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Wildflower Bay: Part One
Wildflower Bay: Part One
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Holiday reading, 20 May 2016
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After the great 'Sealed with a Kiss' this promises more engaging romance, more Scottish charm and more page-turning. Perfect for a holiday - or just a lazy morning in bed!


How To Have A Good Day: Think Bigger, Feel Better and Transform Your Working Life
How To Have A Good Day: Think Bigger, Feel Better and Transform Your Working Life
by Caroline Webb
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Might be the most useful book you buy this year, 29 Jan. 2016
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This is an eminently practical book, but also very readable and engaging. The author has managed to combine well-researched theory with practical examples and distilled specific things that you can do, even while you're reading the book. Each piece of information can make your day a little bit better - or in some cases, a lot. She has reviewed many popular books on psychology and business, as well as many research papers, plus her own business experience to give a really detailed look
at what we know helps make you happier, more productive, more effective and more influential. Highly recommended.


Footmuff / Cosy Toes Compatible with Maclaren Techno XT/ Quest / XLR / Volo Sand
Footmuff / Cosy Toes Compatible with Maclaren Techno XT/ Quest / XLR / Volo Sand
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3.0 out of 5 stars Does the job - but slides around a lot, 19 Mar. 2015
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Fits the Maclaren Quest OK, and does the job, but the external fabric is very smooth and slidey, so it slides down in the pushchair very easily, and so needs to be repositioned each time you put the child in.


Brilliant Bread
Brilliant Bread
by James Morton
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really earns its place on the bookshelf, 19 Mar. 2015
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This is a great bread book for beginners or more experienced bakers. I find myself baking from it more than any other bread book - and I have quite a few, including Richard Bertinet's Dough, The Bread Baker's Apprentice and more. It has recipes for a quick, simple loaf with no kneading, as well as several sourdough recipes. It also has a range of other recipes to use your sourdough starter, either alone or in combination with yeast, for when you want to refresh it but don't have time for a full sourdough project.
The reasons for each step, and how to knead and shape are clearly explained, and James doesn't just recommend one approach to kneading, but explains the pros and cons of a few different options.


Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat
Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating history of everyday things, 24 Dec. 2014
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A mixture of food writing and history, Bee Wilson gives a historical and global perspective to so many kitchen objects we take utterly for granted: the knife and fork;
the vegetable peeler, the fridge. Lightly written, but with a depth of research underneath, this is a fascinating read.


Sealed with a Christmas Kiss
Sealed with a Christmas Kiss
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun novella to make you feel warm and cosy, 26 Nov. 2014
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Great characters and a diverting story for a winter's evening. If you haven't already, read the original Sealed with a Kiss too for the backstory.


The Goldfinch
The Goldfinch
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars struggled to the end, 2 July 2014
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I really enjoyed The Secret History, and although I enjoyed parts of this, I found it quite nihilistic, and towards the end, I just wanted it to be over - I didn't want to spend any more time with these characters, especially the gloomy narrator.


Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong and What You Really Need to Know
Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong and What You Really Need to Know
by Emily Oster
Edition: Paperback

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally some common sense on pregnancy guidelines, 24 Aug. 2013
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The author of this book, Emily Oster, is an economics professor from the University of Chicago. I first heard about her on the Radio 4 programme 'More or Less', when someone was describing this book. She starts with the idea that in order to make sensible decisions about what to do and not to do when pregnant, you need information on the risks, combined with your personal information about what the pros and cons are.

I think this is an excellent book. It doesn't set out the dos and don'ts, so if you're just looking for a list of rules to follow, or something that deals with every possible question, you're better off with 'What to Expect'. But if you want to know *why* you are being told to conform to so many rules, and the evidence behind them, this is a book for you.

It's well written, and with a sense of humour as well as an analytical mind. It probably helps that I have a bit of an analytical background myself, and work with economists, but I think the language is easily understandable. It also includes plenty of anecdotes from her personal experience and that of her friends, which makes it very approachable, without compromising the information about evidence.

She seems to have received most attention for her chapter on caffeine and alcohol, where she tries to separate out the risks of heavy consumption (bad in both cases) from the risks of low but not zero consumption. For instance, I had no idea that although caffeine consumption is linked to miscarriage, women who are nauseous are less likely to be drinking coffee, and nausea is a symptom that means you are less likely to miscarry. So it's possible (at least at low levels) that the women drinking coffee are just less likely to be the ones feeling sick.

She seems to have received some criticism for saying it's OK to drink. She is emphatically not instructing anyone to behave one way or another, but instead presenting the evidence and the risks in a way that allows someone to decide for themselves. Personally, I really appreciate someone explaining what is going on, and what the evidence is for why you should do something - it makes much more sense to me than a simple rule that applies to everyone, when everyone is different.


Ionic Bluetooth Keyboard Tablet Stand Leather Case for New Apple iPad Mini 7.9 inch / the iPad Mini 7 Inch / built-in Stand for Apple iPad Mini 7.9 inch Latest Generation 4G LTE (White/ Red)
Ionic Bluetooth Keyboard Tablet Stand Leather Case for New Apple iPad Mini 7.9 inch / the iPad Mini 7 Inch / built-in Stand for Apple iPad Mini 7.9 inch Latest Generation 4G LTE (White/ Red)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great case for the iPad mini, 10 Mar. 2013
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This fits the iPad mini really well, and holds it securely. The wraparound case makes sure that the corners aren't exposed to damage (something I'm always concerned about). The keyboard takes a little getting used to, as it's so small, but once I adjusted, it's incredibly useful and the whole thing is very light. The stand is very good and strap inside it holds it steady, even on an uneven surface. The white leather is starting to pick up a bit of dirt and dust after a couple of months, but that's really the only criticism I've got.


Good to the Grain: Baking with Whole-Grain Flours
Good to the Grain: Baking with Whole-Grain Flours
by Kimberley Boyce
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.94

5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring book for confident bakers, 10 Mar. 2013
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First thing to say is that this is not a gluten-free baking book, but aims to introduce a range of unusual flours in a way that makes it easy to incorporate them in everyday baking. Kim Boyce is clearly a talented pastry chef, and has taken great time and care to develop the recipes, and to match the flavours of the flours to the recipes they are used in. The instructions are very precise and detailed, and provides helpful reassurance by describing what the texture should be like at various stages of the recipe.

This is an American book, so you will have to deal with cups, but there are many online converters that can help with this.
I think the recipes themselves are stunning, and those I have tried have worked very well. There aren't photos for every recipe, but there are a large number through the book, and the photography is beautiful.

It may be difficult to obtain some of the flours she uses, but you can easily start with the wholewheat and rye flour chapters, as well as the jam and compote recipes. The other flours she covers are amaranth, barley, buckwheat, corn flour (not to be confused with the cornflour used for thickening sauces - this is whole ground corn), kamut, oat, quinoa, spelt, and teff flours.

If you're fed up with baking books that just have cupcakes, layer cakes and brownies, this will give a whole new dimension to your baking.


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