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So Old A Ship
So Old A Ship
by Marion Kaplan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.18

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When combined with the wonderful photos this book makes for a thoroughly enchanting evening ..., 20 Aug. 2015
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Unique account of two voyages in Arab dhows, arguably the most romantic sailing boats to ply our oceans. I have seem some of the tiny number still remaining and marvelled at how they manage to scratch a living alongside the modern freighter. It is as if our workboats of the 19th century were still competing effectively with container vessels. What sailor has not dreamed of shipping aboard one of these vessels to be carried by the monsoon trades up and down the coast of Africa? The writing betrays the origins of this book in a National Geographic article giving away little about the writer herself but at the same time it paints a vivid picture of the characters and life on board. When combined with the wonderful photos this book makes for a thoroughly enchanting evening or two in the company of an intrepid traveller.


Fuji Film XD Picture Type M Card 2gb in retail packaging
Fuji Film XD Picture Type M Card 2gb in retail packaging

1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I ordered - AGAIN, 11 Mar. 2011
Rather annoyed as the card sent to me was Olympus not Fuji. Like the other reviewers If I'd wanted Olympus I would have ordered Olympus!! As the others had fed their complaint back to the supplier, shop4usb, I had expected they would have taken steps to avoid the same problem. Not at all. Moral - do not order fuji picture cards from this company.


Darwin in Scotland: Edinburgh, Evolution and Enlightenment
Darwin in Scotland: Edinburgh, Evolution and Enlightenment
by J. F. Derry
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Scottish enlightenment of Darwin, 2 May 2010
Earlier accounts of Darwin's life skip across his time in Edinburgh leaving the reader - well, at least this reader - with the impression of a cold, cheerless and uninformative interlude that Darwin could not wait to escape from. Not so, as Derry's great little book reveals. At the time of Darwin's sojourn, the Scottish Enlightenment still held sway in auld Scotia and Edinburgh was the intellectual capital of Europe. As Derry shows, it was in Scotland and from Scots that the seeds of scientific empiricism took root in Darwin's fertile mind, serving him well for the rest of his creative life. Derry takes us on a journey from the clubs and classrooms of Edinburgh where the methods of thinking were learnt, onwards to the great voyages of discovery in Darwin's mind from whence his work issued forth in dazzling array, and yet further to the latest thinking in evolution as expounded by Edinburgh's living luminaries who, it seems, were universally inspired by Darwin at the beginning of their own careers.

Darwin in Scotland is a pretty knot of a book tied from the flowers of the enlightenment, Darwin's lifetime of work and its thriving molecular inheritance today. It is beautifully crafted, a subtle blend of fact, anecdote, ideas, personalities and scholarship. And somehow the chapter epigraphs by Robert Burns do work - imparting an unmistakeable Scottish flavour from those Edinburgh years.


The Truth About Writing: An Essential Handbook for Novelists, Playwrights and Screenwriters
The Truth About Writing: An Essential Handbook for Novelists, Playwrights and Screenwriters
by Michael Allen
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading, 9 Sept. 2009
If you are serious about wanting to write and publish a novel, then this book provides both a government health warning and a wealth of tips and insights to guide you along the way. It should be required reading. Yes Michael is a grumpy old man. He is idiosyncratic and opinionated, and once he has a definite idea about something, well that's that. But his ideas on emotion and writing are brilliant and his analysis of the mainstream publishing scene pretty much bears out what I finally realised after 8 years - that unlike the world of scientific publishing, the mainstream business is run by amateurs. So thank you Michael for your book and your marvellous axioms. Long may you continue to be grumpy.


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