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The Phoenix Leadership Programme: Make Your Best B&hellip by John Babb
First of all a confession: I know John, the author so I am not wholly impartial. However this is an honest review.

When I got my copy I was surprised how small it is. I am a leadership and management coach and know just how massive the subject of effective leadership is. Then after reading it a couple of times it dawned on me that John isn't setting out to tell you everything in the world about all of leadership. What he's doing is telling you what you need to be good at if you want to be a good leader. And he does that awesomely well.

The book shows you round the main areas that comprise good leadership and shows you what you need to aim for in terms of excellence in… Read more
Bread: A Baker's Book of Techniques and Recipes (H&hellip by Jeffrey Hamelman
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
this is the bible for artisan bread making. There is nothing missing and is the default reference work for me whenever I come across a problem or want to try something new.

BUT it is a technical work for the serious bread maker. This the book to work towards after you've got the bug following one of the many other excellent bread writers (Dan Lepard, Andrew Whitley et al).

It's a readable book with lovely anecdotes - if, like me, you are a bread geek.

So, a fabulous book, but make sure it's what you want before you buy.
Gurney: Severn Meadows and Other Songs ~ Ivor Gurney
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Gurney: Severn Meadows and Other Songs

I've been watching the BBC 2 programme in which Drum and Bass artist Goldie has a bash at creating classical music. I don't like drum and bass but I did find we shared a love for sad music - I mean really sad, not the way young people mean lame. Goldie talked about how, like me, he loved Gorecki's Symphony of Sorrowful Songs.

Why do I mention it?

I mention it because Ivor Gurney's songs (and poems for that matter) have that achingly meloncholic beauty that can bring a lump to your throat and yearn for England's loss after WW1 - even more poignant since the… Read more

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