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After Midnight (Complete and Unabridged)
After Midnight (Complete and Unabridged)
by Robert Ryan
Edition: Audio Cassette

3.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing, 16 July 2014
After a great start this story became progressively convoluted with unnecessary details which just made parts boring. The setting and general plot are fine, but do we really need to know the minute details of the TT races (down to a particular brick wall), the hero's aircraft and the intricate historical details of the three competing Italian sides during and after WW2.

As for the twists and turns towards the end of the book - they are ridiculously unlikely and spoiled the whole thing. I actually wouldn't have minded if the final 100 pages had been missing.


A 1970s Childhood: From Glam Rock to Happy Days
A 1970s Childhood: From Glam Rock to Happy Days
by Derek Tait
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Amateurish, 16 April 2014
Derek Tait has no talent for writing and has simply tried to climb on a reminiscence bandwagon, with a total lack of success. I bought, read and was bitterly disappointed by one of his books about growing up in Singapore (see separate review). This one I picked up in a charity shop and even at 99p it was a waste of money. You can only con so many of the people some of the time. I can only think his relatives give all the positive reviews.
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The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens' London
The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens' London
by Judith Flanders
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent chronicle, 30 Dec. 2013
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A highly enjoyable and enlightening book. A very readable account of ordinary life in London in Victorian times, written in an engaging style. If you walk around London as a matter of course, as I do and have done for decades, you will look at the streets and buildings in a new light as your thoughts go back to the people who lived and worked in these very places almost 200 before.


The Expats
The Expats
Price: £4.19

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and confusing, 30 Dec. 2013
This review is from: The Expats (Kindle Edition)
I was disappointed by this book. The story didn't really get moving until after the first 200 pages and I felt the author was trying to be too clever by making the story flit backwards and forwards between Luxembourg and Paris. Having said that, I thought the book was too long in the end and couldn't wait to get to the finish line. The story is not very believable either. Not recommended.


Invision® iPad Mini Smart Case Cover - Front and Back Protection With Magnetic Auto Wake/Sleep Function - Superior Design Features - Premium Quality PU Leather With Microfiber Inner Lining - Independently Recommended by "Which?" Magazine (iPad Mini 1 2 Cover Black)
Invision® iPad Mini Smart Case Cover - Front and Back Protection With Magnetic Auto Wake/Sleep Function - Superior Design Features - Premium Quality PU Leather With Microfiber Inner Lining - Independently Recommended by "Which?" Magazine (iPad Mini 1 2 Cover Black)
Offered by Invision Technology (UK) Limited
Price: £39.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product, 26 Aug. 2013
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This cover is excellent. One piece (some are separate back and front) and a quality, solid feel. Beautiful fit around my iPad Mini and full protection. Good value too.


Sampans, Banyans and Rambutans: A Childhood in Singapore and Malaya
Sampans, Banyans and Rambutans: A Childhood in Singapore and Malaya
by Derek Tait
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Totally disappointing, 30 April 2013
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I was hugely disappointed by this book. Firstly, the author's writing style leaves a lot to be desired. I have never seen so many exclamation marks in a book - virtually every sentence finishes with an exclamation mark - evidence of the writer's inability to use words descriptively. I know Singapore well and was looking forward to learning about life there in an earlier era. Instead, this is just a poorly described catalogue of a child's routine personal events in 1960's Singapore and Malaya, heavily illustrated by family photos of the time. The book is only 96 pages long and many of those pages are taken up by (pretty mundane) photos. How Derek Tait has managed to publish (and sell) three further books on the same theme is beyond me. Do not be seduced by the romantic title and evocative cover of this book - it's basically very poor.


6 Pack Clear Lcd Screen Protector For Blackberry Curve 9360
6 Pack Clear Lcd Screen Protector For Blackberry Curve 9360

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it, 4 July 2012
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Having previously bought one screen protector elsewhere for 95p I thought this was going to be a bargain at 6 for 95p. However, the quality is not so good and the protector doesn't adhere properly at the corners. I cleaned the BB first with optical cleaning solution. I am going back to the higher quality product.


The Singapore Grip
The Singapore Grip
by J.G. Farrell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read, 10 Oct. 2011
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This review is from: The Singapore Grip (Paperback)
An engrossing book, if a little long-winded from time to time. This was probably due to the author's enthusiasm, no to be doubted, having got the better of him. An interesting blend of fact and fiction. If one is interested to follow-on from where The Singapore Grip leaves off, Sinister Twilight by Noel Barber is an excellent factual account.

I am familiar with SE Asia, but I think many who are not would better understand the geography of the Japanese invasion of the region and the British defence, by having a small map in the front of the book. I often think that about books where geography is important to the narrative.

I was distracted by Farrell's preoccupation with the word "presently" which sometimes appears twice on a page. Odd for someone so obviously objective otherwise.


Premium Wireless Speakers - Black
Premium Wireless Speakers - Black

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good product, 16 May 2011
These speakers are easy to set up and are very effective. The range is excellent - with the transmitter plugged into my computer two floors up playing Spotify the speakers will play the music anywhere - even down the garden. There is not much bass, despite the "boost" button. As someone else has said, the on-off rotary switch is fiddly - would be better to have a press button for on-off and separate volume. Good for sporting events on the TV too.


Hellraisers: The Life and Inebriated Times of Burton, Harris, O'Toole and Reed
Hellraisers: The Life and Inebriated Times of Burton, Harris, O'Toole and Reed
by Robert Sellers
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tedious, 27 Oct. 2010
I. like the person who passed it on to me, found this a tedious catalogue of the excesses perpetrated by this quartet. How many times can the story of a person's ability, or otherwise, to consume vast quantities of alcohol and lose control of himself be told in a single book? Too many is the answer here. Just a random and disparate collection of anecdotes really.


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