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Burke in the Land of Silver: - His Majesty's Confidential Agent
Burke in the Land of Silver: - His Majesty's Confidential Agent
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating story, 22 Dec 2014
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Based on fact, in this - the first of a series featuring the Irish spy - Tom Williams brings Burke and his adventures in South America to vivid life through telling but never intrusive detail. The trek across the Andes is a wonderful example. There is a high body count but this is war and as an ex-soldier hardened in battle with a task to fulfil, Burke does what is necessary. Burke's relationship with Ana reveals another side to his personality, but for him duty will always take priority. It's a cracking, fast-paced story whose author writes with the authority of personal experience and detailed research used with a light and expert touch. Highly recommended.


Bertie and the Kinky Politician
Bertie and the Kinky Politician
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Bertie, 14 Nov 2014
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I throughly enjoyed this book and spent much of the time shaking with laughter. Think Michael Dobbs on speed. There's political chicanery, some slightly kinky sexual preferences, a Machiavellian prime minister, a slightly grey and extremely astute detective, and best of all, a very large hyacinth macaw with perfect diction who never lies. What more could one ask? I'm already looking forward to Bertie's next adventure.


Meridian Natural Seville Orange Fruit Spread 284 g (Pack of 6)
Meridian Natural Seville Orange Fruit Spread 284 g (Pack of 6)

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent taste, great value., 14 Sep 2014
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This is excellent. It tastes delicious - like slightly bitter marmalade - and is free of sugar and artificial sweeteners. The price is very fair, and delivery is quick with the six-pack of jars well protected by bubble-wrap. Highly recommended.


The Short Story Writer's Toolshed: Your Quick Read, Straight-To-The-Point Guide To Writing and Selling Short Fiction (Writer's Toolshed Series Book 1)
The Short Story Writer's Toolshed: Your Quick Read, Straight-To-The-Point Guide To Writing and Selling Short Fiction (Writer's Toolshed Series Book 1)
Price: £1.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent advice, 23 July 2014
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Written in a style that is accessible, friendly and packed with information, it gave me a couple of 'light-bulb' moments that got the creative juices flowing and ideas buzzing. This toolkit is a must-have.


Racing Start
Racing Start
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun read, and more., 12 July 2014
This review is from: Racing Start (Kindle Edition)
This short book held me from first page to last. Written in simple language that's easy for children and young people to follow, it also holds valuable lessons for parents about the undermining effects of expectations. The story moves along at a cracking pace, full of achievements and set-backs. It also tackles complex issues of self-worth, bullying, and the appalling short-sightedness of some teachers who have favourite sports and have little time or patience with children who don't fit a mould. It shows how having money does not automatically confer self-esteem, and that all the latest kit won't produce a better sportsman. Best of all, the pride Joe feels in pushing through set-backs and pain to be the best he can, and doing so honestly, offers a terrific example for young people coping with the trials of growing up.


Knight and Trask: Secrets and Spies
Knight and Trask: Secrets and Spies
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced and fun, 9 July 2014
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There was so much about this book that I enjoyed. It was fast-paced, fun, the backgrounds were interesting, the plot hurtled along. Knight and Trask are likable characters and the backgrounds are brought to vivid life. Some scenes I found especially good: e.g the one in which Trask reveals his background and his insight into why he's so powerfully attracted to Katie Knight. Javier Sol and Robert Crozier were contrasting 'baddies.' The Longchamp and tennis scenes drew me right in. But while the fast pace of the story worked well in one way, it also left me feeling short-changed. The spy stuff was excellent, well-thought out and plausible, as was Cordelia as Number One. For me - and this is simply my preference - the love story wasn't developed enough. Though both characters said they knew that falling in love with each other was absolutely the wrong thing to do, their inner conflict wasn't explored in scenes on the page. In the love/sex scenes I'd like to have seen each of them trying to sublimate these powerful emotions they didn't expect and that cause them as much grief as joy, only for both of them to find they craved more than hot sweaty mindless sex, and were shaken to find themselves needing to give and receive tenderness. That said, for Knight & Trask there's certainly enough potential danger in their chosen jobs and conflict in their relationship to warrant a series.


Straight Face
Straight Face
by Nigel Hawthorne
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating but sad., 4 July 2014
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This autobiography reveals much of the man who proved himself such a superb screen actor. in the 'Yes, Minister' and 'Yes, Prime Minister' series he could suggest an entire page of dialogue or direction with the simply lift of an eyebrow or a half-smile. His 'Madness of King George' was a tour-de-force. He was a master of his craft. But the book reveals a man plagued by self-doubt, who accepted bad situations for fear of hurting others though they cared little about hurting him. Being gay was less acceptable then than it is now, and no doubt this added weight to the loneliness that emanates from this book. I'm so glad he found the happiness he deserved.


Being An Actor
Being An Actor
by Simon Callow
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 4 July 2014
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Simon Callow is a superb actor, he is also a gifted writer and this books allows readers insight into the art and craft of acting, with all its joys and frustrations.


DSK: The Scandal That Brought Down Dominique Strauss-Kahn
DSK: The Scandal That Brought Down Dominique Strauss-Kahn
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rise and Fall., 4 July 2014
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A fascinating book which reveals as much about the difference between law and justice as it does about the case. As this is an ebook and was published some years ago I'd have liked to see an additional chapter or Afterword detailing the latest developments.


SR 66" width x 54" drop, Blackout Thermal Curtain Lining. ***Now Includes 20 Curtain Hooks ***
SR 66" width x 54" drop, Blackout Thermal Curtain Lining. ***Now Includes 20 Curtain Hooks ***
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Price: £25.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value, 4 July 2014
The fit is excellent, the material does the job perfectly, the price can't be bettered. The one drawback is a sweetish musty smell that is only now beginning to fade (after two weeks) But that's a small price to pay for a darkened room and better sleep.


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