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Epic Content Marketing: How to Tell a Different Story, Break through the Clutter, and Win More Customers by Marketing Less
Epic Content Marketing: How to Tell a Different Story, Break through the Clutter, and Win More Customers by Marketing Less
by Joe Pulizzi
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Content Marketing Primer, 20 Dec 2013
No one knows more about content marketing than Joe Pulizzi, founder of the Content Marketing Institute. He has not only done it all himself, he also knows everyone else who has (that's why this book is packed with so many excellent examples and case studies).

Joe first convinces you that content is the way to go. It's a compelling case.
He then takes you through every important aspect of content marketing, one at a time, showing how it's done and why.

If you're new to content marketing start here.
If you're not, start here anyway.


Peat Smoke and Spirit: A Portrait of Islay and Its Whiskies
Peat Smoke and Spirit: A Portrait of Islay and Its Whiskies
by Andrew Jefford
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 26 Jun 2013
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I read this before going to Islay for distillery tours and... well, mostly distillery tours.
The book deepened my appreciation of the island and of whiskey.
It's full of delightful stories, people and drams.

If you love whiskey get this book.
If you just like whiskey, get this book and learn to love it.


Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Not Visited and Never Will
Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Not Visited and Never Will
by Judith Schalansky
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.04

4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful, crazy thing, 26 Jun 2013
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This is a delight: a quiet tour of an imaginary world and a peek into the mind of an artist with a kind of wonderful OCD.

Lovely to look at, to hold, to browse and to think about.


Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think
Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think
by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.79

3.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction, 26 Jun 2013
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Big Data is a Big Issue for everyone.
Mayer-Schonberger does an excellent job of defining it, explaining it and summarising the issues.

At times, I wanted more. More depth, examples, analysis and implications.
I felt he may have shied away from some important things in an effort to keep it light enough for the general reader.
But as a general reader myself, I wanted just a bit more.

Still: recommended.


HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations (HBR Guides)
HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations (HBR Guides)
by Nancy Duarte
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.69

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent advice, well-delivered, 26 Jun 2013
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When it comes to presentations, Nancy Duarte knows her stuff.

Before I bought this one, I worried that the format might kill her style and clarity.
It doesn't.

This book offers solid, sensible and sometimes surprising advice.
It starts by reminding you that a presentation is all about the audience, not the speaker.

That insight alone was worth the price of the book. But you get much more.
I'm a better presenter for having read it -- and I refer to it often.


Infinite Jest
Infinite Jest
by David Foster Wallace
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A once-in-a-generation masterpiece, 26 Jun 2013
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This review is from: Infinite Jest (Paperback)
This is one of the greatest American novels ever written.
It's not an easy read but it rewards every bit of the attention it demands.

It's not a slow read either -- took me months.
But, again, I never regretted a moment.

Follow every footnote.
Hang with it.

This man's suicide is an unimaginable loss to literature. I grieve whenever I read him.
And this is his greatest work.
You're in for a treat.


The Harrow & the Harvest
The Harrow & the Harvest
Price: £13.86

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth waiting 8 years for, 27 Jun 2011
Welch & Rawlings have done it again.
If you loved the last two, this will soon be a favourite.
If you didn't -- either your ears or soul are malfunctioning.
Get that checked out.

I've been waiting not-so-patiently since the last Gillian Welch album.
This makes the wait worthwhile.
I'll happily spend the next few years (not eight, please) getting to know these tunes.

Her voice, his guitar, their harmonies and these magical songs that could have been snuck out the back door of the Smithsonian.
I'm happy.


The Pale King
The Pale King
by David Foster Wallace
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A moment of silence, please, 18 May 2011
This review is from: The Pale King (Hardcover)
The Pale King is a masterpiece interrupted. Every page makes me mourn our loss.
Oh, and it's funny as hell.


Managing the Professional Service Firm
Managing the Professional Service Firm
by David H. Maister
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Biblical, 5 Jan 2011
Reading this ought to be mandatory for very professional services firm.
Maister nails the critical issues with frightening insight (has he been monitoring our company?).

Clear, compelling writing that will change your business.
It's changing ours already and we just got it.


In A Bad Mood: Deluxe Expanded Edition
In A Bad Mood: Deluxe Expanded Edition
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £9.43

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great songs and a smooth, tight band, 16 Nov 2009
I discovered Geraint Watkins through my love of Nick Lowe.
And I love this CD too.
A few of these songs have become instant favourites.
All of them are lovely.
He's a relaxed, natural singer - nothing too slick - and the band is restrained and tight as a drum.


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