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Chocolat
Chocolat
by Joanne Harris
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Amen. Abracadabra. Amen., 23 July 2013
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Three words that capture this delightful novel. (page 129)

I just devoured this tantalising story of chocolate vs. the church. Harris' has a talent of inviting you in with each and every sensory experience. Some things may seen predictable. But there's enough secrets, scandals and sweets to keep you hooked.

Harris' use of metaphors - the winds, the 'seeing behind' what's in front of you, the use of colour, of the church's flock...

I love chocolate, and this book made me hungry every time I read it. Not quite sure about the claim of 'recipes' though. The only one I recall is fondue at the very end. anyway! Enjoy!


Philips HR1363 Hand Blender with Beaker and Chopper Accessory
Philips HR1363 Hand Blender with Beaker and Chopper Accessory

138 of 141 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent All-Rounder, 3 Aug 2008
This is our "family blender" at home and it is used for almost everything including milkshakes, omlettes, pancakes, batter-mix, purees, curry pastes, soups and breadcrumbs. Although I mainly use the primary "stick blender", the chopper attachment is brilliant for mincing onions etc. fast. Turbo function is more powerful but, not something you tend to need all the time. Everything goes in the dishwasher. Just a very good all-rounder.


Access to History: Europe and the Cold War 1945-1991: Second Edition
Access to History: Europe and the Cold War 1945-1991: Second Edition
by David Williamson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.62

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not good enough..., 26 Jun 2007
When studying A Level Modern History for OCR, this book was used as a textbook for my entire college class and proved to be quite helpful however it did not go into a lot of detail. For a top-level expanation of most events during the time period and handy diagrams (esp. for revision purposes) this book was very helpful however, for the nitty-gritty facts and in-depth descriptions of different historians' theories it was not as satisfying. As it covers such as large time-period I can understand why there is a lack of detail and although it provided a solid base for most areas of the course I am still glad I did not have to pay for it!!


The Origins of the Cold War, 1941-1949 (Seminar Studies In History)
The Origins of the Cold War, 1941-1949 (Seminar Studies In History)
by Martin McCauley
Edition: Paperback

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant for A Level Modern History (OCR)!!, 26 Jun 2007
This book was like the bible when it came to my OCR A Level Modern History course. For A Level students, the course structure alters slightly from AS as more emphasis is placed on historiography, mainly the perspectives and premises of other historians, Orthodox, Revionist and Post-revisionist, all of which McCauley covers in detail. McCauley himself is referred to by many OCR exam papers for this course, thus to understand his style of writing and his perspectives regarding any of the themes covered by the Cold War syllabus is always a plus. Without dragging on, I'll try and summarise the best points:

+ Detailed description of the three principal theories (as mentioned above) with excellent and appropriate reference to many other historians, (i.e. Schlesinger (orthodox), Leffler (revisionist) and Gaddis (post-revisionist);

+ The popular exam themes (i.e. whether it was Soviet or US expansionism that stimulated the Cold War) are addressed one by one with solid evidence for both and a neutral point of view thus allowing the student to arrive at their own conlcusion;

+ Consistent chronological structure so everything seems to flow and you can reference back quite easily;

+ Superb reference tools:

- Detailed timeline;

- Sources from historians (as mentioned above) and significant figures such as Churchill, Truman and of course, Stalin;

- A "Who's Who?" section which summarises each of the important figures during the period;

- Comprehensive narrative of all actions (e.g. A-bombs, WW2) and policies ( US, British and Soviet) and the influences they had on the instigation and development of the Cold War until 1949.

The only negative is that there is a lot of prose and you have to be prepared to read the majority of it in order to use this book to its full potential. Simply a MUST HAVE for the course and I suggest buying your own as then you can scribble as many notes as you want!

Hope this helped!


Atlantis
Atlantis
by David Gibbins
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perseverance is the key!, 14 Feb 2007
This review is from: Atlantis (Paperback)
Despite the atrocious ratings that have already labelled this book a disaster, I personally think that it was not all that bad. The targetted audience however is VERY specific, you have to have a love or at the very least, an interest in archeology and/or ancient and mythical history for starters. In addition, David Gibbins assumes his audience are fully aware of various military arms, such as the different types of helicopter that the Russian Navy use!!

In contrast to this, his experience as an archeologist obviously paid off when it came to this novel. The descriptive language is not without depth and sometimes, even though it takes some patience and skim-reading, it is very realistic, enhancing the plot with a more authentic sense of adventure.

I must admit, I lost all enthusiasm for the book when I reached about Chapter 20, mainly because of the weaponary jargon overload, however, perseverance proved to be useful as was very satisfied when I finished the book, although the ending is pretty predictable.

I quite like the mythical history of the ancient times and so this book did appeal to me, on a fictional level. The amalgamation of ancient history and present-day terrorism is a surprising but interesting mix.


Using French Synonyms
Using French Synonyms
by R. E. Batchelor
Edition: Paperback
Price: 36.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crucial for A Level Français!!, 9 Mar 2006
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This book is an absolute bible when it comes to A level french! As a 2nd year student I found the leap from AS to A Level quite dramatic, yet this book has helped me through it all. Not only does it widen your vocabulary, (a necessity for advanced french) but it also helps tremendously with exam practice as the written papers always ask you to answer the questions in your propre mots!! ...And it rates the words with levels of formality so you do not end up writing french slang in your final exams!
Definitely an essential if you want to do your best!


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