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Norman Bishop (Aby, near Norrköping, Sweden)

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One Night in Italy
One Night in Italy
by Lucy Diamond
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment..., 3 Sept. 2014
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Like The Teashop .in the Corner this was a disappointing read witrh a basic idea that might have been developed into something memorable. As it is it would pass the time on a flight or train journey but without leaving any intellectual or emotional traces.


The Teashop on the Corner
The Teashop on the Corner
by Milly Johnson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so good..., 3 Sept. 2014
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A disappointing read - the basic idea is good but the author is unable to present characters and situations in a satisfying fashion. As long as you do not expect to be moved or provoked into thinking in depth the novel is ok - but I ask more of a book than this rather empty story.


Moon Tiger (Penguin Modern Classics)
Moon Tiger (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Penelope Lively
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.29

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent novel, 3 Sept. 2014
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This novel is rightly placed in Penguin Modern Classics and earlier won a Booker Prize. It has an excellent and helpful introduction by Anrthony Thwaite which, taken with the brief account of the story on the back cover, serves to orient the reader in what may be experienced as a slightly chaotic beginning. Speaking as a 93-yeqr old I can only say that it makes sense to me that its main character, Claudia, reviews her professional and private life as she lays dying. As the story unfolds it provides a gripping description of how these two aspects of her life are interwoven with the world's history. The result is a thought provoking and emotionally satisfying read.
Its plot and chaqracters stay with one long after one has finished Reading. Highly recommended.


French reentry courts and rehabilitation: Mister Jourdain of Desistance
French reentry courts and rehabilitation: Mister Jourdain of Desistance
by Martine Herzog-Evans
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.83

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last - an account in English of a vital part of the French penal system, 24 July 2014
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I can only hope that this research report is widely read. It is a fantastically thorough account of the work of the judge who oversees the execution of sanctions( juge d'application des peines)and at the same time provides an insight into the difficuties faced by the French probation service. In short, the content is both wide and deep. And the fact that Ms Herzog-Evans has given us a translation into English of the original French version is an added bonus. Many of us lack knowledge of the French system of sanctions because of the language barrier and because, alas, there are all too few English translations of French research. This rare exception is a model of intelligent research and reporting.


Looking In the Distance: The Human Search for Meaning
Looking In the Distance: The Human Search for Meaning
by Richard Holloway
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.33

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to look in the distance..., 20 Jun. 2014
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I bought and read this book some years ago and was impressed by the author's tolerant and wise approach to living and dying. I gave my copy to a friend. Now, 93 years old and with some health problems my awareness of our personal mortality is acute. I felt the need for a return to RichardHolloway's book. I am not disappointed. One can live and, I hope, die with a calmed attitude to the brevity of Life and what we do with it. Highly recommended.


Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe
Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe
by Bob Berman
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking but maybe they push their thesis too hard, 17 May 2014
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Excellent account of quantum physicsand resulting philosophy that weirdnesses in view of the universe. Interesting return to Bishop Berkeley's philosophy emphasising thre importance of perception.and its relation to comscious experience. How shall consciousness be explained - if ever? I am somewhat sceptical to their view that consciousness survives bodily death. If so, where was consciousness before we were born? In short, a number of good questions but the answers given ar speculative and uncertain.


The Voyages of the Princess Matilda
The Voyages of the Princess Matilda
by Shane Spall
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best in years, 17 May 2014
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Exciting adventure, encouraging since they were amateirs and nice description of domestic ups and downs in stressful and unstressful situations. Highly recommmeded reading


The Armada Legacy (Ben Hope, Book 8)
The Armada Legacy (Ben Hope, Book 8)
by Scott Mariani
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring beastliness, 31 Dec. 2013
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The author presents an improbable character in Ben Hope. I found him hopeless. In the absence of skilful writing we are presented with carefully described cruelties. No thanks - not for me...


Skios
Skios
by Michael Frayn
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Psychoanalysis and the problems of living, 31 Dec. 2013
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Noel Coward in one of his plays described psychoanalysis as four (or was it five?) years of expensive humiliation. Nothing could be farther from that in in these accounts from an analysts case book. We get tantalising glimpses of psychoanalysis in action, its theoreticl bases and the warm, human and disinterested caring of its author. Well worth Reading!


Midnight in Peking: The Murder That Haunted the Last Days of Old China
Midnight in Peking: The Murder That Haunted the Last Days of Old China
by Paul French
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good historical who-dunnit, 31 Dec. 2013
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An unusual historical thriller set against a Chinese background. The exotic details point up the essential mystery. The final revelation is unexpected. It is a true story deftly researched and described. A good read.
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