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The Year I Became a Nomad: A Journey through Asia on a Quest for Freedom, Love and Happiness
The Year I Became a Nomad: A Journey through Asia on a Quest for Freedom, Love and Happiness
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Taken along on an adventure, 15 Sept. 2015
The Year I Became a Nomad tells the delightful story of one man's personal journey, escaping from the life of the guy with a comfortable office job in search of discovery, exploration, new experiences and, ultimately some deeper meaning.
I found the style of writing makes for pleasant reading and immediately immersed me in the author's world. I loved to read about the different people, countries and cultures. Enjoyably, the journey goes off in unforeseen directions and left me feeling very envious! I smiled a lot reading this book.
I would recommend this to anyone who loves travel writing as well as anyone who likes to ask themselves questions about what the point of being here at all is!


Raspberry Pi For Dummies
Raspberry Pi For Dummies

5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction plus much more, 21 July 2014
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This is one of those rare and wonderful books that offers a whole lot more than you expect it to. I was merely hoping to get a general overview of what the Raspberry Pi is and what it can do and this book does this very clearly and succinctly, assuming no prior knowledge but without patronising the reader. What it also does is get you up and running very quickly with using Linux commands, programming in Python and more besides.
By providing numerous links to additional resources, it is a lovely introduction to the whole Raspberry Pi community. This is definitely among the best Dummies books I have bought.


The Good Psychopath's Guide to Success (Good Psychopath 1)
The Good Psychopath's Guide to Success (Good Psychopath 1)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Original, interesting, informative and enjoyable, 2 July 2014
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This book clarifies the concept of psychopathy in a way which debunks the typical understanding of this word (we usually associate psychopath with some scary, sadistic criminal). It also serves as a self-help guide to gaining greater self-confidence often by challenging many typical assumptions we make in day-to-day life and contrasting them with the mindset of a psychopathic personality.

My main criticism is the overly laddish, matey and "jokey" style in which it is written, where serious points are punctuated by irritating asides which I ended up just skipping. There are some amusing anecdotes which illustrate important points as well which are fine, but it is the asides which I found tedious.

But nevertheless, although these asides get in the way of reading, I still found this book very engaging.


How To Be Idle
How To Be Idle
by Tom Hodgkinson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written challenge to the modern mind set, 13 Oct. 2010
This review is from: How To Be Idle (Paperback)
This is a fantastically enjoyable and sumptuous read that rightly challenges the assumptions which have brought about the kind of miserable state of affairs that we have created for ourselves: crass materialism has turned us into wage slaves and we cheer ourselves up with a vacuous celebrity culture. All the while we have simply forgotten the beauty of being free-spirited and enjoying life in a spontaneous way. My comments sound heavy going/dreary, but Tom Hodgkinson's skill is in addressing matters with a light touch without losing depth of thought. Well done!


Like Stars On Earth [DVD]
Like Stars On Earth [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tanay Chheda
Price: £6.73

19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, intelligent and deeply touching, 19 Dec. 2009
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"Taare zameen par" (Stars on Earth) tells the story of a wonderfully imaginative, creative, sweet boy whose undetected dyslexia leaves him suffering the wrath of hostile parents and teachers, leaving him on the brink of complete psychological breakdown. It is only when a sensitive temporary art teacher enters his life that his tormented life is effectively saved. Without giving too much away, this film is made with great depth and sensitivity and it shines a light on an all-too-familiar trait of Indian society (and of others, of course) and challenges the obsession which parents might have of forcing children to a mould of their own making in the obsessive pursuit of "success" while completely ignoring the individual and unique character, abilities and needs of their child. Both heart-wrenching and heart-warming, it is hard to imagine anyone not liking this film - excellent!


The Meaning of Life: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
The Meaning of Life: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Terry Eagleton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly engaging and beautifully succinct, 1 Sept. 2009
Terry Eagleton writes in a very readable style conveying complex, deep issues in a way that is very accessible. Highly intelligent, clever and witty, this Very Short Introduction to arguably the biggest of all questions does an amazing job of answering it, if "answering" is the right word. Eagleton remains credible throughout, never resting on easy standpoints and never afraid to either praise or criticise different philosophies and movements for their pros and cons, and he never slips into simplistic reductionist explanations. Highly recommended!


Italian-English Bilingual Visual Dictionary (DK Bilingual Dictionaries)
Italian-English Bilingual Visual Dictionary (DK Bilingual Dictionaries)
by Dorling Kindersley
Edition: Paperback

31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous concept well done, 30 Dec. 2008
This is a fantastic way to learn Italian vocabulary. Instead of a tedious list of words, the clear and colourful pictures really bring the words to life and definitely aid the learning process. I am a graduate in Italian language, a fluent speaker for over 20 years, and yet this book has really helped me consolidate vocabulary on anything from the names of all the tools in my toolbox (I can never remember these well in Italian) to the names of different professions, different foods, clothing and architectural terminologies - it's filled in all the gaps when I normally say: come si dice? My wife is a beginner in Italian and we have both found it to be very helpful.


Colloquial Tamil: The Complete Course for Beginners (Colloquial Series)
Colloquial Tamil: The Complete Course for Beginners (Colloquial Series)
by E. Annamalai
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best Tamil course available, 2 Sept. 2008
Colloquial Tamil gives the learner a good introduction to spoken Tamil and exposes you to very natural, conversational usage. It is a must to get the book and the audio, otherwise you will not get a good feel for it.
The Routledge Colloquial series is not to everyone's liking. The emphasis being on practical conversational language as opposed to a comprehensive grammar coverage like the Hodder and Stoughton "Teach Yourself" series. However, there is no Teach Yourself Tamil course. I have come across a number of Tamil courses all of which are truly abysmal. Routledge's Colloquial Tamil is better than all of these by an infinite amount. It is the only Tamil course on the market worth getting, so while it may not give you as structured a coverage as Teach Yourself, there really is no other choice.
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Tales of Unknowing: Therapeutic Encounters from an Existential Perspective
Tales of Unknowing: Therapeutic Encounters from an Existential Perspective
by Ernesto Spinelli
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.00

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clarity, depth, honesty and modesty, 24 April 2008
This book is a marvellous window into the world of Spinelli's psychotherapy practice. Existential psychotherapeutic theory is notoriously difficult to grasp, but the best way to understand is by seeing the therapy session in action. Spinelli's notion of "Unknowing" is a beautiful and modest one and here he is seen to practise what he preaches.


What Are You?: Voices of Mixed-Race Young People
What Are You?: Voices of Mixed-Race Young People
by Pearl Fuyo Gaskins
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A breath of fresh air in a dogmatic world, 13 Sept. 2007
A wonderful book which brought me both hope and sadness. To read these accounts of young mixed race people showed me that my own experiences are shared by others and that I'm not the only one who finds that most people seem to struggle with the idea of someone being mixed race. Mixed race people challenge the constructed racial boundaries which history and context have created and cause discomfort for those who like to put everybody in boxes. Some accounts are positive, some are sad, but I am happy to be a part of a human experience which refuses to be nailed down. A really lovely read.


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