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Historia de España : de Atapuerca al Estatut
Historia de España : de Atapuerca al Estatut
by Fernando García de Cortázar
Edition: Perfect Paperback
Price: £9.21

4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read. A great way to get a flavour ..., 13 Jun. 2015
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An excellent read. A great way to get a flavour of Spanish history from the cavemen until recent post dictatorship years. Sometimes a little lacking in factual info but his prose is sublime - fabulous read from beginning to end.


The Spanish Civil War (Cambridge Essential Histories)
The Spanish Civil War (Cambridge Essential Histories)
by Stanley G. Payne
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant piece of historical work re the Spanish civil war. A must read for lovers of history., 13 Jun. 2015
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Arguably the best book about the Spanish civil war . Very concise but still full of pertinent details . Loved reading this. Not as huge as some civil war books but sometimes less is more. Payne is a wonderful lucid writer of the highest order. A book I will reread again as it was such an interesting and thought provoking read from beginning to end. He debunks so many myths and corrects many false ideas re the war.


Journal D'UN Cure De Campagne
Journal D'UN Cure De Campagne
by George Bernanos
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

2.0 out of 5 stars Grim book - boring waffle and more waffle, 13 Jun. 2015
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Endless philosophical clap trap typical of many french writers.......what a shame


Cuba: La Lucha Por la Libertad = Cuba
Cuba: La Lucha Por la Libertad = Cuba
by Hugh Thomas
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.67

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and most comprehensive book about Cuban history., 13 Jun. 2015
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Simply the most detailed and well written book about Cuba in the english language.
Really interesting.


For Whom The Bell Tolls
For Whom The Bell Tolls
by Ernest Hemingway
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £5.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book. Not as good as The Sun also Rises (otherwise known as Fiesta) but still worthy of 5 stars, 13 Jun. 2015
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Probably the fairest book about the Spanish civil war ever made. Hemingway was clearly on the republican side but he showed both the good and the bad side of the combatants. Orwell's book Homage to Catalonia is a better book re the reality of the war - but only in as much as the war on the relatively quite Aragon front - the worse violence on this particular front would only happen after Orwell had returned to England.
No other foreign intellectual knew more about Spain than Hemingway and it shows when you carefully read this book.


Le capital au XXIème siècle
Le capital au XXIème siècle
by Thomas Piketty
Edition: Paperback
Price: £26.18

3.0 out of 5 stars An ok book , rather took ambitious a book , which could have been more concise., 13 Jun. 2015
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If you are interested in economics and specifically about inequality then this is a decent book . Unfortunately the book suffers from the same flaw many french book s suffer from - too much waffle and philosophising. A much better book is The Price of Inequality . One of the failings of this book is that he fails to explain how the middle class expanded as much as it did in the last century - although he regularly tells us , again and again, that this is what happened. Lots of economics equations , great if you are doing a degree in economics but rather tedious if you are not....endlessly keeps referring to works of classic french and english literature to remind his readers re notions of money from the past but these too became rather boring. This book could have done with a better editor to chop things down a bit (900 plus pages was a bit heavy at times).
Nevertheless , there was plenty of good revealing info that made the book worth reading .


Cabeza De Cordero
Cabeza De Cordero
by Francisco Ayala
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.60

4.0 out of 5 stars Great book of short stories re the Spanish civil war., 13 Jun. 2015
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Most of the stories from the Spanish civil war were brilliant-however, the main story which shares the title of the book was for me at least a big let down. Nevertheless a fabulous book with top class Castilian prose. A must read book for anyone interested in that period of Spanish history.


Nieve en la Habana: Confesiones de un Cubanito = Waiting for Snow in Havana (Vintage Espanol)
Nieve en la Habana: Confesiones de un Cubanito = Waiting for Snow in Havana (Vintage Espanol)
by Carlos Eire
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.28

1.0 out of 5 stars full of tedious memories, mostly of little importance, 13 Jun. 2015
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I had not heard about children being sent from Cuba to the US during the early years of the cuban revolution, so I had high hopes for this book. However, the book is a miss mash of endless nostalgia , full of tedious memories , mostly of little importance. I managed to read the 1st half of the book properly but soon began to despair. There is no real chronological order - one minute you are reading about experiences of the Cubans in the US then back to pre revolutionary Cuba then something else etc etc . A very poor book. I love everything about Cuba but I did not feel like I had learned very much from this book. Avoid this at all costs . Waste of money.


Cuentos completos
Cuentos completos
by Arturo Barea
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.22

3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 11 Jun. 2015
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Some good stories - some mediocre ones.


Small 18cm Teaching Clock
Small 18cm Teaching Clock
Offered by Amazing Child Montessori
Price: £6.98

5.0 out of 5 stars great for teaching yound children the time and especially for ..., 11 Jun. 2015
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great for teaching yound children the time and especially for maths questions re working out the time a certain event has taken.


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