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Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition
Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition
by Ben Schott
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.08

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing book !, 4 Dec. 2013
This book is a delight of previously undiscovered treasures of the German language ! Many aspects of the Human Condition that I was unaware existed are described - for example, the German word for ' an irrational sensation of specialness on your birthday ' (or, as Schott puts it , a 'Bonus -Sausage- Day -Feeling ') . It would make a great Christmas present for those who speak both English and German , and who understand the German habit of combining words together .


Poetry First Aid Kit: Poems For Everyday Dilemmas, Decisions and Emergencies
Poetry First Aid Kit: Poems For Everyday Dilemmas, Decisions and Emergencies
by Abbie Headon
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Aid solutions for lifes problems, 3 Oct. 2013
I think 'Poetry First Aid Kit ' is just what's needed to assist in coming to to terms with difficult problems and situations .The small and easy to hold book contains within its covers many poems that are helpful in dealing with 'everyday dilemmas , decisions and emergencies'. The poems are laid out in sections , for example ' Work and Money , Dealing with People , and On Health and Emotions' . Each individual poem has a heading above it , saying , in a humourous way , what the the poem could be helpful for , such as 'if you have written a book but worry that people won't like it '. This approach to setting out poems in an anthology is very refreshing , and I have been introduced to new poets and to their poems , as well as making the reacquaintance of old and familiar favourites. Thank you Abbie Heaton , this is a wonderful concept which has been carried out brilliantly , and for me . 'Poetry First Aid Kit ' is a book to treasure .


The Cutting Room
The Cutting Room
by Jilliane Hoffman
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This will keep you awake at night, 14 Aug. 2012
This review is from: The Cutting Room (Hardcover)
Fiction books on Kindle are the norm for me, and so when I came to reading 'The Cutting Room', I was more aware of the hardback book as a material object. I appreciated the striking and symbolic cover design of the beautiful turquoise butterfly imprisoned within a cruel circle of barbed wire. Jilliane Hoffman is a best selling author of other titles in the crime thriller genre, and 'The Cutting Room' is a worthy addition to her works. The reader is totally immersed in a nightmare world, from the opening page in a crowded Florida bar, to the book's conclusion over 400 pages later . There is no clue given by the author as to what will happen next, or where she will take the reader . 'The Cutting Room' is a book to engage with, and to be gripped by, and to keep reading -I read it over 24 hours, as I desperately needed to know the outcomes (good or bad) for all the characters. I would definitely recommend 'The cutting Room' to those who appreciate Reichs, Cornwall and Slaughter.


The White Woman on the Green Bicycle
The White Woman on the Green Bicycle
by Monique Roffey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Sultry and Tropical, 16 Jan. 2011
I read this book over a cold and wet January weekend, with memories of the snow of December in my mind. I was transported to a sultry and tropical island by the intensity of Roffey's descriptions. The book is about expatriat life in the changing circumstances of the 1950s and 60s on Trinidad , and combines fictional characters with historical ones to show what it was like at those times. I will think about George and Sabine and their love for each other, despite them being flawed, as we all are. It was also an interesting way of telling the story,moving backwards and forwards in time.


Rechargeable Corkscrew In Green By Nscessity (NSRBO-36GR)
Rechargeable Corkscrew In Green By Nscessity (NSRBO-36GR)
Price: £24.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very stylish, 15 Jan. 2011
This rechargeable corkscrew is stylish and efficient , and stores away neatly . It comes in other colours also, and I would buy it as a present again


The Man in the Wooden Hat
The Man in the Wooden Hat
by Jane Gardam
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Exquisite Pearl of a book, 26 Mar. 2010
The previous reviewers of this exquisite short book have written at great length about its merits. I will therefore confine myself to saying it is a wonderful masterful read. Jane Gardam makes every word count in her story of Elizabeth Feathers, and her marriage to Old Filth . I long for the paperback version later in the year .


Walking on Water: A Voyage Around Britain and Through Life
Walking on Water: A Voyage Around Britain and Through Life
by Geoff Holt
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Many Congratulations !, 20 Jan. 2010
This is a very inspirational read. Geoff Holt has recently successfully crossed the Atlantic , but the voyage did not get the national publicity it deserved, due to the media being more interested in snow reports than in his story. I thoroughly recommend this book.


Cole and Mason acrylic Spiral salt 225mm Clear
Cole and Mason acrylic Spiral salt 225mm Clear
Offered by Bright Sparks Store
Price: £19.05

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sturdy replacement, 20 Jan. 2010
I bought this recently, to match the pepper mill in the same range. It is very hard wearing , and easy to refill and to clean. The stream lined shape gives a modern feel to an every day item from a well established company


100 Classic Book Collection (Nintendo DS)
100 Classic Book Collection (Nintendo DS)
Offered by Bargain Games UK
Price: £2.26

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!, 20 Jan. 2010
This is a real joy to own- 100 books, of varying classical genres, revisited, and in such an easy to use format. The ability to change font size was appreciated! I would encourage any book lover to buy this wonderful addition to the DS range of titles.


Sister Janet: Nurse and Heroine of the Anglo-Zulu War 1879
Sister Janet: Nurse and Heroine of the Anglo-Zulu War 1879
by Brian Best
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The unknown nurse, 16 Dec. 2009
Sister Janet deserves to be better known. This book is very interesting as it tells the story of what it was like to be a nurse in time of war in a far off country


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