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The Separation
The Separation
by Dinah Jefferies
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A genuine 5 star book if ever there was one ., 5 Dec. 2014
This review is from: The Separation (Hardcover)
This is the proof edition of The Separation so the reviews of the main edition apply. It's 5 star book all the way .


Canon EF 135mm f/2.0L USM Fixed Focal Length Lens
Canon EF 135mm f/2.0L USM Fixed Focal Length Lens
Price: £721.78

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best prime lens there is., 26 Nov. 2014
Simply the sharpest lens I've ever used. Rapid snap into focus. Wide enough aperture to get background well out of focus. My first choice for portraits and, on a smaller sensor body for much garden wildlife.

I don't think there is a better prime lens on the market, and that includes Nikon, Leica etc.


Burnt Norton
Burnt Norton
by Caroline Sandon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Could have been fantastic, 10 Aug. 2014
This review is from: Burnt Norton (Paperback)
Should have been a great story. Based on real events the source material is fantastic but the actual writing is heavy handed, cliché ridden and muddled. In the hands of a talent could have been really interesting but it fails. It will adapt well to TV as the scriptwriter will be able to to polish it.


The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden
The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden
by Jonas Jonasson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

3.0 out of 5 stars lacked ideas for its length, 5 Aug. 2014
Very disappointed. Started brilliantly but ran out of steam. If edited down by a third it could get 5 stars but as it stands only worth 3


The Separation
The Separation
by Dinah Jefferies
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly well written, 8 Jun. 2014
This review is from: The Separation (Paperback)
A totally superb story which takes you to the heart of Malaya during the "Emergency" and a bleak 1950s Britain. It brings lumps to your throat and tears to your eyes as it unfolds.

Don't want to give the plot away so just read it for yourself. Enough to say that it is dual narrative with the separate trajectories of Emma, the eldest daughter, and Lydia, the mother, told. The result is that the reader always knows more than the protagonists and Dinah Jefferies uses this as a strength in involving you, the reader, into the story.


EZAir EZView Laptop to Home Cinema Wireless Adaptor (1080P)
EZAir EZView Laptop to Home Cinema Wireless Adaptor (1080P)

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great product if manufacturer hadn't gone out of business, 15 Aug. 2013
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A great product that works fairly well though you have to fiddle around a lot to get the settings that give both your PC/laptop and TV good appearances at the same time.

Only problem is EZAir has gone bust so no more support and do not lose the disk as that is your only source of drivers and software except you can get some updates from Display Link who provide some of the software but it will only update if the basic drivers and software is already installed.


Garlic Powder Smoked
Garlic Powder Smoked
Offered by HDIUK LTD
Price: £4.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ingredient, 20 July 2013
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This review is from: Garlic Powder Smoked (Misc.)
Seems to be hard to get even from stores that stock other parts of the Seasoned Pioneers range.

A perfect addition to a wild mushroom risotto (especially with some lemon zest added towards the end of cooking).


Lens Hood EW-60C for Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 EF 28-90mm f/4-5.6 II USM UK
Lens Hood EW-60C for Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 EF 28-90mm f/4-5.6 II USM UK
Offered by Digibuys
Price: £3.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Why buy Canon brand when this is a fraction of the price, 20 July 2013
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Don't get me wrong, Canon make top quality cameras that are very reliable, but their accessories are way over priced. This fits perfectly, looks every bit as well made and cost a small fraction of the full Canon branded version. Not that good as a lens hood from the stray light point of view except at the extreme wide angle range but a good way of protecting the lens from the odd knock. But that's equally true of the Canon branded original.


Shop4accessories In Car Mobile Phone Holder for the Orange Monte Carlo
Shop4accessories In Car Mobile Phone Holder for the Orange Monte Carlo
Offered by Accessoryworld
Price: £3.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Superb value, 3 July 2012
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In choosing a car cradle for my smart phone it seems to be a choice between low cost, but it won't last long and will function erratically, and high price, where you expect quality of construction and ease of use. I've tried both approaches in the past. This unit seems to give low cost but not bad quality so it should last and it works well giving plenty of adjustment to get the position right, good suction grip and holds the phone well whilst still being easy to get it in and out of the cradle. Only time will tell but this seems to have got the balance right. I just hope I don't come back in 3 months time to report it falling apart which has happened too often with previous holders/cradles I've bought elsewhere.


The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better
The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better
by Richard Wilkinson
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Convincing diagnosis but still not sure of the cure, 7 Aug. 2009
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This is an important book given it's timing in UK politics and in world affairs. Read it, I do not want to repeat what it says better than I can. It pulls together a convincing case for moving to politics that reduce inequality and certainly counters the spurious "trickle down" theories put by some. It should be read with Adair Turner's Just Capital which looks at similar statistics over a similar period though was published some 8 years ago. That looks at the relationship between various measures of a successful society when you step beyond the crude GDP per head measure and looks at the proportion of wealth controlled by central government compared with the private sector, in other words overall taxation levels. It came to very similar conclusions on which were the most successful societies though ranking the Netherlands at number 1.

The "weakness" of this book is it recommendations for actions as I cannot see yet which political party would take them up in the UK and have the credibility to be elected on that platform. Please read it and then challenge your MP, the party you are aligned with our anyone else to address the issues clearly set out here. In needs to be an activists book.


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