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In Defence of Food: The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating
In Defence of Food: The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating
by Michael Pollan
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Great defence, 9 Mar. 2013
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This is a great case study to make the reader reflect on their own consumption of food - things that many people take for granted, just assume are 'fact' and follow the line can be looked at and reflected upon, giving the reader the opportunity to question what is often force fed to us by supermarkets, governments and so on.


Confessions from Correspondentland: The Dangers and Delights of Life as a Foreign Correspondent
Confessions from Correspondentland: The Dangers and Delights of Life as a Foreign Correspondent
Price: £8.54

2.0 out of 5 stars boring and arrogant, 9 Mar. 2013
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How disappointing that this couldn't have been made more interesting. It is as if Nick was flicking through his diaries over the last 20 years and doing a bullet point run down - 'went here, wrote a few articles, oh this dictator/president was great, went somewhere else and did the same again. Missed 9/11 as I was on holiday, didn't make it to Iraq, but had a quick jolly in Afghanistan where I like think I ruffled a few feathers. Long live the BBC!'..... Lots of opportunity for character development and refelection none which were taken advantage of. I was almost in a coma of boredom before I reached the end.

As Nick wrote himself of his own blog, such remains true of this book ;
"The analysis has often been pretty shallow. Factually, they have often been incomplete. They have not always benefited from what foreign correspondents value the most: the luxury of patient observation."


The Time Traveler's Wife
The Time Traveler's Wife
by Audrey Niffenegger
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful., 9 Oct. 2011
The writing is complex, the story line original and the characters gripping. perfect reading and highly recommended - this is how a good story really should be written. Give it time to get your head around the movement of the timelines and you will love it.


May I Have Your Attention Please?
May I Have Your Attention Please?
Price: £5.49

24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars its ok., 9 Oct. 2011
This is an easy enough read. I finished it, which says somthing. However it all felt a bit rushed. If I wanted a history of his career I would have just looked it up on wiki. People read bio's to find out about the person. Throughout the book it felt there was a bit of a 'oh god I've agreed to write this but I'm a bit rushed for time so can't think about it too much but my deadline is next week so I'd better write this fast" and also...genuine enough but....I lost count of who was 'the most amazing' 'most wonderful' 'just brilliant' 'best actor/writer/person/genius' 'kindest nicest person' in the world. It really could have been a more reflective book but he just didnt spent enough time on it. And seriously, please don't sell out and release another book in a couple of years about life as a father - or if you do, spent more time on writing it. I just felt the book was playing up to that lead and it finished with almost a 'to be continued.....' line.


Tuning Out: One Woman's Quarter Life Crisis: My Quarter-life Crisis
Tuning Out: One Woman's Quarter Life Crisis: My Quarter-life Crisis
by Katrina Blowers
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish, 17 July 2008
Tuning Out is probably one of the worst books I have read in a long time - it promises a lot, but delivers little more travel insight than a 'dear mum and dad' postcard about a little jaunt around Europe. Some of the comments written - epecially about the Killing Fields - is an indication of the very poor quality and thought put into this book.


Shantaram
Shantaram
by Gregory David Roberts
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.69

8 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Readable but nothing amazing, 6 May 2005
This review is from: Shantaram (Paperback)
To be honest, when you pick up a book that is nearly 1000 pages its helpful to know what others have thought of it before you start on that journey. Since I've just finished the book I thought that it would be useful to comment on a couple of things.
This book is hardly a great piece of work and not the "literary masterpiece" that the daily telegraph states it to be on the front cover. Yep, its readable (and at 1000 pages it has to be) but the writing quality is pretty basic, and he over uses so many descriptive words that it just becomes tacky. ("Like a sea breeze on a winters night twisting and turning you into the darkness of your soul" type level of description). The threads of the story don't hold together (perhaps because there are too many threads for him to hold) and really you don't finish the book thinking it is anything special. The first section of the book is probably the most interesting and then it goes down hill from there.


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