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The Running Hare: The secret life of farmland
The Running Hare: The secret life of farmland
by John Lewis-Stempel
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautifully Composed Book, 24 Jun. 2016
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I loved this really hopeful story showing the possibility we just about still have to recover an abundant and diverse natural world and reverse the damage caused by the drive for profit (money). Delightfully written the book describes almost in diary form an experiment to renature agriculture. It encorporates experience, historical accounts and fascinating factual records of past practice. Living in North Norfolk I have personally experienced over15 years the loss of hares, coppices, owls and bats and poppy fields from the environment. People who lived here longer will remember even more no doubt. No foxes here no more. I loved the interweaving of history and experiment, experience and imagination. A heartwarming read....


Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood
Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood
by Fatima Mernissi
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful insight into a Moroccan upbringing., 15 Jan. 2016
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This memoir of a girl growing up after the 2nd world war in a Fez harem is a delight. The tone is gentle and funny and full of a close observation of the various members of the family and people who have for one reason or another been accepted into it. I love books that take you into the sense of a totally different culture and it's attitudes and this one certainly does that. It explores the tensions felt by members who would like more autonomy and the culture they find around them, the sense of change between siblings as they reach puberty and the difference between urban and country based families, but overwhelmingly I got the sense of mutual affection and tolerance that was found there.


A Noose of Light: Memories: 1940 - 2015
A Noose of Light: Memories: 1940 - 2015
by Mr Alan Alfred Tunbridge
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.84

5.0 out of 5 stars A Life of Many Rich Experiences, 28 Jun. 2015
This very readable book will take you on a fascinating journey through the past decades when life was not so constrained by the weight of economic factors; when a curious, talented and aspiring young man could develop his talents and purpose with a freedom which I feel is rarer for young people today. Written with considerable humour he describes beautifully the atmosphere of the 50s, 60s and 70s around London, his friendships and his experiences working with some of the foremost psychological and spiritual teachers of the time as mentioned in other reviews. Later he moves with his family to Australia. Alan's life has had some severely testing times yet he writes with considerable courage how he watched these arise and how he dealt with them. I felt this is a particularly clear sighted book full of exceedingly interesting encounters, events and experiences and I heartily recommend it.


Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery
Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery
by Henry Marsh
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.84

5.0 out of 5 stars A Seriously Good Read, 12 Feb. 2015
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I found this a fascinating and revealing book. It gave insight to the complexities involved in dealing with the unexpected in a critically complex and potentially catastrophic area such as brain surgery. He also combined a very honest account of the everyday frustrations of working in a large fluctuating organization such as the NHS, while sometimes having to deal with ones own flaws and personal problems and also the difficulties of communicating sometimes dreadful news to patients and relatives. Yet there are many flashes of humour and humanity, and I would recommend this book for a serious read. .


The Meccan Revelations (introduction) (al-Futuhat al-Makkiyya Book 1)
The Meccan Revelations (introduction) (al-Futuhat al-Makkiyya Book 1)
Price: £3.59

2.0 out of 5 stars Not much ibn Arabi, 14 Jun. 2014
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I bought this Kindle edition with a hope and expectation of reading some of the writing of Ibn Arabi in translation. Only a small fraction of the book met my needs. Apart from some beautiful reproduced pages of original copies of ibn Arabi's work and an interesting section on translation most of it is about the translator and his approach and commentary on his subject and many pages of time line.


Córdoba, Spain - Offline Map
Córdoba, Spain - Offline Map
Price: £1.28

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A city that is a joy to explore, 12 Jun. 2014
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Using this app on a recent trip we found it very handy for finding things, though personally for a bit of random exploration in a 'new' old city I don't think you can beat the traditional paper variety with a pencil to mark your trail. Cordoba has a hugelycomplicated system of little alleys and narrow roads which often change name at every corner or couple of hundred metres. But the joy is that the naming and marking of streets at almost every corner is excellent and means that with a map you are never lost for long. The old city is quite contained, very walkable and full of surprises. Personally I found changes at the once beautiful simple Mesquita since my last visit 10 years ago most disappointing. For the creeping spread of the catholic saints making a take over bid for the spaces gives it a messy feel - but at least they are all behind bars!


GURDJIEFF: Making a New World (The Collected Works of J.G. Bennett Book 27)
GURDJIEFF: Making a New World (The Collected Works of J.G. Bennett Book 27)

4.0 out of 5 stars Clear presentation of life and the ideas of Gurdjieff, 17 Mar. 2014
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JG Bennett spent two periods of his life studying and working with Gurdjieff first as a young man in the 20s and le


The Crossing Places: The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries 1
The Crossing Places: The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries 1
Price: £3.99

4.0 out of 5 stars WILL TRY ANOTHER ONE TOO, 1 Feb. 2014
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This is the first book I have read by this author and I enjoyed it for a light read and trying to spot features I recognised in an area I know well. The characters were well drawn and the story quite gripping also with features from the recent news but somehow I wasn't,t completely taken into another world as sometimes happens with the best literature.


A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There
A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There
by Aldo Leopold
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.05

5.0 out of 5 stars Man's damaging effect on natural balances, 18 Jan. 2014
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Beautifully written, sensitively observed and carefully considered ecological assessment produced in the years shortly after the second world war gives us a taste of how man has carelessly blundered through the natural habitat bringing about damaging changes to the subtle natural balances that existed.


Mike The Knight: The Great Gallop(Kindle Tablet Edition)
Mike The Knight: The Great Gallop(Kindle Tablet Edition)
Price: £0.65

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple first game, 2 Jan. 2014
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With relatively few obstacles and a decent speed of action this was a nice game to start playing to develop hand / eye
coordination. The course and animation was pretty and there was a good amount of entertainment in 'running the courses".


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