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The Wisden Guide to International Cricket 2014: The Definitive Player-by-Player Guide
The Wisden Guide to International Cricket 2014: The Definitive Player-by-Player Guide
by Steven Lynch
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.13

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top-Class Production., 11 Mar 2014
This is another Wisden wonder. A Pocket guide taking the reader from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe encompassing player profiles of those you know and the obscure participants that you may have never have heard of. Not just for the committed aficionado, this is a well-produced guide to players that is pocket-sized and will fill many a break, whether lunch, tea or bad-light at the match as well as being informative at home. Great value.


The Runaway Woman
The Runaway Woman
Price: 5.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Routine Josephine Cox., 7 Mar 2014
This review is from: The Runaway Woman (Kindle Edition)
Discovering herself again after a devastating experience, Lucy Lovejoy has a big ask. Her self-confidence has been dented by personal problems .Her marriage is in tatters with infidelity and children who are disconcerting. Her enthusiasm is re-kindled by her friend, Kathleen. This is an enticing read but lacks the bite of the author's previous novels. Enjoyable enough, but the grit of sustaining the interest of the narrative is predictable. The search for self-satisfaction into unknown territories are well-depicted, if somewhat drawn out to a less than feasible end.


The Silversmith's Wife
The Silversmith's Wife
by Sophia Tobin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 9.09

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Murder Novel, 4 Mar 2014
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On a winter night in 1792, a night-watchman stands in Berkeley Square. At Edward Rigby's feet lies the body of Pierre Reynard, a respected Silversmith. His throat cut and his pockets empty, it seems a robbery gone wrong. The victim kept a diary that links the proceedings into a more complex story. Reynard had many enemies. His wife, Mary and Digby are pivotal to the narrative. Mary states that her husband was a stranger when she married him and a stranger when he died. The author spins a story that is interesting and keeps the reader attentive. It is somewhat pedestrian at times, but the lead up to the circumstances and identity of the murderer maintains an entertaining read.


Bigger Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male Body (The Build Healthy Muscle Series)
Bigger Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male Body (The Build Healthy Muscle Series)
by Michael Matthews
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.40

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Straight to the Point on Strength Delivery, 3 Mar 2014
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This book is about discipline, nothing more, nothing less. The goals are for increasing strength, muscle growth and fat loss with the accompanying look-good and feel-good factors. This is a guide to achieve this. The opening chapters are old hat unless a novice. The regime of achieving a new body shape kick in later. I am entirely in agreement that nutrition is 80% for a new body shape. Without this, the gym hours are far less productive.
I am in my mid 60's. Old, in years, maybe, but with experience of over 40 years of every training schedule you could imagine. Forget the BMI, if you have muscle the mirror is your guide. This book is a stimulus to go out and get into shape. No excuses when the emphasis is on focus. Setting your goals and regime with the guidelines here require a mind set and schedule. The low reps and sets with heavy lifting will take some adaptation but will come as you progress. Bulking and cutting information are here. Supplements are mentioned in nutritional forms, not short-term potentially dangerous forms.

This is a grand book that hopefully will lead to a healthy and prolonged lifestyle. More of dietary components of examples for pre-and post-workouts would be appreciated. 30 or 60 gm of carbohydrate: in what form? I know, but others may not. The personal menu is American. Double roasted garlic potato and the salads plus rice milk are not British. Some examples of nutrition on a daily and weekly basis would be appreciated and useful. Otherwise, excellent. Dedication with sacrifice and not being a 'wussy'. Good guidance from a respected author.
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Sheppard: Sacred choral music
Sheppard: Sacred choral music
Price: 14.14

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joyous Celebration, 3 Mar 2014
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The Catholicism of John Sheppard may have been a burden on his life. His hidden works were not deciphered until the 70's. His compositions have been brought to life and conveyed in this concise and beautification of his works, presented by the choir of St. Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh. Their delivery is without fault. I am not a technical scholar of the music, just a passionate listener, and this is sheer joy. The compositions are interpreted in such a bountiful mode that transcends into another idiom. The songs' purity and sheer beauty are instantly and continuously fed to the ear. All I have to say is that this is glorious and sacred polyphony at the supreme level. A triumph and an exalting production of Sheppard's works by an exemplary choir. The comprehensive accompanying notes tell more than I can, but all I want to say is that this is absolute sublime beauty.


Twinings Green Tea with Apple and Pear 20 Teabags (Pack of 8,Total 160 Teabags)
Twinings Green Tea with Apple and Pear 20 Teabags (Pack of 8,Total 160 Teabags)
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Price: 15.40

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product With a Price Tag to Match, 2 Mar 2014
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This blend of apple and pear is my favourite tea. It is light, full of flavour and consistently refreshing without needing any dilution from milk. The problem has been my local supermarkets are inconsistent in carrying supplies. Often, none of the major names have any in stock, frustrating to say the least. I therefore obtained a supply from Amazon. The delivery was not only prompt but significantly cheaper, even, than the last reduced-price offer from Tesco. Will return for more.


Voice Of The Turtle Dove [Harry Christophers, The Sixteen] [Coro: COR16119]
Voice Of The Turtle Dove [Harry Christophers, The Sixteen] [Coro: COR16119]
Price: 14.28

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Sublime Record, 2 Mar 2014
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This is a further towering collection by Harry Christophers and The Sixteen. The musicians revisit the Tudor period with compositions opening with John Sheppard's 'Gaude, gaude, gaude Maria', a glorious beginning that sets the tone for the works that follow including those of Richard Davy and William Mundy. This is a superlative choral work by a consistently perfect and enthralling group. The accompanying notes are informative providing the historical background of the contents with the lyrics as sung, alongside their translation. A sheer delight and highly recommended.


Cold Winter in Bordeaux
Cold Winter in Bordeaux
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wartime Sexual and Political Intrigue, 2 Mar 2014
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In October, 1942, in Bordeaux, Superintendent Jean Lannes is summoned to a murder. The respected Gabrielle Peniel appears to be the victim of a crime of passion. Lannes is not convinced. His investigations open the floodgates to a scenario of intrigue. Set against a background of a German presence and threat of occupation, where anti-Semitism is rife, the author constructs a realistic portrayal of the period where misery, desolation, and distrust are everywhere. Lannes has his personal problems. His sons are both pro-France but are involved from opposing forces. His daughter is in love with an idealistic influenced anti-Bolshevik. Lannes side-lines these problems by continuing with his civilian police role yet his cool exterior disguises his inner anxieties. This is an impractical approach, as Lannes is embroiled in the investigation of a murder involving a web of sexual, political, secretive and subversive activities.

The murder is merely a fulcrum that Allan Massie uses to develop his complex plot. It highlights the scenario of the 1942-3 wartime French situation with its insecurity and the powers that control the perspective in the short term for self-gratification. This approach comes across against the visionary beliefs of the fanatics. The novel conveys the atmosphere and dangers of occupied France. Bordeaux may be in the throes of more adverse times, clearly threatened, but the author mixes day-to-day life amongst the local community with the subversive influences enforced from the controlling hierarchy.

A well-crafted novel of war-times with a central theme of a complex crime that draws the threads of the narrative into an absorbing experience. Lannes is portrayed in a diplomatic, hound-dog Maigret-style, restricted by personal and superior forces. He is readily warmed to. The author conveys the policeman's self-imposed discipline in an excellent and enlightening read. More to come is promised and welcomed.


I Have The Room Above Her
I Have The Room Above Her
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Price: 11.05

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Album Of Beauty., 26 Feb 2014
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The trio of Paul Motian, Joe Lovano and Bill Frisell had been playing and recording since 1981. Recorded in 2004, this is Motian's first album as leader for ECM since 1984. The opening track 'Osmosis Part 111' sets the tone for the early numbers, conveying an atmosphere of melancholy without undue sadness. In fact the tranquillity and space produce the opposite effects of peace and beauty. This is achieved by the wonderful creative unity of three supreme musicians with an uncanny understanding.

Paul Motian's drumming always sounds busy even when sparse and subtle, never playing to any set rhythm other than that generated by his empathy and support of the other trio members, especially difficult without bass or piano. Bill Frisell sounds dreamy with his understated playing, splintered notes and the resonance of his well-described 'twang'. He complements Joe Lovano's full and rounded soulful tenor whether playing duets, in unison or accompanying. Lovano is magnificent generating warmth and feeling whether playing straight ballads, the Kern-Hammerstein title track, for example, or in the freer format of 'The Riot Act'. He is in total control of the marvellous sound he produces. The beautiful and memorable music produced on this remarkable album is all about control, freedom, unity. An outstanding record.


A Man of Sorrows (Inspector Carlyle 6)
A Man of Sorrows (Inspector Carlyle 6)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Detective Novel, 26 Feb 2014
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The irascible, forthright and grumpy Inspector John Carlyle returns for the 6th time in James Craig's latest novel. With new partner, DS Alison Roche ('a striking red head with a sharp temper to match'), Carlyle tackles his cases with his usual unorthodox methods. The author has a penchant for venting his opinions through his characters and their investigations. This often lends weight to the narrative whilst at other times can be an amusing (or irritating) distraction. Carlyle has a succession of crimes and perpetrators to investigate simultaneously leading to several plot-lines. Already facing disciplinary inquiries for assaulting a paedophile priest, Carlyle and Roche are under pressure from a bigoted alcoholic Commander to resolve them swiftly.

An amateurish armed high-class jewellery robbery occurs that has ramifications for the detectives throughout the story. The Catholic Church feature prominently with topical issues of alleged sexual abuse, dwindling interest and money laundering; also a papal visit is imminent that has powerful opposition. London's Mayor, Charles Holyrod,'a grinning idiot promoting cycle ways', is coerced into involvement with the Catholic hierarchy, Metropolitan Police Officer reductions and Carlyle's conduct. Murders add to the intrigue.

Carlyle continues relentlessly with his work in his usual style, interrupted by numerous café stops, achieving a high clear-up rate yet inevitably upsetting his superiors. The narrative is engaging with plenty of action but is not particularly pacey. The characters introduced are outlined in a straightforward way and the book's layout keeps the sub plots clear. Although there is some overlapping they are fairly routine with a few twists cropping up. It is the demeanour of Carlyle and his interaction with people and circumstances that maintain interest. Roche is the perfect foil. She is hard, reliable and loyal. Carlyle, as the author appears to be, has his own opinions, is outspoken but comes across as sincere. Whether he is likeable or not is a matter of taste. His family take more prominence in this story having their own problems. James Craig has written a typical Inspector Carlyle novel that I found an easy, enjoyable read.


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