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The One Plus One
The One Plus One
by Jojo Moyes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

4.0 out of 5 stars A good read but marred by some sloppy editing, 5 Jun. 2016
This review is from: The One Plus One (Paperback)
A very good read but occasionally marred by some sloppy editing. For example, "Ed drove so fast that the satnav had repeatedly to assess its timing to their destination." erm, that's actually what satnavs do anyway, regardless of what speed you drive at! Some of the maths topic references were bizarre - everything from Tanzie wanting to memorise prime number sequences for some reason, to trying to solve problems in emergence theory. I note that amongst the long list of acknowledgments, there is no mention of anyone providing advice in that area.


In A Good Light
In A Good Light
by Clare Chambers
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Shame about the ending, 1 Mar. 2016
This review is from: In A Good Light (Paperback)
Enjoyed the book very much except for the too-contrived ending.The author's determination to tie up all the strands of the story rather jarred with me I'm afraid.


Imago
Imago
Price: £7.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beccy Owen's best to date, 16 Dec. 2013
This review is from: Imago (MP3 Download)
An album full of delights - words and images that linger with you, catchy tunes, and virtuoso singing and playing. The songs chart the progress of a love affair and Beccy's lyrics are poignant, witty, and often spine-tinglingly sensuous - peppered with images of fingers, lips and tongues. Her piano playing is exquisite, and her voice - often reminiscent of Joni Mitchell - can be fragile and vulnerable or full of power, sometimes soaring from one to the other in a single phrase. An outstanding song is the haunting and tender "You Can't Afford to Feel It". Hopefully this album will bring Beccy's music to an even wider audience.


People Of The Abyss (Illustrated)
People Of The Abyss (Illustrated)
by Jack London
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice edition, 22 Mar. 2013
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Nice to have original photos by Jack London included. Also properly typeset unlike many of the other reprints of this work.


Walking Dickensian London
Walking Dickensian London
by Richard Jones
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Oops, wrong workhouse!, 9 Feb. 2012
One small correction - in his "Docklands" walk, Mr Jones asserts that the workhouse described in Dickens' "The Uncommercial Traveller" was the St-George's-in-the-East workhouse at what is now Farthing Fields. This is incorrect. The Wapping workhouse, run by the Stepney Union, was at the south side of Green Bank, where St Patrick's Church now stands.


The Workhouse System: The History of an English Social Institution
The Workhouse System: The History of an English Social Institution
by M.A. Crowther
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Survey of the Subject by an Excellent Writer, 16 Jun. 2011
One of the best books to be written about the workhouse system - very wide ranging and full of useful detail, yet very economically written. A book that greatly deserves to be back in print.


The Victorian Chemist and Druggist (Shire Album)
The Victorian Chemist and Druggist (Shire Album)
by W.A. Jackson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing, 30 Mar. 2011
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A very disappointing book - almost entirely about bottles and containers - almost nothing about the drugs they contained. Would be better titled "The Collector's Guide to Victorian Chemist Shop Containers".


Epson Perfection V700 Photo Scanner
Epson Perfection V700 Photo Scanner

57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good scanner but with a fatal design flaw, 10 Dec. 2009
This is generally an excellent scanner but seems to have a major fundamental and rather baffling design flaw. The foam mat on the underside of the lid doesn't line up properly with the scanner's glass plate, i.e. it falls short of the edge of the glass at the left, and overlaps the slightly raised bevelled surround at the right, and also at the edge farthest from the hinge. This basically means that the lid won't cleanly shut against the glass. The result is that, unless you place several heavy books on top of the lid, then a) scans can sometimes have a slightly gray tinge, particularly at the non-hinge end, and b) document or photos that have a slight crease or curl don't get flattened by the lid while being scanned and, again, produces imperfect results.

After talking to Epson about this, they sent me a replacement mat (but not a new holder, which meant a VERY hard job removing the old mat from its holder). I tried attaching the new mat to the holder as far over to the left as it would go within the raised guide-lines on the holder but it was still about 4mm short of where I think it should be.

Eventually, someone at Epson customer service said they would move heaven and earth to resolve the problem. A few days later, they sent me an identical (well apart from the colour) mat and holder which had exactly the same problem. After I informed them of this, all went silent for several weeks. Finally, they replaced the whole scanner with a new one which had exactly the same issue.

I've now given up with them and am living with the machine which, as I said, is basically excellent except for scanning paper-based items which have any slight curl or crease in them. I did ask UK customer support to report the issue to their design/manufacturing department but whether this has happened I don't know. I suspect it's been filed in their "well, non-one's ever complained about this before" file.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Extra Long Bargepole required, 19 Nov. 2009
This is a very strange publication. It is actually just an assembly of various wikipedia articles (all properly credited in VERY small print at the back of the book). It therefore contains all the errors, biases, distortions, and unevenness often found in wikipedia articles, made all the more so by collecting them together into a print version. Why anyone would want to waste their time producing such a book (apart, of course, from making money from zero intellectual effort) is beyond me. It's also highly misleading that the source of the content isn't pointed out anywhere, e.g. in Amazon's information on the title. My advice is DO NOT BUY IT. If you like to get your information from wikipedia, fine. But you'd be better doing it via the wikipedia web site than buying this grossly overpriced wast of space.

Now, the other strange think about this book is that inside the back cover, it says "Printed in Great Britain by Amazon.co.uk" - I guess it may be a "Print-on-demand" title. So maybe it's actually Amazon that's making a quick buck by peddling this tosh. If so, I say shame on them for indulging in such grubby practices.
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The Workhouse: The People - The Places - The Life Behind Doors
The Workhouse: The People - The Places - The Life Behind Doors
by Simon Fowler
Edition: Hardcover

35 of 49 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing similarities of wording to uncredited sources, 25 Jan. 2007
Strangely for a work of this type, the book gives no specific source references for any of the material it presents.

However, the wording of certain sections of this book is disturbingly similar to already published content on the website [...] with no attribution or acknowledgement given. More details are given at workhouses.org.uk/Fowler
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