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Lowe Alpine TT Carry-On 40 bag black bag
Lowe Alpine TT Carry-On 40 bag black bag
Offered by Springfield Camping Ltd
Price: 70.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Good capacity cabin backpack, 26 Aug 2014
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This is a lightweight backpack that will hold plenty and is sturdily built. There's a handy pocket near the top for small items that need accessing quickly, and it sits comfortably on my long back. I've just flown with it fully packed as cabin luggage on BA, Ryanair and Croatian Airlines. Also fine when not so full. A bit pricey but it does feel like a quality product..


The Broadview Anthology of Seventeenth Century Verse and Prose (Broadview Anthologies of English Literature) (Essential Poets (Guernica))
The Broadview Anthology of Seventeenth Century Verse and Prose (Broadview Anthologies of English Literature) (Essential Poets (Guernica))
by Alan Rudrum
Edition: Paperback
Price: 52.41

5.0 out of 5 stars A fine survey of 17th century poetry and prose, 26 July 2014
This is a marvellous anthology of many writings from a time of change and ferment, when England produced sublime metaphysical poets, saw a bloody civil war fought over ideas, and witnessed the beheading of a king and the national self-reassessment that launched modern Britain. John Evelyn witnesses the dismay caused by the Great Fire of London, Lucy Hutchinson pleads the case for her imprisoned husband for joining the regicides, Aphra Behn, a 17th century Mata Hari, provides erotic poetry, and John Donne - 43 well selected pages of his poetry and prose included here - explains why no man is an island. I shall be returning to this anthology again and again. Hobbes (32 pp.), Locke, Dryden, Pepys, Marvell, Ben Johnson, Robert Herrick and many other congenial companions provide an eloquent window on this groundbreaking era. There is also a fascinating concluding miscellany that includes 23 pages of the Putney debates, the text Charles I wrote to discredit the court that tried him, the Gentlewoman's Companion ( a domestic advice manual)...All in all, an engaging panorama of the time.


The Times Atlas of the World: Universal Edition (Times Atlases)
The Times Atlas of the World: Universal Edition (Times Atlases)
by Times Atlases
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 32.50

3.0 out of 5 stars More than an atlas but not enough maps, 13 July 2014
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After buying this I wanted to plan a trip to Switzerland and the Adriatic coast but found a surprising lack of detail in the maps. The atlas is certainly a treasure trove with 100 pages of background facts on geographical detail and historic mapping but I find myself turning far more to the Philips Essential World Atlas, which costs half as much and provides 44 pages of maps on Europe (versus 24 in the Times Universal Edition). The Philips edition also has the advantage of marvellous Royal Geographical Society graphics. I guess it depends what one is looking for, but as a pure atlas the Philips wins hands down.


Philip's Essential World Atlas 2013
Philip's Essential World Atlas 2013
by Philip's
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.60

5.0 out of 5 stars The ideal medium detail atlas, 12 July 2014
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After buying the Times Universal Atlas of the World I soon found that I needed more detail and much less general information, so I opted for the Philip's Essential World Atlas, which has more maps and shows more places, in clearer print, with a more attractive colour scheme at half the price. The Royal Geographical Society mapping is the best I've seen. I recommend this strongly to anyone looking for an old-fashioned style atlas that focusses on the maps. 142 pages of maps plus 36 aerial photos.


Leather Glasses Case By Harness In Red, Open Top Design
Leather Glasses Case By Harness In Red, Open Top Design
Offered by Bournebrookleather
Price: 5.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice product though, 12 July 2014
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This is is a very attractive slip-case in surprisingly supple feeling leather for the price. Delivery by Harness is very quick. Check the dimensions, though, as it is only suitable for slim-size glasses. If yours are large and chunky, forget it. Very nice product though.


Plutarch's Lives (complete - Volume 1 to 4)
Plutarch's Lives (complete - Volume 1 to 4)
Price: 1.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Plutarch for Pleasure, 21 Jun 2014
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This is a marvellous translation of Plutarch's lives that flows in my view far better than the unwieldy Dryden/Clough mishmash by many hands. Aubrey Stewart, realizing how fine George Long's earlier partial translation had been, completed his work and, with Long's permission, first published this edition in 1882. It remains extremely readable and costs less on kindle than a wine to go at the Forum. If you want to enjoy reading Plutarch I recommend this highly.


The Language of London: Cockney Rhyming Slang
The Language of London: Cockney Rhyming Slang
by Daniel Smith
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 7.26

5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable and informative, 7 May 2014
Well done Daniel Smith! This is a very entertaining exploration of Cockney Rhyming slang with a nice balance of cultural and historical references for the general reader. Haven't seen another book on the subject that compares.


The Country Living Guide to Rural England - The South East (Travel Publishing)
The Country Living Guide to Rural England - The South East (Travel Publishing)
by Peter Long
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A fine guidebook to a lovely area, 25 Mar 2014
I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in exploring the south east of England in depth - alongside Keith Spence's excellent 'Companion Guide to Kent and Sussex'. The Country Living Guides series is generally attractive and well executed. Peter Long's prose is clear and enjoyable, the information is presented in a user-friendly way but also crammed with local detail and history, and enhanced by small-format photos. A fine guidebook to this lovely area.


The Tower Menagerie: The Amazing True Story of the Royal Collection of Wild Beasts
The Tower Menagerie: The Amazing True Story of the Royal Collection of Wild Beasts
by Daniel Hahn
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The origin of the wire animals..., 28 Feb 2014
Anyone visiting the Tower of London today will notice animals made of metal wire waiting round the next corner or loping along the walls. This book explains why, in a diverting account starting with the King of Norway's gift of a polar bear that fished on the banks of the Thames, through James I (who loved the menagerie sadly for its animal baiting), to the last keeper, Mr. Cops, who rescued splendidly an institution in decline, only to be booted out by the Duke of Wellington. Captain Cook, William Bligh, Pocahontas - the book digresses entertainingly but retains a nice central focus on our changing attitudes to animals down the ages. Very enjoyable.


Lonely Planet Queensland & the Great Barrier Reef (Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Queensland & the Great Barrier Reef (Travel Guide)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 4 Jan 2014
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Just back from Oz and would recommend this book to everyone. We also had the Rough Guide (nice maps), but the Lonely Planet is well written with a wealth of engaging detail - more than any other guidebook I've seen. We spent a lot of time in the Daintree rainforest, saw plenty of wildlife but not the remarkable cassowary. Try Etty Beach, this book suggested, and there, as we approached the beach, were a mother and chick...


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