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Singing For Dummies (Book & CD)
Singing For Dummies (Book & CD)
by Pamelia S. Phillips
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.59

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, instructive and good value for money, 6 April 2014
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This is a very satisfying book which put whatever I knew about singing into perspective. I joined a choir about a year ago and have been doing breathing and singing exercises with the group but wasn't sure how to replicate them at home. With this book and CD I can practice every day and be conscious of why exactly I'm doing the particular exercise.

The writing is very clear and humorous but also detailed and pithy. Sometimes I pick it up and read a chapter just for the fun of it. As the writer says you can dip in and find helpful tips and instructions but it is also carefully graded so that you can follow the instructions chapter by chapter.

A wonderful way to be introduced into singing.


Keep Your Joints Young: Banish your aches, pains and creaky joints
Keep Your Joints Young: Banish your aches, pains and creaky joints
by Sarah Key
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.59

5.0 out of 5 stars A must have book for chronic or sudden pain in the joints, 26 Sept. 2012
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This is an extremely good book for when joints go wrong and you need to do something to set things right. Every part of the body is covered. The descriptions of how the joints work are very technical at times. But you don't have to read everything at once. After reading the introduction I focused on the joints that ached or felt stiff and did the relevant exercises. These are divided in three levels so you can repeat the first level as many times as you like before moving to the next one. The important thing is to exercise regularly. My favourite beginners' exercise is 'the right angle' which involves stretching your legs against the wall while the upper part of the body is horizontal. It gives you a wonderful sense of relaxation. I do it on my bed every night before I go to sleep. This is not the author's recommendation but it works for me.

It's certainly worth invensting in this book because it can be referred to time and time again.


Poetry in the Making: A Handbook for Writing and Teaching
Poetry in the Making: A Handbook for Writing and Teaching
by Ted Hughes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.24

43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Poetry writing is good for you, 5 Oct. 2010
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I loved this book. I read it through once in a couple of days and then went through it again and made notes. The aspects I really enjoyed were the style of writing but also the fact that the author makes a point of telling you how important it is to be in touch with your inner life in order to write beautiful poems. The way to do that, he suggests, is to engage in free writing for short periods of time, say ten to fifteen minutes on a particular subject: `...the imagination likes a wide open field of action, fifteen minutes of licence and immunity.' (p. 51) But this is not all; words have to be chosen carefully so that they `belong directly to the five senses'.

He analyses how some of the most important poetry writing tools affect the reader. A good simile or metaphor, for example, must make you see distinctly the two related concepts. A unique detail of a person's appearance should be chosen instead of a common one when you write a poem about a character.

Towards the end of the book there are two chapters of useful advice on writing novels.

In the final chapter Mr. Hughes reiterates and emphasises the concept that poetry puts its author in touch with her inner life, imagination and intelligence. Poetry writing is worth pursuing for this reason alone.
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