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Au Revoir, Europe: What If Britain Left The EU?
Au Revoir, Europe: What If Britain Left The EU?
by David Charter
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars clear and fair, 3 July 2014
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Just to join the other reviewers most of whose favourable posts I agree with completely. I borrowed this book from the library, read it and promptly bought it from Amazon. Serious, clear and fair, the author gives a terrific account of our EU membership and prospects for continued membership, or not, as the case may be. Wonderfully readable and informative. I can't praise this book enough.


Sharpy: My Story
Sharpy: My Story
by Graeme Sharp
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars decent read, 20 May 2014
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This is a lot better than the average footballer's autobiography. Graeme Sharp has an interesting account of his times, decently written and well worth a read.


Alcatraz - The Complete Series [DVD] [2012]
Alcatraz - The Complete Series [DVD] [2012]
Dvd ~ Sarah Jones
Price: 7.20

2.0 out of 5 stars Deadly stuff, 20 May 2014
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This series uses a well-worn Sci-Fi theme - that of people who disappeared in the past reappearing in the present. Wading through the repetitive, soapy episodes made me wish that the producers would disappear from the present and future. Sci-Fi could use a grown-up series to counteract the impression that one unfamiliar with the genre would get from Alcatraz - that it's strictly for those who demand little from television and get less than they ask for.


Seeing Red: The Chic Charnley Story
Seeing Red: The Chic Charnley Story
by Chic Charnley
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 12.17

2.0 out of 5 stars poor, 17 May 2014
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I bought this book without reading the reviews which are accurate, indeed they're generous. The book's co-writer ex-journalist Alex Gordon has to take the blame for this mish-mash of anecdotes and opinions. Chic Charnley has a story to tell - it only needed somebody to put it together.


Savage!: The Robbie Savage Autobiography
Savage!: The Robbie Savage Autobiography
by Robbie Savage
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.19

3.0 out of 5 stars average, 16 May 2014
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This is a run-of-the-mill footballer's autobiography - superficial and lacking in editorial control. It rambles on and on at times about things like cars, holidays and practical jokes. Self-pity also makes periodic appearances which is somewhat off-putting. In amongst the vanilla Savage offers insight into the game and its characters which makes it worth reading - just.


Julian Bowen Malmo Recliner and Footstool, Brown
Julian Bowen Malmo Recliner and Footstool, Brown
Price: 116.89

5.0 out of 5 stars good value, 5 April 2014
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This is a decent chair, sizeable enough for comfort but not big enough to occupy a large part of the room like many armchairs do. It's not too difficult to assemble although the instructions obey the universal law of being written for people who already know how to put it together. To be fair, there's a phone number for help if you need it. I found it easier to assemble the foot stool first thereby eliminating many of the pieces from the equation. I find this chair very good value for money, pleased to have bought it..


Borgen: Season 3 [DVD]
Borgen: Season 3 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sidse Babett Knudsen
Price: 17.75

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good but not great, 30 Mar 2014
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The entire Borgen series is worth watching, good acting and (political) plots. One serious drawback, for me, is that the producers have the very American and British idea that the viewing public can't take political dramas without tiresome,soapy relationship squabbles that go on and on and on. Borgen would have been sensational without them. Instead the series is just good.


An Unexpected MP: Confessions of a Political Gossip
An Unexpected MP: Confessions of a Political Gossip
by Jerry Hayes
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 15.29

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but not political, 29 Mar 2014
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This is a romp through the life of Jerry Hayes in Parliament, the Bar and the Media. Comparisons with Alan Clark's Diaries are farfetched to say the least - I doubt that Hayes is actually all that interested in the process and policy of politics. It's a lightweight book with plenty of witty anecdotes much like memoirs written by rock stars and other show business people. Worth a read (although over-priced) for the laughs but that's about it.


Game Change [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Game Change [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Ed Harris
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Price: 11.13

5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, 21 Mar 2014
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This dvd concentrates on the Sarah Palin effect on John McCain's presidential campaign as described in the book 'Game Change'. The acting is superb and the story told as accurately and fairly as possible, showing Sarah Palin to be a victim of the McCain campaign's negligence as much as being a completely unsuitable candidate for Vice-President. Initially I believed that this movie would be interesting only to political junkies like myself, but after seeing it I'd recommend it to anybody with a basic knowledge of American politics as well. Anyone who enjoyed HBO's 'Recount' will love this.


Killa: The Autobiography of Kevin Kilbane by Kilbane. Kevin ( 2013 ) Hardcover
Killa: The Autobiography of Kevin Kilbane by Kilbane. Kevin ( 2013 ) Hardcover
by Kilbane. Kevin
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars poor, 20 Feb 2014
I was about to buy this book when it was given as a present. The first half of the book is about as banal as a footballer's autobiography gets - 'we enjoyed scrambled eggs on toast' being an example of the standard padding throughout. Some parts need to be read twice just to make sure that it really does make no sense - the account of KK's move from Sunderland to Everton is one example of the ghost writer (or editor) spreading confusion to the reader. KK seems sure that initially it was a loan deal - the text has it that Mick McCarthy wouldn't countenance anything but a permanent transfer.
It's a shame because Kilbane had a terrific career and nobody has a bad word for the man. He deserved a better account of his time in football. The reader deserves a lot better than this for the money.


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