are the central characters are ill-matched, but victims of their environment and the hard struggle for survival in a demanding situation. It is very well written and is, to some extent, the story of the African country as much as that of the people who figure in the plot. Doris Lessing is obviously very familiar with the geography and demands of the setting. The descriptions of the features of the African locality are reminiscent of the best of the books by Wilbur Smith (A Falcon Flies,Men of Men, The Angels Weep) and of a much more recent, and quite violent read - Cry of the Justice Bird by Jon Haylett. All reflect a true knowledge of and familiarity with the extremes of the African environment.


Cry of the Justice Bird
Cry of the Justice Bird
by Jon Haylett
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.22

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cry of the Justice Bird, 9 July 2007
I have not read this author in print before, but if this is a typical example of his writing I can't wait to find more of his work.
This is a fast moving story set in Africa, which involves the reader from the very first page. It is eminently readable and one is loathe to put it down once one has started to read. The tale is on the lines of a Wilbur Smith book and, like so many of his, reflects a sound knowledge of the African environment.
Whilst a great deal of the narration is harsh and brutal, there is much to help the reader to understand the terrible situation in which the hero finds himself and the way in which he becomes embroiled in the politics and conflict of an emerging African stste, while he seeks to revenge the killing of his girlfriend. For those who have clear memories of films made some twenty or so years ago, the overall impression they might be left with is that of a Michael Caine type voice-over as the hero narrates the tale in the first person. For all the hideous and graphically described actions which Armstrong McKay has to undertake in his search for justice, we are forced to understand his motives and to come to a full understanding of his motives, a total sympathy with his position, and an appreciation of the finer parts of his character.
It should also be mentioned that one of the greatest strengths of the author is his ability to portray graphically the various African landscapes and the moods and threats of the geography of the regions through which the action travels.
A first-rate read, which I can recommend to others!
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