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The Girl Who Broke the Rules
The Girl Who Broke the Rules
Price: £2.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best thrillers of the year, 4 July 2016
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A brilliant thriller, with an engaging central character. Read everything you can get hold of by Riches - there's no one quite as good as her at this sort of thing right now.


The End of Vandalism
The End of Vandalism
by Tom Drury
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Great lines, slow narrative, 4 July 2016
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This review is from: The End of Vandalism (Paperback)
There are moments of comic genius in this book, but I've found the narrative to be a little underpowered. It meanders gently along, and I've loved individual lines, paragraphs and pages. But then I've found myself leaving it down for a few days, as there just isn't much narrative tension. But it's a pleasant, charming, and unusual novel.


ASICS Gel-220 Not Out, Men's Cricket Shoes, White (White/Indigo Blue/Silver 0149), 10.5 UK (46 EU)
ASICS Gel-220 Not Out, Men's Cricket Shoes, White (White/Indigo Blue/Silver 0149), 10.5 UK (46 EU)
Price: £60.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for a spinner or trundler, 4 July 2016
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The fit on these came up quite large. And they really are more of a bowling shoe than one for batting/fielding - they're quite chunky, and not at all lightweight. Perfect for a spinner or trundler, rather than an outright fast bowler. I wish I'd gone for something a little more slimline.


The Son
The Son
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5.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent book - one of the best I've read over the past decade, 25 May 2016
This review is from: The Son (Kindle Edition)
A magnificent book - one of the best I've read over the past decade. the scenes set among the Comanches are hugely harrowing, but also fascinating and moving. The other sections don't work quite as well, but nothing here is dull. It'll make you understand the American South West better. It'll enthrall and shock you. It does what all great fiction should do, entertain, educate, amaze. A truly great book.


Snow Country (Penguin Modern Classics)
Snow Country (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Yasunari Kawabata
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

4.0 out of 5 stars And yet I loved the book, 12 Mar. 2016
This is the first novel by Kawabata, and I'll confess myself uncertain about how I feel. The story is both slight and yet profound. The feelings of the characters veiled, for the most part, emerging only occasionally, in flashes of sunlight, or through the weak flapping of a dying moth. There is much incidental interest about the life of the geisha, and the vacationing habits of wealthy Japanese in the middle of the last century, but that's hardly enough to warrant the title of a masterpiece. And yet I loved the book, and was moved by it, and I'll certainly read everything else by Kawabata I can get my hands on. (Of course, not speaking Japanese, I can't say anything about the quality of the translation other than that it reads very well in English).


Rolson 28226 9-in-1 Precision Screwdriver
Rolson 28226 9-in-1 Precision Screwdriver
Price: £3.22

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 29 Feb. 2016
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A dinky little tool - nicely made, cheap, handy.


Harpoon at a Venture
Harpoon at a Venture
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4.0 out of 5 stars a nice man - but he could write sublimely well, 29 Feb. 2016
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Astonishing, dark, bloody, fascinating. Maxwell was clearly a bit deranged and not, by almost any definition, a nice man - but he could write sublimely well, and this book is a wonderful adventure.But not for you if you're squeamish about butchering sharks ...


Harman/Kardon Soundsticks III LED Desktop Wired Speaker System - Transparent
Harman/Kardon Soundsticks III LED Desktop Wired Speaker System - Transparent

3.0 out of 5 stars but really annoying glitch - it goes to sleep when not in ..., 29 Feb. 2016
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Lovely sound, and still looks fab, but really annoying glitch - it goes to sleep when not in use, and takes about 5 seconds to wake up, meaning you miss alerts, and have a slightly frustrating wait for music, etc, to begin.


Philips HR1867/21 Viva Collection Quick Clean Juicer - Brushed Aluminium
Philips HR1867/21 Viva Collection Quick Clean Juicer - Brushed Aluminium
Offered by ILUVBARGAINSUK LTD
Price: £62.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 29 Feb. 2016
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Works well - easy to clean as long as you do it straight away.


GUNN & MOORE Ripple Bat Grip, White/Aqua
GUNN & MOORE Ripple Bat Grip, White/Aqua
Offered by Cricket-Hockey. com
Price: £5.41

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 29 Feb. 2016
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Best grip I've ever used - thicker than normal - so you don't need a second.


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