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How To Make £10 In Ten Minutes! (The Professional Writers Series)
How To Make £10 In Ten Minutes! (The Professional Writers Series)
Price: £1.53

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars How to be a hack, 8 April 2014
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Not very impressive: By and large it's a collection of fairly obvious tips for contributors to the kind of magazines that make Readers Digest look like great literature.


Eight Classic Albums [Audio CD] Louvin Brothers
Eight Classic Albums [Audio CD] Louvin Brothers
Price: £7.64

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkably good value for a lot of great music, 8 April 2014
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As others have noted, this set comprises the whole of the eight LPs that were released originally on the Capitol label between 1956 and 1960. This includes what are probably the brothers' two finest collections. These are 'Tragic Songs of Life' (from 1956) and the wonderfully weird 'Satan is Real' (1960) which was issued originally with one of the most distinctive album covers ever (not in this compilation sadly).

The sound quality is good but otherwise the package is sparse (no liner notes or composer credits). That said, the price is very competitive for the quantity of music - and what music it is!

I first came across the Louvin Brothers via composer credits on Emmylou Harris albums and then through Gram Parsons and the Byrds before reading about their larger-than-life stories. Although the subject matter can be remarkably kitsch or aligned to a very particular religious tradition, it is redeemed by the stonkingly fine vocal performances and great tunes.

For less than the price of many single CDs you will get 96 tracks of vintage music that show the roots of what came later.


Walden on Wheels: On the Open Road from Debt to Freedom
Walden on Wheels: On the Open Road from Debt to Freedom
Price: £3.35

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read, 10 Aug 2013
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This is a feelgood good read. Mr Ilgunas is engaging and admirably determined and I really enjoyed his account of how he got out of debt and stayed that way. I wonder what he'll do next and whether his self-denial was really that good for him or the planet.


Little Book of the London Underground
Little Book of the London Underground
Price: £1.79

3.0 out of 5 stars Acceptable but pedestrian!, 24 Mar 2013
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An OK-ish miscellany of stories and historical anecdotes but not particularly well-written. I ploughed through it to the end in a dutiful way but would not recommend.


Arab Summer (A Sasha Del Mira Thriller Book 3)
Arab Summer (A Sasha Del Mira Thriller Book 3)
Price: £3.49

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful book, 14 Feb 2013
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One dimensional implausible plot, weak, scarcely-believable characterisation, poorly edited. The author appears not to have done any real research at all - one character says he went to university at Eton (also spelled 'Eaton' later!) and graduated in economics. This would be remarkable because Eton College is in fact a SCHOOL for pupils aged 13 - 18 who do not 'graduate'!


Lucy
Lucy
Price: £11.51

5.0 out of 5 stars Best music find of 2012, 2 Dec 2012
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This review is from: Lucy (Audio CD)
This is a brilliant debut.

Other reviewers may comment on LWR's talented parents but she's found an absolutely distinctive and beguiling voice. "The Worst Part" is a world-class account of a tough break up. A&E grows on you into a wonderfully disinterested hymn for Britain's NHS and, and. Every song is from a similar sonic palette (THIS IS NOT A CRITICISM) but is nuanced andrefreshing.

It's not often that I've heard so much promise in a first CD - but I will be waiting in line to buy the follow up. It is that good. Clever lyrics, warm and humane topics; gentle but surprising tunes.

Unless something comes out of the distance. this is my best cd of 2012


Microserfs: A Novel
Microserfs: A Novel
Price: £2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A novel which humanised geeks, 2 Dec 2012
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My kindle download of this book was my third purchase! I lent my original copy to a friend (yes, JerryD) and a second copy to my son (yes, Ben). It's not a clever or smart story but one about how a different kind of expertise and intelligence takes shape: Where nerdiness, body modification; or gender politics make peace with smart (what goes on between your ears).
This is a gentle, uplifting amusing tale.
Worth reading whenever you're down - Yes, you CAN reinvent yourself while remaining yourself!


Forearmed: History of the Intelligence Corps
Forearmed: History of the Intelligence Corps
by Anthony Clayton
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Lifting the veil.. a bit, 2 Dec 2012
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My father served in the Intelligence Corps during WW2 and died while I was still a teenager.
Lots of conversations we might have wanted never happened.
Reading this book gave me a sense of something of my Dad's world.
It's a bit of a 'regimental history' (about who did what when according to the records) but I forgive the author absolutely: This sort of book has more than one function!
No history of the I Corps can ever be definitive (cos sensitive stuff may never become public) but this seems pretty thorough - from an sympathetic author.


How Music Works
How Music Works
by David Byrne
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask!, 2 Dec 2012
This review is from: How Music Works (Hardcover)
This is a great mixture of scholarship, passion and considered observation. David Byrne is not only a talented performer and writer - he's also a teacher, critic and (above all) thoughtful guide.
This book will tell you about the 'business' of the recording industry in a way I've never seen unpacked before (record contracts from the POV of someone who's been there); about acoustics (Bayreuth vs. CBGBs) and personal reflections about how to express the creative urge.
It's erudite. It's accessible (you don't have to like David Byrne's particular taste)and its engaging.
Regardless of which forms of music you enjoy, you'll come away from this book thanking David Byrne for having given you more and richer insights into the process as well as the product.
It's as serious a book about the art, craft and science of music as you'll ever read.


Cripple Creek
Cripple Creek
Price: £6.07

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected delight, 6 Dec 2011
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I wasn't that familiar with Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee but have found this company's double album specials very good value and great ways to broaden my knowledge of all sorts of musical roots. I may not go on to track down every original recording but am glad I bought this - and recommend it wholeheartedly as an introduction to the work of some awesome musicians.


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