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The Bluffer's Guide to Cars (Bluffer's Guides)
The Bluffer's Guide to Cars (Bluffer's Guides)
by Martin Gurdon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.84

4.0 out of 5 stars Bluffer? more like an idiot..., 18 Nov. 2013
Any new driver, and particularly one suffering from the twin disabilities of being both middle aged and female, needs some help. this is where the bluffers' guide kindly steps in. i remain utterly baffled by the inner workings of my car, and utterly determined not to go anywhere near the small ads in search of my next remarkably sensible and characterless machine, but i have spent some enjoyable time in the company of a expert finding out precisely how much i will never know. Recommended1


Alexandria: (Falco 19)
Alexandria: (Falco 19)
by Lindsey Davis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars shady deeds in the shining city, 24 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Alexandria: (Falco 19) (Paperback)
Lindsey Davis takes Marcus Didius Falco, plus assorted family, in laws and hangers on, to the most glamorous city in the Roman empire, circa 70AD - Alexandria, home of the legendary library, the tomb of Alexander and the legacy of Cleopatra. Being Marcus Didius Falco, informer and family man, our hero is quickly enmeshed in drama, intrigue and shady goings on in and around the library, against the background of family comedy. Davis is a practised hand at writing breezy crime novels against a meticulously researched and observed backdrop, and this is no exception - a fun way to pass an afternoon's reading.


Living Aboard (Towpath Guides)
Living Aboard (Towpath Guides)
by Nick Corble
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin, 22 Nov. 2010
You're only likely to buy this book if you're thinking about taking the plunge and living on a boat. It's an admirably comprehensive book that will leave you with a very realistic sense of all the practicalities and pitfalls of liveaboard life. Living Aboard focuses on both the technical issues (from electrics to plumbing, space management to painting) and also the personal aspects to living on a boat. Any reader will be much better equipped to buy a boat and start off life on the water..


THE CHARIOTEER.
THE CHARIOTEER.
by Mary Renault
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars heartbreakingly lovely, 15 Nov. 2010
This review is from: THE CHARIOTEER. (Hardcover)
This is on my wishlist because my paperback is falling to bits. This is, perhaps, my favourite love story - at the very least it's one I return to, and one that still touches and moves me after many readings. Laurie, a young gay man wounded in action in World War 2 is at the heart of the novel, and it centres around the choices he makes and the love he feels for two very different characters - Andrew the innocent and Ralph, knowing but heartbreakingly vulnerable. Renault portrays the gay scene in an era when homosexuality was illegal, but the immanence of death heightened both the desire for shallow pleasure and the need for real love. The book is, however, much more than a historical curiosity and deserves a much wider readership.


Two Dancers
Two Dancers
Price: £7.36

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous, darling, 15 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Two Dancers (Audio CD)
This is the album that should have won the Mercury Prize. Not just swooping falsettos, manly baritones and frankly bonkers lyrics, but the Wild Beasts also have a knack for fantastically catchy tunes that stick in your brain for days, or even months.
If lyrics such as 'my darling, my dumpling, my plump heart's a thumping' make you giggle like an idiot and admire the sheer nerve that could create such fabulous absurdity, and you like brilliant song writing, then Two Dancers is for you. Readers without a sense of humour and a love for the different need not apply...


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