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The Testament of Mary
The Testament of Mary
by Colm Tóibín
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small, but perfectly formed, 19 Nov. 2012
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This is a beautiful novella and Mary is one of Tóibín's most human literary voices. The story effortlessly evokes the prevailing fear, superstition and longing of the age. Mary is strikingly intelligent. She is also surprisingly rational despite her loss, the hysteria she witnesses and the injustices she experiences. Through her, the reader is given a unique point-of-view from which to contemplate the origins of Christianity.


Point Omega
Point Omega
by Don DeLillo
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very accessible, 25 May 2012
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I sometimes struggle with Delillo's work, but Point Omega is relatively easy going and a pleasure to read (preferably twice). I'd recommend it to someone new to his work, who might (justifiably) be a little intimidated by the likes of Underworld.


Here, Bullet
Here, Bullet
by Brian Turner
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking, 25 May 2012
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I first discovered Brian Turner's work after reading his essay in National Geographic magazine. What harrowing, heartbreaking scenes these poems conjure up!

Turner is a gifted writer, an observant and intuitive artist and, clearly, a very sensitive human being. His work is an important document and is as vivid and evocative as the best photojournalism.


How to Eat Out
How to Eat Out
by Giles Coren
Edition: Paperback

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, 25 May 2012
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Such an entertaining read. I particularly enjoyed the family memoirs. He's as good at times as AA Gill. Funny and very precise prose


William Albert Allard: Five Decades
William Albert Allard: Five Decades
by William Albert Allard
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £26.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 50 years very well spent, 8 Dec. 2010
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William Albert Allard's first assignments appeared in National Geographic when he was an intern at the magazine, in the mid-60's. More than forty years later, the art, science and profession of photojournalism has changed beyond all recognition. But, even though we're up to our eyes in images (thanks to the digital revolution) Allard's pictures stand out for their inimitable and timeless qualities. His early work went to print before I was even born. Thank goodness for this retrospective! I can't recommend it highly enough.


Fast Track Photographer, Revised and Expanded
Fast Track Photographer, Revised and Expanded
by Dane Sanders
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mash up!, 20 July 2010
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This is a lightweight, self-help book for wanna be photographers. It's a mash-up of groundbreaking ideas from the likes of Thomas Friedman, and cheap 'wisdom' from the pop business 'gurus'. In my opinion, it doesn't give enough credit to those with whom the ideas originated.

Digital photographic technology has created myriad opportunities for people who want to break into the industry. Reading this book might make you believe there's a quick route to success, but it won't give you an ounce more talent. There is no fast track to success in any creative industry. If you want a better read, and you want to forge a sustainable, long term career as a creative, try Mastery by George Leonard.


Everyday Survival: Why Smart People Do Stupid Things
Everyday Survival: Why Smart People Do Stupid Things
by Laurence Gonzales
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy his writing, 13 July 2010
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I agree with the criticism that this book failed to live up to its predecessor. However, Gonzales has a delightful style and writes compelling essays. In fact, I'd venture that essays have been his best work to date. I've followed his writing as he has found his voice and his subject matter. I'm fascinated by his father's remarkable story and how the author has used it as a springboard in to deeper, more philosophical waters, but I'd recommend his earlier work over Everyday Survival. One Zero Charlie is a particularly good collection, even if you have no interest in aviation. If you read this, Mr. Gonzales, please don't stop writing essays. They may not be as lucrative as novels, but you have a talent for them.


A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future
A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future
by Daniel H. Pink
Edition: Hardcover

13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Creative!, 26 April 2005
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An excellent, thought provoking book. I read it in two sittings.
Dan Pink writes a lot better than most so-called management gurus. He's also a Democrat, which makes his ideas and scribblings more palatable than most of his contemporaries.
If you're already working in a creative capacity or industry, you'll already know/understand what most of Pink is saying. If you're not, it's time to learn.
Business and industry in the west is undergoing yet another renaissance. Pink's observations may not be groundbreaking in themselves, but he has successfully identified and documented a sea change in the way we add value to goods and services.
During the 80's and 90's it was the turn of the computer geeks and code writers. In the new millennium, it's the right brainers - the creatives, the empathisers and the carers - who will rise to prominence.
Pink provides short portfolios of practical ideas for flexing and stretching the right side of your brain: Interesting and diverting for those already of a creative bent, not so sure for some of the hard-nosed, egomaniacal leaders of industry out there.
As a Mac advertisement once stated, "You have 206 bones in your body; surely one of them is creative." Buy A Whole New Mind and find out.


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