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HP Deskjet 1050A All-in-One Printer (Print, Scan, Copy)
HP Deskjet 1050A All-in-One Printer (Print, Scan, Copy)

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars In the electrical good skip, as usual., 2 Mar. 2012
Easy to set up and work and it did work perfectly for the two months I had it before it went the way of my last Hewlard Packer printer and broke, the paper won't feed through. My last Hewlard lasted about six months before conking out (and I am a light user) so I was a bit stupid to buy a new one of the same brand. It has a flimsy feel to it, it looks as if it will break easily and does, avoid. I will try a Cannon for my next one.


The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham
The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham
by Selina Hastings
Edition: Hardcover

52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 16 Oct. 2009
I bought this biography on the basis of the superb reviews it had recieved in the press without really knowing too much about Somerset Maugham. I was not disappointed, I can't recall reading a better biography ever and I have read many.

Maugham was a fascinating charcater hugely successful both critically and commercially as a writer of plays, short stories and novels in the first half of the twentieth centuary though he seems to have dropped of the radar in recent decades. He was gayer than a 1970's San Francican bathouse at a time when it was illegal, had a string of lovers, mainly male, but with time to fit in a marriage from hell and a spell as a secret agent for the British government.

This is a brilliantly told story of a fascinating man and life, it has that great quality of being both erudite and easy to read. Even if you have little interest in Somerset Maugham to start with you will thoughly enjoy the book as has all the readability of a great novel. Can't recommend it too highly.


Catch Me If You Can (Reith Lectures)
Catch Me If You Can (Reith Lectures)
by Kraig Hanadel
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Very readable but no classic., 1 April 2003
A reasonably well written account of a fascinating triple homicide. This won't live in the memory as a true crime classic but on the other hand its not one of those hastily thrown together badly written books that plague the genre.
The author has an easy to read style and the book is well set out. He did tend to get bogged down in the long investigation of the crime and readers will probably find themselves skipping some of the middle part of the book. That said the story is fasinating and well enough told as long as you are not expecting a classic. Worth reading if you like the genre.


Serpentine: A True Odyssey of Love and Murderous Evil
Serpentine: A True Odyssey of Love and Murderous Evil
by Thomas Thompson
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True crime classic, 6 Nov. 2002
I read this book many years ago and was amazed to see that the only review on here gave it only one star.This is a fascinating story throughly well researched and brilliantly told by the author.The book is well written and to use an over used cliche a real page turner.It was very well reviewed at the time of its publication and its no exaggeration to descibe it as a true crime classic.Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys quality true crime books.


Blame Hitler
Blame Hitler
by Julian Rathbone
Edition: Paperback

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 10 July 2001
This review is from: Blame Hitler (Paperback)
A different book from some of the authors previous historical novels but as well written as ever.
It tells the tale of a man on the verge of old age holidaying in France with his family and reflecting back on his chilhood and upbinging in the forties and fifties and in paticular his relationship with his father.
The book is very well written,you suspect parts of it may have some measure of auto-biographical detail,its both funny and touching.As good as anything this author has written and I can't reccommend it highly enough.


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