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Zhu-Zhu Neck & Shoulder Heat Pad - Microwavable Lavender Wheat Bag - Red Fleece
Zhu-Zhu Neck & Shoulder Heat Pad - Microwavable Lavender Wheat Bag - Red Fleece
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Price: £9.99

6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars MUCH too heavy, 3 Jan. 2011
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I am sending this back, as it is so heavy it made my shoulder and neck pain worse. I was expecting something light and warm, but it is like a back of stones. Youch.


The Marriage Bureau For Rich People: Number 1 in series
The Marriage Bureau For Rich People: Number 1 in series
by Farahad Zama
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful picture of traditional India, 3 Jan. 2011
Mr and Mrs Ali, and their assistant Aruna, run a marriage bureau that seems gloriously simple compared to the mess of muddle of the 'love marriages' we choose to undergo in the West. Just from a photograph and a few details about education, dowry and earnings, two people get together for life. The story touches on many issues that are not so lovely - the ill treatment of widows, corruption, exploitation of the poor, but never in the deeply depressing way of some modern Indian novels where there is no hope at all. I very much enjoyed it, particularly the descriptions of food and decoration, ceremony and custom. Pleased to see there is another story about these characters coming out in 2011.


The Rapture
The Rapture
by Liz Jensen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Gallops along, 29 Nov. 2010
This review is from: The Rapture (Paperback)
Enjoyed The Rapture hugely. A romantic thriller, it carried me away on a great tsunami of delicious prose, absurd characters having misunderstandings, and terrific apocalyptic vision. Loved the science and hugely ambitious unlikelihoods (the giant message on Greenland did slightly leave me behind) but you do need to suspend your disbelief. It reminded me most of Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow. There are a lot of typos, which is a bit distracting. And a moment when 'he' takes his clothes off, but then is fully dressed when making love. But really, a fun read. Jensen does action very well. I will now go and look at her other books.


Midnight Girls
Midnight Girls
by Lulu Taylor
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Better Class of Bonkbuster, 23 Jun. 2010
This review is from: Midnight Girls (Paperback)
Lots of plot and drama, masses of beautifully described frocks, bags and shoes. Gorgeous parties, and rather graphic sex - but only to drive along the plot (and perhaps to please all those ladies whom a poll last year showed enjoyed a raunchy read if it was well written and not gratuitous). In the midst of this sensuous and sensory welter are characters you can sympathise with - I definitely found myself with that furrowed brow you get when you want to rescue someone. I really recommend Midnight Girls, stayed up very late finishing it and enjoyed it a lot. I haven't read much of this type since the great days of Jackie Collins, but this definitely had class. You felt the writer knew the world she was writing about, particularly the Oxford bits, and hadn't just read about it somewhere herself. I think she will do very well in this revived genre.


Heiresses
Heiresses
by Lulu Taylor
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Might Make You Blush on the Bus!, 12 Jun. 2010
This review is from: Heiresses (Paperback)
I really enjoyed reading Heiresses, which is one of the new blockbusters that are popping up all over the place - Lulu Taylor is definitely on her way with this promising debut. The description of how three spoilt young things get a grip on their family business was nicely engaging and interesting with good details about the perfume business. It is pretty saucy as well, but in a convincing sort of way. Altogether, Lulu Taylor would be an author I would pick to relax with on the beach.


Like Bees to Honey
Like Bees to Honey
by Caroline Smailes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book That Conveys Sounds and Feelings, 7 Jun. 2010
This review is from: Like Bees to Honey (Paperback)
Nina is in flight from pain and grief; escaping back to her roots in Malta for a kind of comfort. She finds consolation in a dreamy version of the afterlife, where the souls of the dead gather in Malta as in a transit lounge. Smailes takes a huge risk by including Jesus as a character; I am personally fond of and fascinated by Jesus and found her depiction of him to be entirely sympathetic and understandable - a 'personal' Jesus with painted toe nails and a profound compassion for human failings. 'Bees' is a book about family love, grief, displacement, the difficulties of traditional values versus modern ones. The words are set out on the pages in interesting ways, some are edged with black, all of which adds another layer of texture to the narrative. It is filled with sounds and pictures, love and guilt, flavours and textures. I think any thoughtful reader will find it a fascinating and satisfying read and I highly recommend it.


How NOT to Write a Novel: 200 Mistakes to avoid at All Costs if You Ever Want to Get Published
How NOT to Write a Novel: 200 Mistakes to avoid at All Costs if You Ever Want to Get Published
by Howard Mittelmark
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How NOT to do it, 31 May 2010
Well into the second draft of my second novel, I rather dreaded picking this book up. But I enjoyed it: it is funny, and hammers its points home with excruciating detail of misused descriptions, absurd characterisation, arcane words and appalling clichés. It made me consider whether all my characters were necessary, whether I was using the right words for the right things, and also feel faintly guilty about some of my metaphors. Good stuff, but maybe not for unpublished novelists at all, as self consciousness is the last thing they need to get the words flowing. If you are writing like any of the examples or even most of them, then maybe writing isn't for you. But frankly there are published novels that contain many of these faults as well - particularly the use of obscure words and clichéd characters. The best piece of advice in this or any other book is to read widely and eclectically (probably a banned word); immersing your mind in great prose so that you absorb the good organically. And that includes learning to spell. And never forget the man who thought 'hirsute' meant 'nevertheless'.
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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
by Paul Torday
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Enjoyment, 19 May 2010
I loved reading this book, oddly having been put off by the title originally. Because I don't know much about salmon I didn't appreciate the exquisite humour of attempting to introduce them to the desert wadis of the Yemen. The bewildered fisheries scientist, hitherto expert only in the caddis fly, but finding himself awash in an ocean of political spin was a glorious character. I was utterly gripped by the structure which, while amusing us, also hinted at some catastrophe to come. I really recommend anyone reads this book, for originality, humour, setting and general entertainment value.


Eye Candy: 50 Makeup Looks for Glam Lids and Luscious Lashes
Eye Candy: 50 Makeup Looks for Glam Lids and Luscious Lashes
by Linda Mason
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration for Creative Teen, 2 April 2010
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Bought this for my daughter's birthday, along with an Alice in Wonderland Urban Decay eye shadow set. The idea was to inspire her to new flights of originality in eye make up. She is at university and it provided light refreshment for her and her friends, who all flicked through it happily. It contains many looks and ideas, and you need never run out of inspiration again. Even I had a sneaky look and tried some of the more subdued, age-appropriate ideas.


A Rival Creation
A Rival Creation
by Marika Cobbold
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elegaic Romance with a Tingling Sadness, 19 Mar. 2010
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This review is from: A Rival Creation (Paperback)
The author has said elsewhere that this book was a kind of reverse 'what if?' Usually 'what ifs' (a very common starting point for writers from Dumas to Dickens and onwards) are 'What if it all went right instead of wrong?'. A Rival Creation is, 'What if it all went wrong, and I couldn't make it as a writer after all in spite of desperately wanting to be one?' It was published after Cobbold had had a massive success with the divine Guppies for Tea, so is extremely interesting from that point of view. It turns out she wrote it when Guppies for Tea had not yet found a publisher and it is filled with longings that will be familiar to any unpublished writer. Liberty Turner lives in a village troubled by strange undercurrents, and at the mercy of her awful (but beautifully drawn) narcissist of a father. She seems to be at the beck and call of the various other somewhat deluded local eccentrics as well. The question posed is, how can Liberty reconstruct herself after serial abandonments and the disappointment of rejection by the publishing world she so desperately wants to re-enter? She does, with considerable bravery, and you should read it to find out how.


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