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The Bombing War: Europe 1939-1945
The Bombing War: Europe 1939-1945
by Richard Overy
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 20.40

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly Realised., 6 Oct 2013
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For many people the Bombing War is the forgotten phase of WW2. Yet outside the battles of the Eastern front more servicemen, and women, lost their lives in the air than on the ground. Richard Overy's tome deals with everything from Guernica to Dresden. From the pre-war "the bomber will always get through" to the horror of Hamburg and beyond. What is fascinating is that this book deals with the politics of the Bombing War, from the ideals of the 1930s to the all out area bombing, and it's justification by post war authorities. The language used to "civilise" the bombing of civilians is a journey in itself. No one in the higher echelons of either the allies or the axis comes out of this in a very good light. What is perhaps missing is an altogether more "human" side. But in a battle where humanity was all to conspicuous by its absence dealing in cold hard facts is perhaps what makes the story even more shocking.


Leiths How to Cook (Leiths School/Food & Wine)
Leiths How to Cook (Leiths School/Food & Wine)
by Leiths School of Food and Wine
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 20.40

5.0 out of 5 stars You need to learn how to cook?, 5 Oct 2013
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From the Leith Cookery School this is a must have for any aspiring cook. Taking you from the most basic of "how to's" to classic dishes. The instructions are clear and easy to follow and previously unintelligible Chef Speak is clarified. I found the layout simple and straightforward and written in a language that was easy to understand. From everything from slicing an onion to preparing a feast for the eyes and stomach there are not many better books out there. If you are just starting out on your culinary journey, or if you're already an accomplished cook who just wants to know more it's perfect.


Wars of the Roses: Stormbird (Wars of the Roses 1)
Wars of the Roses: Stormbird (Wars of the Roses 1)
by Conn Iggulden
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 16.99

14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stormy Waters, 25 Sep 2013
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Without doubt Conn Iggulden is the current king of historical fiction. His new book Stormbird is a working of the War of the Roses. In its favour it starts further back than most others with the death of Edward III, before moving on to the much interrupted reign of Henry VI. As a work of fiction it has some very strong points in it's favour, with only one obviously fictional character, it can weave a plausible narrative around, mostly, established facts. Although painting Richard Duke of York as all black with no grey is a little heavy handed. Queen Margaret of Anjou comes across as a strong resourceful character caught in a situation she never expected, and emerges, as recent historical documents suggest, as a forceful and full rounded person. Where there is a weakness is that the history has been compressed, and events, whilst following the known facts are presented as having happened too quickly. There really were long periods in medieval history where "nothing happened". This is perhaps not the fault of Iggulden as a writer, but merely a need to keep the "celebrities" in view. The story of Jack Cade, whilst enlightening, does perhaps need expanding, but as so little is known of him this becomes almost an obstacle rather than a license to expand beyond the "names". I did enjoy the book, but for the next volume maybe a little less emphasis on who, more on why.


The Collini Case
The Collini Case
by Ferdinand von Schirach
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 9.90

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rightly Praised, 3 Aug 2013
This review is from: The Collini Case (Hardcover)
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The Collini Case is an open and shut murder. An 84 year old man brutally murdered in a hotel room by Fabrizio Collini. He not only admits the murder, but turns himself in at the scene of the crime. A young lawyer, Caspar Leinen, draws the defence of the murderer. What makes it more difficult for him is that Collini will not talk, and he knew the victim. Slowly the motive begins to emerge, and it is whilst not unexpected, still shocking in the cold hearted description. But Ferdinand von Schirachs' real twist of events is saved for the end, one which shocks and surprises. Simply written and thoroughly engrossing it's a story which will grip, captivate and sadden all at once.


Hook, Line and Singer: A Sing-a-long Book
Hook, Line and Singer: A Sing-a-long Book
by Cerys Matthews
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.60

4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Perfect, 3 Aug 2013
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If you have children, or if like me you still enjoy simple songs and rhymes, and have a small amount of musical ability, then this is the book for the interminably wet summer days. Put together by Cerys Matthews, it's a compendium of most of the songs you remember from your childhood. Helpfully grouped by subject matter, they range from Baa-Baa Black Sheep to Nellie the Elephant, to name only one group. A joy. My slight reservation is that one or two are obviously Matthews family favourites, from a strong Welsh tradition, which I do not know. But I intend to learn them.


The Ashes According to Bumble
The Ashes According to Bumble
by David Lloyd
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.59

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Humour Doesn't Fully Translate, 3 Aug 2013
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David "Bumble" Lloyd is one of my favourite cricket commentators. Knowledgeable, humourous, irreverent and slightly grumpy. He played in an Ashes Series, famously having his "box" shattered by Geoff Thomson, and managing two more. His insight is valuable and his history of the game is almost peerless. In this book however it must be said that at times he rambles, whether this is the fault of Lloyd or his co-writer/assistant Richard Gibson, is immaterial. What does detract from the wonderful sense of the absurd is that he wanders off topic a little too much. As a commentator with someone to bounce off, Michael Holding springs to mind, his acerbic wit is at its best. Here that sounding board is missing. A book to read in "snatches".


Stephen Fry in His Own Words
Stephen Fry in His Own Words
by Stephen Fry
Edition: Audio CD
Price: 5.58

3.0 out of 5 stars Small Fry, 21 July 2013
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I think most people will know Stephen Fry as one of the most erudite and self deprecating men to have graced our screens and airwaves for a very long time. This 45 minute audio CD will give a flavour of what the man is like to those who don't know him. Covering various interviews from 1987 to 2010 (6 in total). He is as witty and charming as ever. My gripe? 45 minutes? Really? Could have easily filled a full CD.


Trail of Dead (A Scarlett Bernard Novel)
Trail of Dead (A Scarlett Bernard Novel)
by Melissa F. Olson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.04

4.0 out of 5 stars Chillingly Good, 21 July 2013
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This is the follow up to Dead Spots. Scarlett Bernard is a "Null". A freak of nature who suppresses the powers of Vampires, Werewolves and Witches. But she has an enemy even she cannot handle. Olivia her former mentor who was thought to be dead but is very much undead. The question how did this happen? As the story develops Olivia's back story comes to light, and what a twisted individual she is. Scarlett has other worries as well. She is a prime suspect in some very nasty murders, and she is torn between Detective Cruz and Emile the werewolf. What Melissa F Olson has created is a very dark world, and one that has even werewolves, vampires and witches hiding in fear. As the ending approaches the threat grows. Can Scarlett deal with the most powerful witch in LA, and her insane vampire ex mentor.....


The Crane Wife
The Crane Wife
by Patrick Ness
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 10.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, 20 Jun 2013
This review is from: The Crane Wife (Hardcover)
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A simple tale. A man, George, finds a crane in his back garden one night. But the Crane has an arrow through its wing. He romoves the arrow and the bird flies off. The next day he's not sure if it was all a dream or not. When a strange asian lady, Kumiko, enters his shop soon after, the attraction is instant and mutual. From this odd beginning Patrick Ness weaves a tale of love, loss, anger, redemption and forgiveness. Woven throughout is the Japanese folk story of the Crane and the Volcano. An engrossing and bewitching story beautifully told. The writing is beyond reproach and imbues otherwise 2 dimensional characters with a simple elegant beauty. Wonderful.


aeroSling XPE with DVD and Door Anchor
aeroSling XPE with DVD and Door Anchor
Price: 108.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Simple & Straightforward, 20 Jun 2013
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This is simple idea. Use your bodies own weight and resistance to build up core body strength and exercise your cardio vascular system. It hooks easily on to any solid door, as long as you have the space to deploy the straps you're ready to go. The DVD which comes with the product is a little basic, and I found the voice a little annoying. 2 slight caveats, I have seen others say it is "lightweight", compared to dumbells etc it is, but it will not aid your baggage allowance if you take it on a flight, also prolonged use of the hard handles is wearing. Weight lifters gloves are a must, perhaps on the next version a more cushioned grip will be available.
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