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Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery
Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery
by Henry Marsh
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 9.51

5.0 out of 5 stars Searingly honest, 28 Jun 2014
A searingly honest account of the ups and downs of the life of a brain surgeon.

Marsh pulls no punches in telling his tale, and is not scared to reveal his own doubts and sadness and distress about the cases where the patient did not enjoy the outcome sought. He is a fine writer and the fact that he is prepared to reveal his own weakness makes, as other reviewers have said, for a humane book.

It would be a cold fish indeed who could come away from this book without a sense of admiration and even awe for the surgeon, his colleagues, family and most importanlly his patients.


GARDMAN MINI BIRD BATH AND SUPPORT RING FOR WILD BIRD FEEDING STATION NEW
GARDMAN MINI BIRD BATH AND SUPPORT RING FOR WILD BIRD FEEDING STATION NEW
Offered by Outdoor Value
Price: 2.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it needs to, 1 Jun 2014
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Item does exactly what it is intended to do; it is the appropriate item for the bird feeding station and meets the requirements.


Nokia 1100 - Pay As You Go (discontinued by manufacturer)
Nokia 1100 - Pay As You Go (discontinued by manufacturer)

5.0 out of 5 stars Great value, 13 May 2014
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Great value basic telephone, ideal for calls and texts. Does not do what more expensive models can, but does not claim to do so either.
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Karrimor Mens Bodmin Mid 3 Weathertite Trekking and Hiking Boots K603-BLC Black Sea 12 UK, 46 EU, 13 US
Karrimor Mens Bodmin Mid 3 Weathertite Trekking and Hiking Boots K603-BLC Black Sea 12 UK, 46 EU, 13 US
Price: 33.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Good value, 13 May 2014
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Straightforward walking boots which do what they are supposed to; not the greatest quality, but all that can be expected for the price.


Red Love: The Story of an East German Family
Red Love: The Story of an East German Family
by Maxim Leo
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

4.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing, 13 May 2014
An absorbing account of the llives of several generations of one family on both sides of the Berlin Wall, which manages to relate the individual experiences to the wider social history of modern Europe.

There are unfortunate lapses in the translation, in particular in terms of unnatural shifts of tense, but that does not detract from what is an interesting and well-told story.


Luck: A Fresh Look At Fortune
Luck: A Fresh Look At Fortune
by Ed Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

4.0 out of 5 stars Elegantly insightful, 5 April 2014
An elegant and eminently readable take on the part luck plays in our lives.

Ed Smith reviews the eternal nurture v. nature dilemma to reveal the futilify of planning in many contexts.

The book's ending shows the happy outcome of circumstance and is a fitting conclusion to a book which stays upbeat throughout.


Last Trains: Dr Beeching and the Death of Rural England
Last Trains: Dr Beeching and the Death of Rural England
by Charles Loft
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 16.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Measured and dispassionate, 5 April 2014
A measured, forcefully argued review of the Beeching proposals, their (non-) implementation and the aftermath.

Loft is very good on the social implications of the shift from rail to road; while he makes it clear that the railways of the past were not the wonderland the rheumy-eyed romantics might like to believe, his conclusion is clear evidence of the strength of his feelings.

One for the bookshelves of anyone with an interest in modern social history.


The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry
The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry
by Rachel Joyce
Edition: Paperback
Price: 3.19

4.0 out of 5 stars Gentle and heartwarming, 27 Dec 2013
A gentle and heartwarming take on an odyssey, as the title character undertakes an impromptu walk from his home in Devon to visit an old friend dying from cancer in Berwick.

He is not the fastest walker (hampered by his yachting shoes and his thoughts) and Joyce is expert at conveying the rhythm of walking.

Ultimately, the final destination is less important than the getting there, as Harold meets various characters along the way, for good and bad, and enjoys the time and space to take stock and reflect on his life to date.


That Close
That Close
by Suggs
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 5.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff, 9 Dec 2013
This review is from: That Close (Hardcover)
A tour through the life and times of a man and a band, sometimes self-indulgent and often untidy, but all the better for the honest modesty of the writing. Much as he does on stage and TV, Suggs comes across as a genuinely likeable person who is aware of the good fortune he has had and appreciates every minute of it.

The only reason I cannot give the fifth star is the fact that the book's format is often confusing.


Sweet Tooth
Sweet Tooth
by Ian McEwan
Edition: Paperback
Price: 3.85

3.0 out of 5 stars Sting in the tale, 1 Dec 2013
This review is from: Sweet Tooth (Paperback)
I have something of a problem with Ian McEwan. On one hand, he has written some of the most lucid, interesting and absorbing set pieces I have read over recent years (the squash match and the brain surgery in "Saturday" come to mind). On the other hand, his continual preoccupation with postmodern tricksiness makes him difficult for me to stomach at times.

This was a case in point; McEwan does very well with the period detail and in his evocation of early 1970s Britain, with its industrial unrest, terrorism and power cuts, which makes his espionage plot more than credible enough, but then undoes all the good work with the sting in the tale which reveals that not all of what has gone before is quite as it may seem.

I sometimes find myself wishing that writers would concentrate on telling a story rather than showing us just how clever and arty they can be.


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