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The Horses in My Life
The Horses in My Life
by Monty Roberts
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A personal remembrance of 4 legged friends, 25 April 2007
This review is from: The Horses in My Life (Paperback)
Most people who have ever had anything to do with a horse, personally or from afar know who Monty Roberts is. This is a book that will have meaning to all horse lovers.

Unlike his previous books this is not instructive, it is a personal tribute to the horses who have shared his life and here you will encounter some well known names as well as his own favourites. In sharing his relationships with them with us he gives us rare insight into himself.

Well written and a nice gift for yourself or a friend.

Hammer of the Gods: Led Zeppelin Unauthorised
Hammer of the Gods: Led Zeppelin Unauthorised
by Stephen Davis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe everything you read - but do read this, 25 April 2007
The image of Led Zeppelin was carefully crafted by their larger than life manager Peter Grant and overseer Jimmy Page. Not everything you hear about them is true so read this and beware. But do read it.

This book gives you insight into their lives and characters and how what began in innocence spirralled into something even they could not control. The band became far bigger than any of them or their scary manager and those people who surrounded them did not always have their best interests at heart. Zeppelin was powerful, magical, mystical and sometimes frightening. The 4 of them were all multi talented in their own way and the combination awe inspiring. I don't think any other band has reached as many people as they did. But this too has to be taken with caution because although millions did hear, it is not sure whether they actually listened or understood.

This book is far better than the one written by Richard Cole their Road Manager, do not waste your money on that one unless you are a diehard fan and just want to see what he says. What this book does not really do though, is capture any of the magic of their music or their immense stage presence. I feel privilged to have seen them many times.

It is a great title, perfect really. Throughout their existence and even when Page and Plant re-united you had a feeling that this was Destiny.

Such great days, get the video of The Song Remains the Same and relive them, or better still buy the remixed albums.

Don't ask too many questions - it is better not to know.

Go for Wand (Thoroughbred Legends (Numbered))
Go for Wand (Thoroughbred Legends (Numbered))
by Bill Heller
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £21.50

5.0 out of 5 stars The Princess Remembered, 25 April 2007
I am California bred but have lived in England for many years where I prefer turf racing to all weather racing. In the days of Go For Wand I followed US dirt racing and this Granddaughter of Northern Dancer remains my all time favourite.

From the start she was a magical creature. Suberbly named, out of Obeah, out of Book of Verse, as her story and her talent unfolded she cast a spell over all of those who saw her.

Go For Wand was named Champion 2 Year Old Filly and was going for her 7th win as a 3 year old on the greatest stage - The Breeders Cup, against the current champion filly when disaster struck.

It was a day of mixed emotions, the roller coaster ride. The death of such a well loved racehorse in this high profile arena, and in the race following her 52 year old Lester Piggott returned to the saddle and won the Breeders Cup Mile on Royal Academy.

Go For Wand ran 13 times and was only out of the frame once. The day she died. She was named 3 year old Champion filly following her death and inducted into the Champions Hall Of Fame.

It was some years after her death before I could watch racing again so haunted was I by her demise.

This book is very hard to read whether you knew her or not, but this is a story that should be told. And although it sounds odd, her life though cut short, must be celebrated.

This is the story of The Princess and she deserves to be remembered. In the end it was her spirit, so repesentative of the thoroughbred that called me back to racing.

If you have ever loved a horse this story will break your heart - but it also makes it soar. She was the ultimate racehorse.

Finely written and well remembered.

Secretariat: The Making of a Champion
Secretariat: The Making of a Champion
by William Nack
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Impossible to capture the legend of Secretariat, 25 April 2007
Secretariat was a giant of a horse in so many ways. His heart and his girth far surpassed that of ordinary thoroughbreds, but there was much more to him than that. It is an impossible task to capture all that he was in mere words and this author had a hard task but rose to it admirably.

If I have one main criticism, this book would have benefitted greatly from colour photos of him on the track and at stud, his huge presence was captured well on film.

His story is entertwined with that of all of those who bred, owned, trained and rode him and sometimes their lives seem to nearly overwhelm his own story. However his is the greater presence by far and in the end you realise that all of them were simply waiting for him to come.

If you know anything about racing you will already know that he shattered records, won hearts and was more famous than any other athlete of his time. But even in England where I now live his legend is well known and as James Willoughby thoroughbred expert said, his perfomace in the Belmont Stakes is the one by which all other thoroughbred performances are judged.

If you can read this book and not be moved you are not alive! Buy it, but also try your best to find footage of him racing, especially his Belmont.

To read more about Secretariat, his origins and his career have a look at an American site dedicated to the thoroughbred. [...]

Man O' War (Black Stallion)
Man O' War (Black Stallion)
by Walter Farley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.44

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This captures the spirit of one of the all time great champions, 25 April 2007
Man O' War is my idea of the most perfect racehorse, a lion on the track, a ladies man at stud and a gentleman in his stable. This story is the classic book about him and the one you have to read. In our time racing takes a back seat to other sports and racehorses are sadly soon forgotten. In the days of Man O' War however they were national heroes.

This will take you back in time and make you feel as if you really were there when he ran his races and when the great horse finally left this world.

The book and film Seabiscuit reminded everyone of the champion American racehorses of the past, but Man O' War is the original, and possibly still the greatest. In fact Seabiscuit was his grandson and the horse he duelled with War Admiral, his son.

A worthy tribute to his thunder.

Passage To Power: Natural Menopause Revolution
Passage To Power: Natural Menopause Revolution
by Leslie Kenton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Debunks the menopause myth, 25 April 2007
Leslie Kenton has long been a pioneer in the field of health and beauty advocating natural paths to optimum life.

To use or not to use HRT is a personal choice of each woman but women are often denied all of the knowledge needed to make an informed decision. I feel that we are being misled by the medical prefession who have amassed large amounts of money by selling us the dream of immortality, or at the very least extended youth!

This is a deep and controversial subject, not least when you learn that one of the most commonly used HRT presecriptions is prematin, so named as it comes form the urine of pregnanbt mares. These same mares are kept pregnant, their offspring removed, so that we can partake of this substance. To me this violation of a female goes against the idea of women as nurturing and caring.

If you read this book you will learn that in some parts of the world women have no menopause symptoms and it is our western way of life and programming that lead us to the conclusion that getting old has to be painful and unrewarding.

This book is well researched and written but not always that easy to read. There is so much information that you can sometimes feel overwhelmed. But it offers us better methods of dealing with the menopause and gives us back our freedom of choice.

The Raw Energy Bible: Packed With Raw Energy Goodness and Food Combining Facts
The Raw Energy Bible: Packed With Raw Energy Goodness and Food Combining Facts
by Leslie Kenton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of her best works, 25 April 2007
Leslie Kenton was my guru when she was Beauty Editor at Harpers. She challenged old ideas and put new ones to us with insight and much research. This book is still one of her very best and this rework of it brings it bang up-to-date. She has always been a pioneer in beauty, health and spiritual enlightenment.

This is a basic book for anyone interested in how raw food is easier for us to digest than the cooked equivalent. She shows us how and why to eat raw as much as possible and she does it in a practical, easy to understand manner.

I'm a Nutritional Therapist ansd this work inspired me to care more about what I ate, and eventually to study to be a practitioner.

The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living
The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living
by The Dalai Lama
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The living fire, 25 April 2007
This book is so wonderful, like a breath of fresh air in our stale polluted world.

It is time for us to acknowlege our elders and to learn from those who have gone before us. In our normal day to day life we may not have contact with wise men - and this book fills the void. But what it does best is to teach us to open our eyes and be grateful for what we do have in our lives, to believe in small miracles and to find them.

A simple joy that is available to all.

Story of Mount Vernon: Home of the Bach Flower Remedies
Story of Mount Vernon: Home of the Bach Flower Remedies
by Judy Ramsell Howard
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The story of the home of Bach Flower Remedies, 25 April 2007
Judy Howard is one of the Trsutees at the Bach centre at Mount Vernon and as such a guardian of the legacy of Dr Bach.

She does a wonderful job passing on his knowledge and preserving his philosophy and is a teacher on their courses.

Mount Vernon is a magical and special place and I recommend that all who have ever used a Bach remedy visit the house where he lived and where the mother tinctures for the remedies are still made today.

In our world so much medicine is backed by massive pharmaceutical companies that it is impossible to warm to or feel at ease with. In contrast Mount Vernon is a tiny seemingly ordinary house in the country with a small garden packed full of flowers and plants, and the love of all of those who have tended it over the years.

This is the story of how this house came to be the home of Dr Bach and how it remained the home of the legacy after his death.

It is one of the magical secret places left untouched by time and so called progress. This book will take you on the pilgrimage.

The Medical Discoveries Of Edward Bach Physician
The Medical Discoveries Of Edward Bach Physician
by Nora Weeks
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £7.99

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful and informative book, 25 April 2007
Nora Weeks was Dr Bach's loyal and hard working assistant during the years he found and perfected the system of 38 flower remedies known as Bach Flower Remedies.

When he died the remedies were then not greatly known and it was left to Nora to ensure that they continued to be available to the public and that the philosophy of Dr Bach was not lost by modernisation. Nora was a remarkable woman and without her the Bach centre at Mount Vernon where Dr Bach lived and where the remedies are still made may not have survived. That his legacy continues today is in a great part due to her.

This book is her tribute to him and charts his medical life and discoveries. As you read this you cannot help but think how classic a tale it is and how far ahead of his time he was. His system of 38 remedies and his ideas are as relevant today as they were in his own time.

Anyone who uses the remedies without knowing about Dr Bach is only obtaining half of the benefits from their use - get this book and understand why they were created, and maybe you will also learn a bit more about yourself too.

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