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Kipling Women's Iaka Purse
Kipling Women's Iaka Purse
Price: 19.60 - 29.12

5.0 out of 5 stars A lot more useful than I thought they would be!, 17 Aug 2014
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This set of three simple Kipling pouches is proving to be a lot more useful than I anticipated and also gives you the chance to build up a collection of interesting prints and colours if you are a Kipling fan, rather than purchasing a full-sized handbag!
The largest of this set of three is about the right size to keep the basic e-ink Kindle (without a case) and since I like to read my Kindle without a case on (to keep it nice and light), this works really well for me. You could also use the largest one as a pencil case or a make up bag. The middle sized bag is ideal for keeping ipod and earphones out of harms way, and I've used the small one to keep small jewellery items safe while I've been travelling, as well as being about the right size to keep a strip of paracetamol or nurofen tablets. All three clip together on to one monkey key ring with a small rubber monkey (they can be separated). These are just simple pouches as I said at the start of this review, but they are Kipling pouches and therefore the zips, stitching and finishing are of excellent quality and I expect them to be in use for some time.


Hild
Hild
by Nicola Griffith
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.60

4.0 out of 5 stars Strange and fascinating world of the past recreated, 17 Aug 2014
This review is from: Hild (Hardcover)
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We know a lot less about 7th century Britain than about other more popular choices of time period for writers of historical novels which many writers of fiction might find an intimidating prospect. Rather than finding this daunting, Nicola Griffiths has used this fact to use her imagination, combined with what we do know to create a fascinating world, which can at times feel alien with names of both people and places strange and language unfamiliar. St HIlda is a fascinating figure, most commonly associated with being abbess of Whitby abbey although in her younger days, Griffith has her as a sort of seer, and definitely in touch with the natural world. At a time when women were not respected for their intelligence, Hild stands out as a guide for Edwin of Northumbria. It will be interesting to see how Griffith develops the character and world she has recreated in the following two instalments of this series.


The Kill: (Maeve Kerrigan 5)
The Kill: (Maeve Kerrigan 5)
by Jane Casey
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.89

4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome addition to a strong series of police procedurals, 17 Aug 2014
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This is a welcome addition to a very strong police proedural series. The story begins with the murder of an off-duty police officer, with shots being heard by a naturalist and a companion out at night to spot badgers. Many of the MIT team were away at a wedding which gave the author the chance to remind us of their varied characters, but they are quickly recalled to launch a full-scale murder investigation. Maeve is a great character, and she and her DI, Derwent have some entertaining exchanges as they bicker although you get the impression there is an underlying respect between them. If you haven't read the others in this series, you may want to start elsewhere, although this isn't essential. This is a good read


Horrible Histories Awesome Art Set
Horrible Histories Awesome Art Set
Price: 14.09

4.0 out of 5 stars History themed art set - but not much actual history here!, 17 Aug 2014
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This set contains a good collection of art materials themed around the very popular horrible histories books and tv programmes. There is an Art pad, paint pens, stickers, stencils, metallic paints, marker pens, paintbrush, watercolour tray and wiggly eyes. No complaints from my 8 year old horrible histories fan about the contents of the box. However, I think this set could have been improved if a bit more information/project ideas linked to history had been included to tie the materials together with their theme a bit more strongly.


Rapesco Stapler, Heavy Duty Stapler Zero-01
Rapesco Stapler, Heavy Duty Stapler Zero-01
Price: 24.60

4.0 out of 5 stars Classy looking and weighty office stapler, 17 Aug 2014
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This is a classy looking and quite weighty stapler so ideal for keeping on your desk rather than carrying it around with you! It is metal rather than plastic so should last well and once I'd figured out how to put staples in (by pressing the button on the back - not at all tricky once you know how!), it was plain sailing. Stapling together up to 50 sheets, this will work for most stapling jobs in home and office.


Autumn Killing: Malin Fors 3
Autumn Killing: Malin Fors 3
Price: 5.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Troubled detective still solving crimes - another great Scandi-crime novel, 26 July 2014
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This, the third instalment of the Malin Fors series follows the same format as the previous two. The author has a distinctive writing style and part of the narrative is written in the voice of the victims of the crimes Malin Fors is investigating. Some readers have found this irritating, but I feel this device works quite effectively. In this book Malin Fors is in personal trouble. She is drinking hard and trying to rebuild her relationships after the traumatic events which occurred for her family at the end of the previous book. (I would probably recommend reading this series in order but it isn't essential). The killing under investigation is of a local boy made good enough to return to his home town to purchase a castle from a local landowner, and there are lots of swirling under-currents from the past to add a satisfying complexity to the story. I thought the plotting was good and the ultimate resolution worked well. I am keen to read Malin Fors 4 soon. This series is a great example of Scandinavian crime fiction, and definitely worth looking at if you enjoy this genre, or even if you just enjoy crime fiction more generally


Prisoner of Night and Fog
Prisoner of Night and Fog
by Anne Blankman
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.69

4.0 out of 5 stars Good historical novel set in Nazi Germany, 24 July 2014
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Review from my 12 year old daughter below ...
This is a good book set in Nazi Germay. It is about a girl called Gretchen who is a favourite of Adolf Hitler. However she meets some Jews and wonders whether Uncle Dolf was right about them. She befriends a Jew and finds out more about their lives. I would recommend this book to 10-14 year olds and anyone who enjoys historical novels, particularly if you enjoyed the Book Thief as I did.
There are more books to be published in this series and I will be looking out for them when they come out as I enjoyed this one.


In the Light of What We Know
In the Light of What We Know
by Zia Haider Rahman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.89

3.0 out of 5 stars A bit hard going, 24 July 2014
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This is quite a hard novel, not one to be embarked on lightly. It plays with ideas from Maths and Psychology against the backdrop of the modern world although the plot itself isn't always sufficiently strong to sustain the reader's interest. If you are prepared to give this the time it deserves, then you will probably get quite a lot from it, although I found it quite hard work.


An American Bride in Kabul: A Memoir
An American Bride in Kabul: A Memoir
by Phyllis Chesler
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.89

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting insight into another culture from a western perspective, 24 July 2014
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This is an interesting factual account of a young American woman's brief stay in Afghanistan. The clash of cultures is evident from the start as a woman accustomed to freedom and relative equality tries to deal with the different status that women have within the family in Afghanistan. If you have enjoyed fictional accounts of life in Afghanistan, such as "A Thousand Splendid Suns" and "The Kite Runner", then you will find this a rewarding read.


Scarlet Ibis
Scarlet Ibis
by Gill Lewis
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read if a bit predictable, 24 July 2014
This review is from: Scarlet Ibis (Paperback)
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Review from my 10 year old daughter....

Scarlett Ibis is a book recommended for 9-12 year olds. It is about a boy and his sister who live with their single mother. The boy, called Red is very interested in birds and collects the feathers. When they go to the zoo they collect the prize of his museum, a scarlet ibis feather. However it is unfortunately lost when their flat is set on fire. Him and his mother go to hospital and his sister as she is at school has to move in with some foster parents. On the plus side of that she meets a strange old “witch” who is also a fan of birds and helps her save her brother.

Overall I would say it is a good read, if a little predictable.


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