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Five Little Ducks (Classic Books with Holes)
Five Little Ducks (Classic Books with Holes)
by Annie Kubler
Edition: Board book
Price: 4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Baby's book with a twist, 20 July 2013
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I was a little afraid that I was prematurely introducing my grand-daughter to tragedy, but all turns out for the best in the end!


Incey Wincey Spider: BSL (Sign & Singalong)
Incey Wincey Spider: BSL (Sign & Singalong)
by Annie Kubler
Edition: Board book
Price: 3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A spider to love, 20 July 2013
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I love it because my 20 month old grand-daughter loves it. It is funny and inventive and also traditional. Perfect for "Granny-Granddaughter" bonding.


The Echo of a Troubled Soul
The Echo of a Troubled Soul
by Joy C. Agwu
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.59

4.0 out of 5 stars an African 'Pilgrims' Progress', 9 Feb 2013
This book is a breath of fresh air. Set in Nigeria, it is the story of four people who come together: an old man called Tom, a young man called Harry and two young girls,Jane and Nora. Not a lot happens, but the characters talk to one another, preach at one another,recite poetry to one another, joke with one another, but most importantly, they look after one another. I suppose you could call it an African 'Pilgrims' Progress'.
The whole book is only 60 pages long, but I read it in 3 sessions, about 20 pages at a time,to give myself time to savour the richness of the prose and the complications of the plot.
I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys quirky, original writing. Joy Agwa is a natural story-teller, I hope that there is more to come.


Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette Before the Revolution 1936
Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette Before the Revolution 1936
by Nesta Helen Webster
Edition: Paperback
Price: 19.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best biography of louis XVI and marie antoinette, 8 Oct 2010
I do not think that this account of the French Revolution as seen from the side of the monarchy has ever been bettered.


25 Chapters of My Life: The Memoirs of Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna
25 Chapters of My Life: The Memoirs of Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna
by Grand Duchess of Russia Ol?ga Aleksandrovna
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.99

32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unique and unmissable memoirs, 11 Aug 2010
Since reading Raymond Massie's 'Nicholas and Alexandra' I have been fascinated by the fate of the Romanovs in the Russian Revolution. This is the story of the 'Ones Who Got Away'.
What I found really fascinating was the amount of liberty allowed to the Grand Duchess even as a young girl, she seems to have gone wherever she liked unchaperoned. Even more impressive is the way that she took the hardships and the demands made on her as a hospital nurse during the Great War in her stride.
The first chapters are interesting as a record, 'from the horse's mouth' so to speak, of the life of the Imperial Family before The Revolution; while the last chapters are riveting with their descriptions of Russia in chaos during the Revolution.
This is a must have book for anyone interested in Russia, the Romanovs, the Revolution, or World War I.


Elizabeth and Georgiana: The Two Loves of the Duke of Devonshire
Elizabeth and Georgiana: The Two Loves of the Duke of Devonshire
by Caroline Chapman
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absorbing and enthralling account of aristocratic life in the 18th century, 28 July 2010
All the way through Amanda Foreman's "Georgiana" I kept wondering why she was working so hard at hiding the real story. This book not only tells that story,but the three main characters: Bess, the Duke and Georgiana, all emerge as far more human and likeable people than Ms.Foreman's very biased account allowed them to.

The story is of three aristocrats who used their very privileged positions to find a creative and imaginative solution to their various problems. Bess found a home for herself and her children, two of them fathered by the Duke; Georgiana found someone to keep the Duke happy, while still holding on to the title of Duchess of Devonshire,(one of the most prestigious titles in Europe);and the Duke not only found a compatible companion but even managed to produce a legitimate heir.

We learn most of the story through Bess's own very capable pen. It took me four delightful days to read the book: I was torn between finding out what happened as fast as possible, and savouring the story along the way.

This is a book that I will return to again and again.


Memoirs of the Courts of Louis XV and XVI. Being secret memoirs of Madame Du Hausset, lady's maid to Madame de Pompadour, and of the Princess Lamballe - Volume 6
Memoirs of the Courts of Louis XV and XVI. Being secret memoirs of Madame Du Hausset, lady's maid to Madame de Pompadour, and of the Princess Lamballe - Volume 6
by Mme. Du Hausset
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

1.0 out of 5 stars waste of time and money, 28 July 2010
These are not the memoirs of Madame Du Hausset as claimed on the bookcover. They are brief extracts from the "Secret Memoirs of the Princess Lamballe edited by Catherine Hyde" which, although entirely unreliable, is a good read;a fact which you would not gather from this booklet. The production is amateur in the extreme: a poorly produced typescript abounding in typos. I am returning my copy to Amazon, although I was tempted to keep it near the computer as a reminder to be very careful of what I order from the internet in the future.


Lalo: Symphonie espagnole
Lalo: Symphonie espagnole

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars easy listening but a little lacking in excitement., 4 Jun 2010
This rendition of edouard lalo's Symphonie Espagnole makes very pleasant background listening but for me it lacks passion.


Madame De Pompadour
Madame De Pompadour
by Christine Pevitt
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating and informative biography of Madame de Pompadour, 21 April 2010
This review is from: Madame De Pompadour (Hardcover)
This book should be required reading for any student of the French Revolution. Christine Algrant has a masterly grasp of the politics and personalities of the court of Louis XV and a light touch in passing her knowledge on to us.
It is true that we never really get close to Madame de Pompadour herself, but she probably didn't know what she was really like herself. What she did know was how to to wield power, but not how to use it for the benefit of the State and its inhabitants!
If you want to understand how gargantuan a task Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette faced when they came to the throne in 1774,read this book;it is a litany of lost chances, wasted time and frivolity taking the place of statecraft, whilst France drifted ever closer to 'The Deluge'.


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