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Depression: The Way Out of Your Prison by Dorothy Rowe
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I was introduced to DR by a chronically depressed person and the already battered paperback made the rounds of many people in our circle thereafter. A year later I was using it in conjunction with other books, especially Burns and Hope's "Manage Your Mind", David Burns - for the practical exercises - and Corinne Sweet, for the compulsive behaviours associated with depression - in my case with sleep. I think this is a good way to use her writing: as a discursive, reflective text amidst the brisker explanations and practicality of the other texts I've mentioned.

I've found that for me her words have taken many years to sink in. I don't know whether, in the end, science will ascribe… Read more
Rita, Sue And Bob Too! [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Siobhan Finneran
Rita, Sue And Bob Too! [DVD] DVD ~ Siobhan Finneran
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very great film, 4 Nov 2011
I first saw this film when I popped round to a friend's one day, when I was a student. This friend had a lodger, then a destitute teacher and now a famous prize-winning poet. He memorably described this wonderful piece as "Fantastic - a richly British piece of ethnicity". And so it is. It's set in my part of the world, and the grandeur of the tops, as we call the moors, and the sheen on the moorland grass, are strangely sombre and beautiful settings for the action which is anything but aesthetic. This is a no-holds-barred account of life in sink-trap estates and high-rises which makes "Shameless" look like feel-good slop, set in the land of Ted Hughes and the Brontes (Dunbar takes a… Read more
Bad Blood (Virgil Flowers Novels) by John Sandford
Sorry about the lame title (wish I didn't have to give the review a title).

I think Virgil Flowers is hilarious; a truly original character in a genre where it's becoming difficult to create a detective with interesting but credible personality traits. He's as funny and endearing as ever here, but these qualities are somewhat compromised, I think, because -

although I loved Flowers 3, and am looking forward very much to Flowers 5, 4 was hugely too lurid for my taste, and (worse) not at all credibly treated. It doesn't compare well with, say, Deaver's look at cults in "The Sleeping Doll", and although I hate to say it, for me the novel occasionally verges on the… Read more