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Tales from Down on the Farm: Bedtime Stories for Anxious Children
Tales from Down on the Farm: Bedtime Stories for Anxious Children
by Lesley Glover
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Just right for bedtimes, 3 Oct 2014
Lovely gentle stories about the different animals on the farm and how they interrelate with each other and solve problems. The stories are just the right length for bed time reading.


The Complete Father Brown Stories
The Complete Father Brown Stories
by G.K. Chesterton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £1.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Having watched and enjoyed the Father brown stories on TV with Mark Williams, 11 Sep 2014
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Having watched and enjoyed the Father brown stories on TV with Mark Williams, I expected to enjoy the short stories. I was bitterly disappointed. In many Father Brown is a peripheral character in many, appearing in time to solve the mystery. Many are not set in the fictional village of Kembleford and you don't encounter the characters seen in the TV series.

The writing is turgid and the plots often confusing. Chesterton’s delight in purple prose often gets in the way of the story. It’s not often I give up on a book, but I did on this one. Husband staggered through half of the stories before giving up. I managed considerably fewer.


A Brief History of the Knights Templar (Brief Histories)
A Brief History of the Knights Templar (Brief Histories)
by Helen Nicholson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Turgid and long winded, 20 July 2014
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The book started off well and I had high hopes. However the further I got into the book, the more turgid I found it. I also found it became increasingly long winded and beginning to get bogged down in minute detail. By the end it was in danger of losing its way and confusing me at the same time.


HOW TO STUDY AN OLD CHURCH.
HOW TO STUDY AN OLD CHURCH.
by A. Needham
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars They don't write books like this any longer, 20 July 2014
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This is a marvellous book for those who want to know the differnce between perpendicular or decorated, or what the diffrent styles of roof or carvings are called.

It is a very old fashioned reference book which is full of solid fact with simple line drawings illustrating the diffrent styles of architecture, carvings, windows, fonts... It covers everything you could possibly want to know.

They don't write books like this any longer, more's the pity.


The "Daily Telegraph" Guide to England's Parish Churches (Daily Telegraph Guide)
The "Daily Telegraph" Guide to England's Parish Churches (Daily Telegraph Guide)
by Robert Harbison
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.94

4.0 out of 5 stars A useful reference book, 20 July 2014
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This covers 600 of England's parish churches. There are brief descriptions of the churches. These are more like jotted ntoes than well thought out prose. There is no purple prose here. But at times this brevity means that it isn't always clear where to look things in the church.

The list covers many of the churches covered by Simon Jenkin's in "England's Thousand Best churches" but there are a few different ones.

Ideally use both together.


Ladybird Tales: Beauty and the Beast
Ladybird Tales: Beauty and the Beast
by Vera Southgate
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars They are what a good children's book should be like - a simple story ..., 8 July 2014
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The Ladybird Books are justly popular decades after they were first written. They are what a good children's book should be like - a simple story well told. This is the original story by Vera Southgate, so you know it will be well written. The language is clear and easy to understand but is not dummed down. It is broken down into short simple paragrpahs making it easy to read and giving the child chance to assimilate the ideas. The modern pictures bring the story up to date. They are well drawn and have enough detail to stimulate further conversations.

All in all, a good read.


Teapigs Lemon and Ginger Tea 37.5 g (Pack of 1, Total 15 Tea Bags)
Teapigs Lemon and Ginger Tea 37.5 g (Pack of 1, Total 15 Tea Bags)
Price: £3.32

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't live up to the hype (or these reviews), 13 Feb 2014
I drink a lot of lemon and ginger tea so had great hopes of Teapigs. I followed the instructions and brewed fro the 3+ minutes. What a let down. They did taste of 'herbal tea' but there was no lemon flavour althoughthere is a little ginger tingle on the after taste.

I felt they were over rated and very expensive.


Teapigs Lemon and Ginger Tea 125 g (Pack of 1, Total 50 Tea Bags)
Teapigs Lemon and Ginger Tea 125 g (Pack of 1, Total 50 Tea Bags)
Price: £5.53

2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and didn't really taste of much, 13 Feb 2014
These aren't cheap so I was expecting great things. I followed the instructions and let the tea bag brew for the recommened 3+ minutes. What a major disappointment. It had a slight herbal taste. I wasn't aware of any lemon although there was a slight ginger tingle on the after taste.

I won't be bothering with these again and will stick to the tried and tested Twinnings....


The Singing Sands
The Singing Sands
by Josephine Tey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, not one of her better books, 20 Nov 2013
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It almost felt that Josephine Tey was trying to pad out a thin story plot. Inspector Grant is on the overnight sleeper to Scotland suffering from stress and overwork when he sees a dead body in one of the compartments. The first three quarters of the book is mainly concerned with how thinking about the identity of the dead body helps with his recovery. It is long winded and to be honest a bit tedious. Characters feel like two dimensional characatures. The last quarter sees him recovered and back in London with a clue to the dead man's identity. The final dramatic conclusion is crammed into the last few chapters and left this reader feeling cheated. This won't be one I'll be rereading.


Jack and the Beanstalk (Ladybird Favourite Tales)
Jack and the Beanstalk (Ladybird Favourite Tales)
by Audrey Daly
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A good story, simply told, 9 Nov 2013
Well written and easy to read aloud. Illustrations good.

It is nice to see the classic quote "Fe fi fo fum I smell the blood of and Englishman, be he alive or be he dead, I'll grind his bones to make my bread" is included. Grandson, nearly 4 loves the story and is almost word perfect.


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