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Becoming Vegan: The Complete Guide to Adopting a Healthy Plant-based Diet
Becoming Vegan: The Complete Guide to Adopting a Healthy Plant-based Diet
by Brenda Davis
Edition: Paperback

37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Packed with info but not all that user-friendly, 29 April 2007
There's no doubt that this book is absolutely packed with information about the nutritional benefits of a vegan diet. If you enjoy looking at studies and want to really delve into all the scientific data behind vegan nutrition, then this is the book for you. However, if like me, you simply want a practical, user-friendly guide that answers the question 'What should I eat on a daily basis to be healthy as a vegan?', then you might find this a frustrating read. The information is all there, but it's buried in facts and figures, and isn't something you could refer back to easily.

By far the best book I've found that lays out vegan nutrition in an accessible, easy-to-understand way is a slim little volume called Nutrition in a Nutshell, available from The Vegetarian and Vegan Foundation for under a pound. I refer to it daily, and have found it an invaluable guide.
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Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII
Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII
by Dr David Starkey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.48

31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Well-researched but too compartmentalised, 13 April 2007
I found this hard going. While Starkey's research is admittedly admirable, what I found very strange about this book is that he completely compartmentalises each of the wives, as though they existed entirely separately from each other. For instance, in the section on Catherine of Aragon, there is NO mention of Anne Boleyn, even once you get to the parts about the divorce, etc. I found this frankly peculiar, and more than a little frustrating and irritating. Anne was a member of Catherine's court; Catherine knew exactly who she was, and that she was the one her husband was leaving her for. I don't see how you can explore Catherine's story with any humanity and depth without going into these relationships, which were of such wrenching impact at the time.

Similarly, I felt that while the political aspects of each wife's reign were gone into in great detail, there was a lack of the personal which for me made the book much duller and dryer than expected. I greatly preferred Antonia Fraser's treatment of this subject.
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Delilah And The Dark Stuff
Delilah And The Dark Stuff
by Susan Davis
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Genuine thrills and genuine laughs - a winner!, 20 July 2003
Susan Davis has practically created her own genre: the humorous teenage thriller. Mixing comedy with horror is such a tricky balance, but she does it exceedingly well, walking a perfect tightrope between the two without deflating one or the other. There are genuinely creepy bits here, along with laugh-out-loud dialogue from her brilliantly drawn teenage protagonists. Really a must for anyone who has an interest in the supernatural - or just likes quality teenage fiction. A spine-tingling, pacey read with real charm and humour. Bring on the next one!

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