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A Song for Issy Bradley
A Song for Issy Bradley
by Carys Bray
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Bad things can happen to Good people, 23 Jan. 2015
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This is a brilliant book.

izzy one of four children in a Mormon family living in North West, England has dies. This book tells the story of what happens next to her family. The story is told in turn by each of her siblings and her parents, as they grapple with their own grief and beliefs.

It is not propaganda for the Mormon Church; the Author was brought up in the church, but isn't a member any more. Neither is it an attack on the Church. It is a book about bad things happening to basically good people. It's also about human fallibility.

What makes it so good is that each character, even as far as we learn about them the minor characters, are believable. Ian, the Dad and a Bishop in the Mormon Church; is probably the hardest in some ways to empathise with, but the reader learns enough to empathise and probably even understand him more than he understands himself. Actually the only characters in the book I had no empathy for are Ian's parents.

It's a book that might make you cry, could make you smile, and will certainly show you something about human nature. Oh and you will learn a bit about the Mormon Church,must a bit.


The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths (Fiona Griffiths 3)
The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths (Fiona Griffiths 3)
by Harry Bingham
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A great read!, 20 Jan. 2015
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I loved this book!

So much so that I've bought the two previous books in the series.
Fiona Griffith is a police woman with mental health issues (and a colourful past). If someone has a few mental health issues, should they really pretend to be someone else, as an undercover police operation requires?
Probably not, thats why Fiona wasn't totally truthful on her application form for undercover training.

When she gets a chance to use that training will she be able to hang on to who she is? Will she endanger herself or the operation she is involved in? Will she marry Buzz?

All crucial questions in this story. Along with Fiona's personal quest to try to find out who she really is.

Its quirky. Its gripping. Its believable (well within reason). Its not too gross.

Overall a fast paced, unputdownable thriller!


Tsunami Kids: Our journey from survival to success
Tsunami Kids: Our journey from survival to success
by Paul Forkan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £8.00

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry but its boring, 20 Jan. 2015
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Sorry!

This should have been a good book. A family of kids have an unconventional childhood, they suffer a great tragedy, they survive by pulling together, and then go on to found a successful business and through it help disadvantage children. It sounds like a great company, and people you really want to learn more about.

Unfortunately this book is boring, and full of trite assertions that due to their unconventional childhood they were special. A good write (or ghost writer) would have drawn these conclusions from the reader by the story not just stating them. A lot of the book (100 out of 247 pages) deal with their life before the Tsunami. 44 pages deal with the Tsunami and the immediate aftermath, and the rest deals with what happened next (mainly to Rob).
At the end I felt I knew very little about what the family was really like. I didn't feel particularly drawn to the main characters and was also uncertain of exactly what and how effective their charitable side is.

It should be a good read, but really isn't.
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Still with Me
Still with Me
Price: £3.98

5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it but I think this is a bit of ..., 17 Jan. 2015
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I loved it but I think this is a bit of a marmite book, especially given the other reviews.
The story starts with a young man commuting suicide because the love of his life has rejected him.
From then on the story follows a series of episodes in which Jeremy wakes up on his birthday with amnesia. He only has memories of what happens on his birthdays. Slowly what happens between those birthdays begins to emerge. But what is going on? Why?

I don't want to say much more and spoil it. But at points this book moved me to tears.

The one really jarring moment in the translation was when someone dialled 911 not 112 as you would in Paris.

It's not an action packed thriller. But if you want a more thoughtful read, then this might be it.


In Praise of Bees: A Cabinet of Curiosities
In Praise of Bees: A Cabinet of Curiosities
by Elizabeth Birchall
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.45

4.0 out of 5 stars A Cabinet of Curiosities indeed!, 16 Jan. 2015
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This is an unusual gift for bee keepers, bee lovers and those interested in bees. It is not a practical book about beekeeping, or a story of one persons passion or involvement with bees. It is a treasure trove of how bees are part of our culture. It presents a pot pouri of quotes, and snippets of history, philosophy and even religious thought. The main view point is Western. There are also lovely illustrations of Paintings and other Bee influenced Art.
Another theme is the history of Beekeeping and the science of bees. Which also casts a spotlight on the prejudices of the observers in various times; for example when the Workers and Queen were thought to be male, but the "lazy" Drones were thought to be female.
I would think most bee lovers, would enjoy this as a book to dip into.


Driving Test Success Anytime 2014/15 Edition
Driving Test Success Anytime 2014/15 Edition
Offered by Sunset Media
Price: £4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Theory test practise+, 16 Jan. 2015
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A good way to learn and practise for your theory test. But it is much more than that. It can help you to revise for what the examiners will be looking for on the day of your practical test.
Really useful features include: an option to have voiceover if you are going to have this in the theory test due to dyslexia or reading difficulties, a braking distance simulator, a safer driver test which helps you assess those of your personal attitudes and behaviours make you more likely to have an accident, and the opportunity to update via the Internet.
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The Chimes
The Chimes
by Anna Smaill
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars I did enjoy it. It's set in a time where memories ..., 16 Jan. 2015
This review is from: The Chimes (Hardcover)
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I'm not musical, and I read this book wondering if I would have got more out of it if I had had a musical education. However, don't let that put you off, I did enjoy it.
It's set in a time where memories are fleeting. You can wake each day with little memory of the previous. People carry small objects to remind them.sometimes tunes can help them remember.
The hero comes to London from rural Essex, seeking someone his mother told him to find before she died. He finds it a confusing place full of a hullabaloo of songs. But he also hears a silence.
Why is the world like this? Why can't people remember?
There is danger and mystery, but also good fortune.
Oh there is also love - in the form of a relationship between the hero and another boy.
I enjoyed it as a read. But I suspect either you would get far more from it if you understood the music more, I did feel a little disabled in my reading by my lack of musical knowledge. It is still a good and original read.


Not Forgetting The Whale
Not Forgetting The Whale
by John Ironmonger
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lyrical and Gripping read, 16 Jan. 2015
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This book is reminiscent of Cider With Rosie or Under Milk Wood, in creating a believable and lyrical rural community. One that anyone who has been part of a small insular community will recognise, whether that is a village, an Oxbridge college, an oil rig or wherever; that sense of knowing all about others and having no true secrets is so true to life.
This is not just a book about a rural community. There is a plot!
It starts when Kenny sees a whale, a rare event. Then there is a naked man washed up on the beach.
The rest of e story is told, often in an almost folk tale way. Who is the man? Why is he there? What will happen to the whale?
Slowly the events in the outside world threaten even this remote village. How will they respond? How will the man and the whale be important in their survival?
I started off not sure how much I would enjoy the book, even though it is beautifully written. Then some aspects annoyed me, but I have to confess even those "implausabilities" were explained by the end. If you are a City trader there maybe a few aspects that annoy you, and the author apologises for these at the end. But allowing for creative license, this is a thought provoking AND optimistic book. I would thoroughly recommend it.


Leitz WOW 1005 180 Degree A4 80mm Lever Arch File - Metallic Blue
Leitz WOW 1005 180 Degree A4 80mm Lever Arch File - Metallic Blue
Price: £7.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good solid A4 Arch lever file, 4 Dec. 2014
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A good solid A4 Arch lever file, in a fun colour. My DD loves this shade of blue, so its perfect for her notes. Great to have more colours to choose from so make it easier to spot different subjects.


The Titanic Murders (Disaster Series Book 1)
The Titanic Murders (Disaster Series Book 1)
Price: £3.49

2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry but I found it too boring., 16 Nov. 2014
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I gave up before a single murder had happened. Sorry but I found it too boring.


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