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After You
After You
by Jojo Moyes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

4.0 out of 5 stars A moving story, 16 Nov. 2016
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Remarkable how the author keeps up the interest and involvement in her characters. Jojo has witty dialogue without ever laughing at her characters. The story is full of empathy for people from different walks of life. It is however very much a sequel and to get the most out of this very worthwhile tale readers should start with Me before you, which is deservedly already a best seller.


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ActivThumb reduces pain from sprains and strains, tendonitis or post operation - MP Stabiliser - One Size Fits All. Unisex.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars One size fits all was never going to be good news., 1 Nov. 2016
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The support it gives is a bit feeble. I should have been warned by the fact that there are not different sizes. One size fits all was never going to be good news.


Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery
Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery
by Henry Marsh
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

4.0 out of 5 stars Nonetheless Henry Marsh makes you feel you would be glad to have him as a surgeon operating on you ..., 21 Sept. 2015
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This book is almost painfully honest. Nonetheless Henry Marsh makes you feel you would be glad to have him as a surgeon operating on you because you know he would give you the truth about whatever illness you suffered from. He gives a fascinating insight into the world a major NHS hospital and the way he thinks. The details of his personal life and how it has affected the way he looks at his work is also illuminating.


Meffy The Flea
Meffy The Flea
by Lisa Campbell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.40

5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful story, 21 Sept. 2015
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This is a delightful story which I am sure will enchant young children. The story has enough depth for adults not to become bored when re-reading the text which I expect many children may want.. It is also attractively illustrated.


Golf for Women (Classic Reprint)
Golf for Women (Classic Reprint)
by Genevieve Hecker
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars My disappointment with this book is the poor editing, 18 Sept. 2015
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Although this books was written in 1904 there are still aspects of the game depicted by the game which are true today. In a recent report the R & A reported that slow play was often due to lengthy pre shot routines. Genevieve Hecker says exactly the same. Some of her tips are relevant for today's golfers too i.e. she says that novice golfers often drive to the right but tend to putt to the left. The remedy for putting to the left, she recommends, is tucking your left elbow into your side. This has worked for me. My disappointment with this book is the poor editing. This Forgotten books edition has blank pages with, presumably illustrations missing. There are even crossings out in the text. I would not buy from Forgotten books again unless I could not find the book anywhere else.


The Garden of Evening Mists
The Garden of Evening Mists
by Tan Twan Eng
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The mystery of relationships, 23 Oct. 2012
Although this story is told by a woman in her sixties in the early stages of some sort of dementia, this is an uplifting book because it deals with redemption. As the narrator tries to remember her life, the life stories of other characters are revealed.
Mainly set in the immediate aftermath of the second world war, most of the action takes place in the Malayan emergency. All the major characters have different nationalities, Chinese, Japanese, British, Dutch South African and mixtures. This book deals very adroitly with the way human feelings cut across cultural barriers. The conflicts of love, trust and family loyalties are beautifully expressed as is the setting in Malaya. After reading this book I felt I would like to visit Malaysia.


Double Cross
Double Cross
by Ben Macintyre
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars history alive, 27 May 2012
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This is a fascinating book and although one reviewer talks about inaccuries,it reads realistically to me. As a former journalist, I have researched aspects covered by this book and everything written in the book ties in with what I uncovered. I actually knew one of the people Ben MacIntyre features in this book as an older man. The way Ben MacIntyre describes Christopher Harmer in his role in MI5 is absolutely believeable. Tommy Harris was not known to me personally, but I do know people who knew him. Again, the portrayal of him seems accurate. The descriptions of the spies, their conflicts of interest and motivations is sensitively done with insight into cultural differences. Though this book reads as easily as any popular novel, it contains a greater depth of understanding of characters than many such books whilst retaining the voice of truth.


The Devil's Tickets: A Vengeful Wife, a Fatal Hand, and a New American Age
The Devil's Tickets: A Vengeful Wife, a Fatal Hand, and a New American Age
by Gary M Pomerantz
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.97

4.0 out of 5 stars Seeing the other hand, 1 Jan. 2012
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Anyone who's heard the story of Mytle Bennett who shot her husband after a game of Bridge must wonder how a game could raise such a passion.In the Devil's Tickets, Gary Pomerantz doesn't just profile the husband and wife involved, but gives a lucid and entertaining history of the game. He shows how the dynamics of a relationship became part of the social fabric of the game; he reveals how this dramatic murder profitted the devolopment of the game by making it sensational. Alongside the story of Mytle Bennett is the short biography of Culbertson who pioneered a method of playing Bridge. As Pomerantz entwines the stories of these lives, the reader comes to realise that the murder, for which Myrtle was acquitted, did not happen in isolation but was a symptom of a life style. I found this book a fascinating social history.


Zero Degrees of Empathy: A new theory of human cruelty
Zero Degrees of Empathy: A new theory of human cruelty
by Simon Baron-Cohen
Edition: Hardcover

57 of 106 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The intuition void, 20 April 2011
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Empathy as the title makes clear should be at the heart of this book, but unfortunately it appears to me that if not empathy, certainly intuition is lacked by the author. Tying together the threads of his extensive research, I feel he reaches some false conclusions. His arguments about empathy are grounded in his belief that autistic people have zero empathy.With over 30 years of experience with various autistic people, I know this to be false. This makes me realise that though Baron-Cohen may have examined and researched autistic people, he must have failed to interact with them or he would understand how intuitive many autistic people are despite sensory deprivations.Other experts in autism such as the late Barbara Furneaux have also noted this amazing quality in autistic people.
Working from this unfortunate irrelevant premise,Simon Baron-Cohen does produce some interesting theories about violence emanating from lack of empathy. However his link of pathological killers like Dennis Sutcliff with women like Marilyn Munroe is tenuous. He touches lightly, rather than explains,how it is that freedom fighters/terrorists can be profoundly sympathetic to each other or to suffering people they want to help, but have no concern for any innocent person caught up in their outrages. Gangsters, by dint of belong to a gang, empathise with one another but again have no feeling for victims. The book ends with some quizzes which might be entertaining in a chic lit magazine, but are inappropriate in a serious book. To suggest empathy can be judged on a scale is shallow, but characteristic of the book which ties together many threads, some interesting, some hackneyed, into an ugly knot.
Ultimately I found this book distressing and would not recommend people to read it.
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A Life In Secrets: Vera Atkins and the Lost Agents of SOE
A Life In Secrets: Vera Atkins and the Lost Agents of SOE
by Sarah Helm
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.68

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars overwhelming, 3 Dec. 2010
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Although this is a factual, thoroughly researched book,A Life in Secrets had a great emotional impact on me. I was fascinated by Vera Atkins life, gradually understanding what motivated her and how she came to live as she did. But this is not only the story of one woman whose life story ranges from Romania over the Continent taking in France, Holland and Germany and ending in the UK. It is also the story of the women agents she controlled as well as a reflection of the Secret Information Service in World War2. The lives of these agents has been romanticised, although only three of them survived. This book does not alter the truth about their immense bravery of all the agents,sung and unsung, but it does reveal the brutal reality of the lives and the terrible ordeals they went through. Sarah Helm is to be congratulated for producing a brilliant book.


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