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Newnes family health encyclopaedia. Compiled & edited by George Somerville, etc
Newnes family health encyclopaedia. Compiled & edited by George Somerville, etc
by George Somerville
Edition: Unknown Binding

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent glimpse of life around the start of the NHS, mid 1950s, 6 Oct. 2011
I have bought this book not just out of curiosity, but because it is one that lines my mother's bookshelves, and was one of her first and most expensive book purchases, when she was first a mother in the 1960s. I suspect these books were sold by door to door salesmen on a pay weekly basis. It certainly is my mother's first port of call for most conditions, even now.

After all the gory pictures of chicken pox and various ailments, the final chapters on life style and health are remarkable for their very prescient commentary on the stresses modern man lives through and how best to deal with those stresses. It is remarkable that this was written so long ago.

GCSE English Text Guide - To Kill a Mockingbird
GCSE English Text Guide - To Kill a Mockingbird
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.66

25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars How to Kill To Kill a Mockingbird, 22 Sept. 2011
There are several study guides published for To Kill a Mockingbird. In my eagerness to buy one at the start of term, to capture my child's interest in the book and forthcoming GCSE, I chose this study guide after a fairly rigorous study of the date of publication, authors and so forth. I did not buy blind without any idea of what I was purchasing. Nevertheless, I am hugely disappointed with this book, with its authorship, its presentation, its child-like cartoon drawings and overly simplified and grammatically poor analysis of the text, plot and characters.

Please do not buy this book if you have any hopes or aspirations for your child at GCSE. The narrative and perspective of the author comes through strong and clear at every turn, creating an additional and disturbing subjective commentary on the book. It is unnecessary, and does the real value of the book, no good service at all.

The cartoon drawings, the simplificaiton of character and very base analysis of what is going on in the story, would seem to be aimed at those entered for GCSE but with little expectation of attainment at a good pass grade. It really is a waste of paper, and I would suggest, of the author's time and the publishers commitment.
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