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The Scientist's Cat
The Scientist's Cat

4.0 out of 5 stars Well-written and original..., 20 Oct. 2013
Good writing style, interesting plot, enjoyable humour - altogether a pleasurable read. The ending could have done with a little more thought (and possibly the return of Inner Peace). I will be looking out for more from this writer and love the fact that it is a self-published book.


Philosophy for Life: And other dangerous situations
Philosophy for Life: And other dangerous situations
by Jules Evans
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't regret buying this..., 24 Mar. 2013
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Interesting, erudite and thought-provoking. The only hesitation I have in recommending it are the frequent anecdotes from American servicemen and women. Armies need obedient trained killers, and although I understand that stoicism may help them cope with their situation, philosophy should encourage autonomy. No army could operate with entirely independent, free-thinking individuals so I can't help thinking that the type of philosophy/stoicism they are being taught must be somewhat limited. For that reason, I would have preferred examples from people operating in a less regimented environment. The author is very honest and passionate about his subject which was touching to read, and I have already bought another copy as a gift for a friend.


Property Magic: How to Buy Property Using Other People's Time, Money and Experience
Property Magic: How to Buy Property Using Other People's Time, Money and Experience
by Simon Zutshi
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.69

40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure how ethical it really is..., 24 Mar. 2013
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Although this book contained some interesting advice and suggestions for buying/letting property, his constant (somewhat desperate) assertion that his method was ethical left me feeling jaded. In some cases it seems fine to buy a property for below market value (P.62 where the half-converted property had been repossessed as there was no planning permission)and others where it seems exploitative and unpleasant (P.66 where the buyers managed to get an old ladies house for half its market value). I would have more respect for the author if he didn't keep asserting that his methods always culminated in a win-win situation. Profiteering from other people's misfortune and ignorance is not ethical no matter how many times you assert it is - and it certainly doesn't constitute the needy sellers 'winning'.
It is possible to use his method ethically, but you need to make sure greed doesn't cloud your vision.


Basics Design: Design Thinking: 8
Basics Design: Design Thinking: 8
by Gavin Ambrose
Edition: Paperback
Price: £23.50

3.0 out of 5 stars Great content - appalling layout..., 21 Dec. 2012
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The best design is when you don't notice you are using it - like a comfortable shoe or the London underground map - beautifully simple. Unfortunately the layout of this book is so over-complicated that you miss half of the points that are being made. The content is interesting, relevant and useful (deserves 5 stars) but the layout makes it so frustrating and hard to decipher that I honestly couldn't recommend it.


Just Looking Thanks!: The Straight-Forward Guide to Creating Brilliant Customer Service
Just Looking Thanks!: The Straight-Forward Guide to Creating Brilliant Customer Service
by Alf Dunbar
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit out of date..., 11 Nov. 2012
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Short and easy to read, this book has a few helpful suggestions (make eye-contact, greet your customer, etc) but I think it is a bit out of date given today's dog eat dog climate. It might be useful for young sales assistants, but other than that I would suggest something a bit more in-depth (Smart Retail is very good).


The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
by Gretchen Rubin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

53 of 63 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cashing in on the self-help genre..., 9 Nov. 2012
What a smug individual - I wonder if she has a sore shoulder from patting herself on the back so much? For example; she organised a party for her mother-in-law and goes into detail about how she didn't expect any acknowledgement, praise or help even though she was busy...instead she wrote about it in a book so now the whole world knows. She continually reminds us that she went to Yale and is/was a successful lawyer, is happily married and has a great flat in New York. She devotes a whole chapter to cleaning her home...honestly? She just seems to be congratulating herself on doing rather mundane things. I am half way through the book and not sure I can bear to finish it. I would have preferred to spend the money on a parking ticket.


The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
by Jonas Jonasson
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Hooray - something a bit different..., 6 Oct. 2012
How refreshing to read a plot that hasn't been done a hundred times before. I also think it was very well translated; so often translations can be a bit stilted. (If you like something a bit different try 'One Big Damn Puzzler' by John Harding - another original storyline.)


Herve Moran: The Genius of French Poster Art
Herve Moran: The Genius of French Poster Art
by PIE Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely charming..., 27 April 2012
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What a treat to look at artwork that hasn't been touched by a computer. This book is utterly charming...I only wish the pages were bigger so I could really appreciate the penmanship.


It's Your Time You're Wasting: A Teacher's Tales of Classroom Hell
It's Your Time You're Wasting: A Teacher's Tales of Classroom Hell
by Frank Chalk
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.79

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amusing and honest..., 27 April 2012
Some years ago I worked as a teaching assistant in a local secondary school and it was a real eye-opener. You are like a CCTV camera watching which teachers can cope with their pupils, which ones have no discipline whatsoever and which ones are on the brink of a nervous break-down. It was one of the most fascinating, insightful jobs I've had and made me realise that nothing on earth would induce me to do a PGCE and join their ranks. This book says it how it is - you may not like it - but that's the truth of modern British education today. What a waste of talent...both the teachers and the pupils. I especially recommend it to anyone thinking of becoming a teacher...
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Start Small Finish Big
Start Small Finish Big
Price: £8.39

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't find the lessons in it..., 27 April 2012
I was hoping for practical advice but this book is mainly anecdotes about how some fairly successful businesses started out small on a tight budget. There isn't much substance here - if you want substance you have to read a book by Jim Collins. Fred De Luca (who started Subway) sounds like a nice person and is obviously very successful, but this book reads like a motivational speech rather than an informative business book.


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