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Andy O'Boogie (Widnes, Cheshire, UK)
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In the Sea There Are Crocodiles
In the Sea There Are Crocodiles
by Fabio Geda
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and compelling read., 26 Jan. 2015
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The author is an Italian novelist who works with children who have suffered immense hardship. In his work, he came across sixteen year old Enaiatollah Akbari, originally from a small village south of Kabul, and now recently granted political asylum in Turin, Italy.

The author in a note at the beginning of the book calls this a work of fiction rather than a factual account as told to him by Enaiatollah. This is mainly due to the fragmented nature of the young man's memories resulting from the various traumas and events he went through, and the length of time covered in the story - some five or six years. He says it is a 'recreation' of Enaiatollah's experiences, with the journey 'painstakingly reconstructed'.

Written in a simple style, mainly in Enaiatollah's own words, it isn't a literary masterpiece but it is an incredibly powerful and compelling read.


Parallel
Parallel
by Lauren Miller
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Like 'Sliding Doors' but better., 26 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Parallel (Paperback)
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Parallel is a teen novel, but with deeper meaning. The parallel theory is just detailed enough to bring all of the pieces together without detracting from the main storyline, helping Abby find herself. A well-crafted, smart story about a young woman experiencing two parallel existences where she sees some life choices played out in different ways. It is enjoyable to get caught up in and allow yourself to think about how many ways your own life might have turned out. The author weaves fate into the narrative as well and comes to an interesting and satisfying conclusion. This book reminded me a lot of the movie Sliding Doors, but it was an much better story.


The A-list Family
The A-list Family
by Christina Hopkinson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Well written easy read., 26 Jan. 2015
This review is from: The A-list Family (Paperback)
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Daughter of A-list celebrity. Cameras pointing at you every time you step outside the door. Expected to achieve. Pressure pressure on the young life of Antigone, which is no life. Along comes her new tutor Anna. An Oxford graduate with a boring job Anna joins an agency to find a more interesting job. The story explores the life, the secrets, the pressures of the celebrity family. Anna allows Antigone to be a kid again. A well written light read.


Pendragon (Young Knights)
Pendragon (Young Knights)
by Julia Golding
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars great fun for the grandchildren, 26 Jan. 2015
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Easier to understand if you have read the first one in the series but works as a standalone novel. Part two in this fantasy trilogy. Amusing, exciting, great fun for the grandchildren! Recommended.


McAfee Internet Security 2015 - 1 PC (PC) [Frustration-Free Packaging]
McAfee Internet Security 2015 - 1 PC (PC) [Frustration-Free Packaging]
Price: £29.06

5.0 out of 5 stars Easy set up and hassle free updates., 26 Jan. 2015
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No disc, just a web address and a code to input. I don't have a problem with downloading from a website like some others appear to do. The one advantage is you get the latest version straight away. I have been using Mcafee for some time now and much prefer it to the freebies. Easy to install and hassle free updates. The freebies did the job (or appeared to for me) but updates and avoiding paying the optional subscription was such a hassle. Concerned to read that one reviewer on here had a bad experience with a virus that Mcafee did not catch. I have had no such trouble and am happy to recommend this software.


McAfee Internet Security 2015 - 3 PC (PC) [Frustration-Free Packaging]
McAfee Internet Security 2015 - 3 PC (PC) [Frustration-Free Packaging]
Price: £20.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Easy set up and no hassle updates., 26 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
No disc, just a web address and a code to input. I don't have a problem with downloading from a website like some others appear to do. The one advantage is you get the latest version straight away. I have been using Mcafee for some time now and much prefer it to the freebies. Easy to install and hassle free updates. The freebies did the job (or appeared to for me) but updates and avoiding paying the optional subscription was such a hassle. Concerned to read that one reviewer on here had a bad experience with a virus that Mcafee did not catch. I have had no such trouble and am happy to recommend this software.


McAfee Total Protection 2015 - 1 PC (PC) [Frustration-Free Packaging]
McAfee Total Protection 2015 - 1 PC (PC) [Frustration-Free Packaging]
Price: £32.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Straight forward set up and updates, 26 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
No disc, just a web address and a code to input. I don't have a problem with downloading from a website like some others appear to do. The one advantage is you get the latest version straight away. I have been using Mcafee for some time now and much prefer it to the freebies. Easy to install and hassle free updates. The freebies did the job (or appeared to for me) but updates and avoiding paying the optional subscription was such a hassle. Concerned to read that one reviewer on here had a bad experience with a virus that Mcafee did not catch. I have had no such trouble and am happy to recommend this software.


McAfee Total Protection 2015 - 3 PC (PC) [Frustration-Free Packaging]
McAfee Total Protection 2015 - 3 PC (PC) [Frustration-Free Packaging]
Price: £25.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Easy setup and updates., 26 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
No disc, just a web address and a code to input. I don't have a problem with downloading from a website like some others appear to do. The one advantage is you get the latest version straight away. I have been using Mcafee for some time now and much prefer it to the freebies. Easy to install and hassle free updates. The freebies did the job (or appeared to for me) but updates and avoiding paying the optional subscription was such a hassle. Concerned to read that one reviewer on here had a bad experience with a virus that Mcafee did not catch. I have had no such trouble and am happy to recommend this software.


KS3 Spanish Interactive Vocab Tester - DVD-ROM and Vocab Book
KS3 Spanish Interactive Vocab Tester - DVD-ROM and Vocab Book
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.39

4.0 out of 5 stars Language teacher says recommended., 24 Jan. 2015
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Review by languages teacher Helen. It's clear, colourful, age 9-11 but ideal for some of my struggling year 7 pupils. The cd rom has nice pronunciations so kids could do it at home too and an answer booklet if parents don't speak French!


Sage 50 Payroll Exchange 25 Employees (PC CD)
Sage 50 Payroll Exchange 25 Employees (PC CD)
Price: £300.79

5.0 out of 5 stars For small to medium size companies., 14 Jan. 2015
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Industry standard for Accounts packages. Virtually every Accounts job that is advertised asks for experience of Sage. I should know I have been looking for long enough. Up until now I couldn't tick that box! If you don't know your Debits from your Credits & aren't familiar with double entry book keeping practices you would be wise to get some training before using this package. It has every feature any small/medium & quite a few large businesses would ever require and still more. It really is a comprehensive package. Probably true to say it is more suitable for medium rather than small enterprises. QuickBook software has been generally regarded as more suitable for a small business. It is not as simple to use as QuickBooks. Once mastered is does become a lot easier to use, as long as you have the time. Set up is easy just put the disk in and it does the rest. You need to register with Sage to create an account. You get 45 days free access to Sage's help line which can be useful when setting up for the first time. The tutorials were very good and clear enough even for someone with no accounting background. You need to give yourself plenty of time on initial set up. The software package is compatible with Windows Vista, 7 and 8. One of the aspects I really like about Sage is the ability to share information with your accountant electronically and at any time of your choosing. All in all a fantastic package, worth the money for medium sized companies and small companies looking to grow.


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