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Where's the Meerkat?
Where's the Meerkat?
by Paul Moran
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 6.99

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous Meerkats, 4 Nov 2011
This review is from: Where's the Meerkat? (Hardcover)
I so enjoyed this book, and I'm heading toward middle age. The Meerkat family are cute and quirky, plus the cartoons of famous places around the world are amazing. It is tricky, finding those meerkats and there are many quirky details in the backgroud to look out for. Small children would love it, I love it, so this really is marvellous. Buy and treasure forever!


Gautama Buddha: The Life and Teachings of The Awakened One
Gautama Buddha: The Life and Teachings of The Awakened One
by Vishvapani Blomfield
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impeccable life of the Buddha, 21 Feb 2011
This is a lucidly written and engrossing life of Gautama, the Buddha. The sense of India at the time is evident. And the differences and discrepancies between different accounts of events in his life are explained. The mythic dimension to Gautama is outlined. Basically, if you want to read a book on the Buddha, the beginnings of Buddhism and the way it spread in a historical context, this is the book for you! Gautama Buddha: The Life and Teachings of the Awakened One


Broken Voices: Untouchable Women Speak Out
Broken Voices: Untouchable Women Speak Out
by Valerie Mason-John
Edition: Paperback
Price: 16.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book must be read!, 12 April 2008
This book is in turns compelling, harrowing and inspirational. Valerie Mason-John explains the history and background of Hinduism and the caste system. 'Untouchable' or Dalit people are not even in the caste system; they are viewed as dirty, and only worthy of the most demeaning, filthy work.

In India, men are valued more than women, so Dalit women are the lowest of the low. Violence and rape against them are routinely ignored or dismissed by the authorities; the police are generally corrupt and of a higher caste. But some women have transcended their place in society and converted to Buddhism - there is always the possibility of change and hope for the future.

Valerie Mason-John explains it all in a clear and balanced way. If you are interested in the history of India, Hinduism, Buddhism, Dr Ambedkar or the human spirit, read this book. I can't recommend it highly enough. Buy this book!


Men!: Forget the fiction! Where are the interesting and available men?
Men!: Forget the fiction! Where are the interesting and available men?
by Isabel Losada
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.99

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An age-old topic, a wonderful, moving, and hilarious book, 14 May 2007
As a long-time Isabel Losada fan - I've read all her books - the wait for this tome was too long. She's done it again, explored an occasionally depressing/worrying topic with wit and verve. She loves men, but sometimes struggles with understanding them, don't we all? From plumbing to diving, scientists to speed-dating, she covers the bases. Where are the interesting and available men aged between 35 and 55? It's an enthralling book; I dashed through a speed-read and am now taking my time and savouring her writing. Well done Isabel, the struggle was worth it. Incidentally, her evening in Cardiff was great fun. Look on her website [...] for more events and adventures. Bravo! A must-read.


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