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Intruders: Flight of the Kestrel Book 1
Intruders: Flight of the Kestrel Book 1
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5.0 out of 5 stars A New Sci-Fi author is born, 3 May 2016
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This is a well paced, imaginative science fiction novel, not normally my favourite genre but the author brings it alive with a huge cast of characters, many of whom are curious off Earth species who unite in trying to defeat a mysterious alien civilisation the Prin who is preying on all their natural resources. It moves at a cracking pace, piling incident on incident and kept my attention for several hours I was so keen to finish it and find out whether the heroine Tabitha Ennis,the new Alphan space cadet, survives despite her inexperience and occasional lapses from protocol. M/s Thomas has created an exciting, well researched action novel. I particularly enjoyed the 'mind-reading' and use of colours for emotions and the battle sequences.


My Family and Other Animals
My Family and Other Animals
by Gerald Durrell
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood Utopia, 2 May 2016
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This delightful, eminently readable account of the Durrells' four year stay on Corfu is extremely funny. Louisa Durrell was widowed as a young woman and found surviving on a small widow's pension with four children, aged 8 to approx. 23, was almost impossible in Bournemouth in the 1930's so they opted to move to a series of rented villas in Corfu where Gerry, little troubled by formal education, indulged his love for all forms of animal and insect life and turned each home into a highly idiosyncratic zoo. All four Durrell children are incredibly selfish and unsupportive of their struggling mother and all four achieve an incredible measure of freedom to do whatever they want. Laurie the struggling writer uses the time to type out his first short stories and novels somewhat hampered by his brother Leslie removing the letter 'x' from his typewriter to stop him writing too much about sex. Meanwhile gun-obsessed Leslie rampages through the book shooting everything he can find from wild boars and hares to snipe and small birds to provide food. Margo the only girl, third child is only interested in boyfriends,fashion and sunbathing. It's a joyous romp of a book especially the accounts of their many mainly Greek friends and their wild parties. I especially enjoyed the accounts of their trips in the 'Sea Cow ' and the 'Bootle-Bum Bum-trinket' and the descriptions of the wonderful Greek entrepreneur Spiro, their Mr Fixit for all eventualities, and the hypochondriac all purpose maid Lugaretzia.


A Woman In Berlin (VMC)
A Woman In Berlin (VMC)
by x Anonymous
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing but accurate, 2 May 2016
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An honest and at times almost too painful to read account written by a journalist who lived through the Russian soldiers rape of Berlin in the closing months of the war. At first this accurate, deeply personal account of how one vulnerable single woman not only managed to survive but to help other women too was rejected by German readers in the dreadful aftermath of the war in the 1950's it was only after the anonymous journalist's death that the book was reissued and translated into many languages. It was so gripping that I read it in two sittings and it's taken me months to try and forget the contents. It makes me ask myself what would I have done in the same circumstances? The author used her knowledge of Russian( learnt whilst working there pre-war as a journalist) to help her acquire a 'protector' a ranking officer to stop the constant attacks and rapes. It's packed full of authentic details about the near starvation and forced labour and the ingenious ways families used false ceilings to hide their vulnerable teenage girls from the predatory Russian soldiers who tried to lure the young German women by 'bacon and eggs sleep at your place'


Bandits of Rome (Carbo of Rome Book 2)
Bandits of Rome (Carbo of Rome Book 2)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great page turner, 2 May 2016
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fantastic Ancient Rome adventure, well written a real page turner I can't recommend it enough I've now bought all his other books too


The All New University Challenge Quiz Book: Questions, Answers, Facts, Figures and everything in between.
The All New University Challenge Quiz Book: Questions, Answers, Facts, Figures and everything in between.
by Steve Tribe
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.94

5.0 out of 5 stars Tough Challenges for Quiz Lovers, 2 May 2016
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This second volume of University Challenge quizzes will keep your brain alert and wish you'd paid more attention in school. How do the youngsters of 19-20 do it? This should provide countless hours of brain searching, head scratching and frustration. Well worth buying I strongly recommend it


The Taste of Fear
The Taste of Fear
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nail biting thriller, 2 May 2016
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Fantastic thriller, well written I definitely recommend reading this book which kept me awake for hours. Jeremy Bates is one to watch


Roman Mask
Roman Mask
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding tale of Ancient Rome, 18 April 2016
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Well written well researched compulsive read full of courage against overwhelming odds. Concerns the infamous Teutoberg forest disaster strongly recommend


The Uncanny Valley: Tales from a Lost Town (The Uncanny Chronicles Book 1)
The Uncanny Valley: Tales from a Lost Town (The Uncanny Chronicles Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very readable spooky horror, 20 Mar. 2016
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Highly ingenious collection of spooky stories theoretically written by different members of this unusual town. I couldn't put it down, read it cover to cover in a few hours. I strongly recommend it to anyone enjoying a good horror story all available in bite-sized stories some very short but all well crafted and intriguing.


David Walliams Collection: The Boy in the Dress / Gangsta Granny / Mr Stink [DVD]
David Walliams Collection: The Boy in the Dress / Gangsta Granny / Mr Stink [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Walliams
Price: £11.29

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5.0 out of 5 stars 3 wonderful BBC films written by the successful comedian, 20 Mar. 2016
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3 wonderful BBC films written by the successful comedian, actor and children's author David Walliams. I have watched all 3 several times with my grandchildren. The first 'Mr Stink' which stars the wonderful High Bonneville and David Walliams himself with the luminous young actor Nell Tiger Free and the multi talented Sheridan Smith and a very sensitive Johnny Vegas concerns a rabidly over ambitious far right, parliamentary candidate (Sheridan Smith) determined to get elected in the bye election, her policies make Genghis Khan look moderate. Meanwhile her delightful, sensitive teenage daughter ((Tiger Free) befriends the odiferous old tramp (Bonneville)and his clever dog 'Duchess' and puts him up in the family garden shed where he has baths in the garden pond. My personal favourite 'Gangsta Granny' blends the problems of lonely old age and selfish, over ambitious parents with an hilarious take-off of Strictly Come Dancing. My grandchildren's top choice has to be 'The Boy in the Dress' which tackles cross-dressing in an approachable non-judgemental way and shows us that very versatile actor Tim McInnery in a whole new light far removed from his Blackadder days as Lord Percy and Captain Darling. All three films are studded with cameo roles from countless famous actors/ personalities e.g Robbie Williams and Joanna Lumley! Great viewing for all the family, sensibly priced, guaranteed to enchant and entertain.


Scrivener of Rome: A tale of the Ancient Republic
Scrivener of Rome: A tale of the Ancient Republic
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the squeamish, 20 Mar. 2016
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A terrific wide reaching story which covers vast areas geographically . I found the whole tale mesmerising and am looking forward to reading more novels in the same vein by Ken Farmer some of the details are excruciating but I don't want to spoil the story but I do urge you to read it, not for the squeamish!


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