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NON PULL DOG HARNESS - LIKE EASY WALK - ADJUSTABLE DOG HARNESS FREE DELIVERY!!! (Small/Medium, Black)
NON PULL DOG HARNESS - LIKE EASY WALK - ADJUSTABLE DOG HARNESS FREE DELIVERY!!! (Small/Medium, Black)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary!, 18 Mar. 2016
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No idea how this works so well, but it does. Our Cairn terrier usually sets off like he's dragging a redwood tree across the tundra and has a habit of slipping out of every harness/collar that we've put on him. Wearing this he trotted along like a beautifully trained dog but was so jaunty it obviously wasn't causing him any distress. Very surprised. It must be the only problem-solving piece of dog equipment we've bought that actually works!


The African Queen
The African Queen
by C. S. Forester
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So much better than the 1957 film, 16 Dec. 2015
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If your only experience of The African Queen is the 1951 Bogart/Hepburn film, you must read this book. The characters are infinitely more interesting; Rose is in her early thirties, unlike Hepburn and Allnutt is a weak and timid Cockney who grows throughout the story into an unlikely hero. The story is set in Central Africa at the beginning of the First World War. The strong-willed missionary Rose persuades mechanic and skipper Allnutt that they can use his steam launch,The African Queen, to make a patriotic strike against the Germans. The plan is preposterous – she want him to sink the German gunboat Königin Luise, docked on a lake downstream. Her silences and bad treatment persuade Allnutt to take on the task and as they travel down river, through exhiliarating rapids, occupied villages, leech invested swamps and miles of reeds and water-grass, they become closer as well as becoming lovers. CS Forester's depiction of the steaming, creaking country is the heart of this wonderful book. It is an adventure story full of excitement and tension with a fascinating and convincingly odd romance at its centre.


The Hairy Dieters Eat for Life: How to Love Food, Lose Weight and Keep it Off for Good! (Hairy Bikers)
The Hairy Dieters Eat for Life: How to Love Food, Lose Weight and Keep it Off for Good! (Hairy Bikers)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars They've Done It Again – But Oh, That Index …, 4 Feb. 2014
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Another great selection of recipes. The recipes must have been very carefully tested because they are so reliable. I particularly like their use of spices which make the Fake-Aways section of curries brilliant.

My husband is a chunky lover of food. 'Cutting back' was agony for him as he didn't much like salads or vegetables. Using recipes from this book, which we can both enjoy together, he has seen the pounds drop away. The portions really are generous – you're not pushing a piece of a poached chicken around a plate, you're tucking in to a fabulous plateful of jerk chicken glistening next to a good pile of rice bulked up with veg which my husband wolfs down. I've also cooked these dishes when the family come and everyone eats and enjoys them. No longer is the poor dieter singled out. This is real family cooking that will help everyone eat more healthily and even experienced home cook, cook more healthily across the board. Another triumph.

The only thing that stops this being a five-star book is the index which, like the first volume, is irritating. If you want to look up 'goulash' you have to remember its made with beef because it's under 'B' in the index not 'G'. Thankfully there's a photograph of every single recipe so you can flick through until you find the one you want.


Printer's Devil Court (Kindle Single)
Printer's Devil Court (Kindle Single)

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very atmospheric but strangely unsatisfying, 26 Nov. 2013
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I am sure a story like this can't have a definite conclusion but the plot intelligently presented a fascinating idea about death and life but left me sort of hanging. I had to read the final few paragraphs a second and third time to see if I had missed something but couldn't find it.

A shame because I love Susan Hill's writing.


See Inside Houses Long Ago (Usborne See Inside)
See Inside Houses Long Ago (Usborne See Inside)
by Rob Lloyd Jones
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the Nosey Police, 29 Dec. 2012
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What better than to be able to peel back a wall and peer inside to see what people in the past got up to. This charming book is packed full of detail and it was only with an iron will that the grandparents were able to hold off lifting every flap in the book before handing it over as a Christmas present.

The recipient was three years old and she loved it. There's a nice touch of humour (someone sitting in the outside latrine for example) and the palaces and long houses are beautifully depicted. A perfect way to explore history with a captive audience of children.


The One That Got Away
The One That Got Away
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great War Story, 29 Dec. 2012
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I downloaded this book as I am researching prisoners during the second world war but what a cracking tale it turned out to be. Although it is a true story it reads like a thriller in the John Buchan vein and creates a world where the plodding Brits are a great deal cannier than they first appear and the Germans are far more sympathetically portrayed than was usual in 1953. One cannot help admiring serial-escapee von Werra for his tenacity and courage at the same time as enjoying the gentlemanly British interrogation techniques which have you squirming with embarrassment as von Werra's past war exploits turn out to be spectacularly embellished. With this in mind I do wonder if using von Werra's own account of his adventures may have put an extra spin on the facts but this doesn't lessen the incredible achievement of the only German prisoner of war to escape from the Allies. (He didn't manage to escape from England though – it was the Canadians who let him slip away.)

A great read well written and beautifully researched.


Thursdays in the Park
Thursdays in the Park
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Boomer, 11 Dec. 2012
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Yes, this is a love story about a woman in her later years reviewing her marriage and wanting more but for me the author tackles many of the other problems that we face at this time of our lives (and I don't mean the depressing stuff). She tackles the relationship with our children when they are adults and have children of their own, an incredibly important relationship that can be fraught with difficulties. She looks at other types of love too, in particular the love we have for our grandchildren.

As far as the central love story is concerned, she writes well, nicely side-stepping details that could make a younger reader recoil while still creating a believable magnetic pull between two older people. The pace of the novel is maintained throughout and she deftly creates real tension and drama from events that in the hands of a lesser writer would have seemed mundane.


Resistance
Resistance
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Saw the Film – I've Read the Book, 11 Dec. 2012
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I was captivated by the film of this book to the extent that I had to read it and I'm glad I did because although the author co-wrote the screenplay, some of the nuances of the novel inevitably became lost. Sheers evokes the countryside in this part of the world wonderfully, reinforcing the beauty of the natural world with man's impossibility to control it – and that is exactly the struggle between the two main characters. This relationship is more rewarding here than in the film and in order not to have to put 'spoiler alert' on this review, I will only say that the book left me with a tiny uplift of hope.

My only small criticism is that the pace of this tense thriller drops occasionally when Sheers over-describes his alternative Britain under Nazi occupation. It's a great conceit to tie this group of disparate people together and he rightly uses news of outside atrocities to remind us of the conflict in the central characters' minds but he goes on a bit too long about it when – as a reader – I wanted to get back in to the valley and in to the heads of the characters.


Eli, No!
Eli, No!
by Katie Kirk
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Eli, Yes!, 20 Nov. 2012
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A beautifully designed children's book which is graphically sophisticated and yet tugs at the heart strings of any dog lover. The repeated ticking off that spirited Eli gets throughout is great for little children who want to join in and I challenge any emotional granny to read the last page without a moistness to the eyes.


The Hairy Dieters: How to Love Food and Lose Weight
The Hairy Dieters: How to Love Food and Lose Weight
by Dave Myers
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.00

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guilt Free Great Food, 1 Oct. 2012
I have already cooked six recipes from this book and they have all delivered on their promise. Even if you weren't trying to cut calories the boys have come up with authentic flavours for classic dishes some of which - for example the chicken korma recipe - are the best version of a dish I have ever come across.

If you are calorie cutting, the food here is almost too good to be true. The dishes feel as if they're full of cream and butter, but they're not. The flavours are gutsy and the recipes easy to follow. If you're not calorie counting this is also a great recipe book because they have done their research, tested their recipes and ironed out any nasty surprises.

More of the same - please.


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