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The Secret Life of Bletchley Park: The WWII Codebreaking Centre and the Men and Women Who Worked There
The Secret Life of Bletchley Park: The WWII Codebreaking Centre and the Men and Women Who Worked There
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5.0 out of 5 stars The dedicated, non-flying few., 19 Dec 2014
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The Battle of Britain pilots celebrated their victories, quite rightly, and we owe them a great deal, but the unsung workers at Bletchley Park were instrumental in shortening the war & saving countless millions of lives in complete secrecy. We owe them a great deal too, & it's only fitting that this book brings their story & dedication into the open. Turing, Flowers et al, with their inventiveness & dogged determination to break the Enigma codes, should be regarded as national heroes & their successes taught in every school. A great book. Recommended.


Only in Cyprus: A hilarious guide to living in Cyprus
Only in Cyprus: A hilarious guide to living in Cyprus
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not a book, more a pamphlet., 10 Dec 2014
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This is neither hilarious nor a guide to living in Cyprus. It's a series of incidents which illustrate the peculiarities of the Cypriot people, who have had a lot to put up with over the years, especially from Brits on holiday. If he was born and lived in the UK for 53 years, why can't he spell or use punctuation properly? Not a book I will read again or recommend.


Bath Tangle
Bath Tangle
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5.0 out of 5 stars Regency froth!, 9 Dec 2014
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Another lovely story from the wonderful Georgette Heyer, a true tangle of emotions brought to a satisfactory conclusion on the last page. Pure escapism. Recommended.


Zemindar
Zemindar
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3.0 out of 5 stars A historical novel - but not the best., 2 Dec 2014
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The events of the Indian Mutiny are well documented and don't need this tepid love story to make them interesting, although the description of conditions in the Residency at Lucknow is very graphic and no doubt based on truth. If you want to read a really riveting story with the Mutiny in the background, try The Shadow of the Moon by M M Kaye, a fabulous book and my all time favourite. It knocks spots off this one.


The Sunrise
The Sunrise
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book., 20 Nov 2014
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Having spent several years in Cyprus in the 1980s, when Famagusta was still a closed off, fascinating area of ruins behind barbed wire, it was very interesting to read about the cataclysmic change in the lives of the inhabitants of the deserted city very close to the tourist resorts in Fig Tree Bay. Unputdownable story which I will read again. Recommended.


One Pair of Feet: The Entertaining Memoirs of a Young Nurse During World War II: A Virago Modern Classic (VMC Book 108)
One Pair of Feet: The Entertaining Memoirs of a Young Nurse During World War II: A Virago Modern Classic (VMC Book 108)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nursing laid bare., 10 Nov 2014
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Forget the nostalgia, this book tells it like it is. The sheer hard slog, lack of sleep, poor food & tyrannical Sisters make you wonder why anyone ever became a nurse, but Monica Dickens somehow finds the humour behind the tiredness to make this book very interesting. A good read.


The One You Really Want
The One You Really Want
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not her best., 4 Nov 2014
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I've read several Jill Mansell books and thoroughly enjoyed them, but this one is very predictable & bit boring. Not one to keep.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant., 31 Oct 2014
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Meticulous research & a thorough knowledge of the Russian hierarchy make for another great book by Frederick Forsyth. Enjoyable from start to finish. Recommended.


One Pair of Hands: From Upstairs to Downstairs, in this charming 1930s memoir
One Pair of Hands: From Upstairs to Downstairs, in this charming 1930s memoir
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5.0 out of 5 stars A super book by Monica Dickens., 23 Oct 2014
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A well-educated but bored young lady decides to earn her living by becoming a servant, working for various families as a cook & cleaner. This hilarious book is the result; Plover is a masterpiece, & the tales of pre-war kitchen woes & the amorous vacuum cleaner salesman are priceless. Thank heaven for progress!


Icons of England
Icons of England
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5.0 out of 5 stars An anthology., 16 Oct 2014
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This book is not what I expected. If it says "by Bill Bryson" on the cover, not unnaturally one would expect it to be by Bill Bryson. In fact it's a collection of thoughts & remembrances about bits of England that appeal to different people & why, & it's really quite interesting what people feel the need to share with a complete stranger. Having said that, I really enjoyed the cricket story & would have liked a bit more on the Lincolnshire airfields, but as I live in Lincolnshire that's hardly surprising! A book to dip into, mildly entertaining in parts, but not one to keep forever.


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