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Sew Serendipity: Fresh and Pretty Designs to Make and Wear
Sew Serendipity: Fresh and Pretty Designs to Make and Wear
by Kay Whitt
Edition: Hardcover-spiral
Price: £15.58

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great for novice sewists or lovers of pretty country chic, but not for those looking for tailoring or elegance., 28 Oct. 2014
The instructions are clear, the spiral binding is practical, patterns are included and it is well illustrated throughout. A great book for novice sewists. But the garments themselves are very country chic and the lines are not in any way elegant - very much 'American country chic' without European sophistication. A good book for novice sewists as all the fabrics are easy sew cottons and wools, with no draping or bias tailoring. Think in terms of everything A-line with ruffles, unfitted bodices, high-necked peter pan or puritan collars and over-large buttons, and you'll get the picture. Pretty ideas for girls with athletic figures but you would really need to be a woman without a bust to look good in any of the designs as the extremely high necklines with minimal bodice structuring and added fussy detailing on the bust area would make a busty woman look ridiculous and somewhat like Grayson Perry going for a night out. The author has made the same gathered empire/puff sleeves shoulder/bust design for every tunic top. The skirt is the same block with added ruffles, patchwork or frills. The coats are mainly A-line with puritan collar, a couple of them make even her slim models look somewhat bulky. But the instructions are very clear and the patterns are included, so if you are a beginner and like pretty, unsophisticated country chic designs then go for it. It's certainly not city chic.


Karmic Astrology: The Moon's Nodes and Reincarnation Vol 1
Karmic Astrology: The Moon's Nodes and Reincarnation Vol 1
by Martin Schulman
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful insight and doesn't pull his punches, 16 May 2014
Delivers the central messages of each karmic path with a compassionate but dry eye. Offers the karmic nodes through the houses and signs, the information in both compliment each other. Offers examples of karmic lifetimes such as Gandhi, Yogananda, Martin Luther King etc, very interesting reading and helps to put the information in its right place. Offers some pointers on aspects to the nodes as well, though these need some astrological understanding of how to read the aspects, signs and houses. I expect he has written in more depth elsewhere on that and will be looking for his other works.

Martin Schulman has contributed something wonderful to society in this book. It is rare for an author to be so keen to convey the full picture of his understanding that he has no compunction at lovingly punching you right on the nose, hard. His wide understanding of the human condition is breathtaking, yet he delivers his message so concisely that every sentence becomes something to study in depth. There is no fluff here, no padding or 'could be/maybes', and one should concentrate when reading it. Thank you Mr Schulman, for your care and diligence.


Death in Perugia: The Definitive Account of the Meredith Kercher case from her murder to the acquittal of Raffaele Sollecito and Amanda Knox
Death in Perugia: The Definitive Account of the Meredith Kercher case from her murder to the acquittal of Raffaele Sollecito and Amanda Knox
by John Follain
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Surprised at his lack of objectivity, 3 Feb. 2014
I really expected this to be the definitive guide, but even my own research goes further than this book has on some of the evidence. Either this book is out of date or he didn't look as hard as I did, which I find hard to believe. Disappointed, thought Follain had more objectivity.


The Greatest Salesman in the World
The Greatest Salesman in the World
by Og Mandino
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars It's not just a book, it's course, 27 Sept. 2013
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Priceless truths, delivered in parable form. One of the original and best self-help books, it's up there with Charles Haanel and Napoleon Hill. There is only one way to get the best from this book and that is as the author prescribes - read the scroll 3 times a day and work with each scroll till you understand it and see it manifesting. If you resist arguing and looking for faults in the philosophy and just go with it as prescribed it becomes a course. You will see benefits and you will be a better person, let alone a better salesman.


Crystals: Strong and Beautiful
Crystals: Strong and Beautiful
by Lettie Vantol
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a crystals book one can respect, 5 May 2013
I am not a student of Lettie, but after experiencing a few healing sessions from one of her students I was so impressed that I decided to check out Lettie's book. I am very glad I did. So many people have jumped on the crystals bandwagon over the past few years and there seem to be so many dime-a-dozen 'definite bibles' of crystals written by people who are essentially astrologers or Reiki teachers who have branched out into crystals without the deeper knowledge that Lettie has. For example, she is the first person I have come across who has told the truth about how to care for them properly instead of trotting out the usual 'clean them in saltwater' rubbish, which she abhors (and explains clearly why this is bad practice). And waving a few crystals around while giving Reiki is not a crystal healing, folks. Long story short - this book is a must for anyone serious about working with crystals responsibly, and the best book on the subject that I have read so far.


Thrifty Chic: Interior Style on a Shoestring
Thrifty Chic: Interior Style on a Shoestring
by Liz Bauwens
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Should be called Thrifty Cheek, 15 Dec. 2012
This book is definitely style over content. I expected plenty of designs and techniques, but there are only 7 projects - and they are really uninspiring. A patchwork cushion, an old button lampshade, button decorated jars, a fabric doorstep? I mean, come on! Basically this is just a book of nice photos of a few tired shabby chic ideas, and even then the same room is pictured several times over so you see the same vase of flowers 4 or 5 times, in slightly different focus/close-up/angle. The so-called 'chic' ideas range from milk bottle vases (yes really!) to a bowl of pebbles! Even that idea is trotted out again when she presents another bowl of pebbles ... with insects drawn on them. Maybe this book is ok for people with absolutely no idea where to start. If you are that hard up, save yourself the price of the book and google 'upcycled fashion' or 'recycled chic' or 'refashioned wardrobe'. Learn how to spot a piece of bargain furniture that is a nice shape under the grime and how to recover/upholster/wallpaper and varnish it. You will not learn that from this book.


Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul: How to Create a New Self
Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul: How to Create a New Self
by Dr Deepak Chopra
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This book is correct in it's assertions, 24 Aug. 2011
The last Chopra I read was about 10 years ago, so I picked this up on a whim to see if his latest developments related to my experiences of healing in the past decade. I liked his previous book but didn't read more as I was following my own way of doing things and didn't want my mind crammed with other's views, especially the wannabe gurus out there. So it is lovely to be in agreement with what he says in this latest publication and I congratulate him for putting it in a readable and accessible manner. The body/mind link is explained better in other books but if you are interested in the effects rather than the science, this book is very accurate on the effects of trauma and emotions on the body. You have to suspend the busy, interfering ego in order to get to the meat of this book and in fact the soul needs no instruction on what to do once the ego has been stilled, but this book gives good information that may still the critical mind for you. Fighting the ego is simply not the way forward, in fact the only way forward is to take the time to sit in real stillness and let the soul energy (repressed and feared by the ego in most people) emerge. There will always be those who scoff and sneer at this type of literature, but in my humble opinion Mr Chopra states many truths in this book. His passion seems to be for finding new ways to communicate the need for us to let go; in this book he succeeds in putting higher concepts into plain language for the common man. Only 4 stars because he complicates a very simple message with many examples, case histories and occasionally patronising metaphors but that is, I suppose, because he knows his regular audience. Perhaps some of the info is still fodder for the ego to grab onto, but he at least tries to give info that will qualm our fears of intentionally letting the soul emerge. When all is said and done, there will never be a substitute for letting the mind completely relax, so Chopra tries to calm our anxieties and reassure us that we will only be letting go of that which holds us back. He must be walking the talk to have even written this, as it is not just a cynical rehash of other's ideas. If you find this book frustrating, you probably need it the most.


Heaven Is So Real: 1973
Heaven Is So Real: 1973
by Choo Thomas
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.10

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A very uncomfortable read, could seriously affect the gullible, 9 Oct. 2010
This book has the honour of being the first book I have ever intentionally binned. It's messages are so discomforting that I didn't feel I could finish it, pass it on or even leave it on a park bench for some unfortunate to find. I am glad I didn't pay for it and am embarressed to admit that I read even part of it.

If you are the type of person who is looking for a either a new-age, or traditional christian, explanation of heaven please leave this one well alone. It is militant, fundamentalist new-christianism of the lowest order. I am serious when I say that people who are emotionally or mentally unsure, gullible or not certain what they believe in, should leave this book well alone. I don't need to go into detail as other readers have in the reviews below. If I could give it no stars I would and hope the author receives the help she needs and stops insulting our intelligence.
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Jonathan Fong's Walls That Wow!: Creative Wall Treatments Without Fancy-schmancy Painting
Jonathan Fong's Walls That Wow!: Creative Wall Treatments Without Fancy-schmancy Painting
by Jonathan Fong
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Some quirky ideas and food for thought, 8 Oct. 2010
Jonathan guides you through the step-by-steps for each room style and none of them are beyond the scope of the average diy-er. Some of the styles and ideas will date quickly but the techniques will stand true. It is a mix of updates on the classics or really quirky and cheap looking but again, the step by step instructions for how to get them up and staying up will be useful for years to come. A book your teenage children will dip into for great wall-covering ideas years after you have forgotten you had it. For updates on his ideas, see his website.


We are Not the First: Riddles of Ancient Science
We are Not the First: Riddles of Ancient Science
by Andrew Tomas
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun little paperback, 19 Jun. 2010
The rear cover blurb says:
"The development of modern science during the course of the past 400 yrs is merely the rediscovery of ancient knowledge. Atomic Theory was worked out by Democritus 2500 yrs before Rutherford. Penicillin was used by ancient egyptians. Electric Batteries were used by the Babylonians 2000 yrs ago. Space Travel was described by the prehistoric Chinese 400 yrs before the Apollo flights."

This is a fun little book, 220 pages and written in 1971. Packed with facts about feats of engineering in the prehistoric days, how oddities like engineered metals have been found in lumps of coal, evidence of technologies found in ice age caves, antigravitation devices in ancient India etc etc. Fascinating stuff and full of odd facts which are real conversation starters. There are a few black and white photos showing various novelties, discoveries, cave pictures etc. He covers everything from ancient man to european alchemy. A good read.


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