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Children Act
Children Act
by Ian Mcewan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.45

5.0 out of 5 stars the legal and medical detail are so brilliantly written that you are gripped, 2 Aug. 2015
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Totally absorbing, elegantly written, the legal and medical detail are so brilliantly written that you are gripped. The characters are, as always with this author real human beings you care hugely about. A wonderful book.


Fantasia - [DVD] [1940]
Fantasia - [DVD] [1940]
Dvd ~ Samuel Armstrong
Offered by Direct Entertainment Supplies
Price: £8.35

1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 19 Jun. 2015
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I expected it to be the dvd of the Fantasia of my childhood which I wanted to share with my grandchild. Instead of which it has been 'doctored,' narrated, and some of the most memorable sequences removed - hugely disappointing. Why?


KES A2123A-2 Bathroom Corner Triangular Tub and Shower Caddy Basket, Brushed Finish, SUS304 Stainless Steel
KES A2123A-2 Bathroom Corner Triangular Tub and Shower Caddy Basket, Brushed Finish, SUS304 Stainless Steel
Offered by KES Home Global
Price: £50.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Good, 25 May 2015
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Good and solid addition to new shower room.


Regatta Kids Puddle II All In One - Pepper, 24-36 Months
Regatta Kids Puddle II All In One - Pepper, 24-36 Months
Offered by Monogram
Price: £17.45

4.0 out of 5 stars hard to judge the size from the description., 12 Jun. 2014
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Useful but because of the size issue will sit around till next year and will buy from a shop to be sure next time.


Perfect
Perfect
Price: £4.31

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4.0 out of 5 stars Slow start buy well worth the wait!, 12 May 2014
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Rachel Joyce spins her web so subtlely, that you don't realise that you are being hooked. The writing is so skillful, her mood so accurate that without realising it you care desperately, want to know the outcome, try to work out how it all comes together, but never do until the very end. Then WHAM! The unexpected! I only left out the fifth star because of the struggle to start.


Benny and Shrimp
Benny and Shrimp
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting, 7 Sept. 2013
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An enchanting read. I cared desperately about both characters and couldn't put it down until I found out their fate. That is very rare for what is essentially a love story. But even in translation, it is so well written that I totally believed in both of them and could picture their lives and feel their dilemmas. An easy read but with great depth.


The Banana Bunch
The Banana Bunch
by Dawn Carroll
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting, 27 Oct. 2012
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This is an enchanting book about a family of monkeys trying to conquer all challenges to deliver bananas to a human friend in hospital. In a series of letters to a grandma, who is herself travelling the world, and thus having adventures of her own, they describe their great escapades as, with eternal optimism, they attempt helicopters, motorbikes, parachutes, various disguises and even a magic carpet, determined not to be thwarted.
With captivating and funny illustrations introducing the characters and adventures, each letter is created like a short story and as such is perfect bedtime reading for children and adults.
It is funny, appealing and ultimately uplifting.
The profits from the publication are being given to two children's charities, Ty Hafan and Winston's Wish, as such this is a must buy book.


Phenomena
Phenomena
by Frank Dux
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive, 24 Feb. 2011
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This aesthetically pleasing book of poetry from a newly published poet is full of surprises.
The most obvious being that there is no apparent common thread except the controlled but musical use of words and rhythm.
The subjects range from the very personal to the epic, from the very emotional to the philosophical. Some are lyrical and intensely visual. Others, particularly those that reveal a love and knowledge of the classics, make you stop, think and ask 'What did he mean here?' The answer is always in the words and the joy is finding it. The longer poems, especially Orpheus, encourage further reading and study.
Dipping in is the delightful offering of this collection. Each page offers a fresh experience which can be matched to the reader's mood of the moment, the way poetry should be read.
Poetry groups take note; these engaging and accessible poems were written to be read aloud.
My copy will remain beside my bed for a long time!


Dope in the Age of Innocence
Dope in the Age of Innocence
by Damien Enright
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars pictures painted with words, 30 Jan. 2011
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This 'dumb, hell driven dopester' (his description) can sure as hell paint pictures with words! With his effortless, lyrical prose, DE takes us back into the early drug culture of the 1960's and the dreams of a life of purity and simplicity. It is based partly in Ibiza, then a colony of pseudo artists and drifters where, as an innocent drop-out, he escapes a respectable middle class life and the destiny of medical school, to seek an alternative life style before the term was invented. Later in Formentera, where marriages failed quickly but friendships were supposed to last forever, you could live the dream as long as the money lasted.
Initially earning money with activities just on the brink of the law, he lures us into his adventures, romances and heartbreak. But it is funny too, describing imaginative stings like taking unsuspecting couples out on a yacht to the edge of the harbour, claiming to then be in international waters and marrying them - at a cost!
This nomad's tale zigzags geographically and emotionally as he rattles around in unlicensed cars, experimenting with drugs that were new at the time. But funding the dream required ever more ambitious and dangerous scams, culminating in a catastrophic journey across Europe and into Turkey, in search of large supplies of the drug of the title. Then his delusional belief in the loyalty of friends and his immunity from justice was shattered and his life as a fugitive began. DE's great talent is to maintain our sympathy and support as, just when you feel like shaking him out of his crazy dope-fuelled fantasies, the wonderful descriptive prose holds onto you. His love for his children, his belief in the best of humanity, and his trust in the words of others, give the narrative its heart and soul.
This appealing memoir is a 'must-read' trip down memory lane for those who were there, for those who weren't, it is an engaging social history about a moment in a particular time and place when the word changed, or those living it, thought it did.


Give Me a Chance: My Eight Days with John and Yoko
Give Me a Chance: My Eight Days with John and Yoko
by Gail Renard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful read, 16 Jan. 2011
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This is a personal record of an extraordinary eight days in 1969 when, through a combination of luck and determination an intelligent teenager joined John Lennon and Yoko Ono at their now famous 'Bed-In for Peace.'
Based on her diary notes of the time and written with the innocence of a besotted fan, it strangely lacks sentiment but conveys truthfulness.
Vietnam was then the issue but the 'Bed-In', despite its eccentricity proved that musical celebrity could usefully attract attention to peaceful protest, hence this account has serious resonance now.
Renard colourfully records the chaotic atmosphere within that claustrophic hotel room; the fans, the famous, the press, the intruders, the critics and even the threats. You can smell the stale food, the drink and imagine the litter.
There are magic moments, one when her anxious mother insists on speaking to Lennon on the telephone and, completely unimpressed by his celebrity, lays down rules for her visit. No sex, no drugs and she must be home by her normal bedtime. An astonished and somewhat intimidated Lennon complies.
Her account of the recording of his famous anthem 'Give Peace a Chance' in the hotel room which was quickly converted into a makeshift recording studio, is hilarious particularly when she casually throws in that she herself picked up a tambourine and 'bashed it!'
She dreamt of becoming a writer and, though just sixteen, did what 'grown-up' writers do, note every experience in detail. Her dream became a reality. Lennon, who gave her her first break by ensuring that her article about him was published, would have been proud of what she has since achieved.
The attractive design utilises priceless snapshots, fragments of mementoes, glimpses of her 'beatlemania' bedroom and snippets of her orginal typewritten diary, complete with typos.
In her own words, "I was having the time of my life, but I also had the sense to know that I was surrounded by courageous special people who stood up for what they believed.'


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