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Merrie England: The Medieval Roots of the Great British Pub
Merrie England: The Medieval Roots of the Great British Pub
by Ted Bruning
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book filled with facts to delight and amaze your friends when you're next in the pub, 16 Sept. 2014
It’s considered by many of us to be more quintessentially English than Morris dancing and the sound of willow on leather from the village green on summer Sundays, but where did the English pub actually come from? In this delightful tome, Ted Bruning takes the reader on a journey from the Roman thermopolia to the Anglo-Saxon mead-hall and the first post-Conquest Norman vintners on the edge of the Thames, in search of the roots of the English pub as we know and love it today.

Ted has a cheery style that recreates the zeitgeist of the times. Turning the pages, we can almost smell the aromas of the first mash wafting through the thatch roofs as the women brewsters of the Medieval village got the ale on the go for thirsty labourers; then sympathise with them when hauled up in front of their Norman overlord for the crime of “selling outside of the assize”.

We learn not only about the origins of the pub, but also the drinks that might be drunk therein. Not only ale but ‘beor ‘ (Don’t know the difference? Then read the book!), wine, mead and cider; where they came from and how they were made.

How Ted Bruning manages to pack so much well-researched information into such a slim volume beats me. But if you’ve ever lent sagaciously against the bar of the Dog and Duck after a few pints of Old Peculiar, looked around and wondered where on earth all this came from, then this is the book for you. Ten out of ten.
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Love Addict: Sex, Romance, and Other Dangerous Drugs
Love Addict: Sex, Romance, and Other Dangerous Drugs
by Ethlie Ann Vare
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A life-saving book, 14 Sept. 2014
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The understanding and treatment of addiction has come a long way in the last 60 years. Admitting that one has, or one had, a problem with alcohol or other substance no longer singles one out as insane, at least not to friends, family and the medical establishment. But LOVE addiction? You're kidding, right? To admit to love addiction would be considered a joke, if not a sign that you're making excuses for what are simply your bad life choices.
With humour and terrifying real life stories Ethlie Ann Varre dispels these myths. Addiction to obssessive, compulsive, damaging relationships is as life threatening as addiction to other substances that also radically alter brain chemistry, and the withdrawal is just as agonising.
This is truly a life saving book for sufferers. If you are living through the hell of love addiction, this book will reassure you that you are not alone, that your pain is real and that there is light at the end of the tunnel. It also provides workable recovery methods. I would encourage anyone who thinks that they may have a problem with addiction to other people and fantasy relationships to buy this book.


The Truth Agenda: Making Sense of Unexplained Mysteries, Global Cover-ups and Prophecies for Our Times
The Truth Agenda: Making Sense of Unexplained Mysteries, Global Cover-ups and Prophecies for Our Times
by Andy Thomas
Edition: Paperback

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your usual 'conspiracy theory' book, 23 Oct. 2009
In this brilliantly complied work, Andy Thomas brings together many different threads that fall within the realms of so-called 'conspiracy theory'. But, rather than try and persuade the reader that certain events did or did not happen, the author steers the reader to make his or her own decision, based on the evidence, which he presents meticulously and cogently. A great book for those new to the world of alternative theories and readers already well-versed in the subject, Truth Agenda will get you thinking about well-known events and phenomena in a new light. Non-dogmatic and illuminating, I highly recommend this book.


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