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Pinzon Plush Velvet Throw Navy
Pinzon Plush Velvet Throw Navy
Price: £11.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Soft and cuddly, 31 Oct 2014
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Soft and comfortable. The blanket is lightweight and comes tied with a bow in a hygienic clear plastic zip bag. Guaranteed to keep you warm on cold nights.


The Duppy Share Golden Caribbean Rum 70 cl
The Duppy Share Golden Caribbean Rum 70 cl
Price: £27.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comple Caribbean flavours, 31 Oct 2014
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An excellent dark rum with complex notes of caramel and raisin. Beautifully packaged would made an ideal gift.


Eat Istanbul: A Journey to the Heart of Turkish Cuisine
Eat Istanbul: A Journey to the Heart of Turkish Cuisine
by Andy Harris
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Intense Middle Eastern flavours, 28 Sep 2014
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This is a beautiful book. The recipes are easily sourced.


Tomorrow and Tomorrow
Tomorrow and Tomorrow
by Thomas Sweterlitsch
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.68

3.0 out of 5 stars kind of predictable, 8 Sep 2014
This review is from: Tomorrow and Tomorrow (Paperback)
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Somewhere between Raymond Chandler and J G Ballard Tomorrow and Tomorrow is set in a future dystopia where technology literarly links us together. Following the destruction of Pittsburgh the thriller moves to future Washington where the main protagonist grieveing for his dead wife and child must survive. I found it ok.


The Natural Cook: Eating the Seasons from Root to Fruit
The Natural Cook: Eating the Seasons from Root to Fruit
by Tom Hunt
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.59

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a potential gift for a foodie, 8 Sep 2014
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Increasingly I see cook books as gifts. Why would you buy one when you can pretty much google search the recipe,or watch a you tube demonstration. With that in mind I thought this book was original in its intention: to educate about the seasonality of vegtables, and successful in its execution: The photographs are beautifully presented and the layout feels homely and sincere. The recipes are interesting twists on familiar favourites. I wouldnt pay full price for it though.


The Humans
The Humans
by Matt Haig
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

3.0 out of 5 stars It's not really about space and not really that funny, 19 July 2014
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This review is from: The Humans (Paperback)
I was hoping for more Maths, more insight and more pathos and wisdom from the dog. What I got was sentimental, cliched and simplistic. This is a shame because The Humans comes with strong recommendations. It's not that funny and not that profound. It touches on death in the form of suicide but lacks conviction to fully explore this theme for fear of alienating the audience. The biggest disappointment though was the Maths which just seems to be a clumsy narrative theme onto which hang some homespun wisdom about how were all interconnected and love is the key. The book would work well as a set text in school for older teenagers.


Rapesco Supaclip 60 Dispenser with 8 Clips
Rapesco Supaclip 60 Dispenser with 8 Clips
Price: £6.40

4.0 out of 5 stars securely fastened in place., 5 Jun 2014
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I was dubious about this product. A small bulldog clip or paperclip could surely do the same job an be reusable as well. The dispenser enables you to exert pressure onto the clip so that it can securely fasten papers, photos whatever you need. It's fun to use an the clips are durable and reusable. I may not have bought it so the opportunity to try it out for free was useful.


The Supermodel and the Brillo Box
The Supermodel and the Brillo Box
by Don Thompson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.19

4.0 out of 5 stars fascinating, 24 May 2014
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This is a very insightful book that quite rightly looks at the commerce of the art world and the now realistic global market where work sells in line to agents of the super-rich who may no very little about what they are buying. The emergence of China and Dubai as major players influencing the content and appearance of the product. Its less about art in the traditional sense and more about profit. The emergence of the millionaire artist like Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst and how that in itself inflates prices beyond a sustainable level. Where there is a boom there will always be a bust. It is after all only art it is not truth.


The Woman Before Me
The Woman Before Me
by Ruth Dugdall
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.50

3.0 out of 5 stars drawn loosely from personal experience, 19 May 2014
This review is from: The Woman Before Me (Paperback)
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Rose is in prison awaiting parole for killing Luke the child of her friend Emma, Cate a newly qualified parole officer must balance her instinct and professional knowledge to assess if Rose is still a risk to society. This is a familiar crime plot centred around jealousy, adultery and mental health which manages to add layers of depth through using the Black Book as a confessional diary through which Rose is able to misdirect or influence the narrative, what she tells Cate may differ from what is in the diary. Rose however is unbalanced so therefore not reliable. Did Rose intentionally kill the child because her own child was dead. What was her motivation for doing this. The 3 main female characters loose a certain amount of realism due the necessity of drawing together the threads of a melodramatic, soapy plot. The story however is not told without tension and the notes from the author add an insight into how the idea was formed.


Northanger Abbey
Northanger Abbey
by Val McDermid
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading, 26 April 2014
This review is from: Northanger Abbey (Hardcover)
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Perhaps inspired by the recent" Death at Pemberly "this contemporary reimagining does not work so well. Would have preferred a stand alone narrative rather having to cross reference Northanger Abbey to see how post-modern the whole thing was. In saying that though the ending will genuinely surprise you. A not entirely successful experiment.


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