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Way of the Wanderers: The Story of Travellers in Scotland
Way of the Wanderers: The Story of Travellers in Scotland
by Jess Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Scotland's victims, 31 Oct 2012
In her latest book, Jess Smith, with her usual talent, brings alive Scotland's Gypsy Travellers, with their own tales and her reminscences and researches into the terrible things done to these people in the past. It is such a mix of emotions - powerful, intriguing, mysterious, disturbing and tragic yet also at times humorous and at times, too, light, which thereby makes the more disturbing parts even more so. It is a very fine book indeed and I cannot overpraise it. As a specialist in Gypsy Traveller material, I believe it will in future be seen as one of the Gypsy classics - I already think of it in that way and for me it is a treasure.
I urge all to find out about these little known chapters from Scotland's history.


Day of the Triffids [DVD] [1981]
Day of the Triffids [DVD] [1981]
Dvd ~ John Duttine
Price: 5.11

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Day of the Triffids, 23 April 2012
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This is an excellent version of the Wyndham book, very close to the original. Sensible, exciting, wonderfully acted - for me, it had eveything going for it.


Bumblebees: Behaviour, Ecology, and Conservation (Oxford Biology)
Bumblebees: Behaviour, Ecology, and Conservation (Oxford Biology)
by Dave Goulson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 36.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bumblebees, 18 May 2010
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This is an excellent book and I thoroughly recommend it. With inceasing awareness of how crucial bees of all sorts are to us, this is a very welcome addition. It won't help a lot in identifying bumble bees but it will tell you a huge amount about them.


Now We are Sixty
Now We are Sixty
by Christopher Matthew
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 9.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christopher Robin for OAPs, 19 Dec 2009
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This review is from: Now We are Sixty (Hardcover)
If you're'getting on a bit' and loved Christopher Robin as a child, here's the adult version for today - witty, clever and thoroughly readable.


Dictionary of Idioms and Their Origins
Dictionary of Idioms and Their Origins
by Linda Flavell
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Idioms, 19 Dec 2009
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There's some awfully twaddle books on idioms about so finding this was delightful. It's readable, interesting and (so far as I can tell) accurate. I cannot recommend it highly enough.


Sookin' Berries
Sookin' Berries
by Jess Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.94

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sookin Berries: Superb, 9 Nov 2008
This review is from: Sookin' Berries (Paperback)
Jess Smith's books get better and better and this is really terrific. Meant for children really, but all adults will enjoy it too. It's traditional stories from Scotland and its Travellers and every one a gem. I can't recommnend it too highly.

Bob Dawson


Queen Amang the Heather: The Life of Belle Stewart
Queen Amang the Heather: The Life of Belle Stewart
by Sheila Stewart
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.20

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen Amang the Heather, 26 Oct 2006
Once in a while a classic book appears which will outlive us all, and this is one. It tells the story of Belle Stewart, one of the finest folk composers and singers Britain has ever seen, who had a lowly beginning in a tent. She was a 'tinker' and the whole world was against her and her people. Yet she went on to write outstanding folk songs and to be recognized as an oustanding musician, one of the 'Stewarts of Blair'. The book is packed with sadness and humour as she struggled to be recognized for the natural talent she had. It makes it a thoroughly readable book (by her daughter. Massively recommended for anyone to read, and would make a fine gift for someone special.


Tears for a Tinker
Tears for a Tinker
by Jess Smith
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good old Tinker, 24 Mar 2006
This review is from: Tears for a Tinker (Paperback)
Jess is one of the best writers in Scotland today. This is uterly astounding, mixing laughter with sadness. I can't recommend it too highly.


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