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Global Predator
Global Predator
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner!, 11 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Global Predator (Kindle Edition)
A real page turner! Sally is helping to raise literacy levels in Pakistan, in the Swat Valley, not the safest environment. Schools are being attacked by those who do not approve of girls being educated, nor the interference of infidels who are making their education possible. The Taliban are executing people who do not follow their orders.

At the same time the area is under surveillance. Drones are being used, in the hopes of finding and wiping out members of al-Qaeda.

With its many twists and turns this is an exciting read, highly recommended.


Leningrad 1943: Inside a City Under Siege
Leningrad 1943: Inside a City Under Siege
Price: £15.76

4.0 out of 5 stars A first hand account of the siege of Leningrad, 10 Jan. 2015
A first hand account of the siege of Leningrad - by a Russian-born British journalist with native Russian language. He knew the city well, having lived there from birth and throughout his childhood. He described the city and its inhabitants under siege in such rich language that it comes alive for the reader decades later. The many hardships suffered by the inhabitants are endured with an impressive level of stoicism. I've read other accounts of the siege, but Alexander Werth's account really makes it come alive.

Recommended.


The Night Circus (Vintage Magic)
The Night Circus (Vintage Magic)
Price: £5.31

5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely magical!, 10 Jan. 2015
A truly magical, wonderful read. The night circus turns up, unannounced, and is only open at night. Word of mouth alone brings in its audience. An illusionist is told she is to be in direct competition with another illusionist, without being told the identify of the illusionist, and also not being told the rules of the competition. Very strange.

This is a really gripping read which I so enjoyed. Difficult to review without spoilers, but I urge you to read it!


[(I Can't Begin to Tell You)] [ By (author) Elizabeth Buchan ] [September, 2014]
[(I Can't Begin to Tell You)] [ By (author) Elizabeth Buchan ] [September, 2014]
by Elizabeth Buchan
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars War time divided loyalties, 10 Jan. 2015
A fascinating story. Kay and Bror are living in Denmark, running Bror's family estate, Rosenlund. They are now under the occupation of the Germans. Kay is English, and her loyalties are now divided. Kay and Bror have different opinions about how to cope with the occupation - and this makes for very interesting reading, and understanding for the very real difficulties of life at that time.

Recommended.


Sweet Nothing (Choc Lit)
Sweet Nothing (Choc Lit)
Price: £2.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Relationships are complicated, 22 Dec. 2014
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Relationships of different kinds - siblings, friends, lovers. Some run smoothly, some go disastrously wrong. An interesting read, with many different twists and turns. I particularly liked Ben's explanation of Zero or Nothing, and asking his audience 'What colour are no tomatoes?'


Cooking Allergy-Free: Simple Inspired Meals for Everyone
Cooking Allergy-Free: Simple Inspired Meals for Everyone
by Jenna Short
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.47

5.0 out of 5 stars A must for anyone with a food allergy, 22 Dec. 2014
Lovely book, full of useful illustrations. Each recipe has suggestions on substitutions that can be made to make it suitable for anyone with a food allergy or intolerance.. The recipes look fairly simple, and I look forward to trying them out. Recommended to use at home, or as a gift for someone with an allergy.


Some Luck
Some Luck
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars family saga, 22 Dec. 2014
This review is from: Some Luck (Kindle Edition)
An interesting family saga, from 1920 to the early 50s. You get a real sense of the hardships of farming life. Rosanna and Walter's children are expected to be useful from an early age. Tragedy happens to the family, but life goes on. They have many babies, all of whom have to be fed in very difficult times, economic and drought, when their farm produce is sold for less and less as many cannot afford to buy. The eldest child, Frank, is intelligent and does well at school. A large part of the book is about Frank's life after he leaves home, determined never to be a farmer. Interesting, if a little long-winded.


Hard Drive: A Family's Fight Against Three Countries
Hard Drive: A Family's Fight Against Three Countries
Price: £11.35

5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking story, 1 Dec. 2014
What a sad story - absolutely chilling.

The family of Shane Todd, who died in mysterious circumstances in Singapore, outline their battle to prove that their son's death was not suicide, but murder. Despite convincing evidence, at every turn their efforts to prove this are blocked - it would seem that police departments and governments have something to hide and that international relations and commerce are more important to them than justice.


Women of Karantina: A Novel
Women of Karantina: A Novel
by Nael Eltoukhy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.94

3.0 out of 5 stars The unlikeable women of Karantina, 1 Dec. 2014
An interesting read, but thoroughly unlikeable characters. Fleeing from one crime, then committing one crime after another, in the name of revenge, the women of Karantina, and many of the men too, were hellbent on wiping out anyone who had offended in any way, and gaining power by devious and bloodthirsty ways.

There were a few lighter moments, but on the whole these were not people you would want to meet. Some interesting twists.


My Days with Princess Grace of Monaco
My Days with Princess Grace of Monaco
by Joan Dale
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.15

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful insight, 1 Dec. 2014
This was a lovely insight into the private life and persona of a much loved public figure, as seen through the eyes of a close friend. Behind the scenes Grace was clearly a loving wife and mother and a loyal friend. Keeping home life as near normal as possible given the many public duties she had to undertake, Grace comes across as warm and vibrant and full of fun.

What a wonderful asset for Monaco, her adopted home.


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