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Jeeves and the Wedding Bells
Jeeves and the Wedding Bells
by Sebastian Faulks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars What an absolute hoot!, 11 Sep 2014
Things have been a bit rum of late so I don’t mind saying that this was just the ticket to raise the old spirits. Us fans have missed the Wodehousian – is that the word I’m looking for? – humour since the old boy popped his clogs, but here at last we have another generous helping of Wooster, B. and his usual lunatic japes. I had the audiobook loaded in the old two-seater, and the narrator was absolutely top-hole, with as many voices as that Rory something-or-other, for both chaps and the fairer sex. As well as the not-so-fair, like Dame Judith. So carpe diem and all that, get stuck in, and if your man wonders what the devil you’re chuckling at – well, I’m sure you’ll think of something.


The Oxford Dictionary of Slang (Oxford Paperback Reference)
The Oxford Dictionary of Slang (Oxford Paperback Reference)
by John Ayto
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.97

4.0 out of 5 stars For this purpose it's excellent. But who was the idiot who placed the ..., 11 Sep 2014
I use this book mainly to look at synonyms – for example, American or Australian words equivalent to a bit of English slang. For this purpose it's excellent. But who was the idiot who placed the page numbers on the INSIDE margin of the pages? It makes the book very much harder to use, and for that reason I've docked it a star. Incidentally the Oxford Dictionary of Idioms suffers from the same fault, so it's clearly a conscious design decision, not the work of a bird-brained printer.


Silent Witnesses
Silent Witnesses
by Nigel McCrery
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

5.0 out of 5 stars It clearly represents the outcome of a good deal of research, 3 July 2014
This review is from: Silent Witnesses (Paperback)
This book presents a history of forensic science, made highly readable through a succession of (mainly) murder cases. It clearly represents the outcome of a good deal of research. The case history format is an excellent vehicle for conveying the science. The final chapter, on the use of DNA for identification in cases that included the Romanovs, Anastasia, and Richard III was particularly fascinating. There are a number of illustrations, and a good index.


Mystic River
Mystic River
by Dennis Lehane
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A yawn, 17 Jan 2014
This review is from: Mystic River (Paperback)
This is a good example of a wafer-thin plot stretched and padded out to three times the proper length. The detailed description of feelings of bereavement are prolonged and repetitive. A character walks into a girl's bedroom and sees a photograph of the girl with her father; that's not enough, we need a description of when it took place, what the occasion was, and a long discourse on what the father's smile means. Moments that should have had excitement and pace are dragged down by yet more internal dialogue. Even after the 'mystery' is solved it goes on and on, and then, unbelievably, there's a long epilogue, containing another history of the development of the entire town, which -if it was in there at all -should have come much earlier. I formerly admired this writer, but after this I won't be reading any more of his work.


Breast Beating: A Personal Odyssey in the Quest for an Understanding of Breast Cancer, the Meaning of Life and Other Easy Questions
Breast Beating: A Personal Odyssey in the Quest for an Understanding of Breast Cancer, the Meaning of Life and Other Easy Questions
by Nick Ross
Edition: Paperback
Price: £28.91

5.0 out of 5 stars Lives up to its title, 27 Oct 2011
Several voices are heard in this book. There is Mike Baum the person, self-revealing, witty or acerbic, buoyant or dejected. There is Professor Baum, surgeon and academic, seeker after medical truths. And there is Michael Baum, artist and art-lover, philosopher, and humanitarian. With these guides the reader is taken on a journey through the complexities of breast cancer and the controversies and rivalries that surround its treatment. An entertaining and informative read by someone who has contributed so much to the field.


Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into Print
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into Print
by Renni Browne
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.68

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for all creative writers, 7 July 2011
Don't be misled by the title: this little book is a superb read for anyone tackling a piece of creative writing, whether they feel they're close to publication or not. It covers all the points that distinguish good from amateurish writing, including such topics as show and tell, point of view, dialogue, interior dialogue/monologue, beats, and repetition, and it attempts to deal with more difficult issues such as voice and style. These are topics that constantly crop up in my own writing group and I've recommended the book there. It's copiously illustrated with examples from the literature, from writing classes, and from clients. There are exercises and there's a comprehensive index. When I think of some of the stuff put out by well-established authors I find myself wishing that every publisher had editors like Browne and King on their staff. The bean counters know the name will sell books but that doesn't mean their work wouldn't benefit from thorough editing.


Luxury Black Genuine Leather Flip Case for iPod Touch 4th Generation 8GB / 16GB / 32GB / 64GB & Screen Protector
Luxury Black Genuine Leather Flip Case for iPod Touch 4th Generation 8GB / 16GB / 32GB / 64GB & Screen Protector

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value, 11 Sep 2010
I wanted a simple case that would protect the screen as well as the body of my iPod Touch G3 when it was in a brief case or pocket. I discovered that many cases leave the screen unprotected, other than the thin film of the screen protector. This wallet-style case fits the bill perfectly. The leather is soft, the interior protective, and ports are available. When I consider that I could have paid £30 for a case and been less satisfied I think this product is tremendous value. Quick delivery, too.


Ex-Pro Premium Gold Plated 3 x Female to Female Phono Socket to Socket Adapter - Join your AV Cables
Ex-Pro Premium Gold Plated 3 x Female to Female Phono Socket to Socket Adapter - Join your AV Cables
Offered by ExpressPro
Price: £2.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Beat interference, 7 Jan 2010
I had to make phono connections within a cabinet and the mains hum was dreadful with my existing box. I bought this connector and all the problems disappeared. Incredible value, and does the job.


Kenwood SJ680 Cordless Jug Kettle 1.7 Litre, 3kW (Stainless Steel/Black)
Kenwood SJ680 Cordless Jug Kettle 1.7 Litre, 3kW (Stainless Steel/Black)

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Form and function, 7 Jan 2010
I delayed writing this review because I thought the lid release was a little flaky. Now, best part of a year later, it still works fine so it's time for some praise. The outstanding thing about this kettle is the design. Whereas other kettles have separate on/off switches, operating lights, and lid releases, this kettle combines all three in one neat lid switch. It's quick, not silent but definitely not noisy, retains heat well, and the interior is nice and clean. It makes a lovely companion to the shiny stainless steel Bodum teapot in our kitchen. Just don't blame me if you can't resist giving it a little polish as you pass by, just for the pleasure of seeing it shine.


Trust 7 Port USB2 Powered Hub HU-5870V UK
Trust 7 Port USB2 Powered Hub HU-5870V UK

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Failed, 21 Sep 2008
Nice-looking device, but mine died after 10 months. Same symptoms as other users are reporting.
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