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Welcome to Islam: A Convert's Tale
Welcome to Islam: A Convert's Tale
by Lucy Bushill-Matthews
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, educational and easy to understand, 27 April 2009
As a convert to Islam myself I could identify with many of the things discussed in this book and found myself chuckling. Its an easy book to follow even if you have no understanding of Islam. I think this would be a great book for teenagers to read as a school project or for people in the workplace to gain a better understanding of everyday issues that Muslims face, without getting bored or lost in a sea of tricky words that an educational textbook might contain.
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Baraka And Black Magic In Morocco
Baraka And Black Magic In Morocco
by Rick Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very dissapointing !, 21 Aug. 2008
This book was very dissapointing indeed.By the title I thought I would be reading a story full of mystery and the history of the country - far from it ! The story itself was boring and didnt inspire me to finish the book although I did plough on to the end. The author would have been better off keeping the silly drawings and boring text as a personal reminder of his holiday rather than sharing it with others. Nothing interesting or funny happended that made you want to continue to the end.
Although the travel was based in Morocco, if you didnt know this by the title, then you could have been reading a book about anywhere. I didnt learn anything new or find it capturing in the least. In parts I found the story a little vulgur and was glad once I had finished reading !


The Caliph's House: A Year in Casablanca
The Caliph's House: A Year in Casablanca
by Tahir Shah
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An easy and very entertaining book - Great holiday read !, 29 Dec. 2006
This book tells of the trials and adventures of Shah and his family as they move to Morocco and renovate an old house in Casablanca.

The style of the writing flows easily and the author keeps you interested by introducing a topic and then coming back to it in more detail later. This makes you want to keep on reading to find out what happens next. The book is quite humurous and gives an insight to a different culture and touches on the beliefs of the people living there. Its easy to picture in your mind what the house and surroundings look like and if you have ever been to Morocco you can identify with some of the characters that pop up !


From My Sisters' Lips
From My Sisters' Lips
by Na'ima B Robert
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written and interesting and informative too, 14 Sept. 2006
This review is from: From My Sisters' Lips (Paperback)
I really enjoyed this book and didnt want it to end ! As a convert to Islam myself I could identify with many of the topics covered. Its a very infomative book without being to ' technical ' its easy to read and would be a great read to have in school for older pupils as I think it would give an understanding of a very much misunderstood faith. It would also be a good book to pass on to family members if you are a convert and want to explain what Islam means to you.


Cinnamon City: Falling for the Magical City of Marrakech
Cinnamon City: Falling for the Magical City of Marrakech
by Miranda Innes
Edition: Hardcover

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More about house renovating than Morocco, 14 Sept. 2006
The majority of the book talked about the problems of doing up a property and being ripped off by builders, getting into financial problems and the like. The book could have really been set anywhere. There was little said about Morocco itself and the book wasnt very gripping. I would be interested to visit the property to see what it looks like though !


Zohra's Ladder: And Other Stories from Morocco
Zohra's Ladder: And Other Stories from Morocco
by Pamela Windo
Edition: Paperback

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing exciting about this book and rather disparaging in places, 14 Sept. 2006
This book tells the story of a middle aged woman who travels about and lives in Morocco. The book is fairly short and written in a very simple style. Each chapter tells of a different event although none of the events are particularly interesting - they could happen to anyone ! It came across that the author has little true understanding of Moroccan culture and in places I found her to be a little insulting about by the way in which she described the country and its inhabitants. If you are truly interested in Morocco this book is not for you. If you are curious to know about the everday happenings and sexual exploits of a middle aged woman it might be.


The Almond Blossom Appreciation Society
The Almond Blossom Appreciation Society
by Chris Stewart
Edition: Paperback

9 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a gripping or very entertaining storyline...., 14 Sept. 2006
This book is a quick easy read but contains nothing exciting. Its really just a collection of really ordinary stuff that the author got up to whilst living in Spain.

I also got the impression that the author had searched a theasurus in an attempt to include interesting alternatives to commonly used words, maybe to try and make the transcript more interesting or intellectual. I wouldnt read other books by this author as the story was just so boring.


Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour
Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour
by Kate Fox
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny in places but becomes repetetive towards the end, 14 Sept. 2006
The start of the book was the funniest and anyone with a sarcastic sense of humour will find it enjoyable. The points that are highlighted are quite obvious so you wont hear anything you didnt already know. I feel it would have been a better read if it were a shorter book without the same points brought up several times in different chapters. This is a light hearted book not a serious guide to human behaviour !


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