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Urban Grimshaw and the Shed Crew
Urban Grimshaw and the Shed Crew
by Bernard Hare
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gipping and immensely readable, 26 Sep 2012
Through the son of an ex partner the author meets and gradually gains the trust of a group of children. The book charts his relationships with them and events in all their lives over a few years against a backdrop of high rise flats and streets of old terraces in inner city Leeds.

The incredibly vivid writing gives the book quite an apocalyptic feel to it at times The children, still quite young at the start live chaotic lives outside society where normal rules don't apply. Their lawless outlook and lack of boundaries is shocking and disturbing. The author himself is no ordinary adult either. Despite a conventional upbringing he is something of a maverick and readers might be surprised at times by how tolerant he is of the children's activities.

This is an extraordinarily well written book and cleverly depicts how hard it is for those on the outside to get in. It is a grim tale that will succeed in leaving readers thinking. I note some people think there is exaggeration in the book. I have lived in this area and sadly there is no exaggeration, just a side of life more fortunate people don't experience.

It is a gripping and immensely readable book and strangely, given the subject matter also very funny in places, containing some of the most witty writing I have ever read. To my knowledge he has not written any books which is a shame.


Lost Angel
Lost Angel
Price: 5.31

3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as earlier work, 5 Sep 2012
This review is from: Lost Angel (Kindle Edition)
I have to say I am disappointed in Mandasue lately. Her earlier books had gritty, believable and likeable charaters as well as original storylines. This is indistinguishable from many others of a similar ilk. The characters are 2 dimensional, all of them hard to like or really believe in. I feel she is using a formula now and rushing out her books, a shame as in her earlier work her characters really lived and breathed and lead the plot.

I have given it 3 stars as the plot is fast paced albeit with more holes than an seive. As it doesn't need much concentration it makes a decent beach read. Even so I think she ran out of ideas as the ending seemed to be added on as an afterthought and was really a bit strange.


Tenda W308R 300Mbps Wireless Broadband Router
Tenda W308R 300Mbps Wireless Broadband Router
Offered by PreisCompany
Price: 25.36

1.0 out of 5 stars Keep the receipt!, 10 Aug 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
It worked fine - for a couple of months then just STOPPED working for no apparent reason. There is no customer support - the only helpline appears to be an overseas number and when I did get desperate enough to try and ring it didn't work. I have messed about for ages with no help available to try and get it to work. Time as well as money wasted.


Catching Babies: A Midwife's Tale
Catching Babies: A Midwife's Tale
by Sheena Byrom
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed, 10 July 2012
It is hard to make a memoir of midwifery dull yet the writer of this book managed to acheive just that. It felt more like a cross between a school textbook and an essay than a memoir. Very poorly written, it rushes along from start to end with no real detail. There was nothing to bring the memories to life - there were a few anecdotes there could have been made into something interesting - but they were just brushed over as unimportant. Strangely for a book srongly advocating person centered midwifery the patients hardly get a mention; certainly there are no stronly drawn characters to create any interest. Is she protecting identities I wonder as this is a relatively recent memoir?

As the main theme of the book seems to be changing midwifery practices it would have been nice if there had been anything thought provoking to leave the reader with. Sadlly, the reader is not credited with much intelligence. They are told it like it is. Medical intervention including epidurals is BAD. While I agree with much of it (and I didn't need to read this book to do so) I wonder how many women rue the introduction of epidurals???
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