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Amazon: pay living wages to your workers
Amazon: pay living wages to your workers
by Amazon Anonymous
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time is up, Amazon, 11 Jun 2014
Pay living wages to your workers. Treat them with respect and dignity. Don't keep them dangling on short-term contracts with all the stress that entails. Let them have a union presence and tell your German Amazon group not to use dodgy contractors. If you do this, I'll consider coming back to use your services.


Und ich war dabei. Absurde Geschichten (German Edition)
Und ich war dabei. Absurde Geschichten (German Edition)
Price: £2.06

5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful short pieces, each with a twist, 28 Oct 2012
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These 'absurde Geschichten' each offer a curious twist to delight the reader with the unexpected. Whether it is the comical delivery of a old man to a lost and found office, an alternative view of the tourist highlights of Mexico or the word that is stuck in Karla's throat: they are fresh, inventive and tightly written. A genuine treat - I look forward to reading more from Mr Kaminski!


Dreaming in Hindi: Coming Awake in Another Language
Dreaming in Hindi: Coming Awake in Another Language
by Katherine Russell Rich
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deserves a reading, 2 Mar 2010
Don't be put off by the title if you have no interest in learning Hindi. Katherine Rich has created a fascinating account of what happens when we learn a new language. Interwoven with a year spent in India on a cultural exchange programme as a mature student, it is part travelogue, part cultural guide, and part an investigation into the neuroscience of language learning. Enjoyable and insightful.


How We Decide
How We Decide
by Jonah Lehrer
Edition: Paperback

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A book for the boys, 2 Mar 2010
This review is from: How We Decide (Paperback)
A fascinating subject but... If you are interested in American Football League or the intricacies of cardplaying, then I can recommend this book for you. Personally I found the explanatory narratives to illustrate the theory supremely disengaging. This may be because I am neither American nor male.
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Sepulchre
Sepulchre
by Kate Mosse
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not recommended, 16 July 2008
This review is from: Sepulchre (Hardcover)
I enjoyed Labyrinthe for its gripping story and looked forward to reading this one. It was disappointing and actually became a chore to finish. The writing is not crisp and the result is too long; it needed a good editor. Whoever proofread the final version also did a sloppy job.

Mosse has used the technique of duel time periods successfully before, but this time I don't think it worked. The introduction of American English for Meredith's appearance grated and was unnecessary. The characters were not particularly well drawn and suffered from being two dimensional. I found I did not care what happened to any of them.


The Collector's Wife
The Collector's Wife
by Mitra Phukan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.40

5.0 out of 5 stars Startling and well written, 13 Feb 2008
This review is from: The Collector's Wife (Paperback)
This had me completely gripped all the way through and I now feel bereft I've finished reading it. Whilst reading it, I found my thoughts caught up more with events and characters in the book than in my day to day life: the impact on the central character's life and the questions it raises was so powerful.

The story takes place over a matter of weeks as events unfold leading to the dramatic conclusion. Although at times behaviour is quite unexpected, it manages to describe the complexities of relationships in a compassionate way. Accepting that life has always been complicated.

It is well written and the author has the ability to describe the natural surroundings and climatic conditions of the area as well as to craft the characters in a way that evokes compassion and understanding. This is a work which deserves to be passed on, recommended and discussed.


To Travel Hopefully: Journal of a Death Not Foretold
To Travel Hopefully: Journal of a Death Not Foretold
by Christopher Rush
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.85

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautifully written, 16 April 2007
I can't understand the last reviewer's comments. I found the writing superb - crisp, erudite and fresh. No cliches or tired metaphors here. The background story is heartrending, but its treatment is far from gushing or sentimental. Rush describes his breakdown following the death of his wife in a way which evokes empathy rather than pity.

There are highly entertaining moments too and I found myself laughing out loud at the reluctant donkey and naked river crossings. Nor does he patronise the reader by translating every word of French he uses...

An intelligently written book and worth the time.


School's Out
School's Out
by Christophe Dufosse
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.53

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Polarised reviews, 18 Mar 2007
This review is from: School's Out (Paperback)
This novel seems to polarise responses from readers. Despite the fact that it came highly acclaimed, I was not overwhelmed at all: none of the characters were empathetic or engaging; the plot dripped along without any real tension and the ending was a relief rather than a shock. If it was intended as a psychological thriller, it didn't succeed. For a powerful analysis of the negative power of groups, look no further than Lord of the Flies.


In Spite Of The Gods: The Strange Rise of Modern India
In Spite Of The Gods: The Strange Rise of Modern India
by Edward Luce
Edition: Hardcover

23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent overview of contemporary India, 29 Sep 2006
Edward Luce's style is clear and concise, producing a readable and informative book based on his personal experience of living in India and working as a journalist for the FT. He offers his insight into how modern India has evolved out of the policies of Gandhi and Nehru; its relationship to the rest of the world and its uneasy connection with Pakistan.

He describes how British rule introduced a bureaucracy which has developed into one with considerable power within the country; frequently to the disadvantage of the poorest in society who are unable to benefit from government interventions aimed at supporting them as funds are invariably diverted into the pockets of the burra sahibs.

He gives an illuminating account of the rise of the BJP and its influence on the Hindu-Muslim relationship. All is not quite as it seems, however, and he also describes the inter relationship of various Muslim groups and the complicated political manoeuvring between the parties that this produces.

Whether you agree with everything he writes, it is a great insight into how India is developing into a super power along with China, which will alter the balance of world power in the 21st century. If you have an interest in India and its status in today's world, this is an excellent book to invest time with.


Roman Syria and the Near East
Roman Syria and the Near East
by Kevin Butcher
Edition: Hardcover

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent survey, 11 May 2004
Having just returned from Syria and Lebanon, I can thoroughly recommend Kevin Butcher's Roman Syria as a comprehensive and well illustrated guide to this area and period. It covers Roman Syria, Lebanon and northern Jordan and includes information on the less visited sites other guides omit. Whilst in its present hardback format, it is a bit unwieldy to carry around, I look forward to a paperback addition I can take with me when I return later this year. An excellent companion to Warwick Ball's historical and architectural guide to Syria.
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