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Campaigns of the Norman Conquest (Essential Histories series Book 12)
Campaigns of the Norman Conquest (Essential Histories series Book 12)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 9 Dec. 2014
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A short but very informative study of what happened around the Conquest.


Naples, Capri and Amalfi Coast Baedeker Guide (Baedeker Guides)
Naples, Capri and Amalfi Coast Baedeker Guide (Baedeker Guides)
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Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent production but some slip-ups in detail, 6 Oct. 2014
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This book is beautifully produced and attractive to look at. The maps and plans are superb
However, compared with older Baedeckers (I still have a Florence guide which is packed with information and completely reliable) this one has less text and some errors. E.g.Some German words have slipped through untranslated, in one place an article which is supposed to continue on the following page does not in fact do so. This means that an excellent product is let down by failures at the level of detailed production.


Anna Karenina (Clothbound Classics)
Anna Karenina (Clothbound Classics)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 2 July 2014
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Anna Karenina is a truly outstanding novel, for its interweaving of themes, profound understanding of character and presentation of an era (though it transcends the specific circumstances in which it is set). I had already read this Penguin version in the print edition (and my son who speaks Russian tells me this particular translation is very highly regarded by those who know about such things).But it is rather a large tome to carry around with you. Having it on Kindle makes even this sustantial volume prtable.


TeckNet Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Leather Cover/Case With Built-in Magnet for Sleep/Wake Feature + Screen Protector - Black
TeckNet Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Leather Cover/Case With Built-in Magnet for Sleep/Wake Feature + Screen Protector - Black

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value, 1 May 2014
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This a exactly what I was looking for - a well-priced Kindle cover which keeps the item secure and offers all-round protection. This cover does that, and the automatic on/off when you open and close it is a bonus.


The Loss of the Jane Vosper
The Loss of the Jane Vosper

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good inter-War mystery, 9 April 2014
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Having just discovered Freeman Wills Crofts I would say he deserves to be better known - and perhaps the release of Kindle versions of his books will help people redincover him.

This is the story of the mysterious sinking of a freighter and the hunt for the explanation for the loss of the Jane Vosper. I thought it was a great idea, skilfully told.


The First R. Austin Freeman MEGAPACK ®: 27 Mystery Tales of Dr. Thorndyke & Others
The First R. Austin Freeman MEGAPACK ®: 27 Mystery Tales of Dr. Thorndyke & Others
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value pack, 9 April 2014
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For the price I was expecting something fairly low quality. I was wrong. The text has been inputted without flaws (as far as I can see). There are no annoying headers and footers intruding from scanned material. I highly recommend the quality of this product.

As for the content, this is the first time I have read Freeman and have enjoyed what I've read so far (just 'The Eye of Osiris'). The style is rather ponderous for a modern reader, but you really have to judge someone like this by what went before rather than what came after. Freeman certainly keeps me turning the (virtual) pages.


Proof (Francis Thriller)
Proof (Francis Thriller)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good page-turner from a master of the thriller, 26 Mar. 2014
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Here Dick Francis turns from horses to the wine and spirit business. He creates a sympathetic central character and a host of ineteresting characters to surround him. It's the usual formula for such books - growing confusion and uncertainty leading up to a nail-biting final act. But it works well.


The Ponson Case: A Resurrected Press Enhanced Edition [Annotated]
The Ponson Case: A Resurrected Press Enhanced Edition [Annotated]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic early Golden Age tale, 17 Feb. 2014
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Freeman Wills Crofts wrote ingenious detection stories. For a contemporary reader perhaps they lack subtle characterisation and plotting. But as puzzles, like this one, they are heard to beat.


Sex and the iWorld: Rethinking Relationship beyond an Age of Individualism
Sex and the iWorld: Rethinking Relationship beyond an Age of Individualism
by Dale S. Kuehne
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful analysis, 13 Dec. 2013
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David Kuehne's book is original and interesting in several respects. He analyses the culture of family, relationship and sex from which contemporary Western culture has emerged (tWorld), then analyses the culture in which Western people now live, or are heading towards (iWorld, with the emphasis on the individual).

But he does not then advocate a return to where we have come from. There was much that was wrong with tWorld (potential abuse of power and authority, for instance). Equally, iWorld with its excessive and ultimately destructive individualism, is not sustainable in the long run.

Kuehne's proposal is to work at a new way of building culture and society around relationship (rWorld). Utopian? Perhaps, but well-thought-out.


Lady Audley's Secret
Lady Audley's Secret
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Victorian sensation novel, 30 Oct. 2013
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I read this in stages during a trip abroad and it was a great way to unwind at the end of a day.

Plenty of emotion and melodrama. Perhaps not quite up there with Wilkie Collins, but in the same league, I would say.

Victorian attitudes well on display - to insanity, for instance. Lady Audley herself is an interesting character, who contradicts the usual Victorian association of beauty with goodness (I hope that doesn't spoil the story for anyone who hasn't read the book). Alicia is a particularly well-drawn character.

And of course, it all depends on that standby Victorian plot device - people failing to tell each other vital pieces of information which could have sorted the whole thing out before it got started. But then if they had, there wouldn't have been a story at all!


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