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Invicta Women's 0715 Angel Collection Rose Gold-Tone Black Polyurethane Watch
Invicta Women's 0715 Angel Collection Rose Gold-Tone Black Polyurethane Watch

5.0 out of 5 stars 5*'s, 30 Jun. 2014
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very good quality, worn constantly for over 2 years and still great


Mornings in Jenin
Mornings in Jenin
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars give Palestine a chance for Peace, 30 Jun. 2014
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fantastic, a must read, will move you to tears


Elizabeth Bathory, The Blood Countess
Elizabeth Bathory, The Blood Countess
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1.0 out of 5 stars dont waste your money, 30 Jun. 2014
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not a book, a summary.


Dubai Wives
Dubai Wives
by Zvezdana Rashkovich
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars realer than you'd imagine!, 10 Feb. 2013
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I like to occasionally pick out books based in Dubai as it is a city I have a long association with, used to live and work there and still have friends and visit often, so I can say with some authority that this novel is very close to the reality there, all the characters, although clichéd, are reminiscent of real people in Dubai, the shallowness and obsession with luxury, beauty and sex are all close to the truth too.

It was an enjoyable read for me, recognisable and believable, a good holiday read, especially if you are going to Dubai!


Locked In (Jessica Daniel Book 1)
Locked In (Jessica Daniel Book 1)

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3.0 out of 5 stars modern crime drama, 5 Mar. 2012
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reads like a very contemporary Police TV drama, would make a good screenplay for the Bill or similar!
I would be interested in reading more of her work.


3,096 Days
3,096 Days
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5.0 out of 5 stars chilling and clinical, 11 Dec. 2011
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The story of the kidnapping of Natascha Kampusch, and her reaction that left the world so disdainful and confused about her, after her escape.

She describes with incredible clarity and blunt honesty, her dependency on the kidnapper and angrily refuses to acknowledge Stockholm Syndrome as a reason, she said that tag made her into a victim all over again, and only she knows the reality of the relationship with her kidnapper for the eight years she was his captive.

The insights she writes about are very clearly the result of in depth psychotherapy since her release from captivity, with some patterns obvious to see, but it is unsettling and disturbing to read how coldly she describes and dissects the interdependent relationship she and the man built up over time, it reflects back on all interdependent relationships, in a fascinating way that a reader can identify with.

Her experience and bizarre strength and coping mechanisms leave the reader feeling slightly uncomfortable as she refuses to conform to a victim stereotype, she asks for no pity and is shocking in her candidness, although despite barely a mention of sexual abuse, she has since claimed she gave birth to a child during her captivity.
A fascinating read and an astonishing girl.


Mastering Arabic 1 and CD Pack
Mastering Arabic 1 and CD Pack
by Jane Wightwick
Edition: Paperback

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2.0 out of 5 stars tedious and plodding, 11 Dec. 2011
I really didn't like the format or content of this book, the topics were haphazard and not particularly useful, it was badly laid out and confusing, it also contains a fair few mistakes, not the best book to learn Arabic, it is plodding and clumsy, but I can imagine it would appeal to a certain type of learner, not me though!


CAIRO TIME (2009)
CAIRO TIME (2009)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brief Encounter with Pyramids, 10 Dec. 2011
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A charming, enchanting little film, it is beautifully shot and lit and has an atmospheric soundtrack, it's a perfect understated and classy version of a 'chick flick' for women of a certain age, I loved it, Brief Encounter with Pyramids!


Dubai
Dubai
by Robin Moore
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars fab, 27 Oct. 2011
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great rip roaring tale of the wild wild Middle East, old school stuff, when men were men and women were grateful for it!


One Year In Wonderland: A True Tale of Expat Life in Dubai (Updated and Extended Edition)
One Year In Wonderland: A True Tale of Expat Life in Dubai (Updated and Extended Edition)

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars expat's tale of woe, 27 Oct. 2011
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I really enjoyed this little blog style book, got through it in 2 sittings, many of the places and topics being very familiar to me, being a long term Dubaiophile myself.

It is accurate and straight talking, and very amusing in parts too, and it does paint a very realistic picture of the good and bad of expat life, or rather, what life is like for some expats in DXB.
As a book, it still reads very much like a blog and perhaps a bit more content and context could have been added to fill it out some to make a better book, but as it is, it makes for a succinct and funny report on Dubai life.

Shame the writer didn't stretch his horizons much more than the malls and beaches, Dubai does have a culture, a very complex one that is not really easily accessible to foreign visitors, and you need to have local Emirati friends to know and share some of it, being dismissive of Dubai for being superficial is too easy, yes, true, it can be, but there is also more beneath the glittery surface, just hard for expats to see it for all the hype and pretty lights in your eyes!
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