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The Happiness Quest
The Happiness Quest
Price: £7.68

5.0 out of 5 stars Letting go of desperation, 18 Mar. 2015
This is a wonderful book. It's about a serious and difficult subject, clinical depression, that manages to be easy to read and have a light touch. Penrose describes, very entertainingly, a variety of treatments she tried for her depression. She is open-minded but far from gullible - because of course there are charlatans who would prey on those who are depressed.

I would not presume to advise people with depression what to do, but if they are considering any of the many treatment options covered in this book then at least reading this would enable them to sample the experience of someone who has tried it before - and given it a star rating, and probably an amusing and shrewd assessment. And if you are lucky enough not to be depressed, this book can give you an insight into what it feels like.

In the next edition it certainly deserves, a couple of editing oversights could be rectified - e.g. the name is Virginia Woolf not Wolfe - but small errors do not detract from the informative and overwhelmingly uplifting effect.


Woody Allen's Shark
Woody Allen's Shark
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Short but full of interest, 22 Feb. 2014
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These short - generally very short - plays are often amusing, sometimes poignant, and in one case cleverly unsettling. I have seen none of them performed but would like to.


Imagine
Imagine
by Alison Lester
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Stands the tests of time, distance, and repetition, 12 Feb. 2012
This review is from: Imagine (Hardcover)
This is a wonderful book.

It presents a series of scenes - jungle, savannah, polar regions, bush, farm, ocean, prehistory - with a range of charmingly and skilfully drawn animals. Some are more familiar than others, and unless you're David Attenborough you probably won't know all of them, but that makes it more interesting, and there's a key at the back if you don't yet know your quoll from your possum. I have two, now adult, children who grew up in Australia, where this book is now an acknowledged classic; and another, not yet at primary school, growing up in Kent; all of them have loved it. Be warned that as with all popular books you may be asked to look at it many, many times. But with this one, that is not too much of an ordeal.

(NB the edition referred to is the full size one)


Karrimor Urban 30 Rucksack Dark Fire/Cinder 30 Ltr
Karrimor Urban 30 Rucksack Dark Fire/Cinder 30 Ltr

2.0 out of 5 stars Not very robust, 11 Feb. 2012
Bought this in November, just put it in the bin today, in February. The problem was that a hole - several centimetres long - had appeared around the stitching at the top of the bag (which I put duct tape over to hold together, and to prevent the hole extending, while I bought a new bag), and I could see that another hole was about to form on another seam (the material was beginning to give way). I do put quite a lot of stuff in my bag for my commute, but I don't think an exceptional amount, and I have never had a similar problem with previous bags, all of which have lasted much longer.

The bag was cheap. It might be satisfactory for someone who didn't want to carry much; it had several compartments, good internal dividers, felt comfortable on my back, and was otherwise OK (in the limited time I had it).


Wisdom Clean Between Interdental Brushes x 20 Brushes Blue Fine
Wisdom Clean Between Interdental Brushes x 20 Brushes Blue Fine
Offered by Dental Direct UK
Price: £2.33

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last I can get at my gums..., 13 Dec. 2011
I never really could take to flossing, and metal based things to go between my teeth seemed to bend too easily. These things were recommended by my dentist and I have actually found that they work. They don't last very long, especially if you have smallish gaps, but they do get into places between teeth which I'd found inaccessible, and they do make my gums feel better.


La Chenille Qui Fait Des Trous
La Chenille Qui Fait Des Trous
by Eric Carle
Edition: Album
Price: £12.79

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...but it is still good to read again, 22 Jun. 2009
Probably all you need to know is that this is a French version of the wonderful The Very Hungry Caterpillar (as far as I can tell, which isn't very far, it's a good translation). If you /your children like the English version, and you want to nudge them towards picking up some French, or if you want to vary the 900th reading of the English version, this is worth getting.


Lies Of Silence
Lies Of Silence
by Brian Moore
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Controlled anger, still relevant, 10 Nov. 2006
This review is from: Lies Of Silence (Paperback)
To suggest that this is no longer worth reading because the situation in Northern Ireland has changed is a bit like suggesting (say) that 'Richard III' is no longer worth going to see because the Wars of the Roses have ended. Moreover, there are still terrorists around, and there will still be moral dilemmas to be confronted by those unfortunate enough to come into contact with them, even if not in the same way or with the same type of terrorist. The moral dilemma set up in this novel is gripping: the protagonist faces the choice between (it seems to him) his wife being killed by terrorists, or leaving a bomb which will kill many others. The reader is forced to consider his or her likely reaction in similar circumstances. Against a persuasively-realised background, the ordinariness of the terrorists, and the variations in their attitudes, are bleakly and calmly captured. A few Americanisms (from recollection, examples were 'trunk' for boot of a car, 'going to the bathroom') jarred slightly in this realistic work but maybe (although I doubt it) these are also present in Northern Irish speech. Overall this is thoughtful, thought-provoking work, and, while it will do nothing to cheer you up, deserves to be read right to the end.


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