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Write to be Published
Write to be Published
by Nicola Morgan
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.30

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Advice, Given With Humour, 26 July 2012
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As the title of this review suggests, this book gives excellent advice on a broad overview of topics that will help any writer understand just what it is agents and editors are looking for. What's more, Nicola Morgan (the Crabbit Old Bat herself) gives that advice with humour, honesty and a wealth of experience. She had to learn the hard way, but she happily passes on her hard-won knowledge to the rest of us.

This book is a great starting point for writers to give them a taste of what the industry's about and to help them think about the elements that go towards making a publishable book. Ms Morgan touches on those elements and points the reader towards other sources that cover them in more depth (such as genre-specific resources). I can imagine using this book as a useful diagnostic tool for a work-in-progress to help the writer discern what isn't working - perhaps the plot peters out or there's not enough conflict - and look into that area in more detail.

I strongly recommend this book for anyone looking to get their writing published, be it fiction or non-fiction, romance or sci-fi - you won't regret it!

Practical Guide to Patchwork, The
Practical Guide to Patchwork, The
by Elizabeth Hartman
Edition: Paperback
Price: 15.21

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Patchwork Demystified, 9 April 2012
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I've been sewing clothes for a while, but wanted to take the plunge into making quilts, which has always looked a bit daunting before, so I wanted a book that would explain the whats and hows in a clear and friendly way. This book hit the spot!

With lovely photos and projects, as well as a clear layout, this book will be a firm favourite for me: one of the best things is that the writer gives variations on each quilt, so if the original design she makes doesn't inspire you, you can see how different it can look with a couple of changes - this definitely gives extra mileage to the designs.

While I think I'll only make a few of the projects in here, it has given me plenty of ideas and will provide a great reference when I'm trying out patterns from other books and the internet. I'm really pleased with this book!

The Colette Sewing Handbook: 5 Fundamentals for a Great Sewing Experience
The Colette Sewing Handbook: 5 Fundamentals for a Great Sewing Experience
by Sarai Mitnick
Edition: Hardcover-spiral
Price: 11.89

77 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab & Fun, 28 Dec 2011
I may not be a beginner dressmaker, but I have found this book both useful and a pleasure to read. I tend to pick up lots of sewing guides and the like and still the Colette Sewing Handbook has what others are missing:

* A focus on dressmaking. Many sewing introduction books are more generic, so they might show you how to make a cushion, but they don't necessarily explain how to set in a sleeve. Sarai Mitnick shows you exactly how.

* Clothing patterns that are actually stylish, unique and that you'd actually want to make and wear. But if you know about Colette Patterns, then you'll expect this already. I'd recommend having a look at the five different patterns and checking out what other stitchers have made online to get some inspiration and an idea of whether you would make these designs.

* A discussion not only of how to make items, but how to decide what to make to suit you. I've seen this in books on style and buying clothes from the likes of Gok and Trinny and Susannah, but this is the first time I've seen this kind of advice in a sewing book. And it's blooming important! If you're going to spend hours of your time (not to mention your hard-earned cash on fabric and supplies) on an item of clothing, it's pretty disheartening to find that it doesn't suit you (I speak from experience!) or that it simply doesn't suit your lifestyle. Again, Mitnick comes up trumps with some friendly pointers to set you off in the right direction.

Some of the other things I love about this book: it sits flat when it's open, so you can refer to it while sewing; Sarai Mitnick's tone in writing is encouraging and conversational, without being in your face with fake, over the top enthusiasm and exclamations; it is very pretty, which makes it an utter pleasure to read through and dip into. There are many other things I could mention, I'm sure, but I'll let you discover these for yourself. Enjoy.

Druidry: A Practical and Inspirational Guide (Piatkus Guides)
Druidry: A Practical and Inspirational Guide (Piatkus Guides)
by Philip Shallcrass
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An insightful introduction that leaves you wanting more...., 12 Jun 2002
In all honesty, I can't understand anyone being disappointed with this book.
The information is useful to anyone who wants to know what Druidry is, and the exercises and guidance contained are an excellent way for anyone to get a _feel_ for the Path, if they are interested in following it or not.
I would definitely recommend reading both this and 'Principles of Druidry' by Emma Restall Orr, as they both give different shades of what it is to walk the Druidic Path, and combined give a greater insight that alone.

Principles of - Druidry: The only introduction you'll ever need (Thorsons principles series)
Principles of - Druidry: The only introduction you'll ever need (Thorsons principles series)
by Emma Restall Orr
Edition: Paperback

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An accessible and interesting introduction to Druidry., 12 Jun 2002
This was the first book I actually finished reading on Druidry (having previously attempted another, larger book). I would definitely recommend this to anyone interested in this path as the first book to read.
It contains useful exercises that allow you to _feel_ and _do_ instead of just reading. It makes this book a means of spiritually exploring Druidry, rather than giving a purely intellectual look at its elements.
Around the same time as reading this, I would also recommend reading Philip Shallcrass' 'Druidry' (a 'Piatkus Guide'), for a taste of the different ways of accessing Druidry.
Emma Restall Orr is a great writer on Spiritual matters, drawing you in on a personal level, and leaving you at the end of reading feeling like you've truly done something, changed within and discovered.
Remember to check the back of the book for useful URL's, associations and book recommendations!

Pagan Paths: A Guide to Wicca, Druidry, Asatru Shamanism and Other Pagan Practices
Pagan Paths: A Guide to Wicca, Druidry, Asatru Shamanism and Other Pagan Practices
by Pete Jennings
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.69

71 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An all-round great book, very useful to have!, 12 Jun 2002
This is an interesting, empathetic and lively introduction to Paganism itself and a number of the traditions within it. The "Things To Do" sections at the end of each chapter are brilliant, really enabling you to get a feel for each path spoken about, which I think - like this entire book - can be useful, important and relevant to anyone, whether an experienced Pagan on a particular path, a Pagan unsure of joining a specific tradition, or someone interested in contemporary religions and wanting to learn about paths which are "off the beaten track" as it were.
My only (very small) complaint about this otherwise brilliant book, is that it's slightly unbalanced, with five chapters on various different traditions of Wicca/Witchcraft, while other paths have only one chapter, or less (in the cases of a few, such as Eclectic Paganism, and Male & Female Mystery Groups). However, this is more than made up for by the excellent chapters on magic, first tackling ethics, and _only then_ moving on to the actual _use_ of magic. The different types of magic section is very useful and interesting, even if you've been using magic for some time. The final chapters about the future of Paganism and "Where do we go from here?" wrap up the book brilliantly, setting you free of persue what path you will.
Like a previous reviewer, I will be lending this book out a lot, instead of attempting to explain what Paganism is to people. This is a book every RE teacher should read.
Finally, a tip...
Like many Pagan books, this one has sections that point you in the directions of other books, websites, organisations, give a useful glossary and basically give a wealth of extra information that can point you on where to go next.

Druid Priestess: An intimate journey through the pagan year
Druid Priestess: An intimate journey through the pagan year
by Emma Restall Orr
Edition: Paperback

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Pagan books I've read., 12 Jun 2002
Firstly I'd like to address one of the previous comments made on this book...
What "modern Druidry" is or is not will vary between followers of this Path. To some the old ways form a basis for a philosophy that is suitable for the 21st Century, while others seek to recreate as exactly as possible the old ways.
While the forms of practice may have changed (and lets face it, we don't actually know every detail of how Ancient Druids practiced in times past, and we never shall.), the spirit of the Path has not, and this is what Emma Restall Orr (Bobcat) shows us. Anything (including a religion or spiritual path) that does not change with times and circumstances is destined to die by its own rigidity. Bobcat's works goes a long way to showing that while things may have changed, the important part - the essence - has stayed the same.
If you've not read 'Druid Priestess' (previously 'Spirits of the Sacred Grove'), then I heartily recommend it. Whether you're a Pagan, a Druid, both, or someone just mildly interested in either of these areas, then it's got a lot to give. It's a really touching, thoughtful and thought-provoking book for Pagans, Druids and anyone remotely interested in the spiritual. It touches on a personal level, and I think this is because the author is so intimate and open about her feelings, journey and the story.

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