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The Saving Graces
The Saving Graces
by Patricia Gaffney
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars A heartfelt story, 24 Aug. 2003
This review is from: The Saving Graces (Paperback)
I think Gaffney's skill lies in her character portrayal - she really brings them to life and draws the reader into the story. As the other reviews explain, the book centres around four friends and the bonds they share. There isn't a "Happy-Ever-After" ending but it isn't too depressing! Although her writing wouldn't win any literary prizes as such, the storyline is original and the characters are portrayed really well. The book will also make you think about issues facing women in today's modern society (especially women in their forties as the friends are of approximately that age when the story unfolds. It's an "easy-read" : funny and touching and the ending will probably make you cry... (but don't let that put you off!)


Angels of Light (A little light on...)
Angels of Light (A little light on...)
by Diana Cooper
Edition: Cards

68 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small cards which clarify your thinking, 14 Aug. 2003
These Angels cards are small and come in a dinky bag, which means you can take them with you everywhere! The instructions concerning their use are easy to understand - basically you ask a question or you think about something that you need "clarifying" and you choose a card (or 3). On reading the message on the card - you can gain real insights into your situation. They don't provide all the answers of course (what does?!!) but they are surprisingly appropriate each time and they can provide food for thought or even just a lesson for the day. The messages are down to earth and everyone can relate to them - don't be put off by some religious idea - the cards are for everyone. If you're looking for fresh perspectives on old problems - try them - you may be surprised! And if you are already a Diana Cooper fan - then I can guarantee that these cards won't disappoint you!
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Our Kate
Our Kate
by Catherine Cookson
Edition: Hardcover

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A touching autobiography, 13 Aug. 2003
This review is from: Our Kate (Hardcover)
Catherine Cookson doesn't pull any punches when it comes to talking about her emotions, her childhood and upbringing. This autobiography traces her life from an early age in amazing detail and the reader is drawn into the life and times of the poor northern community that she comes from. Don't expect to read too much about her writing career - she mentions it and talks of early influences but surprisingly (?) she doesn't dwell on it - preferring (as the title suggests) to concentrate on her mother! Catherine’s mother is an alcoholic and the book centres around her influence and the effect that she had on her. There is a sense of her laying some old ghosts to rest and as I said she doesn’t pull her punches, talking of her hatred and shame of her mother, yet it’s also quite obvious to the reader that she loves her deeply. She is also very open about her own nervous breakdown. I would recommend this book even if you haven’t read any of her novels – it’s sad, touching and in places funny. If you have read any of Catherine’s Cookson’s novels you will realise that her own life is at the heart of every one of them!


Market Leader:Business English with the Financial Times: Students' Book
Market Leader:Business English with the Financial Times: Students' Book
by Mr David Cotton
Edition: Paperback

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books for teaching English!, 11 Aug. 2003
I have taught English as a foreign language for many years now and I feel this is one of the best books there is. It doesn't take the adult student "back to school" yet contains structured and organised learning tasks, which are not only motivating but effective! It is also a modern book, using interesting articles from the Financial Times and avoids the all too common "hello, can you tell me where the station is please?" type of exercises, preferring instead to work round themes such as “negotiation” or “communication”, using up to date material to improve vocabulary and grammar. Using the book is interesting for the teacher, which ensures an interesting lesson for the pupil (Market Leader starts from Pre-Intermediate and goes up to Upper-Intermediate) and the CD ROM is excellent too. However the main reason why I like this book is for the corresponding website: [...] on which teacher and pupil alike can find extra resources, and the student can use interactive tests to evaluate his/her level and progress.


101 Best Cover Letters
101 Best Cover Letters
by Jay A. Block
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very American!, 18 Jun. 2003
This review is from: 101 Best Cover Letters (Paperback)
This book provides examples of cover letters that the authors say "work". That of course is a debatable point and one I'm waiting (but hoping) to prove (watch this space!) I think that the book is useful in that you can actually take the letters and adapt them but I'm a little dubious about all of them "working" : some are too much like marketing slogans e.g. "Hold all the resumés, I'm the Sales Rep you're looking for" may "work" with one recruiter but risks seriously annoying another! But I think the advantages of this book is that it is clear and easy to use - there are several different chapters for specific letters and there’s no wading through lengthy theory on writing styles/grammar etc. The tone is very upbeat and positive and after reading it/following the advice you will at least have a template of a letter that will make an impact and hopefully get you that all important interview (at which point it will be time to get another book!)


Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time
Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time
by Brian Tracy
Edition: Paperback

26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stop putting off buying the book and DO IT NOW!, 18 May 2003
I actually didn't put off reading this book and believe me I have procrastinating down to a fine art! But I was drawn in by the easy-to-read layout and Tracy's very postive style. He is brief but gets straight to the point about getting things done. Eating a frog is a metaphor for tackling the most challenging task of the day - the one you are likely to procrastinate on. He lists 21 ways in which the reader can learn (and it is a skill to be learnt) how to really accomplish things in their day-to-day life, either at work, at home, etc. I think it is effective because it is brief and simple and once you've read it you actually think, "I can do that". The author is inspiring without being over the top. If you take the 21 things one at a time and put them into practice, I'm not saying you will become a millionaire like Tracy but I can guarantee that the book will help you organise yourself to get more things done in less time. Eat that frog today and buy the book!


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