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Of Mice and Men (Letts Explore GCSE Text Guides)
Of Mice and Men (Letts Explore GCSE Text Guides)
by John Steinbeck
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

58 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A really useful study guide, 6 April 2007
As a teacher I have shared this excellent novel with probably thousands of teenagers over the years. I buy all the study guides to check them out for my students. This guide is on the recommended list!

Chapter summaries, character reviews and pointers towards examination questions are all present and thoughtful. This is certainly a useful read for people studying the novel for GCSE.

My only quibble is that perhaps it does not explore themes in sufficient detail for students aiming for the very top grades - but then, to be fair, they probably don't need a guide.

This is certainly very good value for money.
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Canterbury Tales-Journey Back [VHS] [1998]
Canterbury Tales-Journey Back [VHS] [1998]

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have, 28 Dec. 2006
Before watching this I never imagined that clay models could bring Chaucer's epic to life. Thank goodness I was persuaded to watch!

Despite being so short these mini versions of the tales totally bring them to life, both in modern and Chaucer's English.

Whatever the age group this version will grip.

by Paul Jennings
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Bet you read this at one sitting!, 28 Dec. 2006
This review is from: Uncovered! (Paperback)
There are few books which will enthrall both boys and girls - but this is one of them. Jennings provides the full range of emotions across these short stories, bringing you to tears as some of the main characters die and to gales of laughter at the antics of others.

More importantly, the incidents from childhood will be common to all readers - and you will feel empathy for his characters.

A superb read for 11 to 13 year olds.

Kodak EasyShare DX3900 With Docking Station  [3.1MP 2xOptical]
Kodak EasyShare DX3900 With Docking Station [3.1MP 2xOptical]

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!, 26 Dec. 2006
I bought one of these six years ago. Since then it has been in constant use - easily 4 or 5 days a week.

At time of purchase I was a complete novice but work committments required that I had a digital camera and this was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Over the last six years I have used it to produce press releases, fliers, advertising promos, monthly newsletters, business magazines and, of course, personal photography and ebay images!

The first set of batteries gave up the ghost after five years on constant charge - not bad for something replaced for just a few pounds. If you can still find one of these they are still worth every penny.

The Spire: York Notes Advanced
The Spire: York Notes Advanced
by Steve Eddy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Time to enter a different world., 26 Dec. 2006
I have taught this novel many times at 'A' level and this is the first time I have found a study guide that is really accessible to students. For an adult there are a number of established critical texts to use - all deep and complex, referring to other Golding novels students don't yet know or may not have time to read.

This guide is different. It explains clearly many of the main symbols used by Golding, identifies many of the key themes and serves as a solid starting off point for 'A' level students. On its own it won't get you to an A grade, but it will certainly point you firmly in the right direction.
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Microcosmos [DVD]
Microcosmos [DVD]
Dvd ~ Claude Nuridsany
Offered by rightpricediscs
Price: £14.99

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And I thought my life was hard!, 7 Jun. 2006
This review is from: Microcosmos [DVD] (DVD)
I bought this DVD to share with my retired father - and when he'd seen it we shared it with a room full of cynical teenagers...who just melted into fascinated and awestruck silence.

They laughed out loud at the toils of the dung beetle, they flinched as the ants were eaten and they were amazed by the spider building its nest out of air bubbles under water.

This is a beautiful film which you will watch again and again -each time wishing there was more. If ever there was a family film this is it.

Animal Farm [DVD] Special Edition
Animal Farm [DVD] Special Edition
Dvd ~ John Halas
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: £14.99

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some films are more equal than others, 4 Jun. 2006
'Animal Farm' was never intended to be a novel for children. This animated interpretation is true to this and is certainly not a film for young children.

Ground-breaking when it first appeared, this classic retains great strength from the presentation of the key characters - Napoleon, Snowball, Boxer and Old Major with his Churchillian delivery.

If you want to know what Orwell wanted to say then you have to read his book. The producers of this film had to make a compromise with the ending, one that they probably would not have made if making the film now, and however understandable the reasons for the change are, it does detract from the overall morality of the tale.

In its own right this is an excellent film. Buy it, absorb it and put it on a high shelf where young children can't reach it!

The Freelance Writer's Handbook: How to Make Money and Enjoy Your Life
The Freelance Writer's Handbook: How to Make Money and Enjoy Your Life
by Andrew Crofts
Edition: Paperback

37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No rose tinted glasses here!, 25 May 2006
Like many people I have read libraries of guide books for would-be writers. This, undoubtedly, is one of the best. I read it cover to cover in a couple of hours and then went back the next day to learn some more.

Clearly expressed, in logically structured sections, this book will certainly guide you through the process of finding the right topics to write about, the right people to pitch them to and, most importantly, how to cope with the rejection while waiting for the really big break-through.

The good news is that if you read this book and follow the advice then you won't even notice the rejection slips - you'll be too busy working on the next article that you are going to sell!

One to read and keep, making sure you re-read it regularly.

Macbeth (Penguin Popular Classics)
Macbeth (Penguin Popular Classics)
by William Shakespeare
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy birthday ' Macbeth', 25 May 2006
How many modern plays do you think will still be gripping audiences and in regular performance to full houses four hundred years after they were written?

Why is this play so great? Written by a genius every word, every phrase, builds together to create the drama and tension of a man and his wife whose lives and country are torn apart by unlimited ambition. This could be the plot of a 21st century blockbuster film, but it isn't. On the other hand, wait a few weeks and undoubtedly it will be!

The skill of Shakespeare is to make us simultaneously love and loathe our two chief characters - to want them to be punished for their crimes whilst sympathising with their suffering. By the end of the play you don't know whether to laugh or cry for them. Once you've read it make sure you go and see it live in the theatre and experience the magic.

This is a cheap and cheerful copy of the play - good enough to write notes all over if you are a student, practical enough to keep on the shelf for reference if you are a Shakespeare addict. For this give away price how can you not have one of these on your shelf?

Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
by Richard Bach
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Want to change your life?, 25 May 2006
Since discovering this book I have bought many copies of it to give to my students at the end of their 'A' level courses. An apparently simple story clearly told - but one which will tease you and make you review your own life and re-read the book over and over again.

If you need to reaffirm the purpose of life, see the wood from the trees, live life to the max and escape from a world view riddled with cliches ( ! ) then this is the book for you.

Undoubtedly the best present you could possibly give to yourself or any one else.
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