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A Cat Named Mouse
A Cat Named Mouse
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute delight!, 16 Aug. 2015
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I'm not generally big on children's books, but this is a winner! Beautifully illustrated, and with witty rhyming prose, this is just purrrfect for children for any age, and for many adults I suspect! Well done, Patti, this is a simple story with a very powerful message for our times - what's in a name, just respect the differences and we can all be friends!


Lost Samba: Memoirs of Brazil
Lost Samba: Memoirs of Brazil
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stand Out Memoir., 4 Aug. 2015
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You know how it is when you bite into a new flavour of chocolate - in this instance, Pina Colada - and you think 'Hang on, I'm not sure I'm going to like this', but then you do and gobble the whole bar down in one sitting? Well, that's how it was with me and 'Lost Samba'. I've read dozens of memoirs, but none of them like this one. For one thing, there’s not much dialogue, it’s written in a journalistic, straight reporting style (though when the dialogue comes it’s far funnier and more hard-hitting for that: ‘No Sir! Gay action was not in the contract!’) For another, author Richard Klein’s own personal story of growing up as a Jew goy in Rio is woven into, almost plays second fiddle to, the far bigger story of the birth and development of ‘New’ Brazil from the 60s to the 80s. It’s a fascinating tale, complete with tons of links and photographs to give the reader a comprehensive, almost inter-active, experience, and contains lyrical, almost poetic, passages that made me want to be back there with him – sunning and surfing on the beaches, having summers of love in hippie communes, and jumping and jiving to the country’s countless carnivals. It’s a trip, to be sure, but there’s much, much more to the book than that: Richard shares the pains of living with an emotionally removed father in a gothic mansion (‘Dinners seemed to jump out of a Bela Lugosi film’) and the pleasures of learning and playing guitar amid a rapidly evolving music scene (Samba’s glory days of the 30s and 40s were over, but the Pop scene of the 60s and the Rock scene of the 70s were on their way!). And presiding over everything, as we come to the 80s and economic boom turns to economic bust, stands the statue of Christ the Redeemer – ‘The long-haired, reinforced concrete Jew welcoming (and comforting?) his patricians and all the other foreigners with open arms’. It's little humorous touches like this, along with the warmth and keen observation of the whole narrative, that makes the book stand out. I hope Richard writes another one.


Rough Justice
Rough Justice
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 20 July 2015
This review is from: Rough Justice (Kindle Edition)
I read this book in its early form on Harper Collins' Authonomy site a few years back and loved it. Dean Kelly has fought and overcome great difficulties in his life with immense courage and his writing makes harrowing but ultimately very uplifting reading. Yes, it still does need a little editing but please, don't let this put you off, 'Rough Justice' is a great book.


Two Dogs and a Suitcase: Clueless in Charente (Sarah Jane's Travel Memoirs Series Book 2)
Two Dogs and a Suitcase: Clueless in Charente (Sarah Jane's Travel Memoirs Series Book 2)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sequel, 20 July 2015
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Thoroughly absorbing and uplifting sequel to Sarah Jane's first book, 'Glass Half Full', which I also enjoyed immensely. Having lost her home in Australia to the Brisbane floods, Sarah Jane and hubby and kids relocate to the broken down cottage in Charente, France, with which she senses a "spiritual connection" and sets about renovating it in typical Butfield no-nonsense and determined style. The writing is clear and entertaining, the style compelling, and the whole book quite un-putdownable. Thank you, Sarah Jane, another winner!


Inadmissible
Inadmissible
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!, 18 Jun. 2015
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I've been sitting on this review a couple of days, trying to find the words to best describe it. There is only one word. Awesome. The story of young Tamer, banged up for 15 months with some of America's most notorious offenders (loved the bit about him shaving is head bald and looking only 15, I've had a very similar experience!) for one silly mistake (I can relate to this too!), is a very troubling one but makes for riveting reading. I've only read one other book that comes close to tugging the heartstrings so powerfully with the excessive punishment not fitting the crime, and that is Dostoevsky's 'Crime and Punishment', though here is it the US government, not a spiteful Inspector Javert, who is hounding down the hapless felon and wreaking havoc on him and his family. As he says, "The system is dysfunctional. Having a federal conviction on one's record amounted to a lifetime of humiliation and shame." But despite losing everything - his hard fought for position at Caltech, his marriage, his relationship with his mother and sister (two more greedy harpies I have yet to read about), and most significantly, his daughter - he comes through with the most amazing spirit. "It is indeed true that whatever doesn't break you," he writes, only "makes you stronger." Superbly written, brutally honest, and ultimately life affirming, this is one book that I will come back to time and again. Good luck, Tamer!


The Amateur Authorpreneur (The What, Why, Where, When, Who & How Book Promotion Series 2)
The Amateur Authorpreneur (The What, Why, Where, When, Who & How Book Promotion Series 2)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First class follow up for self pub authors in a frenzy!, 27 May 2015
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I have nothing but praise for this second in the series of Sarah Jane's marvellous `tool kits' for self published authors. Written in a highly accessible style, getting the basics in place using small bite sized tasks, pieces of information and actions, she demystifies the often daunting task of setting up as an "authorpreneur". From Facebook and Twitter to blogs and websites - even from acronymns to algorithms! - this wonderful primer is full of first-class tips and suggestions, and is - to my mind - essential reading for any indie author plunging into the choppy sea of self-marketing. Well done, Sarah Jane, can't wait for book 3!


Just For Men H45 Dark Brown Black Hair Color 60 ml
Just For Men H45 Dark Brown Black Hair Color 60 ml
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this stuff, 19 April 2015
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I've been using this product for 8 years. Totally recommend it.


Percy the High Flying Pig
Percy the High Flying Pig
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cannot recommend it warmly enough, 19 April 2015
I had the pleasure of reading this totally charming tale at its beta read stage, and cannot recommend it warmly enough. The story of Percy, the piglet who yearns to escape the confines of his safe little farm and break out into the big wide world mirrors the youthful,adventurous spirit of animal and humankind alike. You'll laugh and cry at his high flying adventures as he 'sets sail' to France with his gruff but loveable pal Sam the sheepdog, and maybe empathise with the fears and phobias that Percy has to overcome to achieve his dream. Ideal for age 6 to 8 children. Enjoy!


The Walls of Troy (Sister of Odysseus Book 2)
The Walls of Troy (Sister of Odysseus Book 2)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying sequel!, 17 Mar. 2015
In this fabulous follow-up to The Girl from Ithaca, the talented Ms Gregory weaves her Homeric tapestry once again to bring us the climax of the Trojan war. Plucky heroine Neomene, younger sister of Odysseus, comes of age and finds herself embroiled in the destiny of Achilles and the fate of Troy itself. But it's not all action, her love for Agenor is growing and provides some really touching moments. The conclusion, without giving too much away, gives a whole new meaning to "My kingdom for a horse!"

Five stars, highly recommended reading


The Accidental Author (The What, Why, Where, When, Who & How Book Promotion Series 1)
The Accidental Author (The What, Why, Where, When, Who & How Book Promotion Series 1)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally awesome, 27 Feb. 2015
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I just finished reading this primer for wannabe self published authors and it's excellent. Honest, straightforward and (in parts) funny, it flows really well with a nice conversational style and a host of useful educational tips. Bring on the next one, Sarah Jane, this promises to be a fantastic series!


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