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Helpful votes received on reviews: 85% (17 of 20)


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Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating account, 4 April 2014
A well written, vivid and absorbing account of slavery. Solomon Northup comes across as an outstanding individual, showing skill and resilience in terrible circumstances.
The French House by Nick Alexander
The French House by Nick Alexander
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read, 14 Jan 2014
Strong characters, vivid depiction of place and convincing portrayal of a developing relationship all make this a thoroughly good read. The only weak characters are Distira and Carole whose motivation is rather unconvincing.
Sane New World: Taming the Mind by Ruby Wax
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag, 3 Sep 2013
The sections of the book in which Ruby Wax reflects on and recounts her personal experience are both moving and informative and certainly helped me to understand better what it is like to suffer from depression. However, I found the other sections rather annoying in their tone and at times I felt my mind lurching into the world of the untamed mind rather than the tamed. There are other books out there which explain the practice of mindfulness much more clearly, for example Mark Williams 'Finding Peace in a Frantic World'.