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Brighton Rock (Vintage classics)
Brighton Rock (Vintage classics)
by Graham Greene
Edition: Paperback

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating depiction of the seedier side of Brighton, 27 Mar 2010
Brighton Rock has gained a certain notoriety almost beyond people being very familiar with the storyline itself - many approaching it due to its connection with Brighton than due to a familiarity with Graham Greene. Its interest, and powerful documentation of a seedy 'underworld' - the 'shabby secret behind the bright corsage' - is emphasised in the fact a second film adaptation is currently being filmed.

The first time I read Brighton Rock, I was quite confused - as another reviewer has said, Hale is introduced to the reader seemingly as a central character only to fade away fairly soon after the opening - a very intriguing way of introducing the story. Pinkie is chillingly calm and calculating, and his pairing with Rose only serves to emphasise this. Some of the Catholic undertones were lost to me on first reading, but at whatever level, whether for its murder story or simply for its fascinating depiction of a run-down Brighton behind the bright facade, it's well worth picking up.


Insiders' Guide to Applying to University: Daily Telegraph Guide
Insiders' Guide to Applying to University: Daily Telegraph Guide
by Karla Fitzhugh
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest and useful guide, 25 Mar 2010
The book is a really useful tool for uni applicants - what's involved, the tests you can take to discern your interests, weighing up interests vs career prospects, plus tips from careers advisers and current students. Worth reading.


You're Hired! Interview: Tips and techniques for a brilliant interview
You're Hired! Interview: Tips and techniques for a brilliant interview
by Judi James
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written and useful guide, 25 Mar 2010
I remember an employer telling me that body language makes such an impact on an interviewer (folded arms, leg position, eye contact etc), and also that the first and last 60 seconds are possibly the most crucial - those are the parts that stick in the interviewer's memory. This book examines the psychology behind interviews and what body language tells the interviewer and I found it really eye-opening. It's also really well written by an expert, which makes all the difference!


Getting Into Law (Getting Into Series)
Getting Into Law (Getting Into Series)
by Carl Lygo
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful guide, 25 Mar 2010
This contains lots of useful info on timescales for thinking about applying to do law, preparing for interview and case studies of people who've got into the profession. Worthwhile reading.


The Victorians
The Victorians
by Jeremy Paxman
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great angle on an oft-documented period of history, 23 Mar 2010
This review is from: The Victorians (Paperback)
I was firstly surprised to find this was almost novel-like in size - most unusual for this type of book, but actually means it's easy to carry around/read on the train etc! Nervertheless there are reproductions of the paintings dotted throughout so it's not all text. It's clear Paxman is really enthused by his subject, which is always important when approaching topics of this kind - the Victorians are so frequently written about, but this provides an enjoyable and unique angle. Definitely deserves to be widely read - shows that history can be understood not simply as a lists of dates and events, but by appreciating the works of the people of the age in the form of paintings (or indeed, works of literature) and how they felt about, and portrayed, the age in which they lived.


Live & Work in France: The most accurate, practical and comprehensive guide to living and working in France
Live & Work in France: The most accurate, practical and comprehensive guide to living and working in France
by Jack Sims
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well written, helpful and clear, 9 Feb 2010
Bought this with Buying a House in France 2009 on the back of the positive reviews below and wasn't disappointed - this covers the basics of everything you need to know about living in France, with lots of tips and contacts as well as maps, useful driving info, details about working permits etc. The lower reviews for this book seem to be for the old edition, but I haven't had any problems with the new one! Would definitely recommend it; well written, helpful and clear.


Live & Work in New Zealand: The most accurate, practical and comprehensive guide to living in New Zealand
Live & Work in New Zealand: The most accurate, practical and comprehensive guide to living in New Zealand
by Susan James
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of advice to help (and tempt!) the wannabe emigrant, 3 Feb 2010
Having enjoyed visiting my girlfriend's aunt and uncle in NZ I'm sorely tempted to move there myself. As the book says, the clean environment, high standard of living and more relaxed pace of life attract a large number of emigrants every year. Live and Work in New Zealand gives impartial advice about the pros and cons of moving (although it's also full of colour photos which are inclined to give me more pros than cons!) It's colour-coded and helpfully grouped together so it's really easy to find all the information and you don't need to wade through loads of stuff to get to what you want. I was pleased to see it's written by someone who's moved to New Zealand herself so is actually well qualified to talk about the subject!


Live and Work in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg (Live & Work)
Live and Work in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg (Live & Work)
by Andre de Vries
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars all the info you need, 29 Jan 2010
Mr de Vries knows what he's talking about. This is a great guide for anyone thinking of moving to Belgium, what the average salaries are, who the major employers are. I've also got Live & Work in Brussels, which is a good companion guide if you're thinking of living in the capital city.


Live & Work in Australia: The most accurate, practical and comprehensive guide to living and working in Australia
Live & Work in Australia: The most accurate, practical and comprehensive guide to living and working in Australia
by Jodie McMullen-Seal
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.45

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great guide for the move down under, 29 Jan 2010
I've always wanted to move to Oz but was always a bit worried about the strict entry requirements and whether I'd cope with the culture shock when I got there - coming from the UK, how would I cope with the fact that many of the major cities are separated from each other by miles and miles of desolate outback? This book is full of all the right sort of practical info about what it's ACTUALLY like to live in Austrlia, definitely a good resource for anyone considering the move down under. Recommended.


Not Fade Away: The Life and Music of Buddy Holly
Not Fade Away: The Life and Music of Buddy Holly
by John Gribbin
Edition: Hardcover

25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece of rock 'n' roll, 7 Jan 2009
Although Holly died several years before I was even born, his music has always held a fascination for me. The fact that he influenced so many people, from The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan to Blink 182 and Weezer is something pretty special, and this is an absorbing introduction into his life and music.

It's obvious the author, John Gribbin, is a devoted fan, providing his account with an enthusiasm that is catching. As he says, at the age of 22 and 5 months (the age Holly died), Lennon had just had his first number one single and first album with The Beatles...the way Lennon's career developed gives a hint as to what a talent like Holly's might have achieved.

With an account of every recording session and a small photo-plate section this is a fascinating insight into the man who produced such enduring classics as That'll Be the Day, Maybe Baby, Peggy Sue and Brown Eyed Handsome Man. A stylish and brilliant book to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a great man.


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