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California Dreaming: A Smooth-running, Low-mileage, Cut-price American Adventure
California Dreaming: A Smooth-running, Low-mileage, Cut-price American Adventure
by Lawrence Donegan
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, good read., 31 Mar. 2014
Really enjoyed this, Lawrence has an easy flowing writing style and, !joy! he writes great dialogue. The book is a very interesting take on aspects of the american dream, and the knife edge life that so many people seem to live on over there. I appreciated his take on the almost evangelical fervour the sales staff bring to the seemingly mundane job of selling cars, this is beautifully counter-balanced by the last few pages. Well worth a read.


1939 - The War That Had Many Fathers
1939 - The War That Had Many Fathers
by Gerd Schultze-Rhonhof
Edition: Paperback
Price: £25.83

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Challenges many popular ideas but avoids the key issue., 15 Mar. 2014
A really thorough and challenging take on the origins and causes of WWII. The Author shows the deep dilemma that Germany found itself in after the crippling treaty of Versailles, However the Author avoids the key evil of National Socialist Germany - the wickedness it inflicted on all those who it perceived to be in opposition to it or not required for the Glory of Germany. He avoids the moral apostasy of the concentration camps, the destruction of vast swathes of Europe, the rape and pillage of innocent civilians, even the murder of its own civilians who were physically or mentally below their perception of "normal" and all the deep moral crimes that make the Third Reich the anathema that it is. The book itself however makes a valuable contribution to challenging our current perceptions on the causes of WWII. Truly the victors are the ones who write history.
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Passage To Juneau: A Sea and Its Meaning
Passage To Juneau: A Sea and Its Meaning
by Jonathan Raban
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The finest writing., 31 Jan. 2014
I personally found this book a very meaningful and therapeutic read. A beautifully crafted book, multi-layered and bravely written. There are many interesting insights into the skills and craft of sailing, and he describes the people he meets and the voyage he makes with wonderful clarity.
The account of his father's death and funeral was deeply moving and authentic, I had just lost my Father and found that the writer was able to voice some of my unfocused feelings for me.One of Jonathan's finest works.
I saw the writer walking along the Thames embankment several years ago, he saw the flicker of recognition in my eye but I was to shy to speak. I wish I had had the courage to say thank you.


The Book of Ingredients (Mermaid Books)
The Book of Ingredients (Mermaid Books)
by Adrian Bailey
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Great concept, picture quality poor, 28 Jan. 2014
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The book covers a wide and interesting array of ingredients, fish and meat being particularly good sections. However the book could do with being updated with more middle-eastern and far-eastern ingredients, and the picture quality is poor.


Confidence Gtr Power Pro Motorised Treadmill
Confidence Gtr Power Pro Motorised Treadmill

5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the price., 28 Jan. 2014
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I was recommended to purchase a treadmill for safe exercise after having suffered a heart attack early in 2013. Unable to walk far outside in winter due to the cold air I needed something to help build up my stamina. This machine was the perfect choice, I had it set up and ready in less than 30 minutes, It is well made, certainly robust enough for normal use. The controls are very well designed, the ability to speed up or down easily with the buttons placed within the handholds is fantastic. I enjoy using it.
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The South: Treasury of Art and Literature
The South: Treasury of Art and Literature
by Lisa N Howorth
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully presented work, 14 Dec. 2013
An elegantly illustrated and presented work covering over 300 years of art and history of the southern states of the USA. Prose, poetry and art all linked together in a wonderful book that you will want to dip into again and again. Well worth it's purchase price.


AA Gill is Away
AA Gill is Away
by Adrian Gill
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Not an easy book to put down., 14 Nov. 2013
This review is from: AA Gill is Away (Paperback)
AA Gill came into writing the hard way,no university writing circle or dissertation on novel structure here.His writing is sharp, witty, erudite and just plain infuriating, laugh out loud funny and achingly painful - and all of that can be on a single page. There is no tedium here, each article holds you tightly in it's grip and ultimately you feel far more informed by the insight he brings to a whole range of subjects you never knew could be remotely interested by.Very well worth a read.


Our Times
Our Times
by A.N. Wilson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy and challenging read, beautifully written., 29 Sept. 2013
This review is from: Our Times (Paperback)
I really enjoyed reading this stimulating and thought provoking work. The writing is always informative, never becomes tedious or trivial and moves forward at a good pace. I really liked the mix of politics, culture and personal insight that shapes the writing into a very distinctive style.Easy to read, but by no means superficial.This is the first book I have read by this author, but having enjoyed it so much I intend to read more.


Crazy River: A Plunge into Africa
Crazy River: A Plunge into Africa
by Richard Grant
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A great read, well worth buying., 1 Sept. 2013
Richard Grant is rapidly becoming the master of "Trepidation Travel" writing.

Crazy River is an account of his experiences in attempting to undertake the first complete journey down a major river in Tanzania. The book has nothing in common with the type of travel writing that is a commentary on monuments, meals and modes of transport and is about as far removed from a tourist safari as it is possible to be. He really experience's life in the raw, and his perceptive and challenging account of life for the people who live in this region is a real eye opener. As with his book "Bandit Roads"Bandit Roads: Into the Lawless Heart of Mexico he comes close, on several occasions, to very serious harm and he mixes it with some seriously dodgy characters. His observations on the impact of N.G.O.'s and aid in East Africa are very thought provoking.

The book is a really great read, none of the writing comes over as contrived or manufactured, it hits the spot and will live in your memory for a long time.Buy it!


The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford [DVD] [2007]
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Brad Pitt
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £1.74

1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring and cruel in equal measure., 1 Sept. 2013
A droning, boring monochrome film with some nasty violent moments in it. A pointless film with no redeeming features, but either version of "True grit" instead.


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