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The Girl in Room Fourteen (Kindle Single)
The Girl in Room Fourteen (Kindle Single)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new heroine - Cecile, 25 Sep 2013
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I have read all of Carol Drinkwater's non-fiction Olive Farm and Olive Route books, which I love, so I just had to dip into this Kindle short story. I was not disappointed. In fact, Carol allows us to peek into her own farm (disguised as a lemon farm in this read) which is already well known to her readers. This is a tale of love and loss intertwined with the scents and tastes of the Cote d'Azur. My only disappointment was the brevity of the story as I wanted to know what happens to our heroine, Cecile. Perhaps this leaves room for a sequel? I certainly hope so. Highly recommended.


The Queen's Diamonds
The Queen's Diamonds
by Hugh Roberts
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 39.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime!, 5 July 2012
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What a wonderful book this is. It is beautifully produced with magnificent photographs and is laid out in a clear, informative manner. For anyone interested in the history of royal European jewellery it is a must. I hope that the author might consider a follow up concerning other pieces of the Queen's jewellery collection that includes different stones, eg. the Kent Amethyst parure.
Highly recommended.


Vanished Ocean
Vanished Ocean
by Dorrik Stow
Edition: Hardcover
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pieces it all together, 27 Nov 2010
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I enjoyed this book in every respect but the occasionally condescending anecdotes that the author regales the reader with. Apart from that it is an easily accessible, well contextualised and fairly thorough exploration of the origins, life and eventual demise of the Tethys Ocean. I am a mature undergraduate student of earth science but an interested amateur would easily assimilate this book. Overall, I would recommend it for anyone interested in this fascinating part of our planet's history.


Return to the Olive Farm
Return to the Olive Farm
by Carol Drinkwater
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Home again..........., 21 July 2010
This is the seventh book in Carol Drinkwater's "Olive" series and marks a return to her olive farm in the hills behind Cannes after a long period of travel (and two books!) around the Mediterranean in search of the origins of the olive. It is in marked contrast to the first three books which dealt with the early days of acquiring and renovating the farm. The writer has developed strong opinions regarding how the land should be treated and is very concerned at the devastating losses in the worldwide honey bee population. Unlike the earlier books, I found that I too was challenged by what I was reading here - the damage wrought by pesticides, abuse of water supplies - and it has made me reconsider how I have tacitly been complicit in the bigger picture of the ecological crises we find ourselves in by using such products and wasting such reserves. On a lighter side, the reader is drawn back into the sanctuary that is Appassionata, the Olive Farm, it beauty and the myriad characters that are part of the writer's life there. We are introduced to the writer's burgeoning family of grandchildren and the joys that they experience in his haven of peace and tranquillity. As always, her characters are beautifully depicted - one can almost smell the Portuguese workmens' BBQ and hear the gardeners rasping, Arab inflected French as he complains to his employers about their new husbandry of the farm. I sincerely hope that this does not mark the end of the "olive" series. I, for one, need to know what happens next........


Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Home from the Moon
Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Home from the Moon
by Buzz Aldrin
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Egotism, 5 Nov 2009
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First of all, it has to be said that Buzz is not a modest kind of guy. There is a certain amount to commend in this book, namely the first two thirds concerning the Apollo 11 training and landing and the subsequent unravelling of Buzz's life. However, the latter third is a homage to his third wife, Lois. An entire chapter is dedicated to her life story and Buzz makes much of her wealthy family connections. A lot of this is contained in very schmalzy and saccharine prose. I don't know how the publisher let this through as it greatly takes from the overall book and does not reflect well on the man himself. If you are interested in the Apollo 11 moon landing, there are other worthier books to peruse.


Last Train from Liguria
Last Train from Liguria
by Christine Dwyer Hickey
Edition: Paperback

45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping, warm and incisive read, 21 July 2009
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I really enjoyed this book. I was rather uninspired by the gory first chapter but completely captivated from then on. This is a warm and engaging story that not only deals with the minutiae of an aristocratic family life in Italy in the 1930's but also touches on the sprawling epic of what was to befall Europe in the lead up to WW11. The characters are thoughtfully and richly depicted, the storyline is strong and coherent and the larger picture across three generations and a number of European countries is clearly drawn. I could not recommend this book more highly.


The Olive Tree: A Personal Journey Through Mediterranean Olive Groves
The Olive Tree: A Personal Journey Through Mediterranean Olive Groves
by Carol Drinkwater
Edition: Hardcover

27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nicely tied sequel, 17 Nov 2008
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This is Carol Drinkwater's much anticipated sequel to "The Olive Route". It was worth the wait. In this tranche she travels to the western Mediterranean to see for herself the vast array of olive husbandry, from the intensive farming in Spain to attempts to halt the northward march of the Sahara in Algeria. As always, it is the story of the olive told through the people involved in its farming that draws the reader into this odyssey. She does not shy away from describing the disasters as well as the triumphs in her journey. Just the read for winter evenings.


Volcanoes
Volcanoes
by The Late Peter Francis
Edition: Paperback
Price: 37.79

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Illuminating, 23 Feb 2007
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This is the most accessible third level text book on vulcanism that I have read. It is scholarly and illuminating but infused with some wit even when dealing with geohazards! Aimed at the student of geology, it is nonetheless an accessible read for the enthusiastic amateur and I would highly recommend it.


The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History 1300-1850
The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History 1300-1850
by Brian M. Fagan
Edition: Paperback
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read, 14 Dec 2006
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An interesting little book for the layman that actually pulls quite a punch when looking at the future of our warming globe, having drawn references from the past. In quite a short read Fagan draws together the dynamic forces of climate, politics, agriculture and the upheavals in society during those years covered in the book. The only drawbook are the, at times, woefully inadequate maps and diagrams.


The Olive Route: A Personal Journey to the Heart of the Mediterranean
The Olive Route: A Personal Journey to the Heart of the Mediterranean
by Carol Drinkwater
Edition: Hardcover

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tour de force, 24 Nov 2006
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A tour de force from Carol Drinkwater in this, the fourth in her Olive series. The joy of this book is in the pen pictures that she creates of the unusual characters that she encounters on her journey. An inspiringly honest and "warts and all" look at her journey in pursuit of the origin of the first olive trees in cultivation. It is a refreshing read among some of the more saccharine tomes of her contemporary writers on life in the Mediterranean. Put your feet up and be transported.


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