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The Melancholy of Anatomy: Stories / Shelley Jackson.
The Melancholy of Anatomy: Stories / Shelley Jackson.
by Shelley Jackson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 26 Dec 2010
This book is bizarre, brilliant and totally unsavoury. Truly original stories, sometimes written in experimental formats, all about bits of the body that have become sentient, larger than or life, or part of the landscape. This book is guaranteed to be different from anything else you've read, disturbing and intriguing in equal measure.


Lensbaby: Bending your perspective
Lensbaby: Bending your perspective
by Corey Hilz
Edition: Paperback
Price: 18.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal companion for first lensbaby, 26 Dec 2010
I'm really glad I got this book along with my first lensbaby. Clearly written in a style that's personal enough to keep the text lively and engaging, and from an author who is clearly an experienced lensbaby user. The book breaks down the different types of lens and optic available, demonstrating their different effects, uses and strengths. There are portfolios of beautiful images from photographers who use lensbabies professionally, loads of tips on how to get the best out of your lensbaby, and a troubleshooting section for any small glitches or problems. The photographs are a real highlight and show just how much these lenses can do. I found this book very useful and enjoyed the writing style - the author so obviously wants to share their enthusiasm for the product and it's very informative.


Expressive Photography: The Shutter Sisters' Guide to Shooting from the Heart
Expressive Photography: The Shutter Sisters' Guide to Shooting from the Heart
by Tracey Clark
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.39

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet book full of original photographs, 26 Dec 2010
This is a lovely book, great value at the amazon price and full of beautiful, interesting pictures. I found the photographs in this book inspiring and original, and the fact that it's comunally written means that the tips and ideas come from a wide variety of people with very different experiences in photography.

Parts of the text were very similar to the advice that can be found in many photography books, so if you've read a few "guide to" books you'll probably find large chunks of the writing repetitive, and to be honest i found the writing style too sentimental for my tastes at times (either because I'm british or cynical, or both). However, for an amateur like myself, the photographs were very instructive (a lot of them have the camera settings for the image next to the picture, which really brings the effects of different ISOs and apertures to life), and the book is packed full of advice on capturing feeling in your photographs and relating to the people you want to photograph in order to capture natural, at ease images.

Overall i think this deserves the 5 stars because of the great layout/presentation and the images from all ten of the very talented photographers who collaborated on this book. The pictures are amazing, there's lots to learn, and you can skip over the bits you already know.


Living with the Dominator: A Book About the Freedom Programme: 1
Living with the Dominator: A Book About the Freedom Programme: 1
by Pat Craven
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.69

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars essential reading, 18 April 2010
This book is essential and eye-opening, a brilliant analysis of the complex tactics of abuse. Pat Craven brilliantly points out that abuse is not a result of anger ("oh he wasn't in control, he was angry")but the planned, deliberate, and systematic violent oppression of another human being. Any woman who has ever asked herself "what am i doing to make him treat me like this?" should read this book, as it will help you to understand that any form of domestic violence is not your fault. This book can also be read by men and applied to heterosexual or same sex relationships, and can open the eyes of abusers as well as abused people - all the information is there. This book could be a life saver, and i would love to see it and the Freedom Programme in schools to help young, vulnerable people and to sort out those who may be just beginning to try out an abusive personality. Thank you, Pat Craven.


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