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The Agent Runner
The Agent Runner
by Simon Conway
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.79

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One day, all thrillers will be made like this., 26 Sep 2014
This review is from: The Agent Runner (Paperback)
This is the latest high-octane thriller from the award winning Simon Conway ('A Loyal Spy', CWA Steel Dagger Award 2010). Conway's speciality is the world of espionage and terrorism in the murky middle ground where heroes and villains become inter-changeable. Conway is one of those enormously talented, literary writers who both use and explore the thriller genre to pursue some very uncomfortable truths about the modern world of politics and power, while keeping the reader on a roller coaster ride of thrills and danger. His new novel is an ingenious tale of cross, double-cross and triple-cross in the perilous borderlands of Pakistan and Afghanistan where spies from MI6 and ISI fight a game with the highest of stakes. With a nod to the Realpolitik of The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, 'The Agent Runner' sets the bar for the modern thriller higher than ever before. An unforgettable read and Conway's best book yet.


The Mouth of the Fleet
The Mouth of the Fleet
Price: £2.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Proustian Psychogeography, 2 Nov 2013
This is an enthralling and mesmerising read. On the face of it a story about a man's alienation from his family, his job and his past, it is a gripping journey to the heart of darkness in every individual, by way of brutal family secrets and betrayals. The buried river, the Fleet, looms large as a beautiful but also mysterious and sometimes sinister motif for what Arnold called The Buried Life. Profound emotional issues are treated with a deceptive lightness of touch and the hunan story remains utterly compelling. A very unusual and utterly original novel that will leave its imprint on your imagination long after you've finished reading.


The Mouth of the Fleet
The Mouth of the Fleet
Price: £2.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Proustian Psychogeography, 2 Nov 2013
This is an enthralling and mesmerising read. On the face of it a story about a man's alienation from his family, his job and his past, it is a gripping journey to the heart of darkness in every individual, by way of brutal family secrets and betrayals. The buried river, the Fleet, looms large as a beautiful but also mysterious and sometimes sinister motif for what Arnold called The Buried Life. Profound emotional issues are treated with a deceptive lightness of touch and the hunan story remains utterly compelling. A very unusual and utterly original novel that will leave its imprint on your imagination long after you've finished reading.


Duronic HDS3 Mini 3 Port Gold HDMI Auto Switch PIANO BLACK 3x1 (3 way input 1 output HDMI Switcher)
Duronic HDS3 Mini 3 Port Gold HDMI Auto Switch PIANO BLACK 3x1 (3 way input 1 output HDMI Switcher)
Offered by DURONIC
Price: £49.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Can't get it to switch automatically, 5 May 2011
This seems like a good, compact piece of equipment which certainly serves to split my one hdmi port into two. But it won't switch automatically between the two. I have a Virgin V+ box and an LG Blu-Ray player plugged in. The Blu-Ray player takes over when you switch it on, but when you switch it off the Virgin TV service doesn't come back on, you have to switch manually. If anyone has any tips on how to fix this I'd be very grateful.


Wendy & Lucy [DVD]
Wendy & Lucy [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michelle Williams
Price: £9.90

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pure cinematic masterpiece., 21 Mar 2010
This review is from: Wendy & Lucy [DVD] (DVD)
I think the reviewers who complain that this film is slow have really missed out on a marvellous experience. This is pure cinema, in the way that the great silent movies were, or more recently Robert Bresson. It's not about getting quickly from one plot point to another, it's about the joy of getting there. With almost no script and barely any story, this is all about the performances and perhaps even more importantly the csmera - perfect shots chosen everytime, loaded with narrative, implication, feeling and meaning. It feels as if anyone with enough money and technology can make a crowd-pleasing blockbuster, but only someone with an eye and a heart could make a film as memorable and effective as this.


My Extremely Good Story Collection (Charlie & Lola)
My Extremely Good Story Collection (Charlie & Lola)
by Lauren Child
Edition: MP3 CD
Price: £9.99

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awkward Format Fairly Easily Fixed, 11 Feb 2009
As always, Lauren Child's stories are wonderful, so we were very pleased to find this Audio CD. Like others I was puzzled when it wouldn't play, and I got a replacement. When that wouldn't play either I looked into it a bit more and found, like others, that although it doesn't say so on the cover, it's MP3 format. So I imported the stories into iTunes on my PC, then created a playlist of the five stories, then put in a blank CD-R and burned the stories to the disk. It took about ten minutes. Now it will play on any machine.


Surf
Surf

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A postscript to my review, 7 Feb 2006
This review is from: Surf (Audio CD)
In fact don't buy the UK version of SURF, buy the Japanese import, because the two extra tracks, YOUR SMILE HAS STOPPED THE HANDS OF TIME and CROSSING NEWBURY STREET are yet more masterpieces of musical beauty!


Surf
Surf

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Contemporary Masterpiece, 1 Dec 2005
This review is from: Surf (Audio CD)
After years of being asked, 'when are you going to make an acoustic album', Roddy Frame has finally done it with 2003's SURF. After 22 years of superlative recording he has managed to record his masterpiece. This is Roddy's 'Blonde on Blonde', his 'Songs for Swingin' Lovers', his 'Sgt Pepper'. The music and lyrics are as intelligent, inventive and addictive as you might expect - but the real revelation is Roddy's astonishing voice. There is not a male singer-songwriter in the world today who is not eclipsed by the gifts on show here. I've had this CD for two years, but I still can't stop playing it, and having seen Roddy perform many of these songs live recently I expect to be playing it almost constantly for a long time to come. Sad, touching, evocative, lyrical, funny, sardonic, heart-breaking - this is a towering achievement.


The Groundwater Diaries: Trials, Tributaries and Tall Stories from Beneath the Streets of London
The Groundwater Diaries: Trials, Tributaries and Tall Stories from Beneath the Streets of London
by Tim Bradford
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.38

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, Inventive, Surprising and True, 1 Jun 2005
This is a marvellous read - the humour is sharp, the observations perceptive, the wealth of information breath-taking. It's a first rate piece of writing from a great new talent who has the skill and confidence to tear up the rule books and create something new and dazzling.


Power In The Darkness
Power In The Darkness
Price: £9.99

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Seminal Album for Our Times and All Time, 25 Jan 2005
This review is from: Power In The Darkness (Audio CD)
Twenty-seven years on and TRB's POWER IN THE DARKNESS remains an album of astonishing power and impact. Hearing it in 1977 was a joy - assured, stirring, grown-up rock that helped to politicise an entire generation of teenagers. Hearing it again, expanded to include the first two single releases, plus live tracks and the haunting remix of the title track, is possibly a more stirring experience than ever - not because of any sense of nostalgia for the punk barricades, but because it is a startling reminder of the timidity of so much of today's mainstream pop and rock. Remember, TRB had HITS, and managed to sing about politics, personal issues and revolution at the same time. The music: blistering guitars and a rhythm section at full tilt; the voice: angry, passionate, utterly committed; the lyrics: courageous, incisive, provocative, witty. A masterpiece.
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