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Leaves
Leaves
by John Simmons
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars But beautifully written. As you would expect, 8 July 2015
This review is from: Leaves (Paperback)
Oooh, it's dark. Darker than you might expect from the delightful Mr Simmons (even though he is the Meister Dark Angel).
But beautifully written. As you would expect. With sentences like this: "Back inside he shivered, for midnight and goodbyes had made the house cold." And, finally, elegiac.


Cellmates: Our lessons in cancer, life, love and loss
Cellmates: Our lessons in cancer, life, love and loss
by Rose T Clark
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Moving book, 23 Dec. 2013
I have had very little experience of cancer but this book is such a moving and powerful insight into the roller coaster of a cancer diagnosis which ultimately leads to John's death. i think i also read it as a love story, the love between the couple but also Rosie's extraordinary love for John and her astonishing courage and resilience in looking after him. He was such a lucky man to be cared for with such love and sensitivity.
For any couple receiving the dreaded diagnosis, this book must be such a helpful and insightful guide to know what to do and even more importantly that you are not alone
Well done. Marvellous


The Macsween Haggis Bible
The Macsween Haggis Bible
by Jo Macsween
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good news, 21 Jan. 2013
This slim, pocket-sized bible is more Revelation than Leviticus. It's personal and spirited, genuinely informative, boldly visceral and, most importantly of all, appetising. It's Haggis as you've never read about it before, promising hours of fun in the kitchen and new and surprising experiences on the palate. The perfect gift for the cook who thinks s/he knows everything.


Twenty-six ways of looking at a blackberry: How to let writing release the creativity of your brand
Twenty-six ways of looking at a blackberry: How to let writing release the creativity of your brand
by John Simmons
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The liberating power of constraints, 16 July 2009
The liberating power of constraints is beautifully articulated in this book. As if bang on cue for the age of Twitter (prose haiku maybe?) Wet-behind-the-ears or long in the tooth, this is a fascinating read for copywriters at any stage of their career. Probably John's most instructive book. Loved it.


The Witness
The Witness
by James Jauncey
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A credible dystopia, 7 May 2008
This review is from: The Witness (Paperback)
The Witness vividly brings to life a credible dystopia set in the almost tangible future. It's peopled with memorable characters and located in a Highland environment that has been skilfully evoked and re-worked.
Told in fine, honed prose, this is a ripping yarn told in the good Scots tradition of Stevenson and Buchan. Modern sensitivities and an engaging musical theme however, give the story its own distinct voice. For teenagers by D.O.B and tennagers at heart.


Great Brand Stories: Innocent : Building a Brand from Nothing But Fruit
Great Brand Stories: Innocent : Building a Brand from Nothing But Fruit
by John Simmons
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A song of experience, 22 Jan. 2007
Innocent is a great brand - one that others should maybe try to learn from rather than copy. And this is a great book because, by way of a deceptively simple means of storytelling, John Simmons deftly reveals the clutch of secrets at the heart of Innocent's success (content underpinning style).


Old and in the Way
Old and in the Way

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Put yourself out to bluegrass, 12 April 2001
This review is from: Old and in the Way (Audio CD)
Beautiful, melodic, tap a-long bluegrass with the magic Garcia touch. Oh it takes me back. So glad to have found where to get a copy.Panama Red and Land of the Navaho are superb - touches of subtle comedy.


Earth to Earth: True Story of the Lives and Violent Deaths of a Devon Farming Family
Earth to Earth: True Story of the Lives and Violent Deaths of a Devon Farming Family
by John Cornwell
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Brilliant, 12 April 2001
One of the best non fiction books I've ever read. Cornwell investigates the famous Winkleigh murders that took place in Devon some while back and in the course of his investigations evocates a place and the people who live there with incredible skill and accuracy. He captures the landscape and villages of mid Devon, that even ten years ago when I lived and worked there still seemed 'from another age'. If you enjoy thrillers and detective novels read this - you'll get all that and something more, a mix of social documentary and travelogue.


Encarta World English Dictionary
Encarta World English Dictionary
by Kathy Rooney
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good - but brush up the scholarship. Says me!!, 12 April 2001
This is a good addition to the world of English dictionaries. Great, for instance, to be able to look up words like humungous. I don't have the dictionary to hand right now, so I'm not sure that I've spelt it correctly. However, some of the definitions are a bit wonky compared to that pillar of dictionaries: OED. Brush up the scholarship for the next edition and this could become a classic.


N.T.C.'s Dictionary of Trade Name Origins
N.T.C.'s Dictionary of Trade Name Origins
by Adrian Room
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars What's the origin of OXO?, 12 April 2001
This is one of my favourite reference books of all time. There are some real gems here, with humourous and insightful comments on the origins of certain brand names. Fascinating in an age when Brand has become such a dominant concept. Ever wondered who came up with the name Durex, and how? Well, read this book.


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