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Let's Go to Sleep: A Story with Five Steps to Help Ease Your Child to Sleep (Read Me to Sleep)
Let's Go to Sleep: A Story with Five Steps to Help Ease Your Child to Sleep (Read Me to Sleep)
by Maisie Reade
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The font is small and not easy to read in low light conditions, 3 Mar. 2016
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Pleasant and well-intentioned, but I didn't find it particularly engaging. The font is small and not easy to read in low light conditions, which is what many people would have when trying to get a child to sleep. The pictures and story are there to serve the 'sleep' purpose, acting more as a lullaby than a story, which is, of course, the purpose of the book. I personally would rather use a lullaby, with recommendations of the breathing patterns given to the parent/reader/singer, rather than this book. I do like the intention and the instructions are helpful but the book is not one I will use often.


iPad For Dummies
iPad For Dummies
by Edward C. Baig
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.58

5.0 out of 5 stars Useful for non-technical types., 27 Feb. 2016
This review is from: iPad For Dummies (Paperback)
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I found this so useful. I do not have a smart phone and has not had a tablet before so needed a book to guide me through the how/what etc. I like reading how to do things rather than just guess, so this book was ideal for me.


Whispering Shadows (Rising Dragon 1)
Whispering Shadows (Rising Dragon 1)
by Jan-Philipp Sendker
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars I would recommend this to anyone who likes mystery novels, 26 Feb. 2016
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I started reading this just after seeing the first two episodes of 'One Child' on tv, so was already in a 'China' frame of mind. Although this book and the tv programme are very different, the settings had a lot in common - sophisticated hotels/corrupt underworld. The plot twisted and turned, Paul is a believable main character and I found the ending satisfying. I would recommend this to anyone who likes mystery novels.


The Hurley Maker's Son
The Hurley Maker's Son
by Patrick Deeley
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.18

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking back at the life of his family and his own life with them and apart from them gives evocative moments painted with such, 26 Feb. 2016
This review is from: The Hurley Maker's Son (Hardcover)
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Atmospheric, East Galway is not somewhere I have ever been but the pictures created in this book are clear and often moving. Looking back at the life of his family and his own life with them and apart from them gives evocative moments painted with such tiny details that you feel you are there - I particularly liked the references to the Singer sewing machine - an ever-present detail of my childhood as my mother sewed for us as well as for neighbours and friends and also friends of neighbours and friends. I loved this biography, was happy with the slow pace because the writing is so beautiful and reading it was an escape from a busy modern world into a past that, although now gone and full of hard work and difficulties, was also full of love and hope. The book is full of unwritten stress on what is of true value. Highly recommended.


The Little Book of Amazing Facts for Kids of All Ages
The Little Book of Amazing Facts for Kids of All Ages
by Martin Ellis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars ideal for keeping in the car (or in a pocket/bag for bus/train travel) to help amuse bored travellers, and a useful alternative, 26 Feb. 2016
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A small, clear book full of easy-to-read and well-explained facts. Ideal for an enquiring child (I would say 8-9yrs and upwards to read independently). Pocket-sized, ideal for keeping in the car (or in a pocket/bag for bus/train travel) to help amuse bored travellers, and a useful alternative to electronic 'toys'. Would not hold attention for too long, but handy for short journeys. Also useful for setting quizzes for children - ideal question and answer matching game could be made with these facts.


Six Four
Six Four
by Hideo Yokoyama
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.89

5.0 out of 5 stars and I thoroughly enjoyed this book, 24 Feb. 2016
This review is from: Six Four (Hardcover)
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Slow to start, rewarding if you stick with it, this reminded me of the 'Martin Beck' novels - although the setting and culture are totally different, the attention to everyday detail that makes it all seem realistic - if slow at times - is similar. Mikami is a policeman, enmeshed in local police department politics. He notices something not quite right in the records of a 14 year old unsolved kidnap case and begins to investigate. We are led through his investigation to an inpredictable end.
The setting worked for me, and I thoroughly enjoyed this book, despite knowing little about Japan and even less about their police procedures. Recommended.


Baby Doll
Baby Doll
by Hollie Overton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.00

4.0 out of 5 stars the effects of what she has endured and the way she has inevitably changed are not easy for her family, 24 Feb. 2016
This review is from: Baby Doll (Hardcover)
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A very engaging read, it was revealing of the way twins think about each other and interact. When Lily disappears, her mum and her twin are distraught, but when she reappears 8 years later, the effects of what she has endured and the way she has inevitably changed are not easy for her family, or her, to come to terms with. Her family has also changed and that adds an extra layer to the difficulties they all face, not least Lily's six year old child. Other relationships have also altered, and this added to the retribution that Lily wants to happen make this book a real page-turner. I read it one sitting, and think many other readers would do the same.


Eleven Days
Eleven Days
by Lea Carpenter MBA
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Read it!, 24 Feb. 2016
This review is from: Eleven Days (Hardcover)
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Thoroughly fascinating read, well researched and very believable. I felt so much for Sara as she tries to cope with her son being missing -and all that follows from that. The flashbacks to his childhood are well done and the shift in focus at times to her son, Jason's life works really well too. I would recommend this book to any parent and to anyone interested in human relationships!


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Brilliant Business)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Brilliant Business)
by Dr Stephen Briers
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.48

5.0 out of 5 stars Very accessible., 14 Feb. 2016
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Understandable and easy to follow, this is useful for amateurs as well as practitioners. Logical chapters with lots of case studies/examples make it easy to find your way around. Recommended.


The Professor of Poetry
The Professor of Poetry
by Grace McCleen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 14 Feb. 2016
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Slowish start and useful to have a dictionary - or google - to hand for the odd word, but a thoroughly engaging, interesting read. Professor Stone is a believable main character even though she has more of an inner life than, it often seems, than an exterior one. The pace was right for me, little nuggets of information released in a measured way. If you enjoy quietly powerful writing, this is for you.


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