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Grow Your Own Garden: How to propagate all your own plants
Grow Your Own Garden: How to propagate all your own plants
by Carol Klein
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 16.00

25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Handy - and beautiful to just look at too!, 6 April 2010
This book is perfect for this time of year - lots of handy and useful information if the weather's looking OK to do a spot of gardening and start you growing your own plants (thus saving a fortune down at the garden centre in the process!).

But if its pouring down outside (just like this weekend) then its ideal to just sit down and look at the gorgeous pics of what your garden could look like (OK - thats a definite "COULD") with a nice cup of tea and a biccie!

Perfect for an aspirational - and admittedly fair-weather - gardener like myself. I'll definitely give it a go though and try to avoid spending 50 every time at the garden centre (once it stops raining).


Shooting Leave: Spying out Central Asia in the Great Game
Shooting Leave: Spying out Central Asia in the Great Game
by Sir John Ure
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In the words of Flashman: "Capital, absolutely capital", 31 Mar 2010
If youre a fan of the Flashman books and the Endurance/Exploration books by chaps like Fergus Fleming, then this is highly recommended as a terrific account of incredible bravery (and stupidity, and overconfidence, and sheer bloody mindedness) of English - and a few Russian - officers in Northern India/Afghanistan around the time of the Great Game of 19th Century Imperialism. If youre a Flashy fan then it will put some meat on the bones of some of the historical characters in the Flashman fictional novels. Written with great personal knowledge of the terrain and the character of the indigenous peoples too. Splendid.


Over the Edge of the World
Over the Edge of the World
by Laurence Bergreen
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb. Truly terrifying - best read from the warmth and comfort of your 21st century home, 31 Mar 2010
I bought this after reading Dan Carlin refer to it in his Hardcore History podcast - what a treat. A brilliant account of a truly terrifying trip and an amazing insight into the 16th century world view. With just the right flavour of what these men actually put themselves through - in terms of endurance and endeavour - in the name of God, the Spanish Crown and riches beyond the dreams of avarice. If you thought the Rocket Jockey Flyboys of the 1950s and 60s were fearless pioneers, you should read this. King Kong sized cohones. Magellan is to be considered THE definiteive explorer of his - and any - age.


New Atkins For a New You: The Ultimate Diet for Shedding Weight and Feeling Great
New Atkins For a New You: The Ultimate Diet for Shedding Weight and Feeling Great
by Dr Eric C Westman
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

156 of 163 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best diet book i've ever bought, 31 Mar 2010
Having tried a few diets before - and been put off by the Atkins in the past (due to stories about smelly side effects) - i wasn't sure about trying this at first.
But its much more flexible than i thought and there's more variety than i thought i'd be allowed. Plus as someone who doesnt want to just eat slabs of meat all day every day this book gives much more scope for alternatives and veggie options so its much more useful for an ongoing, everyday diet than the standard Atkins stuff.
I've definitely seen the results - and would recommend to anyone who's considered Atkins in the past but been put off by the limitation and meat-focus of it.
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Adventures on the High Teas: In Search of Middle England
Adventures on the High Teas: In Search of Middle England
by Stuart Maconie
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.02

15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Maconie - this time its the Middle Class, 5 Mar 2009
Anyone whos read a Stauart Maconie book before or heard his radio show will know what to expect. This time he turns his attention - cutting and critical, but often with humour and affection rather than malice - to the Middle Class. All of it - that place/mindset we read about so much in the papers. The good, the bad and the ugly (i.e. the Daily Mail) of it.

If you've read his other stuff or listen to his show then you'll clearly enjoy his take on this. It reminded me a bit of that Miranda Sawyer book a few years back.

If you've not read him before and just know him as that chap on the telly whos quite humourous then this book is as good a place as any to start.


Delia's Complete How To Cook: Both a guide for beginners and a tried & tested recipe collection for life
Delia's Complete How To Cook: Both a guide for beginners and a tried & tested recipe collection for life
by Delia Smith
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 22.75

195 of 196 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delia's Bible - Indispensable, 4 Mar 2009
As a bloke who hasn't got any of the other Delia books but quite like her on the telly i thought this would be useful addition to the other Jamies, Nigellas and Wagamama books on the Kitchen Shelf.

I didnt realise quite how essential it would become - its now 'first choice' every time i turn to the kitchen shelf for advice on an old fave or want to try something new to impress my other half.

It feels like that trusted DIY manual you keep going back to time and again either just to dip into (like that nice boiled egg on the cover) or to study in detail - whether its a meal that youve done before and need a refresher or want to give it a bit of a twist; or if its something youve never cooked before and you want the guiding hand of someone who knows what theyre doing (and can explain exactly what to do in the real world!) to stop it all going horribly wrong.

Its like Delia's Bible - and you can't say fairer than that. Essential for any kitchen shelf and highly recommended.
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The Virgin Book of British Hit Singles
The Virgin Book of British Hit Singles
by Martin Roach
Edition: Paperback

5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I think the other reviews have been a bit harsh..., 6 Nov 2008
Admittedly i've never purchased the Guiness version of this in the past but i think the other reviewers have been a bit sniffy. I bought it the other day as a present for my wife and thought it was good and easy to reference. Yes its very factual and its ultimately a long list of singles - but that makes it the perfect reference book to end all those squabbles in the pub or over dinner about how long certain songs were in the top 40 for or what obscure, rubbish singles kept classic songs off the top spot. If youre after a decent reference book on UK hit singles to come back to again and again then i'd definitely recommend it.


Dreaming of the Greed League
Dreaming of the Greed League
by Glynis Wright
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars In a word? Tedious., 16 Sep 2003
How on earth this person was given the time and money to produce this drivel i'll never know. Poorly written, self obsessed, continually self referential and downright dull - avoid at all costs. Its as myopic as a badger wearing glasses caught in the noonday sun. If you want to read a book on West Bromwich Albion i'd suggest the far superior "Samba in the Smethwick End" by Dave Bowler which gives a far improved insight into the psyche of the region, the football club and its supporters. Its better written and a far more engaging read to boot.


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