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A Fistful of Marigolds
A Fistful of Marigolds
Price: £4.78

5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely novel, 17 Sept. 2014
A lovely novel, which works on many levels. It is both humane and humorous in its telling, and is thoroughly convincing and compelling in its evocation of a 70s primary school in a poor area. The book, informed throughout by the compassion and social conscience of the author, is a real page turner that touches the heart.


Hard Times: The Divisive Toll of the Economic Slump
Hard Times: The Divisive Toll of the Economic Slump
by Tom Clark
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.90

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5.0 out of 5 stars The cost of austerity, 23 Jun. 2014
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A readable, important, thoroughly evidenced analysis of the effect of the recession on society. Running alongside meticulously garnered statistics are individual case histories which help convey the human cost of the 2008 financial melt down and the subsequent austerity imposed by the coalition government. Interesting comparisons are made with the depression in the thirties and with the situation in America then and now.

Surprising facts emerge - for example the decline, in the areas most affected by the slump and coalition policies, of organised volunteering and (even more unexpected) in individual neighbourly acts of kindness. So much for the Big Society.
The author's findings, presented in a humane and engaging way, and based on impressive research by academics at Manchester University, alert the reader to the enormity of the present and future challenge to social justice and cohesion, on which we all depend.
What this book proves, beyond all doubt, is that the poor, the young and the sick have born the brunt of the financial crash and that these groups, if nothing is done, will be left behind when the recovery gets off the ground.
The author's findings, presented in a humane and engaging way, and based on impressive research by academics at Manchester University, alert the reader to the enormity of the present and future challenge to social justice and cohesion, on which we all depend.


Younger Girls Polar Bear Wincy Flannel Pyjamas 3-4 Years
Younger Girls Polar Bear Wincy Flannel Pyjamas 3-4 Years

5.0 out of 5 stars Snug and cosy, 8 May 2014
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These delighted my three year old granddaughter - she liked the bears and the fact the pyjamas were cosy! Excellent value too.


Zeus of Ithome
Zeus of Ithome
by T. E. Taylor
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A page turner with a difference, 14 Feb. 2014
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Both highly enjoyable and educational, this historical novel provides the reader with a vividly imagined version of the rebellion by the enslaved Messenian helots against their Spartan overlords. I came to this book with no knowledge of the real events which inform the narrative; I finished it grateful for such an imaginatively engaging introduction to a stirring chapter in ancient history.

The author successfully combines the gripping and moving personal story of the escaped helot Diocles with a fascinating evocation of the political and cultural world within which his young hero exists. Often humorous, humane throughout, this is a page turner with a difference.


The Blanket (Little Books)
The Blanket (Little Books)
by John Burningham
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars The Blanket., 9 Aug. 2012
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This charming book by John Burningham, about a little boy's search for his comfort blanket, is one that will appeal to toddlers everywhere. A simple tale, simply told, with delightful illustrations and a happy ending, it was a favourite with my children and I was very pleased, over thirty years on, to find on Amazon an excellent second hand version for my grandchildren.


Space Bag 150 g 1 Jumbo Stackable Tote
Space Bag 150 g 1 Jumbo Stackable Tote

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5.0 out of 5 stars Space bag stackable jumbo tote, 7 Sept. 2011
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This is a great storage solution! I couldn't believe how many winter coats and quilts I managed to compress into the bag and how much the bag shrank once the vacuum nozzle was applied.


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