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Afterwards
Afterwards
by Rosamund Lupton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.86

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An amazing story that will stay with you long after you read the last words., 12 Feb 2012
This review is from: Afterwards (Paperback)
This book is a beautifully woven Thriller, whose main character "Grace" is thrust into a situation which is so full of anguish that its concepts and their conclusion will stay with you long after you have read the last line.

On a beautiful summer's sports day, the joy of a peaceful existence is shattered, when the school building is found to be ablaze and Grace realises her daughter is still inside. Grace's heroic rescue starts a sequence of events that will take you to new realms of reality, as their survival leaves both Jenny and Grace in a completely helpless position.
It soon becomes clear that the fire was not an accident and the need to discover the possible arsonist intensifies as incidents begin to reveal that Jenny and her brother Adam may still be in danger.
As the story unfolds the characters bravely soldier on, using the love that binds their family, to enable them to determine the truth and make heartbreakingly difficult decisions.

Rosamund places gentle clues which will make you want to read furiously to discover their final conclusion. But equally her profound understanding of life and her ability to explain love in its most exquisite form - "Simplicity", will leave you wanting to linger on her elegant observations.


Ancient Traces: Mysteries in Ancient and Early History
Ancient Traces: Mysteries in Ancient and Early History
by Michael Baigent
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good starting point for delving into alternative theories on our past., 11 Feb 2012
Ancient Traces is a useful book for anyone wanting to begin to explore a less standard view of our origins and the abilities of our oldest civilisations. By providing examples which challenge accepted knowledge, Michael Baigent shows that our established view of early history is clouded by professional prejudice.

The first chapters look at how old humanity may be, and through well defined instances, throws doubt on the establishments dating. The book then focuses on anomalies within our scientific understanding of evolution and reveals that our true origins cannot be fully explained using the adopted methods that we have, up until now, relied upon.

The chapters dealing with the "Suppressed facts concerning ancient mankind" and "Where did our civilisation come from" continue to reveal occasions where evidence exists that bring conventional views into question. By looking at Atlantis, the Pyramids and the Sphinx, Michael then pulls together the idea that our history is skewed by profesional bodies trying to keep their theories intact, despite evidence to the contrary.

This book delivers an interesting mixture of facts and an extensive bibliography which is a good starting point should you wish to read further into the subject matter. It gives an overview rather than indepth research and is a great addition to your library if you are looking to expand your understanding of our ancient past.


Vegetables & Salads: Quick & Easy, Proven Recipes
Vegetables & Salads: Quick & Easy, Proven Recipes
by Gina Steer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.63

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good range of great tasting meals., 28 Jan 2012
There are over 150 recipes to choose from, so you will definitely find something that will tempt you to invite the humble veg back into your fridge. This book has a clear layout, and the use of instructional pictures gives further understanding of the kitchen skills needed to bring the meal together. Gina has included a short section introducing the basic facts on hygiene and nutrition, which is excellent for those who are just starting out on their cooking exploits. At times the 'quick and easy' aspects of the recipes (as stated on the cover) are comprimised in her search for exciting tastes. A few tend to have a long ingredients list, and in some cases your kitchen skills will need to be slightly higher than basic. On the whole however a beginner will be able to follow the instructions to create healthy, tasty meals.
The title is a bit misleading and could imply that this is a vegetarian book, but there are meat, poultry and fish sections too. Even so most of those recipes can be adapted for vegetarian cooking as they have a pasta or veg content that can stand alone without the need for meat.
I enjoyed using this book as its format is clear and informative, yet still innovative enough to be fun to follow.


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