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Andrew James Ice Cream, Sorbet and Frozen Yoghurt Maker Machine 1.45 Litre + 128 Page Recipe Book - As voted "Best Buy" Ice Cream Maker By Which Magazine
Andrew James Ice Cream, Sorbet and Frozen Yoghurt Maker Machine 1.45 Litre + 128 Page Recipe Book - As voted "Best Buy" Ice Cream Maker By Which Magazine
Offered by Andrew James UK LTD
Price: £69.95

2.0 out of 5 stars A faff!, 17 July 2014
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I'm a bit disappointed in this item. I bought it in June and have tried to make icecream 3 times. The first time, it was OK, it worked and bulked up nicely. The second time I think my mixture wasn't cold enough because after 30 mins the motor stopped and I had to resort to a manual freeze, stirring etc. This time ( currently 4 hours and still trying) the mixture was stone cold, inner bowl frozen for 14 hours, and yet after 30m mins the motor stopped and I had to de-cant the mixture and put in fridge, clean the bowl and paddle, refreeze, and wait for 1 hour for the motor to cool and then start again. Either the bowl isn't getting cold enough or the motor isn't strong enough. It's not the easy-peasy procedure I was led to believe.


The Casual Vacancy
The Casual Vacancy
by J.K. Rowling
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Totally depresing, 20 Oct 2013
This review is from: The Casual Vacancy (Paperback)
Brilliant? Entertaining? Fascinating read? Where do the book reviewers live? Are their lives so sordid and damaged that they can only recognise the same? I became totally depressed by the endless repetition of the damaged damaging others, the abused abusing others, the pompous and smug maintaining their stanglehold upper hand. It was a wearisome and unsatisfying read. What annoyed me more than anything was the last chapter 'trick' of trying to put the pieces back together again, to round off, to show some redemption. It didn't work, leopards don't change their spots, nothing could save this novel from itself


Waiting for Sunrise
Waiting for Sunrise
by William Boyd
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to Boyd's best at all, 12 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Waiting for Sunrise (Paperback)
I was delighted to find a new book by William Boyd, having really loved Any Human Heart, and re-read Restless after the TV dramatization. However, I was disappointed. It lacks the pace and tautness of the previous books. At times it suspends belief too much. Rather than being a spy story with amorous adventures, it is sex, real or fantasied, with spying on the side. The colour and descriptions are, as always, well portrayed giving an excellent feel of the time, but somehow the characters don't solidify, they're flat and laboured. The final denouement is too neat and too many questions are left unanswered. To my mind, the book is definitely below par.


Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
by Hilary Mantel
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stupendous, 14 Dec 2011
This review is from: Wolf Hall (Paperback)
I have never read a book which has lingered so long in my mind. The characters and their thoughts and actions are so human, the descriptions sparse yet atmospheric, the language eloquent without artifice: this book is a total triumph. Contrary to some readers, I found no confusion in identifying the 'he' who was talking, just read carefully and listen to the meaning,follow the flow of the story, then it's quite plain. I loved the history: time and again I dived into the Internet to look again at pictures of Anne or Mary, to find out timelines and dates, to study ancestries. No other book book has made me so involved. What a wonderful, wonderful novel.


Wenceslas
Wenceslas
by Geraldine McCaughrean
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bit of history, a bit of magic, 13 Jan 2010
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This review is from: Wenceslas (Paperback)
Imagining the stories behind well-known carols is an exercise which doesn't often get into print, but the clear language and a wonderful reconstruction give this book an enchanting attraction. It is a sheer delight which owes much of its appeal to the excellent illustrations by Christian Birmingham, who must now rate as one of the leading childrens' illustrators. The book is a simple story which would be suitable for younger children and would enable them to understand the generous sentiments of Wenceslas, and also to connect to the carol whenever they hear it.


The Snow Queen
The Snow Queen
by Hans Christian Andersen
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful illustrations, full of wonder, 13 Jan 2010
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This is a beautiful, enchanting story following the traditional Hans Christian Andersen story line. The language is clear with enough detail to give descriptions, and yet not too complex for younger listeners, but what really makes this book so magical are the realistic yet dreamlike illustrations. The Snow Queen is not evil, she is very beautiful, she looks at Gerd with great tenderness, an artistic interpretation which gives all the characters validity. Christian Birmingham has done a superb job with his illustrations.
This book is suitable for ages 4/5 ( to be read to ) up to around 10 encouraging the imagination of all children to learn and wonder.


The Morville Hours: The Story of a Garden
The Morville Hours: The Story of a Garden
by Katherine Swift
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.96

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing and galvanizing, 3 May 2009
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This book has done what none have done before - made me join the NT ( an organisation I'm very wary of) simply to go and visit this wondrous place. It has also had me reaching for the RHS' Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers to follow the author on her journey round the garden; it's made me download Bottecelli's Primavera so I could admire that secret smile, so many things beyond gardening. What a treasure trove, what a joy this book is. This is going to be Christmas present for everyone I know!


Taste of England
Taste of England
by Josy Argy
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting rural eating, 13 Mar 2009
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This review is from: Taste of England (Paperback)
As a hard-pressed, and inexperienced publican (1980-1994) I was so glad to find this book. From it I pinched loads of ideas of recipes which were easy to make, easy to serve, and lovely to eat, just the requirements for pub food. So as a recipe book and source of inspiration it was an amazing investment for £1.25! As a pub guide it's now so out of date as not be relevant any more, but nonetheless, a reminder of simpler times, and the recipes still work. Update please ETB


The Times Calendar Cook Book
The Times Calendar Cook Book
by Katie Stewart
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars harmonious authentic cooking, 13 Mar 2009
This calendar cookbook was the first proper cookbook I bought and has remained a stalwart of harmonious, unpretentious cooking ever since. In these later 'green-aware' times, how prescient she was to write recipes using produce in season. With soft, gentle line drawings and clear instructions, this book is a charming guide to good, tasty recipes which always work. Katie Stewart is a cook who uses her intelligence and knowledge rather than glitzy publicity or exotic ingredients to produce excellent encouragement to novices and 'old hands' alike.


The Shakespeare Secret: Number 1 in series (Kate Stanley)
The Shakespeare Secret: Number 1 in series (Kate Stanley)
by J L Carrell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Literally amazing........., 20 April 2008
The theories as to the authenticity of a play, or even of its author is an enthralling subject, and J.L.Carrell has displayed an amazing literary knowledge, as well she might being a Harvard Professor. However, a magician she ain't, and the suspended belief that she asks of us during the story is, at times, too much. How does the tracker/killer know where Kate is all the time, how do they glide in an out of heavily guarded places, how does the Bentley exit Wilton House? Magic obviously. Too slick. But fun none the less.
And yes, miles better than Dan Brown who is a total charlatan.


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