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From Eden EP
From Eden EP
Price: £1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Love it, 15 Mar. 2016
This review is from: From Eden EP (MP3 Download)
Great gutsy voice and love the sound but it's the lyrics that grab me, intelligent and self aware. He mentions James Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as an influence and I can hear a similar exploriation of crushing weight of Irish Catholicisim in his references to Eden, heaven hell and sin and sex. If he wrote a novel I'd buy it. He's a poet.


The Meursault Investigation
The Meursault Investigation
by Kamel Daoud
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars to take on one of the greatest novels of the 20th century and question it, 7 Mar. 2016
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A brave thing to do, to take on one of the greatest novels of the 20th century and question it, criticise it. Demand answers of it.
Daoud said the idea for the novel, which he describes as a dialogue with Camus, took form more than four years ago after a French reporter came to Algeria to write about Camus’s legacy and interviewed him. This gave Daoud the brilliant idea of writing a response to Camus's text, to give the un-named Arab, shot by Camus's existential anti-hero Mersault on an Algerian beach, a name, a family and identity.

The novel's real interest lies in the unsettling insights the reader gets into post-revolutionary Algeria. After all, the shooting of a French man by a Algerian Arab man- rehearses the whole colonial enterprise and the concatenation of events that inevitably damage the colonisers and those colonised.
This book caused huge interest in France because Daoud is Algerian, an articulate, intelligent man and can talk about Islamic terrorism, existentialism, Camus, France and its appalling relationship with Algeria with dignity and insight.
If the book isn’t as tightly wrought as it might be, there are never the less passages that are moving and powerful. Daoud suffered a Facebook fatwa as a result of the book and comments he made in the media but says he won't leave his country of birth.

Ironically there are elements of the absurd about the plight of Kamel Daoud himself, an Algerian writer whose debut novel reaped glowing international reviews, literary honours and then, suddenly, demands for his public execution. He’s a writer to watch. The translation is good but reading it in French is best; it's the language of Algeria’s colonisers but the language Daoud chose in order to reach a wide audience. Perhaps he didn't expect the storm of controversy, praise and abuse he received. But the book will continue to make waves into the future, I expect.


Babar and the Wully-Wully
Babar and the Wully-Wully
by Laurent de Brunhoff
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 3 Dec. 2015
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Love it and so did Anna age 5. Her fabourite bedtime story.


Maps for Lost Lovers
Maps for Lost Lovers
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Over-written but interesting, 3 Dec. 2015
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As other reviewers point out, the novel is oozing with lush poetic, metaphorical language and imagery which comes, the author suggests, from the traditions of Urdu poetry and Mughal art. This is very beautiful sometimes but gets repetitive. It is really too much of a good thing, rather like being force-fed turkish delight.

However, the novel has great strengths too, especially in the presentation of Kaukab, the devout mother of the dysfunctional Muslim family at the heart of the novel. She represents both deep maternal love for her family and children and also for her religion. This causes her problems because the children are living in a northern British town with the opportunities for education and sexual freedom that are anathema to her. Their lives are very different to her own life in Pakistan where she had little formal education after the age of 11 before coming to the UK after her own arranged marriage. Kaukab has strongly held, uncompromising religious beliefs and In trying to reconcile her faith and keep her children on the path of her religion, she hurts and alienates them and as adults, and they deeply resent her and refuse to see her.

The portrait of a Pakistani community in the Northern England is insightful, terrifying in its internal surveillance and shocking in its presentation of subjects like ‘honour killings’ and race relations.


The Accidental Tourist
The Accidental Tourist
by Anne Tyler
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Best Dog characterisation in literary history, 16 Aug. 2015
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It's a wonderful and moving novel as many revieers have pointed out, I wanted to add that I have rarely read a book in which a dog has been so faithfully and beautifully portrayed. Edward, the distunbed and intelligent dog is the star of the show. Every bit of his body is used to show emotion. He is a real dog, good and bad like all the rest of the marvellous array of characters.But it's Edward I will long remember after the other characters begin to fade. And I am not a dog lover so it's some achievement.


Shark Infested Maxi Poster Art Print Poster - 61x91 cm
Shark Infested Maxi Poster Art Print Poster - 61x91 cm
Offered by Poster Revolution UK
Price: £4.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, 22 July 2015
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Bought for grandson's bedroom. He loves it. It's big and colourful and scary!


Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream 30ml
Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream 30ml
Offered by Treat Your Skin
Price: £25.66

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Keep coming back to it!, 22 July 2015
It's not the most expensive day cream I have, nor the most glamourously presented, but it's the best and I keep coming back to it year after year. My skin is combination/dry and Rose Day cream mousturises just enough without truning oily after a few hours. But better that that, it makes my skin perfectly comfortable and gives it a glow and radiance that lasts and lasts.
Hauschka recommends no night cream and it is important to give this product a chance to work each morning on clean, fresh skin. Especially if you have skin problems. You can spray with the toner at night if you can't bear to sleep without a skin product. I love this cream and it is my desert island product. Pity no sunscreen. Nice rose scent and you have the pleasure of knowing that the ingredients are clean and pure. In summer I use Roe Day cream light. Perfect.


The Complete Stories of Anton Chekhov, Vol. 2: 1886
The Complete Stories of Anton Chekhov, Vol. 2: 1886
by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £28.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and so many stories, 23 Jun. 2015
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Great selection and well read. Excellent for car journeys.


Eugene Onegin: A Novel in Verse (Penguin Classics)
Eugene Onegin: A Novel in Verse (Penguin Classics)
by Alexander Pushkin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.48

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book., 23 Jun. 2015
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Bought it for a little girl who is a worrier. She loves it.


New Orange Kitchen Galvanised Steel Powder Coated Compost Waste Recycling Caddy Bin Plastic Bucket & Free Spoon
New Orange Kitchen Galvanised Steel Powder Coated Compost Waste Recycling Caddy Bin Plastic Bucket & Free Spoon

5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely colour, good size, 23 Jun. 2015
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Very nice bucket. Easy to clean and came with a neat ittle sccop. Would reccomend.


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