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The Little Shop of Happy-Ever-After
The Little Shop of Happy-Ever-After
by Jenny Colgan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

4.0 out of 5 stars Praise for the human connection and the love of books, 24 April 2016
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This book won't set you alight intellectually and it's not that thought provoking, but hey! Who cares? It's a delightful read, ideal for long summer holidays and completing it left me with a fizzy happy feeling. Jenny Colgan has the talent of being able to create characters that generate strong emotion in the reader - plus a longing for simpler times when everyone liked each other and there was more of a human connection than there is now. I was so moved by the book and the heartwarming relationships within it that I vow not to use social media so much and actually talk to people on the phone and face-to-face more. I might even write a letter to a friend who lives in the wilds of Scotland. As a child and adult who adores books and who used to get in trouble at school for falling asleep in class through staying up all night to finish books like David Copperfield, Lord of the Rings and The Time Machine I totally identify with the book-mad Nina Redmond. Thank you very much Jenny for reminding me of what it means to be human:-) .


15 Minute Fast Fitness with Jenny Pacey and Wayne Gordon - Body Transformation [DVD]
15 Minute Fast Fitness with Jenny Pacey and Wayne Gordon - Body Transformation [DVD]
Offered by Home Entertainment Online
Price: £10.71

10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's not for beginners, despite what the trainers say, 22 Sept. 2013
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This is a great DVD and it will bring real results very quickly, but it is not for beginners. Anyone new to exercise or returning after a break should not start with this DVD. Despite Ms Pacey and Mr Gordon saying that beginners can do the exercises and despite Ms Pacey demonstrating the easier form of the exercise, it should not be attempted by anyone who has not already been exercising for some time. The workouts are intense, the muscle conditioning is deep, relying on a considerable degree of technical accuracy even in the easier versions and if you are rusty you could end up injuring yourself. The warm up is also brief and designed for someone whose muscles are already used to exercise. Please get a reasonable level of cardiovascular fitness first before attempting this workout. When you have some conditioning, please try it, because it will achieve results quickly.


Beyond Chocolate: How to stop yo-yo dieting and lose weight for good
Beyond Chocolate: How to stop yo-yo dieting and lose weight for good
Price: £8.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good old fashioned common sense, 17 Aug. 2012
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There really aren't any new messages in this book or the approach but it is written in a friendly style and includes the personal experiences of Beyond Chocoate course attendees and the authors themselves.The theory obviously draws heavily on the work of Susie Orbach Geneen Roth and others. It's worth giving this approach some real consideration. I felt inspired by this book.


The Cure of Souls (Merrily Watkins 4) (Merrily Watkins Series)
The Cure of Souls (Merrily Watkins 4) (Merrily Watkins Series)
by Phil Rickman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Plot development a bit slow but good Rickman fayre, 25 Jan. 2012
Another outing for Rickman's female Deliverance Consultant the Reverend Merrily Watkins. A murder in a supposedly haunted house-cum-hop kiln, a missing child who believes she is being contacted from beyond the grave by her dead mother; these are plots weaved expertly together by Rickman as he plunges his female priest into yet more controversy and danger. The plot of this one is very slow to get going; over half way through before any real action happens and in this respect Rickman has not got the pace right at all. The characters are vivid, deliciously ambivalent and well developed. It's a pity that one needs patience to get to the denouement, as the plot builds inexorably slowly. Not the best in the Merrily series.


I Can Make You Thin - Love Food, Lose Weight: New Full Colour Edition (includes free DVD and CD)
I Can Make You Thin - Love Food, Lose Weight: New Full Colour Edition (includes free DVD and CD)
by Paul McKenna
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Effective and scientifically sound, 27 Jan. 2011
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Paul McKenna's book is based on a simple, no-nonsense message; stop dieting, eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full. Very simple in essence, but quite difficult to do. McKenna's book shows you the why and the how and the use of hyponotherapy to aid healthy eating is very effective.
The author is a bit arrogant to say that he was a voice in the wilderness with this approach at first, when in fact many researchers and writers (such as Rick Kausman, Susie Orbach, Jane Hirschmann and Carol Munter) had established this weight loss philosophy many years before McKenna became interested in it. However, the inclusion of a weight loss hypnosis CD in this book is novel, and overall this program is easy to follow. This is a refreshing take on how to free yourself from dieting and it works.


Good Girls Do Swallow: The Darkly Comic True Story of How One Woman Stopped Hating Her Body
Good Girls Do Swallow: The Darkly Comic True Story of How One Woman Stopped Hating Her Body
by Rachael Oakes-Ash
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Badly written and disappointing, 12 Nov. 2002
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Rachel has obviously suffered deeply and her story is quite harrowing. As someone who has experienced problems in this area myself I can empathise with her entirely. However I have rarely seen a book so badly written. She never really gets to grips with the feelings that belie her problem and the part of the book about how she has recovered from her ordeal is sketchy at best, suggesting that she has not really recovered at all.
Her story would have been better as a magazine article, as there is little substance beyond the glitzy lifestyle, little self analysis and no real attempt to draw together the various strands of her story. It may offer some comfort to those of us going through the same thing, but offers little insight into her road to recovery, which may have been the part of the book of more help to fellow sufferers. Disappointing.


Up into the Singing Mountain
Up into the Singing Mountain
by Richard Llewellyn
Edition: Paperback

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A homage to Patagonia, 12 Nov. 2002
Welsh carpenter and craftsman Huw Morgan leaves his home in the valleys and emigrates to Patagonia, largely to escape the narrow-minded and parochial way of life that has stifled his ambitions in the Old Country. He settles in the city of Lewis and builds up a thriving business there. As he becomes accepted amongst the community Huw begins to suffer for his honest, outspoken ways and becomes a victim of the narrow-minded bigotry he tried so hard to leave behind.
This story tells of the hardship, rough toil and the constant battle against the elements that the Welsh emigrants must face in order to survive. It is also the tale of an enduring and tight-knit community where compassion and cruelty exist in equal measure. This story may not be as famous or as loved as How Green Was My Valley but it is a fascinating insight into the life of the Welsh emigres to Patagonia at the turn of the century. It is written in that famous Llewellyn style, with lively characterisation, vivid descriptions of the lush valleys and jagged mountains and dialogue that is endearingly Welsh in cadence. Well worth a read, if perhaps a little slow paced.


Northern Lights (His Dark Materials)
Northern Lights (His Dark Materials)
by Philip Pullman
Edition: Paperback

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Philip Pullman's wintery tale, 10 July 2001
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I must be one of the few people to think this book isn't excellent. It is fair to say that Pullman is very imaginative and his character development is good. The heroine Lyra is both charming and awful; Mrs. Coulter is both vulnerable and evil and the Gyptians are both endearingly foolhardy and irritating. However, I felt this novel lacked pace and lost its way a little in the middle. On the whole Pullman develops an emotional bond with the reader throughout which is very strong, hence the popularity and rave reviews of the book. However, the ending seemed a little abrupt and designed deliberately (and should I say cynically?)to set the scene for the sequel in an obvious and clumsy way.


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