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My Dad
My Dad
by Anthony Browne
Edition: Board book
Price: 3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful child's book, 3 April 2014
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lovely illustrations. Dad the hero seen through the child's eyes. Fun to read and share. Brings a lump to the throat of any parent.


Ethan Frome
Ethan Frome
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unbearably tragic tale, 3 April 2014
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A riveting read despite the inevitable tragic outcome. Beautifully written. Breathtaking evocation of nature seen through the eyes of a man struggling to scrape a living from the land.


Her Majesty's Philosophers
Her Majesty's Philosophers
by Alan Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: 15.18

5.0 out of 5 stars Both entertaining and thought provoking., 30 Jan 2014
This is a most enjoyable read which challenges one's prejudices about prison and prisoners. The stories are often very funny with an underlying poignancy and what makes them so engaging is the writer's self-deprecating, self-questioning and honest appraisal of his own ambivalent responses to his position as a teacher of philosophy to students behind bars.


Angel: A Virago Modern Classic (VMC)
Angel: A Virago Modern Classic (VMC)
by Elizabeth Taylor
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and shocking, 10 Jan 2014
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Wonderfully written. A page turner. Great characterisation. Strong, eccentric central female character with no redeeming features whatsoever! What a writer!


Bosch Play Tool Kit Work Bench with Screwdriver Drill Toy
Bosch Play Tool Kit Work Bench with Screwdriver Drill Toy

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for 2 year old who loves Bob the builder!, 10 Jan 2014
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Sturdy bench and tools. Good carrying case. Realistic. Assembly straight forward. Our two year old son loves it and plays with it a lot.


The Daylight Gate (Hammer)
The Daylight Gate (Hammer)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous!!, 3 Dec 2013
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This book was a great disappointment. It is poorly written and the wallowing in cruelty, violence and extreme poverty seems gratuitous and insincere. The characters are poorly drawn and the narrative construction is confusing. Any political point about the persecution of poor, isolated women is lost with the invitation to the reader to accept the possibility of magic and witchcraft.


Death In Venice [1971] [DVD]
Death In Venice [1971] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dirk Bogarde
Price: 4.52

5.0 out of 5 stars sad and disturbing, 3 Dec 2013
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There's no fool like an old fool. Dirk Bogarde plays the part of a sad, deluded, disappointed, ridiculous man absolutely brilliantly. It's very moving and Mahler's music adds poignancy and beauty to this evocation of the corruption underlying the beauty of Venice.
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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Poirot)
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Poirot)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read with a brilliant twist., 3 Dec 2013
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I don't normally read detective fiction but having heard that this book wass awarded the accolade of best whodunnit ever I thought I'd give it a go. It's good fun and of course formulaic. But that's what you want. And the twist was completely unexpected for me.


A Possible Life
A Possible Life

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3.0 out of 5 stars A possible life, 26 Feb 2013
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Five short stories rather than a conventional novel form. Not quite sure what links them. Some more enjoyable than others but I found the rather detached style left me uninvolved and unmoved.


Into The Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest
Into The Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest
by Wade Davis
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.09

5.0 out of 5 stars Into the Silence Wade Davis, 12 Jan 2013
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Not finished this yet but so far finding it incredibly well written and researched and horrifying and riveting reading. Would recommend to anyone interested in Everest, 1st World War or Empire.


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