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Iceland Road Atlas (map), with Town Plans, 2016
Iceland Road Atlas (map), with Town Plans, 2016
by Hansen
Edition: Spiral-bound
Price: £37.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC - the best road atlas/map for Iceland!, 25 Aug. 2015
The best road atlas/map for Iceland! We spent 5 weeks exploring Iceland in our 4x4 and LOVED this atlas. It's spiral bound so really handy, high quality production but above all it shows everything including the difference between rough tracks and paved roads (important!), river crossings, places of interest, every detail and name - even the brand new lava field in this new edition! The section at the back with road plans of all the towns is also very handy, driving into a new town and immediately knowing where the centre, campsites and swimming pools are is good. Also includes a proper index of place names, overview map of the whole island, road distances between places, special maps with bird-watching sites, golf courses, swimming pools, museums, etc.

Sorry to go on, but we used it everyday and it made our time in Iceland so much better. Well worth the money and five stars!


Arabic-English Dictionary: The Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic
Arabic-English Dictionary: The Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic
by Hans Wehr
Edition: Paperback
Price: £27.99

38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Caution - this is a reprint of the old 3rd edition, 6 July 2012
I note that neither the publisher nor Amazon say this is the 3rd edition, first published in 1976 (the 2011 date on Amazon is the reprint date of this dictionary).

If you want the old 3rd edition, then go for it.

However, Arabic courses and academics will recommend the 4th Revised edition, 1994, sold by Amazon - link below
Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic: Arabic-English

If you wish to check my comments above, then the edition I am reviewing has 1130 pages. The latest 4th edition has 1301 pages. The original had 1110 pages, so the reprint I am reviewing has added 20 pages as another review has complained about. A link to the original 3rd edition on Amazon is below:
A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic (The Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic)

Hopefully this has given the extra information lacking in the description, to enable potential customers to make up their minds before investing their money.
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Song of the Sirens
Song of the Sirens
by Ernest K. Gann
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The story of Ernest K. Gann's ships, 17 Feb. 2008
This review is from: Song of the Sirens (Paperback)
First published in 1968, 'Song of the Sirens' remains a maritime classic and an exceptionally enjoyable read today.

If a man, over his lifetime, has seventeen lovers and writes a book about them, then it is a work of obsession, passion and of no interest to anyone except his current lover. Unless the lovers are the seventeen 'Sirens', vessels ranging from the basic raft 'Butterfly' to the 117-ton brigantine Albatros, that become the lifelong passions of Ernest K.Gann, in which case they become a wonderfully crafted book of sailing and mans relationship with the sea.

As with Gann's other books, a rich web is woven of life, love, fate and consequence, that only adds to the salty wind blown blend of the 'Sirens' and their seductive gifts and rejections.

Highly recommended to any reader with an interest in the sea and all that sails on it.

With kindest regards

B'Booker


The grey seas under
The grey seas under
by Farley Mowat
Edition: Unknown Binding

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent seafaring and salvage classic, 17 Feb. 2008
This review is from: The grey seas under
First published in 1958, 'The Grey Seas Under' remains an excellent seafaring and salvage classic.

From the purchase in 1930 of the salvage tug 'Foundation Franklin' to her final voyage in 1948, Farley Mowat brings to life not only every North Atlantic salvage operation, but the lives of the crew, captains and owners.

Having enjoyed modern tales of salvage (such as Tew's 'Salvage - a personal odyssey' and Jolly's 'Wreck, rescue and salvage'), it was fascinating to read Mowat's description of life before SatNav, always-on communication, radar and, dare I mention it, health and safety legislation. However, the heroism and sheer seamanship of the 'Foundation Franklin' crew, together with the fluid writing style, makes for a page turner that will enthrall any marine enthusiast.

With kindest regards

B'Booker


Grey Seas Under
Grey Seas Under
by Farley Mowat
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A seafaring and salvage classic, 17 Feb. 2008
First published in 1958, 'The Grey Seas Under' remains an excellent seafaring and salvage classic.

From the purchase in 1930 of the salvage tug 'Foundation Franklin' to her final voyage in 1948, Farley Mowat brings to life not only every North Atlantic salvage operation, but the lives of the crew, captains and owners.

Having enjoyed modern tales of salvage (such as Tew's 'Salvage - a personal odyssey' and Jolly's 'Wreck, rescue and salvage'), it was fascinating to read Mowat's description of life before SatNav, always-on communication, radar and, dare I mention it, health and safety legislation. However, the heroism and sheer seamanship of the 'Foundation Franklin' crew, together with the fluid writing style, makes for a page turner that will enthrall any marine enthusiast.

With kindest regards

B'Booker


Grey Seas Under: The Perilous Rescue Mission of A N.A. Salvage Tug
Grey Seas Under: The Perilous Rescue Mission of A N.A. Salvage Tug
by Farley Mowat
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.85

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A seafaring and salvage classic, 17 Feb. 2008
First published in 1958, 'The Grey Seas Under' remains an excellent seafaring and salvage classic.

From the purchase in 1930 of the salvage tug 'Foundation Franklin' to her final voyage in 1948, Farley Mowat brings to life not only every North Atlantic salvage operation, but the lives of the crew, captains and owners.

Having enjoyed modern tales of salvage (such as Tew's 'Salvage - a personal odyssey' and Jolly's 'Wreck, rescue and salvage'), it was fascinating to read Mowat's description of life before SatNav, always-on communication, radar and, dare I mention it, health and safety legislation. However, the heroism and sheer seamanship of the 'Foundation Franklin' crew, together with the fluid writing style, makes for a page turner that will enthrall any marine enthusiast.

The only disappointment I had with the book has no connection with the text, which is reproduced by 'The Lyons Press' from the 1958 original. If I were in charge of this reprint publication, I would certainly have made more of an effort and researched the 18 years of the tug's life to include:
- a section in the book concerning the statistics of the tug
- a collection of photographs (the only two photographs appear on the cover) of the tug, shipyards, crew and characters.
- a proper map (the map in the book is poorly reproduced and lacks annotation)

However, 'The Grey Seas Under' will remain at the centre of my maritime book collection and is highly recommended.

With kindest regards

B'Booker


Salvage: A Personal Odyssey
Salvage: A Personal Odyssey
by Ian Tew
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A excellent account of a career in salvage, 17 Feb. 2008
Captain Ian Tew's personnal biography of a career in salvage, 1974-1984.

Written with considered clarity and depth, it brings together the characters, technical aspects, vessels and economics of salvage in an excellent account that keeps a most entertaining pace throughout.

Amply illustrated with the author's own photographs, maps and diagrams, it will give pleasure to both the armchair enthusiast and experienced salvor.

The term "No cure - no Pay" has found its best modern literary definition.

With kindest regards

B'Booker

NB. For an entertaining understanding of the salvage world under two generations, I would suggest that after you have enjoyed 'Salvage - a personal odyssey', you read 'The Grey Seas Under' by Farley Mowat (The Lyons Press reprint with ISBN 1585742406 / 9781585742400 is suggested), which gives a passionate account of the tug 'Franklin Foundation' (1930-1948), first published in 1958.


English-Czech and Czech-English Dictionary: Thumb Index
English-Czech and Czech-English Dictionary: Thumb Index
by Josef Fronek
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £49.95

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential dictionary, 9 Feb. 2005
Excellent. I purchased this dictionary on day one of my degree in Czech language and literature at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (UCL, London) and four years later it was held together with duct tape and thumbed to death! I now have Fronek's larger English-Czech and Czech-English Dictionaries (two seperate volumes) which are heading the same way. A very comprehensive dictionary which cannot be faulted - especially when viewed against other Czech dictionaries.
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