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Classic FM's Big Book of Classical Music: 1000 years of music in 366 days
Classic FM's Big Book of Classical Music: 1000 years of music in 366 days
by Darren Henley
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.40

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but overpriced., 1 Oct. 2014
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An interesting collection of musical dates, with comprehensive name index. However, the illustrations are a waste of space - small portraits or photos would have been more interesting. If they publish a new edition, it should be re-edited.

RHS How to Garden: A Practical Introduction to Gardening
RHS How to Garden: A Practical Introduction to Gardening
by DK
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.48

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars RHS How to Garden (P/b edition) Bargain!, 5 Mar. 2012
This is my second review for Amazon, and I am pleased to say that it is a very useful, well-written book, exactly as it says on the cover: a practical Introduction to Gardening. Like all Dorling Kindersley books, it is easy to read, well-designed and well-produced (even for a paperback); I can not understand why there is no preview on the website.

The easiest way to summarise the book is to list the Table of Contents:

1. The Garden You Want
2. The Garden You've Got
3. Flowerbeds & Borders
4. Perennials, Annuals & Biennials
5. Bulbs
6. Shrubs
7. Climbers
8. Roses
9. Grasses, Bamboos & Ferns
10. Lawns, Meadows & Gravel Gardens
11. Trees
12. Hedges
13. Containers
14. Tools & Techniques
15. Garden Doctor
16. Garden Year Planner

The book includes plant selections in each category, but there is nothing about growing fruit and vegetables (it suits me). However, I would like a chapter on garden planning (not design) and I think the last chapter should be more comprehensive. Despite the title, this is not a "Mickey Mouse" book, and is a useful reference for all gardeners.

Principles of Horticulture
Principles of Horticulture
by Charles Adams
Edition: Paperback

21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Principles of Horticulture (6th edition), 17 Dec. 2011
This is the first book review I have written for Amazon, but I regret to say that this is the shoddiest textbook I have ever read (not to mention over-priced)! I did my A-levels 40-odd years ago, and the school provided much better textbooks than this (they were hard-bound, for a start). Frankly, this book should be pitched at Level 3.

First, the book needs a full Table of Contents (not just chapter headings) while the lack of a Glossary is inexcusable (sheer negligence). The chapters on plant biology (3 - 10) are vague and confusing. [The authors should read Botany for Gardeners (Timber Press, 2010).] The bibliographies at the end of each chapter should be replaced by references corresponding to the text, with a full Bibliography at the end of the book. Many of the tables are poorly arranged, with obvious typographical errors. Most of the poor-quality photos, wide margins and numerous blank pages are a criminal waste of paper. There should be an Appendix devoted to elementary chemistry (atoms, ions, valency, pH etc) and other appendices containing tabulated data (plant families). The entire book should be edited and completely re-designed, and deserves a better standard of production (instead of thin paper, poor-quality printing and flimsy covers). Finally, the sordid matter of price - if this book cost £15, I would call it mediocre, but £25 is a bare-faced rip-off! I hope the authors start work immediately on the 7th edition, and do their job properly.
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