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Bittersweet: The Story of Sugar
Bittersweet: The Story of Sugar
by Peter Macinnis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.20

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet, 18 Jan. 2004
The title of this book is very apt. It is an informative read and at the end one realises that the human history of sugar has bought it's fair share of suffereing. At 176 pages, don't expect an encyclopaedic work. What you do get in abundance is the history of sugar production and trade.

Library: An Unquiet History
Library: An Unquiet History
by Matthew Battles
Edition: Hardcover

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Library: an unquiet history, 18 Jan. 2004
An easy reading potted history of libraries throughout history and geography. This book reminds one of the somewhat depressing side to the development of libraries; their use and destruction for political ends, often including the users! Especially poignant was the 20th century library destructions, in an age where we should know better. This book suffers from being too short. Just when you want to go delving into the back shelves of a subject, the author moves you on.

Colours Of The Mountain
Colours Of The Mountain
by Da Chen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Colours of the Mountain, 18 Jan. 2004
This is a delightfully refreshing well written book about the triumph of human determination in the face of difficuties brought about by politics. Many chinese memoirs are tragic and depressing, this book whilst it has its fair share of hardship, succeeds in keeping a positive, at times humourous angle on life. The story follows Da Chen's adolescence through to his dream being fulfilled. Although brought up in rural China, an westerner can recognise the human emotions, both good and bad that he experiences.

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