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[Running Belt]FREETOO Water Resistant Bum Bag Money Belt Running Waist Bag for Hiking, Climbing, Riding, Compact, Elastic, No-Bounce (Black)
[Running Belt]FREETOO Water Resistant Bum Bag Money Belt Running Waist Bag for Hiking, Climbing, Riding, Compact, Elastic, No-Bounce (Black)
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Price: £10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Runners Belt Bag, 22 April 2016
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Great product delivered promptly.


How NOT to Write a Novel: 200 Mistakes to avoid at All Costs if You Ever Want to Get Published
How NOT to Write a Novel: 200 Mistakes to avoid at All Costs if You Ever Want to Get Published
by Howard Mittelmark
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 'how not to' book, 24 April 2015
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A witty and illuminating book about novel writing - the conceit of writing from the perspective of teaching how NOT to write a novel, allows the examples to be funny and perceptive.


JIAXIUFEN Blue Twinkle Sparkle Pattern Hard Case Back Cover Protector Skin For iPhone 5C
JIAXIUFEN Blue Twinkle Sparkle Pattern Hard Case Back Cover Protector Skin For iPhone 5C

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 24 April 2015
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Brian Wilson & The Beach Boys - The Complete Guide To Their Music
Brian Wilson & The Beach Boys - The Complete Guide To Their Music
by John Tobler
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 24 April 2015
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Exactly as expected - thanks


Fire TV Stick
Fire TV Stick
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fire TV = Great TV, 24 April 2015
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Excellent device - easy to install and use - thanks


Recomposed By Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons
Recomposed By Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 17 Nov. 2014
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Excellent - lived up to all expectation


Killing Daniel
Killing Daniel
by Sarah Dobbs
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, graphic and poetic, 20 Aug. 2013
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This review is from: Killing Daniel (Paperback)
`Killing Daniel' follows the friendship, separated by distance, of Fleur and Chinatsu. Both narratives, in Japan and England show the parallels in their lives and their relationships with violent men. The aggression and misogyny of their partners reflects the treatment of women in two societies separated by an enormous cultural chasm. The cross-cultural differences come to the fore when Chinatsu and her husband Yugi return separately to the UK, both revealing telling observations of the British and Britain.

There are multiple parallels in the two strands; with Fleur's miscarriage and Chinatsu's struggle to conceive and eventual miscarriage, their fight for individuality, their fight to escape the bondage of their lives, and their recollection of their brief past together.

I found that for the first half of the book the chapters devoted to Chinatsu were better realised, with the atmosphere claustrophobic and enticing. I liked Chinatsu and found her journey from Geisha to call girl quite gripping. In contrast I found Fleur hard to like and so it wasn't until the second half of the novel that I became as gripped by this narrative strand.

Yugi is a psychopathic monster whose world slowly unravels as Chinatsu starts to become an individual rather than an adjunct to her husband. He is the strongest male character in the book and to some degree the men are portrayed as either brutes or wimps, but then I see them as largely ciphers for Fleur and Chinatsu's growth from the violent oppression that formed their past and present.

Having never been to Japan these chapters evoked a strange and compelling society that I found enticing and evocative. I would be interested to know whether a native would agree. I also wanted to know more about the history and cultural differences between Japan and China as this would add a further layer of understanding in Chinatsu's adulterous relationship with Tao.

The conclusion of the novel with the leading protagonists returning back to the location of Daniel's death, which haunts the book throughout, is managed with brutal dexterity.

I found Sarah Dobbs' language compelling, graphic and in many sections poetic. I have found that the atmosphere evoked, rather than the detail of the plot, has stayed far longer in my memory. This is a debut novel that is ambitious and I look forward to reading more.


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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value reading glasses, 6 July 2013
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Perfect for my needs with clear consistent focus. The biggest recommendation I can make is that I will be buying another pair, since this pair I lost somewhere at Glastonbury!


Captivity
Captivity
by Lander Hawes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing and thought-provoking, 7 May 2012
This review is from: Captivity (Paperback)
Captivity is an absorbing meditative analysis of Josh Haddon, a recently made famous actor, making sense of his present whilst reflecting on his past.

I found Josh's voice and the unusual impact of celebrity on his life convincing and the games he plays with the ever-present paparazzi both knowing and naive. The sadness of his reminiscences of his relationship with Hannah was all the more poignant given that his recollections appear to highlight reasons why they should never have been together; it is as though he is post-rationalising his marriage in order to overcome the grief.

What raises this first novel beyond the ordinary is Lander Hawes' use of language and digressive meditations on the nature of celebrity. I found the book has lived with me long after completion and I'm waiting for my short term memory loss to kick in so that I can sit down and read it again.


Paperblanks Old Leather Moroccan Flexi Mini Notebook with Lined Pages - Black
Paperblanks Old Leather Moroccan Flexi Mini Notebook with Lined Pages - Black
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just perfect, 5 Mar. 2012
Beautiful book with a brilliant magnetic catch that seems to make my jottings so much better - I would highly recommend buying this over cheaper alternatives as there are so few things in life that make you inwardly smile every time you look at it.


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