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Quick Change: Tiny Tales of Transformation
Quick Change: Tiny Tales of Transformation
Price: £1.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun fast reads!, 11 Oct. 2014
Flash fiction is every bit as satisfying as a longer story, but ideal for our busy modern lives where, for some, a 'good read' is snatched in five minutes between a dozen other things on the to-do list.

The joy of flash fiction is reflected in the title of this collection: Quick Change. These are fast stories where a clever writer has packed a lot into a small space. Author Debbie Young examines a range of human relationships: marriage, friendship, parenthood, neighbourliness. There are suprising twists and little surprises (Perfect Harmony, for example) where you wonder where the author is taking you, but you trust her and she rewards you with charm and a wry grin at the pay-off.

I enjoyed the fascinating insights into the lives of different women. There's a nice juxtaposition between the obsessive cleaner and one who'd rather not, in two stories positioned together (Clean Linen and Domestic Blisters). The author also has a nice ability to quickly engage the sympathy of the reader - Peep Behind the Curtain has you rooting for Imogen to be brave and follow her own path.

This flash fiction collection is incredible value. There are so many stories... it's easy to dip into... there's something for everyone.


Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition
by Renni Browne
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.85

4.0 out of 5 stars A must for every writer's bookshelf, 5 Oct. 2014
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An immensely useful book, and one I return to again and again both as a writer and a writing mentor.


Skechers Women's Bikers Proposal Ballerina, Beige, UK 8
Skechers Women's Bikers Proposal Ballerina, Beige, UK 8
Offered by Retail Therapy Boutique

4.0 out of 5 stars Comfiest flats I've ever owned, 5 Oct. 2014
I liked them so much I bought them in two colours. Comfy, versatile, great for the walk to work and don't look as terrible as trainers with office-wear.


Life After Life
Life After Life
by Kate Atkinson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.19

4.0 out of 5 stars this was at once wonderfully readable, beautifully written, 5 Oct. 2014
This review is from: Life After Life (Paperback)
As with all Kate Atkinsons' novels, this was at once wonderfully readable, beautifully written, and immensely thought-provoking. Ursula's journey through life, after life, after life, was poignant, but not without its frustrating moments. So much so that if it was a TV series I'd have been shouting at the screen ("no don't do that"…"but what about that?"…"just, why?").

Atkinson's clever layering of the possibilities, dangers, tragedies and joys of an ordinary live lived through extraordinary times was clever, if a little tricksy. I couldn't give this 5 stars as it's not as engaging as some of her other work, and seems to riff on the same themes as 'Behind the Scenes', but in a more diluted way. If I was being negative I'd say it was 'Groundhog Day' does '50 First Dates', but that would be to deny the author's overall genius. Can't wait to read what she does next!


The Blackstone Key: Number 1 in series (Mary Finch)
The Blackstone Key: Number 1 in series (Mary Finch)
by Rose Melikan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £3.64

2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me, 25 Jun. 2014
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I had high hopes for this book, but it was virtually unreadable. Over-written and turgid. Sorry, but this one's not for me.


Mr Muscle Oxy Stain Remover Fresh Scent
Mr Muscle Oxy Stain Remover Fresh Scent
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Works a treat, 25 Jun. 2014
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This is an excellent deodorising spray which I'd highly recommend to any household that includes pets. We have whippets and because their hair is short they aren't that smelly, but every so often I think the place gets a bit "doggy". I'd planned on buying a rival product when this one came up on Amazon Vine. Perfect timing! I'm so pleased, because it's an excellent spray. I've tried it on a smooth surface and also a very heavy rug - and both were instantly odour-eliminated. Both seem colourfast too. The fragrance that was left in the room was light and plesant (some of these products can be a bit cloying).


New KS2 English: Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Study Book (for the 2016 SATS & Beyond)
New KS2 English: Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Study Book (for the 2016 SATS & Beyond)
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly useful and entertaining to use, 1 Jun. 2014
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I thought this would be a great refresher as I need good grammar and punctuation in my job. School days are long behind me, so it was entertaining to return to the old rules and exercises, and refresh my memory of how English Grammar works. This is a big book (A4 format) and therefore best used as a workbook rather than quick reference, however it's nicely presented in a way that makes absorbing the facts quite fun.


CafePod Nespresso Compatible Arabica Lungo Capsules (Pack of 4, Total 40 Pods)
CafePod Nespresso Compatible Arabica Lungo Capsules (Pack of 4, Total 40 Pods)
Price: £10.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy and tasy, 1 Jun. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Tried out these Cafe Pods and very impressed. Nice flavoured coffee. The capsules are easy to use. Very compact for storage too!


Tefal OptiGrill Health Grill GC701D40 (Stainless Steel) with Automatic Thickness and Temperature Measurement - 2000 W, Silver
Tefal OptiGrill Health Grill GC701D40 (Stainless Steel) with Automatic Thickness and Temperature Measurement - 2000 W, Silver
Price: £99.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible, efficient, a delight to use, 1 Jun. 2014
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With our kitchen out of action (refurb) I was delighted to be offered a chance to try this grill out and review it for the Vine programme. It's an amazing lifesaver. Easy to use, plenty of room on the grill, cooks perfectly every time, and I swear it makes the bacon taste even better than ususal. The only thing I'd prefer to cook elsewhere would be salmon - for some reason it's not as juicy when cooked on the grill. That's a small thing though, and everything else is perfect. Simple to take apart for washing. And it all feels ultra-healthy too. Steak tonight. Halloumi tomorrow. Highly recommended.


The Shakespeare Secret: Number 1 in series (Kate Stanley)
The Shakespeare Secret: Number 1 in series (Kate Stanley)
by J L Carrell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Over-hyped, 1 Jun. 2014
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I bought this as a holiday read, and it was deeply disappointing. I can only assume the publishers thought it was going to be the next Da Vinci Code. Sadly not. If you want that kind of high octane page turning thriller then try JF Penn's 'Pentecost'.


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