Andrew D

Helpful votes received on reviews: 88% (73 of 83)
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 25,964 - Total Helpful Votes: 73 of 83
Blood and Sand by Frank Gardner
Blood and Sand by Frank Gardner
This book is an excellent read, on so many levels. From the early stages backpacking in the middle east, through experiencing life in the contrasting cities like Cairo and Dubai, discovering that banking was not the career he wanted, and his passion then for journalism. This book starts with the anguish of the shooting, then moves through his life to the aftermath of almost dying in the Saudi dust. I learnt more about understanding middle eastern politics from this book than from anything beforehand in my life. Frank Gardner demonstrates incredible passion, humility, braveness, courage & understanding. The section of the book about his time in rehabilitation in various hospitals has… Read more
The A-B-C and Gluten Free Cookie Book by Tracy A. Grabowski
When our daughter was diagnosed as coeliac 8 years ago there were very few good gluten-free bakery products available in the shops, very few gluten-free flours readily available to buy, and a gluten-free cook book was a rarity. This book shows how far things have moved forward for coeliacs.

Most gluten-free baking books have some bread, some cakes, some biscuits etc. This one is dedicated to cookies (& tray-bake style products), and has over 200-pages of recipes arranged alphabetically. The index makes it easy to browse and find something new to tempt yourself, and the recipes are easy to follow / clearly written. ANYONE (coeliac or not coeliac) should find many things in here… Read more
Page One ~ Steven Page
Page One ~ Steven Page
As a BNL fan of many years I bought this on the strength of some of the other reviews here. However, I have to differ in my review to most of them - I have struggled with this album.

Steven Page has a great voice, and has written many great BNL tracks over the years. Some of the tracks on here are ones that click instantly - but others score very much lower - and while I have listened to the album a number of times so far I just can't get excited about it.

I think the issue is the range of musical styles he has tried here - some just don't work for me. I think if I came to the album without being a BNL fan I might appreciate it more, but as a BNL fan there are just too… Read more