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At the Chime of a City Clock
At the Chime of a City Clock
by D.J. Taylor
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars shamelessly derivative, 25 Jun. 2011
The author shamelessly plunders from Julian Maclaren Ross and other writers of the era without adding anything original. Given that he is supposed to be a historian, it is astonishing that he makes such elementary mistakes as calling the main shopping street in Bayswater 'Queensway', when it was 'Queen's Road' until 1946. And I am still trying to work out how the hero managed to read his copy of the Police News while lying on his bed with his "hands round the back of [his] neck".
I would skip this one and read Maclaren Ross instead.
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5 Moreinks Compatible Printer Ink Cartridges to replace Canon PGI-5 / CLI-8
5 Moreinks Compatible Printer Ink Cartridges to replace Canon PGI-5 / CLI-8
Offered by More Inks
Price: £1.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good value, shame about surplus cartridge, 10 Jun. 2011
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This product was good enough for me to buy again - no leakages, and it seems to last as long as the Canon ones. The only thing that annoys me about it is that my printer can only use the larger black ink cartridge so I end up throwing the smaller one away, which seems a waste.


Whimsical Work of David Weidman
Whimsical Work of David Weidman
by David Wiedman
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful illustrations, great production, 22 Feb. 2011
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I bought this book after coming across a David Weidman print in a shop. He will be familiar to many for his work for the Hanna Barbera cartoon films but his work is much wider-ranging than that. His use of colour is particularly delightful and evocative of its time. Weidman's biography is interesting as well. The book seems to have been published by Weidman's own company which explains the care that has clearly been taken in its production.


Derwent Canvas Pencil Wrap, 30 Pencil plus Accessory Storage Capacity, Unrolls Flat for Easy Access, Press-Stud for Security
Derwent Canvas Pencil Wrap, 30 Pencil plus Accessory Storage Capacity, Unrolls Flat for Easy Access, Press-Stud for Security
Price: £6.75

23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well made, good value, 2 Jan. 2011
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I am so glad I discovered this item before I bought the overpriced ([...]) Ally Capellino canvas pencil wrap from [...]. The Derwent product has far more room for pens and pencils, room for several erasers and other wider items and a more substantial flap to protect pencil points. And the canvas is more substantial, too.


Alias David Bowie
Alias David Bowie
by Peter Gillman
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the best bowie biography i've read so far, 20 Nov. 2010
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This review is from: Alias David Bowie (Paperback)
Don't be put off by the scary 80s cover - this is the best-researched and most serious Bowie biography I've come across. (Infinitely better than the abysmal 'Bowie: A Biography' by Marc Spitz.) The information about Bowie's family history (going back to his grandparents) is fascinating and explains a lot about this enigmatic man. A shame it is no longer in print.


A Garden and Three Houses: The Story of Architect Peter Aldington's Garden and Three Village Houses
A Garden and Three Houses: The Story of Architect Peter Aldington's Garden and Three Village Houses
by Jane Brown
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.00

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars truly inspiring, 9 Aug. 2010
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I've been trying to get hold of this book ever since I saw an old copy at a friend's, but at that time it was out of print and too expensive. So I was delighted to find it in this new edition. It is very moving to read about how Peter Aldington and his wife turned the old garden of a large Victorian house into a cluster of houses in a beautifully landscaped setting and to see how they have matured and developed.


Smile or Die: How Positive Thinking Fooled America and the World
Smile or Die: How Positive Thinking Fooled America and the World
by Barbara Ehrenreich
Edition: Paperback

22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars read this or die, 13 Jan. 2010
I am overwhelmed with admiration for this book. Most of Barbara Ehrenreich's examples are taken from America, the heartland of 'positive thinking', but this British reader found herself becoming uncomfortably aware of how far this dangerous and foolish way of thinking has extended its slimy tentacles across the Atlantic too. Ehrenreich reveals it for the superstitious, cruel nonsense it is. A wake-up call.
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The Plastic Mind
The Plastic Mind
by Sharon Begley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars fascinating topic but offputting style, 15 Dec. 2009
This review is from: The Plastic Mind (Paperback)
I am about halfway through this book and struggling. Although the subject matter is fascinating and the book's message important, I find Sharon Begley's writing heavy going. It is a mire of mixed metaphors (and similes) which force the reader to go over paragraphs several times in order to grasp what she is trying to say. There is something patronising, too, about her attempts to make science palatable to the layman with heavy humour. It does not help that the book has not been adapted for a non-American audience, either, as some of the references, eg to baseball teams, are obscure to us.

The book seems to have been published under a different name in the US - buyer beware!


Matthew: A Memoir
Matthew: A Memoir
by Anne Crosby
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.99

5.0 out of 5 stars what it is to be human, 4 Dec. 2009
This review is from: Matthew: A Memoir (Hardcover)
This is one of the most thought-provoking books I've ever read as well as one of the most poignant, funny, insightful and honest. Don't think it's going to be a bundle of laughs, as the other Amazon review suggests, although there is much humour in it -not least, the subject Matthew's own sense of humour, which is wonderful. But please do read it. It will make you think very profoundly about what it is to be human. Matthew was seen, and sometimes treated, as sub-human by some (though fortunately not all) of the people he encountered, including some of the medical professionals who were involved with him, but one puts the book down with the lingering thought that in his short life Matthew showed more humanity (kindness, empathy and bravery) than many of the 'normal' people in his life, not least his own emotionally-crippled father.


Mince!: 100 Fabulously Frugal Recipes
Mince!: 100 Fabulously Frugal Recipes
by Mitzie Wilson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its title doesn't do it justice, 26 May 2009
One of the most useful and appealing recipe books I've ever bought. Every recipe I've tried so far, works perfectly. Recipes range from old favourites to the exotic (South African, Greek, Thai). The recipes are well-suited to the current economic climate, too, as mince is so cheap.


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