Kamran Rahman

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,338
Helpful votes received on reviews: 81% (483 of 594)
Location: London


Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,338 - Total Helpful Votes: 483 of 594
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Poirot) by Agatha Christie
I picked this up because I heard that in 2013 the Crime Writers' Association voted this book as the best crime novel ever written. So, if a book has been written by the queen of crime fiction and then voted as the best crime novel ever by the Crime Writers' Association there is not much to be gained by me giving it a 5 star review - ca va sans dire - as M. Poirrot himself might say.

This novel has all the ingredients which we associate with early 20th Century crime novels. A murder in a country house with a large cast of characters. Everyone is a suspect. Everyone has a motive Everyone has something to hide. The cunning Belgian detective investigates each suspect meticulously in… Read more
A Social History of Tea by Jane Pettigrew
A Social History of Tea by Jane Pettigrew
This is a revised edition of a book which tea aficionado Jane Pettigrew published in 2001. The 2001 edition only concerned itself with the English tea experience, but for this 2013 edition American tea writer Bruce Richardson has contributed a significant amount of text for views from across the pond. I am not sure if this Anglo-American juxtaposition works as a matter of style and overall experience, but I can't fault the usefulness of the information from either writer - they are both authorities in the field of tea writing and rely on thorough research.

I particularly like the treasure trove of tea related pictures which appear throughout the book - again, a great deal of… Read more
Royal and Langnickel RSET-9301 Taklon Variety Brus&hellip by Royal & Langnickel
Art is an expensive pastime. Materials are expensive. Good quality materials are very expensive. Thankfully, as with most consumer products (from smartphones to cars) there are good "entry level" ranges. Royal and Langnickel has made a set of brushes which cater well for the entry level artist.

I have used these brushes a few times for watercolours and am quite happy with them. The variety of the 12 different brush types will enable you to paint most things. Obviously you get what you pay for, and at this price, these 12 brushes are good value. The brushes are fairly large - the longest being about 25 cm from tip to tip, and the shortest about 22 cm. They are well… Read more

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