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Gardman 4 Tier Growhouse with Reinforced Cover
Gardman 4 Tier Growhouse with Reinforced Cover
Offered by CharliesDirect
Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars OK product ruined by bad zips!, 17 April 2015
I like the greenhouse and have had one for ages but I've had to re-order covers for it several times because the zips are totally substandard and break almost immediately. If it wasn't for that, I'd give it more stars as it is very useful. However, the zip issue is quite fundamental to functionality in my view.


Esprit roulotte : Crochet, broderie, patchwork et Cie
Esprit roulotte : Crochet, broderie, patchwork et Cie
by Dessain
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.14

5.0 out of 5 stars Green with envy, 19 Jun. 2014
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If you have followed the author's blog, L'Atelier de Marie, as I have for a number of years, you will understand why I am green with envy. Her creativity and skill are simply breath-taking and the items she makes are stunning. She is a complete inspiration.

Now Laurence Mabit has produced this lovely little book of creative ideas. It is a total delight. If you speak a little French or even none at all, you can easily follow the instructions and patterns. Some of the crochet designs are represented in universal chart form so you can follow those too.

The book is beautifully presented and is well worth buying for the gorgeous photography of the author's colourful, uplifting creations and the charming settings. I am so pleased to have this book and the only complaint I could possibly have is that it is not ten times as long.


No Time to Lose: A Life In Pursuit Of Deadly Viruses
No Time to Lose: A Life In Pursuit Of Deadly Viruses
by Peter Piot
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars OK if you're in the business, 21 Aug. 2013
The back cover plaudit says it all: "[Piot] is wonderfully amusing, and critical, about the turf wars between international agencies ..." That is basically what this book consists of: a catalogue of unmemorable names and acronyms; of who did which job for which agency at which stage; of which agency bagged which patch; and meetings, meetings, meetings. It is no doubt what the job entailed - and this guy definitely did a great and humanitarian task - but I'm afraid it does not make a great read unless you were involved at some level. A great virus-hunting romp it is not.

If you are looking for further reading after Spillover, this ain't it. If you're looking for the medical politics of handling the aids epidemic in Africa, then this maybe what you are after. For the general reader, I don't recommend it.


O Fortuna
O Fortuna
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £4.44

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, accomplished album, 30 Nov. 2009
This review is from: O Fortuna (Audio CD)
This album is a real vocal tour de force by Rhydian who undoubtedly has one of the best voices in the business. His duet with Dame Kiri te Kanawa is sublime, their vocal chemistry taking me completely by surprise. It's a very moving and heartfelt album with an epic quality to it which really suits his voice and performing ability. Good to hear Bryn Terfel on there as well, another favourite of mine. I enjoyed all the tracks and look forward to listening to this CD again and again.
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Rhydian
Rhydian
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £5.98

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not enough superlatives, 23 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Rhydian (Audio CD)
Other reviewers have described this album so much better than I ever could, but it is simply unbelievably moving. Rhydian has such a wonderful voice, but it is so much more than just a voice. Listening to him is an almost transcendent experience because all his humanity, compassion - and indeed passion - are expressed through his voice and instilled into these songs. I have to confess that listening to it the first time, it really cut through me so I could hardly breathe. It still gives me slight palpitations even after 20 times of listening. He puts you in touch with some deeper side of yourself, which is quite cathartic.


The Pale Blue Eye: A Story of Murder
The Pale Blue Eye: A Story of Murder
by Louis Bayard
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best read in years, 15 May 2008
This is a fantastic read, very cleverly constructed and incredibly original. Unusually in this day and age, the writer is prepared to take risks with a daring plot which becomes more and more fascinating. The lead character is very engaging and the construct of Edgar Allen Poe as his sidekick is brilliant. Although obviously the book is fictional, the history and strange character of Poe as depicted are broadly accurate. There is a bit of a sting in the tail of the plot, which makes an excellent and satisfying ending to the book.

More than anything, this story is told with a dry wit which is exceedingly amusing and had me laughing out loud on many occasions. It is years since I have read a book as good as this, and I'm looking forward to enjoying it again on holiday this year.


Trails to Heaven
Trails to Heaven
by Stuart Wavell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Sizzling tale in a cold climate, 11 Dec. 2006
This review is from: Trails to Heaven (Hardcover)
This book was really a refreshing find. The writing is brilliant and the research is amazing.

Although it's a thriller, it is not at all run-of the-mill or formulaic. The plot consists of many disparate strands which slowly bind together to culminate in a thrilling finale. It is set in Baffin Island in the High Arctic, and centres on a young wildlife officer, Jack Walker, who returns to live in the small community where he grew up, only to find that old demons from his past - and his father's - come back to haunt him. While he struggles to come to terms with the darker side of his history, he also has to deal with a poisoning, a surprising historical find, a sinister Swedish trophy hunter whose motives are far from clear and some hair-raising encounters with local wildlife.

As a backdrop to all this is the icy Arctic and a small hunter-gatherer community struggling to find its way in the modern world while remaining true to its traditional values. The insights into Arctic life are fascinating.

If you like unusual books, you'll love this novel.


They Were Counted (UNESCO Collection of Representative Works: European)
They Were Counted (UNESCO Collection of Representative Works: European)
by Miklós Bánffy
Edition: Paperback

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read, 7 Dec. 2006
This book is a fascinating insight into the social and political history of Hungary in the early years of the 20th century. It ranges from the intricacies of political life in Budapest to the equally challenging task of running an estate in Translyvania. Although the deeper aspects of politics and parliamentary life might not interest some readers, there is much, much more to the book than that. It would love to be able to read it in the original Hungarian, as I'm sure the writing is more elegant than this rather clunky translation. Nonetheless it is thoroughly enjoyable and very good for a long holiday read.


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