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Thursdays in the Park
Thursdays in the Park
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 19 Jan 2013
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I couldn't put this book down. It was moving and beautifully written. A true find of a book and a wonderful story. Highly recommended .


Tomorrow You Die: The Astonishing Survival Story of a Second World War Prisoner of the Japanese
Tomorrow You Die: The Astonishing Survival Story of a Second World War Prisoner of the Japanese
by Andy Coogan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.48

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars heartwarming and heartbreaking, 22 Aug 2012
If ever there was a story that demonstrated the genorosity of the human spirit then it is within this book. The story is heartwarming as Mr. Coogan tells the story of his formative years and in particular how his passion for running would literally save his life when he was a prisoner of war in Japan during the Second World war.
His experience of being held captive in Japan is truly horrific yet he appears to emerge from this without bitterness. At times it is difficult for the reader to contemplate the extent of the torture he experienced at such a young age.
This book is timely in view of the recent success of the London Olympics and it amplifies that in order to survive and succeed in life a person needs to have self belief,a sense of humour, hardwork, the love of a family and a love of life.
It is unfortunate that the book is promoted primarily as a military book as I feel that it is an uplifting story that needs to be conveyed to people of all ages so no one forgets the remarkable bravery of people like Mr. Coogan.
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Storming The Falklands: My War and After
Storming The Falklands: My War and After
by Tony Banks
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.00

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just a war story, 1 Mar 2012
This is a book that covers so much. An insight into growing up in Dundee in the 70s, the sadness of living with family tradgedy, the moving experience of war, the inspiration of self belief and professional success coupled with the emotion of making a difference to other people's lives.
The book is well written and a real page turner.
The only down side is the rather 'blokey' looking cover that may deter women readers which is a shame.
Highly recommended.


The Wife's Tale
The Wife's Tale
by Lori Lansens
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.65

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, 26 Feb 2012
This review is from: The Wife's Tale (Paperback)
Quite simply I couldn't put this book down.How wonderful to find a story that just grabs you. it is a story og hope. Highly recommended


Beyond All Evil: Two monsters, two mothers, a love that will last forever
Beyond All Evil: Two monsters, two mothers, a love that will last forever
by June Thomson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sensitively written, 13 Dec 2011
I was wary of reading this book because of the subject matter but I found that I couldn't put it down. The stories are horrifying but magnified by the fact that they are true. The writing style is superb and the way the two women's stories are intertwined is very clever and not distracting to the reader.How these women manage to go on living is a testimony to their inner strength and resilience.Highly recommended


The Empty Family: Stories
The Empty Family: Stories
by Colm Tóibín
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down, 5 Dec 2011
Beautifully written. I couldn't put it down. I bought this book when I was delayed at Dublin airport and the time just flew by as I was so engrossed in it. I enjoyed 'Brooklyn' and this book is equally as good. Highly recommended.


Black Watch: Liberating Europe and Catching Himmler - My Extraordinary WW2 with the Highland Division
Black Watch: Liberating Europe and Catching Himmler - My Extraordinary WW2 with the Highland Division
by Tom Renouf
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.10

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicky Dorrian, 24 April 2011
This is an excellent book that brings to life the Second World War in Western Europe in addition to vividly recalling the social history of this time. Anecdotally war books are the domain of men but I found this book immensely readable as the author was able to relay the complexities of military activity in a way that is palatable to readers that are new to this genre of books. I would especially recommend this book to the baby boomers who knew someone involved in the war in Western Europe as it succinctly captures the experiences of brave people which will resonate with many memories held today.


Carol
Carol
by Patricia Highsmith
Edition: Paperback

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars carol, 7 Aug 2010
This review is from: Carol (Paperback)
I loved this book. i thought it was beautifully written and proved that sexual content does not have to be xplicit to be provocative. Highly recommended


The Forgotten Highlander: My Incredible Story of Survival During the War in the Far East
The Forgotten Highlander: My Incredible Story of Survival During the War in the Far East
by Alistair Urquhart
Edition: Hardcover

49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Forgotten Highlander, 1 Mar 2010
This is a fascinating book of a man's courage and determination. It is a book that should be read by everyone to keep alive the horrors experienced by people like Alistair during the second world war. The pace of the book never drops and I read it in one go. A fabulous read.


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