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The Box of Delights
The Box of Delights
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5.0 out of 5 stars myth and history all combined in one wonderful tale., 6 Jan. 2015
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The most magical of Christmas reads. Mystery, adventure, myth and history all combined in one wonderful tale.


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5.0 out of 5 stars My go-to gardening tool, 12 Mar. 2014
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I am a professional gardener and this is my favourite hand-tool. In fact this is my third - not because they break or wear out (perish the thought) but because I lose them. Wooden-handled tools are great, but they do quickly become invisible in a flower border or vegetable patch. Never mind, this is a wonderful tool to use: for weeding, breaking-up the earth, making seed drills - sharp, pointy, tough as they come - if you garden, get yourself one of these. There is nothing to match it.


LEGO The Hobbit 79002: Attack of the Wargs
LEGO The Hobbit 79002: Attack of the Wargs
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Price: £63.99

5.0 out of 5 stars It's Lego. It's got Hobbits and Dwarves. And Orcs. What more to say?, 12 Mar. 2014
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My son (9yo) bought this for himself. He loves it. He is a great fan of 'The Hobbit' and he loves Lego. As ever, not the cheapest of toys - but Lego is terrifically well made, and cleverly designed. It has given my boy hours and hours of fun: money well spent.


Collected Ghost Stories (Oxford World's Classics)
Collected Ghost Stories (Oxford World's Classics)
by M. R. James
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.49

5.0 out of 5 stars The Master, 12 Mar. 2014
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I bought this to add to my existing collection of MR James. It is an excellent scholarly edition, with wonderful footnotes and good texts of the stories. But it is the stories themselves - in any edition - which are the dark and sinister gems at the heart of the book.


This is Our House
This is Our House
by Michael Rosen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book, 12 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: This is Our House (Paperback)
Great book. Bought a second copy to give to my children's school after I had read it to them in Assembly. Fantastic story about the value of sharing and the irrational nature of prejudice and discrimination. If that makes it sound too worthy, than I don't mean to. It is great fun, and my children love it. Michael Rosen is a genius.


Oxford Reading Tree Read With Biff, Chip, and Kipper: First Experiences: Kipper Gets Nits (Biff Chip & Kipper/First Exper)
Oxford Reading Tree Read With Biff, Chip, and Kipper: First Experiences: Kipper Gets Nits (Biff Chip & Kipper/First Exper)
by Rod Hunt
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.54

5.0 out of 5 stars Nuts for nits, 12 Mar. 2014
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We love Biff, Chip and Kipper in our house, even when they have nits! My 4yo has been afflicted with the dreaded beasties since starting school - and, as she's reading ORT books herself, this seemed an ideal book to read. Fantastic- all the usual fun of the Biff, Chip and Kipper (and Floppy) gang - as well as a sensible, practical and accessible explanation of nits for the Infant School age child. Well done Oxford Reading Tree!


Top Trumps - The Hobbit 2
Top Trumps - The Hobbit 2
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific, 12 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: Top Trumps - The Hobbit 2 (Toy)
My son (9yo) is a Hobbit fanatic. We play this endlessly. It has all the plus and minus points of any Top Trumps game - but with Hobbits, Elves, Dwarves, Orcs and a Dragon thrown in for good measure.


Dominion
Dominion
by C. J. Sansom
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.84

3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 12 Mar. 2014
This review is from: Dominion (Paperback)
I have read some of the Shardlake novels, but wouldn't count myself as 'a fan'. What I am a fan of, however, is alternative/counterfactual history. Harris's 'Fatherland', Owen Sheers' 'Resistance', and - best of all - Len Deighton's 'SS-GB' all tackle the big 'what if?' of the last century: namely a Third Reich that is militarily successful against Britain and its allies. So I came to 'Dominion' with high hopes and great expectations.
Sadly, however, it never lived up to the promise. The story was never really engaging, the 'McGuffin' (Frank's scientific bombshell - knowledge of which sends him over the edge) is predictable and a bit of a damp squib, and the climactic scenes are muddled and poorly-handled. I never really understood the characters, beyond the level of stereotype: Fitzgerald, in particular, seemed woefully ethnically over-burdened with not only Irishness (never really explored) but Jewishness too - as well as all the secrets of his double life, and his Oxbridge-English decency to boot.
I really wanted to enjoy and like this book but it went off with a bit of a whimper: the smog which supposedly played such an important role seems to have afflicted the author too.

The afterword is well worth reading as an essay in itself: as another reviewer has said, Sansom clearly feels passionately about the issues he deals with in the book, and his take on Scottish nationalism is refreshingly candid.


The Trinity Six
The Trinity Six
by Charles Cumming
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Thin and formulaic, 13 Jan. 2014
This review is from: The Trinity Six (Paperback)
A very disappointing read. Plot full of cliches, thin and predictable: characters much the same. Does contain a scene in Winchester Waterstones which was the most credible in the book. Had hoped for much more.
Why do reviewers invoke le Carre whenever a new book with spies in it hits the shelves? It betrays no proper appreciation of the original, and does no service to newcomers.


The Norfolk Mystery (The County Guides)
The Norfolk Mystery (The County Guides)
by Ian Sansom
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 10 Aug. 2013
I was really looking forward to this book, and took it with me on my annual holiday to Norfolk a couple of weeks ago. What better way, I thought, to pass the time?
Well, yes and no. The set-up is engaging, with disaffected Stephen Sefton, drifting from Cambridge to the Spanish Civil War in a typically 1930s way. Sefton ends up as assistant/amanuensis to Morley - a Joad-ish polymath and author, loosely based on Arthur Mee (whose 'The King's England' series seems the inspiration for Morley's County Guides)- but with dashes of (amongst others) JB Priestley, Pevsner and Betjeman thrown in for good measure: the 1930s were perhaps full of such public 'intellectuals'. Morley is initially an unbearable and overbearing presence in Sefton's life - but he soon wins his young sidekick over, as well as the reader. Not least, Morley is a thoroughly decent and liberal-minded character, kowtowing to no-one, and having no truck with the casual anti-semitism which he encounters.
The mystery story is well enough done, though not hugely engaging or compelling. But what really let me down was the absence of Norfolk. The novel is set almost entirely in Blakeney, scene of the murder and consequently the temporary base for Morley and Sefton: a lovely town indeed, but hardly representative of the entire county. Quite frankly it could have been set anywhere: there was little, apart from a few obvious place references, to locate the novel in Norfolk.
A likeable rural mystery, old-fashioned, charming and well-written (full of erudite references and literary jests to amuse the reader)- but sadly thin in its premise, and really not Norfolk enough.


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