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FLYING OVER AN OLIVE GROVE: The Remarkable Story of Fred Spiksley - A Flawed Football Hero
FLYING OVER AN OLIVE GROVE: The Remarkable Story of Fred Spiksley - A Flawed Football Hero

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love football. Love 'Flying Over An Olive Grove.', 31 Jan. 2017
Fred Spiksley scored for Sheffield Wednesday against my team, Middlesbrough, in a Cup game in the 1800's; but then, he scored against every team he played against.
This is a remarkable biography of a forgotten footballing 'great.' It is a book for the football-lover; the story of a footballing genius, sprinter, gambler, stage actor, First World War escapee and a man with an eye for the ladies. A man who lived life to the full.
However, it is not just about Fred, his successes, achievements and disappointments but it is also about the origins of professional football and the development of the game. Footballers of Fred's generation had a tough life and would no doubt envy the salaries and pampering of today's players. But Fred clearly loved every aspect of his footballing career. Not only was he a great footballer, a winger with pace and skill, but his views on how he thought the game should be played also made him a very successful manager of teams around the world.
The book is meticulously researched and incorporates many historic and fascinating photographs; a twenty year labour of love by Clive Nicholson and his father, Ralph. It deserves a wide audience.


Alison Gardiner 'Christmas in the Village' Large Traditional Advent Calendar
Alison Gardiner 'Christmas in the Village' Large Traditional Advent Calendar
Offered by Alison Gardiner
Price: £7.25

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 12 Dec. 2015
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Lovely fun calendar. Great picture.


Bathroom Cabinet Storage - Slim Design Drawer Unit, White Wooden and Freestanding, suit Bedroom, Living and Hallway - Sennen range by Elegant Brands
Bathroom Cabinet Storage - Slim Design Drawer Unit, White Wooden and Freestanding, suit Bedroom, Living and Hallway - Sennen range by Elegant Brands
Offered by Interior White
Price: £89.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and looks good, 18 Sept. 2014
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Simple, straightforward set of drawers which looks much better than the old plastic unit we had. Easy to assemble and sturdily built. Unit delivered very quickly. Very pleased with purchase.


The Lands of Ice and Fire (Song of Ice & Fire)
The Lands of Ice and Fire (Song of Ice & Fire)
by George R.R. Martin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £28.09

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What was needed, 30 Dec. 2012
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Bought for my son as a Christmas Present and despite some mixed reviews of this product he really likes it. The maps are large and, if folded carefully, fit easily back into the file. My son uses one map at a time depending on what he's reading. It's been very successful.


2013 A Song of Ice and Fire Calendar
2013 A Song of Ice and Fire Calendar
by George R.R Martin
Edition: Calendar

4.0 out of 5 stars Just what was wanted, 30 Dec. 2012
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Bought as a stocking-filler for my son, he really likes it. The coloured photos are very good and he says that they are relevant to the stories.


Three Stations
Three Stations

4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Cruz Smith, 30 Dec. 2012
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This review is from: Three Stations (Kindle Edition)
I love Smith's Arkady Renko novels. Renko is not your a-typical detective and the Russian setting adds a very different atmosphere. Renko not only has to solve crimes but battle the bureacracy of the Russian police. Renko, like many other detectives, has his own personal issues but it's not just his character that I admire, it's also the structure of the novel. While not as good as 'Gorky Park' or 'Polar Star' the same techniques are used and it is very difficult to predict the outcome or whether the supposed villain is actually the villain. After visiting a crime scene, Renko has obviously spotted some clue that isn't given to the reader until later and it's fascinating to discover what it was. As I said, not the best of his novels but thoroughly enjoyable.


And Then You Die (Aurelio Zen Book 8)
And Then You Die (Aurelio Zen Book 8)
Price: £4.68

2.0 out of 5 stars When would something happen?, 30 Dec. 2012
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A novel more about Zen's personal issues than much else. True, there is a hint of mystery but nothing ever really seems to happen. Towards the end I was expecting a real twist but the story just faded away. Disappointing from a writer who won one of the leading crime-writing awards.


Without Fail (Jack Reacher, Book 6)
Without Fail (Jack Reacher, Book 6)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Typical Reacher, 30 Dec. 2012
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Lovers of the Reacher stories won't be disappointed - the usual mix of thrills an spills and escapes from improbable situations in which our hero always comes out on top. However, once you've read a number of them the style becomes predictable and, at times, annoying e.g 'he waited a beat'; he 'fired up the engine.' The plot is reasonably well-crafted though the characters are almost transferred from other novels by Child. Still, it's an easy read and there's usually some twist towards the end.


Underground, Overground: A Passenger's History of the Tube
Underground, Overground: A Passenger's History of the Tube
by Andrew Martin
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and informative, 8 July 2012
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Andrew Martin's love of railways is well-documented through his Jim Stringer novels and his TV programmes. 'Underground, Overground' is written with humour and intelligence. Clearly there has been a lot of research but the book is not simply a catalogue of facts and figures. Martin has built on his passion for railways, his fascination with the London underground and his eye and ear for the unusual. Apart from the historical detail, the comments of underground travellers and the amusing anecdotes Martin uncovers make this an easy-to-read and interesting book.


Remington SP67 Dual Foil Pack
Remington SP67 Dual Foil Pack
Offered by Better Value By Far
Price: £6.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the job, 20 Dec. 2011
Although it seems expensive (impossible to find it cheaper) the product was delivered very quickly and is easy to fit onto the electric shaver. It might be more economical to buy the foil AND the blades together but, there again, I didn't really want the blades.


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