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A Fish in Foreign Waters: a Book for Bilingual Children
A Fish in Foreign Waters: a Book for Bilingual Children
by Laura Caputo-Wickham
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Brilliant, 25 Jun. 2016
Brilliantly written and you easily connect with the characters. As already said I actually think this is great for Children and Adults.


WW2: A Laymans Guide
WW2: A Laymans Guide
Price: £1.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Introduction to WW2, 2 April 2016
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I love the ‘Layman’s Guide’ series of books and this newest one covering WW2 didn’t disappoint. Written with pace and personality not found in other history books it is a truly brilliant introduction to World War Two.


Waterloo: A Layman's Guide
Waterloo: A Layman's Guide
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really clear and easy to read account of the Battle of Waterloo, 28 May 2015
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I find many military history books are very confusing when they talk about brigades, Corps etc – while the mix of events makes it almost impossible to keep track on what is actually going on. The way Addington sets out his books make them incredibly easy to follow – he gives just enough detail so you understand what is going on and why without being confusing. This is a great book for anyone who wants a good, quick overview of the Battle of Waterloo.


The Great War 100: The First World War in Infographics
The Great War 100: The First World War in Infographics
by Scott Addington
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.95

5.0 out of 5 stars A very different way of telling history, 6 Nov. 2014
I read a lot of history books, and when I got this for my birthday a few weeks ago I was delighted. What a great new way of telling history! The graphics have been brilliantly produced, this is not just a book full of dull pie charts and graphs, there has obviously been a lot of thought and effort put into the design of these graphics, as well as the research in the first place. I loved the 'battles' graphics - they are very clever, as are the graphics of the different soldiers. I recommend this book to anyone wanting an easy to read history of the first world war - especially children studying it at school - I could see it been very popular in schools.
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The Third Reich: A Layman's Guide
The Third Reich: A Layman's Guide
Price: £1.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Laymans Guide from Addington, 8 Sept. 2014
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I have read the authors other 'Layman's Guides' (World War One and D-Day) and really enjoyed them. This latest one covering The Third Reich follows in exactly the same vein and doesn't disappoint. As entertaining and as engaging as ever it is a fascinating read that has taught me a great deal! Highly recommended.


D-Day: A Layman's Guide
D-Day: A Layman's Guide
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction - Recommended, 14 May 2014
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With the 70th anniversary of D-Day just around the corner, I though it was high-time I found out a bit more about it. I knew the basics but very little else. This Layman's Guide has proved to be the perfect introduction, it is nicely written and although not too detail-heavy it seemed to cover all the major issues and aspects of the operation. As the author rightly says, it is more like a chat down the pub than a heavy historical text. I found it a very worthwhile book and would recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about D-Day.


First World War Great Battles: 5 Minute History
First World War Great Battles: 5 Minute History
Price: £4.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Another good effort from Addington, 25 April 2014
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who has a knack of making complicated subjects interesting and easy to understand. The 'did you know' and 'I was there' sections of this book really help in bringing the battles to life. If you are looking for a brief overview of the major battles of the first world war, you cannot go too far wrong with this.


First World War Weapons: 5 Minute History
First World War Weapons: 5 Minute History
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5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking little read, 25 April 2014
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that covers the main weapon groups of the first world war in just enough detail so you know what is what, but you don't fall asleep! Written in a lively and engaging style I especially liked the 'I was there' pieces which gave a nice bit of context to the book.


1001 Fantastic First World War Facts
1001 Fantastic First World War Facts
Price: £2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A great WW1 resource, 16 Dec. 2013
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I have read Addington's last two Kindle books (World War One: A Layman's Guide and Heroes of The Line) and loved them both so was quick to get this. I was not disappointed as it is another high quality piece of work. Jam packed full of interesting factoids that are organised in easy to follow sections, I have learned loads already and I have only just flicked through a couple of times! This is a great resource for anyone who wants to learn about WW1.


Heroes of The Line
Heroes of The Line
Price: £2.29

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful emotional roller coaster, 11 Sept. 2013
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Heroes of The Line is a wonderful small e-book with a big heart. Addington's description of his cycle ride across the trench lines of the Western Front is a warts-an-all diary of the journey; Brutally honest (especially when he talks about how unfit/unprepared he was) and often funny, his writing style transports you to directly onto the French and Belgian roads so you get the feeling you are pedaling with him. In contrast, his treatment of the eight `Heroes' is respectful and insightful, giving the reader a glimpse into what ordinary soldiers and officers on both sides (there is a German soldier included too) went through. These stories both inspiring and sad at the same time.

The mix of the diary and the soldier stories works really well and there is the added warm feeling that you have contributed to a great charity in the Royal British Legion. Well worth a read.


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