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Of Mutability
Of Mutability
by Jo Shapcott
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.48

5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible, thoughtful and moving, 11 Feb 2013
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A collection written following a diagnosis of breast cancer, consider the experience of illness for those who are ill and those who are close to the person ill. Using nature and the landscape to describe experiences and a skill with language that will give many hours of pleasure reading and pondering...


Andoku Sudoku 2
Andoku Sudoku 2
Price: 1.25

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good App for Sodoku, 11 Dec 2012
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Wasn't sure if I'd like Sodoku electronically, but I found the app intuitive to use. Although you can't write "possible numbers", it has other features that help, such as a help tool for spotting mistakes and highlights over all the same number entries you've already got on the grid.


Fortifications of the Incas: 1200-1531 (Fortress)
Fortifications of the Incas: 1200-1531 (Fortress)
by H. W. Kaufmann
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.21

4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and Concise, 16 July 2012
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I bought this book prior to visiting Peru. I read it cover to cover, as it is a quick read and I am so glad I did. It made visiting the sites much more rewarding, whether I toured the sites on my own or with a guide. I found a lot of the guides, which accompanied the locally booked tours, were not that well informed. They stated things as though they were facts and this book reveals there is a lot of mystery around the buildings and techniques used. I recommend it highly for anyone thinking of visiting Peru and wanted a concise guide on the Inca fortifications.


The Well-Tuned Body: Banish Back Pain With Gentle Exercises Based on the Alexander Technique
The Well-Tuned Body: Banish Back Pain With Gentle Exercises Based on the Alexander Technique
by Penny Ingham
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple common sense techniques, 16 July 2012
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I bought this book to assist with shoulder pain that I felt was largely due to poor posture. The main message of the book is to break habits and be concious of movements and posture. The style of the book is simple, with cartoon-like drawings to show the exercises. It was the exercises that had attracted me to the book, as I wanted a practical guide. I have found it useful, as reading it has made me think about my posture more. Some of the recommendations, such as lying on the floor during working time, I didn't find practical, but most were sensible and simple. Nothing ground-breaking, but some common sense exercises to make you think more carefully.


Spanish Short Stories: Cuentos En Espanol (New Penguin Parallel Text Series): 0
Spanish Short Stories: Cuentos En Espanol (New Penguin Parallel Text Series): 0
by John R King
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Reading Practice, but..., 3 July 2012
I found it easy to move from the Spanish to the English when stuck, but was tempted to do this a bit too much. If you want to read a complete book with help when stuck, it is good. However, sometimes it is good to read to get the gist and other times review to build vocabulary. I must admit, I found it easier to copy Spanish news articles from the websites of Spanish newspapers into Google translate and then print both copies. Google translate will not provide an excellent translation, but it generally helped me make sense of it all. Alternatively, I have a kindle (which I love!) and by purchasing a Spanish-English dictionary, I found I could read Spanish language books, as you only have to hover your cursor, for it to bring up a little dictionary extract. I found this a better alternative, as I only did it when I needed it and my eyes couldn't flow across the pages to cheat! I can see for others that this may break their flow of reading.


101 Spanish Idioms (101... Language Series)
101 Spanish Idioms (101... Language Series)
by Jean-Marie Cassagne
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Contents just like the cover, 3 July 2012
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I own a lot of Spanish language books. Idioms are of interest, as they can cause some confusion, especially in conversation. However,I have rarely looked at the book. I have flicked through, but not really learnt anything. It would be easy to judge whether this book would be useful to you, as each of the idioms are explained as they are on the front: a cartoon with the idiom in Spanish and an explanation in English. I think the idea is that the cartoons help fix it in your memory. It didn't work for me, but that doesn't mean it wont for you.


A Photographic Guide to Birds of Peru
A Photographic Guide to Birds of Peru
by Clive Byers
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great photos and for reference, 3 July 2012
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I bought this book as on my travels I was having a trek around the Amazon. I found this book a good reference book, even though I had a very knowledgeable guide and made notes of all the birds I saw to keep as a kind of souvenir of the trip. The guides were really interested in the book too and I left a smaller reference book for them as a gift, as they'd struggle to afford this kind of thing. I loved the photography and clear text in this book.


Prisma A2 Continua: Exercises Book
Prisma A2 Continua: Exercises Book
by Club Prisma Team
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bought for course only, 3 July 2012
I purchased this book, as it was used in a taught Spanish course. This is the only reason I would buy it, there are better and more complete products on the market. My advice would be to buy one of those. However, for the class it was fine. I'm not a fan of the learn by topic structure, as find I need a basic amount of grammar to be able to converse. Many courses are based on topics, so perhaps that is just me.


Practice Makes Perfect Complete Spanish Grammar, 2nd Edition (Practice Makes Perfect Series)
Practice Makes Perfect Complete Spanish Grammar, 2nd Edition (Practice Makes Perfect Series)
by Gilda Nissenberg
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.69

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review and Traditional Learning, 3 July 2012
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I really like the Practice Make Perfect series and have several in the series. They all offer a clear and concise review of Spanish with plenty of exercises. I think they support quite traditional learning, which is based on repetition and exercises that will remind you of School. As the reviewer below recommended, I didn't write directly in the book. I also found photocopying a page or two to have in my bag a lightweight way of carrying round ad-hoc practice. However, I would also laboriously copy out all the sentences and translate them, highlighting any word I did not know. This helped me learn more vocabulary, but also reminded me even more of at being a School.


Total Spanish (Learn Spanish with the Michel Thomas Method)
Total Spanish (Learn Spanish with the Michel Thomas Method)
by Michel Thomas
Edition: Audio CD
Price: 79.03

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good kick start for speaking, 3 July 2012
Michel Thomas is a great way to build instant confidence for speaking and building languages. Its good for people who find books dry or want a little more interactivity whilst learning. Michel Thomas demonstrates how quickly words can be learnt and grammar understanding built, so you can instantly construct sentences. Vocabulary is built through showing commonality with English and basic memory techniques. I think it is a great way to kick-start a process of language learning. However, it is not a comprehensive course, further study will be needed to have sufficient understanding and vocabulary to converse, rather than just communicate in a basic way. Grammar is introduced, but not fully explained, so it is only a start. Having said that, its a good short course and much better than learning stock phrases. Personally, I like a bit of technical grammar and traditional techniques of rote learning and repetition. Even so, I still found this a good complimentary product. It is completely audio too, so great for hands-free learning. I can see why some people found it annoying listening to the students same mistakes over and over again. Also, some people find repetitively hearing these means they learn the mistakes! Michel's strong accent can also put people off. I only found these minor irritations and would still recommend it.


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