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Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,620
Helpful votes received on reviews: 87% (785 of 899)
Location: Manchester, UK
Birthday: 28 Mar
In My Own Words:
I'm 51 years old, live in the North of England with my husband, cat and two teenage children, and work part time as a children's librarian - something I always wanted to do.

My passions define my life and I've been lucky enough to experience fulfilment as I've taken on challenges, some alone and some with my much-loved partner. Together we maintain a suburban vegetable garden and we're about 20% … Read more

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Growing stuff you can eat History, particularly early modern, Victorian and Edwardian periods Walking on the coast Shakespeare Doctor Who Getting children to love reading

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,620 - Total Helpful Votes: 785 of 899
Theft of Life (Crowther & Westerman 5) by Imogen Robertson
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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For anyone who appreciates intelligent historical crime fiction, a new Imogen Robertson novel is a treat. Her knowledge of the 18th Century is broad and deep, but lightly worn, and each new case for the Georgian odd couple of sleuths takes us into fascinating new territory. This latest offering tackles the dark world of slavery, which underpinned so much luxury in Georgian high society. Perhaps it is a happy coincidence, but the recent film "Belle" makes this particularly topical.

We begin with the body of a notorious slave merchant found in the precincts of St Paul's cathedral, but all is not as it seems. A second murder, even more shocking and apparently unconnected,… Read more
The Incarnations by Susan Barker
The Incarnations by Susan Barker
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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This was a book I admired rather than liked. The descriptions of modern Beijing through the eyes of a taxi driver are deeply evocative and beautifully done. We are completely drawn into the world of the central character, his colleagues and family. Wang is an outsider, superficially functioning in society but with serious unresolved emotional issues, and through a vivid series of historical episodes the treason for his mental distress becomes clearer, until past and present combine in a genuinely shocking conclusion that I, for one, did not see coming, partly because the writer lays an emotionally persuasive false trail so cleverly.

The history of China is a blood-soaked one and… Read more
Bibetta Wet Bag (Blue) by Bibetta
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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As a frequent hiker I found this light, useful and convenient. It will hold a damp shirt or grubby pair of socks in your rucksack for several hours without other items getting wet. It does have limitations though; I tested it by using it to hold wet swimwear on a seven-hour journey and adjacent items certainly needed an airing when I reached my destination. For this reason I wouldn't rely on it to keep anything dry through a prolonged downpour.

To be fair, it isn't being marketed at the walkers. If you have a small child or baby it will certainly come in handy for carrying awkward items like soiled bibs while you are out and about.

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