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Merrell Moab Rover, Men's Lace-Up Trekking and Hiking Shoes - Espresso, 8 UK
Merrell Moab Rover, Men's Lace-Up Trekking and Hiking Shoes - Espresso, 8 UK
Price: £80.24

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent hikiing shoe, 3 Mar. 2016
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Excellent product at a good price delivered as promised.


Smokin' Blues (Live '72 & '73)
Smokin' Blues (Live '72 & '73)
Price: £7.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars There is better material by this band, 31 Jan. 2014
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I'm a big, long-time JM fan, and while there a few good tracks, there are others that are badly mixed or of poorer quality, and you can see why the material didn't add up to an album at the time the music was made (early '70s). 'Jazz Blues Fusion', featuring these musicians is a really great album. Buy that one instead is my advice, if you're new to this part of the Mayall repertoire.


Jenny Saville
Jenny Saville
by Jenny Saville
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.37

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Important Painter, 20 Jan. 2013
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Thanks, Amazon. About a week before Christmas my A level art student daughter announced that she really wanted a book on Jenny Saville, and you did the business for me. I paid about £5 for rapid delivery, and it duly arrived three days later. A beautifully produced book, and a happy girl on Christmas Day.


Up in the Old Hotel (Vintage Classics)
Up in the Old Hotel (Vintage Classics)
by Joseph Mitchell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.38

4.0 out of 5 stars Up with the Great Writers, 20 Jan. 2013
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Joseph Mitchell wrote for the great 'New Yorker' magazine, for a peroid of over thirty years. This book contains long essays written both pre and post World War Two. He writes about his observations of and encounters with the people of New York; not the wealthy, or the commuting middle classes, but the 'characters'. The essay on father and son McSorley, who owned and ran th eponymous bar (which is still going today), is utterly absorbing. He writes precise, spare English, with no hyperbole or sentimentality, and barely any adjectives. If you love New York and great writing, then you will be rewarded. I found the best way to read this is to read an essay or section, and then return to the book later.


Olympus FL-14 Flash
Olympus FL-14 Flash
Price: £154.33

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great price, Okay unit, 20 Jan. 2013
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I have had an Olympus EP1 for over two years, and I love the camera. I use prime lenses with it, mostly: a Panasonic f1.7 20mm pancake, and the Olympus 45mm, both made for the M4/3rds/CSC camera. Until now I have been quite happy without a flash unit, as the low light capability of the 20mm lens with the camera settings is extremely good. I also felt that £175 was a lot of cash to spend on the F14 unit. So when I saw that the flash unit was being sold (discontinued item?) at £75 I felt it was the time to buy. It's fine for me and my purposes with this camera, for now, but this is not (as I understand it) a top-rank flash unit, but it is light and styled to go with the Pen range. At this price it's a four star buy.


Nothing To Be Frightened Of
Nothing To Be Frightened Of
by Julian Barnes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take the sting out of death, 19 Jan. 2011
This is an ambitious book, but Barnes is such a master of language and humour that it works. It is part memoir of his parents, and part homily to some of his literary heroes. To write of death and deaths, and to captivate the reader whilst at the same time imparting wit and wisdom, is a skill beyond most writers, I suggest. But Julian Barnes is not most writers. He will still be read when many others are long forgotten.


My Father's Fortune: A Life
My Father's Fortune: A Life
by Michael Frayn
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His Father's Smile, 19 Jan. 2011
How to review this marvellous, honest memoir without divulging too many story-salient facts? Frayn writes with an effortlessly light touch, but as we read, we learn that he has carried out considerable research, in registry offices, censuses and from family members. Charmer Tom Frayn turns out to be a stoic, nothing less, and heroic, too. To die practically penniless, yet having paid his way, given the world Michael and his sister, and smiled throughout, is truly a life worth saluting. And Michael Frayn - for all his scholarliness - relates all the pain, the love, the loss, and acknowledges his debts. The result is a heartfelt tribute. Wonderful.


Harold Larwood
Harold Larwood
by Duncan Hamilton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Larwood' is a great achievement, 26 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Harold Larwood (Hardcover)
How to stop Bradman. The story of 'Bodyline' is cricket's most written-about and controversial subject, with Harold Larwood, the professional Nottinghamshire fast bowler and ex-miner, under the single-minded captaincy of amateur Douglas Jardine (Winchester and Oxford), at the centre of the story. Bradman was stopped, the series was won decisively, but the furore it caused threatened the Empire.

'Larwood' tells Larwood's story from his point of view, and is a worthy addition to the 'Bodyline' library. The reader is transported back to the 1920s and '30s with both period and personal detail, and is forcibly reminded about how tough life was, and how different were the lives and responsibilities of professionals and amateurs. The generous use of photographs enhances this. I particularly enjoyed the description of his victorious return to Nottingham after the tour. The end of his career, the disillusionment and his emigration to Australia after the war are all interestingly told. Duncan Hamilton has done a great job in giving voice to 'Lol' and his family, and it is a fair and balanced and enticingly written account.

My only reservations are that Larwood's first tour to Australia (1928/9), with a thumping series win for England, is barely mentioned. More significantly, Gubby Allen's influence in the placation of Australia post-Bodyline, and the ending of Jardine's and Larwood's careers, is not examined. Indeed, Bradman and Allen became the most powerful men in cricket until the mid 1960's. But that's another story...
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If This Is a Man / The Truce
If This Is a Man / The Truce
by Primo Levi
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Witness to Barbarism, 21 Oct. 2008
I have meant to read this for a long time, and the wait was worth it. Levi - certainly in translation - writes the most beautiful, spare prose. Despite the grisly and appalling subject matter, what shines through is the humanity of not only the author but some of the other characters. 'If This Is A Man' was written within a couple of years of the author's return home to Italy, and this surely accounts for the clarity of recall and description. It is no surprise that Levi achieved 'legendary' status before his tragic death.


Silent Revolutions: Writings on Cricket History
Silent Revolutions: Writings on Cricket History
by Gideon Haigh
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gideon Haigh - The Best Cricket Writer Around, 21 Feb. 2008
I am a cricket lover. I don't love cricket to the exclusion of all else, and I don't read every cricket book that's publsihed. But I have read Cardus, Robertson Glasgow, Arlott, Fingleton and many more, and I am quite certain that Gideon Haigh is up there with the best of them. His sheer thirst for the knowledge, nuts and bolts and nuttiness of our mutually-adored summer game produces articles or essays on subjects as wide-ranging as 'Protection Racket' - about the box! - to 'The Yellow Press', about the origins of Wisden. Though the slant is predominantly Australian, Haigh does not let this blind his opinions - far from it - and his writing style is fluent and eminently readable. It is entirely appropriate that in an era when the Baggy Green has carried all before it, Australia also takes the top literary prize.


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