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Die Klassischen Yachten 2: Die Kunststoffrevolution
Die Klassischen Yachten 2: Die Kunststoffrevolution
by Detlef Jens
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.21

4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book - wish I could read German more fluently, 15 Nov 2014
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Beautifully presented book with plans photos and clear layout illustrating a number of popular yacht classes. A pleasure to look at and to handle and my lack of Germans makes me feel frustrated at my inability to read more than the headlines as I know Detlef Jens is an expert in this area.


Prison Diaries
Prison Diaries
Price: £9.59

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complaining on behalf of others, 15 Nov 2014
This review is from: Prison Diaries (Kindle Edition)
The importance of this book does not depend on the individual case - except in as far as all prisoners are individuals with their own problems, health issues, hopes and flaws. If the judicial system, could address this single fact it would be transformed. The fact that Denis Macshane spent his entire 7 weeks inside under the wrong name (Ian McShane) suggests that this change will be a long time coming. Too long for the prisoners who are victims of miscarriages of justice or who have untreated health problems. Too long also for the people who have done wrong but for whom a custodial sentence is a waste of public money and is likely to drag them and their families down for the rest of their lives. As another reviewer commented MacShane DOES complain about the way he is treated -- and his complaints are well-founded. But he also complains much more strenuously on behalf of other prisoners -- all those, for instance, who are beyond their release date but who are being kept inside (at significant expense) because of sheer uncaring, dehumanised, inefficiency.


Oxford Bookworms Library: Stage 4: We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea: 1400 Headworms (Oxford Bookworms ELT)
Oxford Bookworms Library: Stage 4: We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea: 1400 Headworms (Oxford Bookworms ELT)
by Arthur Ransome
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Useful and accessible, 9 Nov 2014
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A useful and accessible introduction to Ransome for today's younger readers


Those Snake Island Kids
Those Snake Island Kids
Price: £5.10

5.0 out of 5 stars Impressively authentic, 9 Nov 2014
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Excellent book with a huge amount of true ecological and sailing information


Firebird Dawn
Firebird Dawn
Price: £1.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended, 3 Nov 2014
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This review is from: Firebird Dawn (Kindle Edition)
Excellent writing and exciting story. The start of a brilliant trilogy.


Circle Line: Around London in a Small Boat
Circle Line: Around London in a Small Boat
by Steffan Meyric Hughes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

5.0 out of 5 stars London's forgotten waters, 17 Aug 2014
"Every man must believe in something. I believe I'll go canoeing." Steffan Meyric Hughes chooses this quote from H.D. Thoreau to launch his ten day journey round the canals and forgotten rivers of London. He is, it's probably fair to say. a canoeist at heart and some of his reminiscences of teenage dare-devilry in kayaks convey a real feeling for water as a place where you can test yourself. His exploration down the South London River Wandle is undertaken in his own kayak and is one of the best pieces in a good book. The main journey is undertaken in a small versatile wooden dinghy, simple to sail, light enough to row and with an outboard engine when required. There's a poignant moment down the flight of locks from Victoria Park to Limehouse Basin where Hughes meets a small girl who is puzzled and then intrigued by the concept of a dinghy. "Can I come for a ride with you in it?" He has to refuse but rows away buoyed up by the realisation that "Kids don't sail or find some other way of leaving the world behind walls only because they don't know how to - not because they don't want to." One of the by-products of Circle Line may be a reminder of how much fun and challenge can be obtained from very small patches of water and how under-used and under- appreciated the waters of London are. There are of course odd characters living secretive lives in forgotten corners and Hughes makes the most of his encounters with the, He's also tremendously good on little known facts -- such as the plague of terrapin that resulted from the end of the Ninja Turtles craze and the number of disused power stations that are left after the age of Victorian engineering. To quote Thoreau again "One generation abandons the enterprises of another like stranded vessels." The Thames is a mighty accumulation of obsolete enterprises and wrecked vessels but Hughes's technique of personal narrative keeps his story readable and in proportion. All I would really have liked to have added to this book would have been a very much better map.


Trickster's Point (Cork O'Connor Mystery)
Trickster's Point (Cork O'Connor Mystery)
by William Kent Krueger
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Another good story in a great series, 4 Aug 2014
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Always enjoy the Cork O'Connor stories and this was no exception. Possibly If I thought really hard it might not have been my number one among William Kent Krueger's works but the standard is so high


Our Man in Camelot
Our Man in Camelot
by Anthony Price
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed - but it could be me, 4 Aug 2014
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Used to love reading Anthony Price so was sorry to find this rather dated and dull. Perhaps the fault was in me - or the changing times


Paul Elvstrom Speaks: To His Sailing Friends on His Life and Racing Career
Paul Elvstrom Speaks: To His Sailing Friends on His Life and Racing Career
by Paul Elvstrom
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Autobiography of an extraordinary racing sailor, 4 Aug 2014
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Fascinating autobiography by a determined and individual personality. I didn't know enough about dinghy racing to follow Elvstrom in his medal winning career but it did diminish my enjoyment of this book


Ellen's People: Without Warning (The Ellen Trilogy)
Ellen's People: Without Warning (The Ellen Trilogy)
Price: £1.83

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An attractive and honest observer, 4 Aug 2014
Ellen's People is the story of a young girl and her family struggling to survive the First World War. In August 1914 Ellen is just 16 and is living in the Sussex countryside with her parents, her older brother and two younger sisters. Her father is a signalman and has some strong 'anti-toff' views. Class suspicions, village tensions and family relationships make for an unexpected flare-up of local conflict when the recruiting officer arrives and Ellen's brother volunteers. There is, as any reader will guess, considerably worse to come.

Ellen's People is suitable for older children as well as adults. The horror and the strain of war is fully acknowledged but it is mediated through the central character, who is a loving and grieving sister rather than a combatant. There is a simplicity in the writing which is attractive and accessible and reflects Ellen's youthful personality. From a relatively sheltered position in the middle of her family she is forced out into the world and has to make her own accommodations with the mix of snobbery and kindliness that she encounters from her employers and others. Dennis Hamley is adept at conveying the social attitudes of a century ago while avoiding stereotypes. One of the pleasures of Ellen's People is the variousness of the characters, whatever their class. Their reactions are determined by their personal and moral qualities as much as by the conventions of their social position – though these are never underestimated.

I found Ellen's People a pacy, engrossing and convincing read -- though as an adult with a strong interest in history it didn't tell me anything about World War 1 that I didn't already know. But that wasn't why I was reading it. Dennis Hamley is an accomplished writer and develops Ellen as an engaging and honest observer as well as a quietly determined participant. I'll be glad to follow her in her postwar future


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