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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but pricy, 16 Jan. 2016
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I find Turkish is difficult to learn as the linguistic structure is totally different from most European languages. I have tried using a "learn by heart how to cope in typical situations" approach. This works, but is limited. This book is better as it explains more how the grammar and suffixes work. The drawback here is that there is no help with the pronunciation. [Despite the illustration there are no CDs or tapes.] There was a caveat to that effect in the description, so I can't complain too much, but without them the price was rather too high. It is the best book on learning Turkish I've seen though.


DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Sri Lanka
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Sri Lanka
by DK
Edition: Flexibound

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars well illustrated with good tourist info, 2 Dec. 2015
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Practical, well illustrated with good tourist info. Excellent slim volume.


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1.0 out of 5 stars The soft-close works but seems an unnecessary feature which probably puts the price up, 13 Sept. 2015
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As described and pictured. The soft-close works but seems an unnecessary feature which probably puts the price up.


Groves MR4660/FUC | Black Sewing Machine Bag | 43 x 35 x 22cm
Groves MR4660/FUC | Black Sewing Machine Bag | 43 x 35 x 22cm
Offered by sewing-online
Price: £15.36

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A smart looking bag., 11 May 2015
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The bag seems strong enough - maybe the corners could have a bit more protection? The machine fits inside. The bag looks smart; the service was good. Only time will tell re the robustness of the bag.


Flymo FTL330 Turbo Lite Electric Hover Lawnmower - Orange
Flymo FTL330 Turbo Lite Electric Hover Lawnmower - Orange
Price: £78.00

4.0 out of 5 stars but overall it seems good value. Time will tell, 21 April 2015
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Lightweight and cuts well. The blade seems to be rather insubstantial, but overall it seems good value. Time will tell


SOE The Special Operations Executive: Outline History of the Special Operations Executive, 1940-46
SOE The Special Operations Executive: Outline History of the Special Operations Executive, 1940-46
by M. R. D. Foot
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ... its age the book was delivered speedily and in excellent condition. I like Foot's style and his forthright ..., 21 April 2015
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Despite its age the book was delivered speedily and in excellent condition. I like Foot's style and his forthright judgments, but some of his work has been overtaken by more recent studies by Sarah helm at al. I found it to be an extremely interesting and informative read. If I have a criticism, it is that, for an academic, he has a tendency to accept at face value oral testimony without much reservation eg Barbie's anecdote about the arrest of Jean Moulin and Buckmeister and Atkins are hardly censured at all.


Big Wing: Biography of Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory
Big Wing: Biography of Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory
by Bill Newton Dunn
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Detailed but biased., 6 Mar. 2015
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The star rating is for meeting my expectations, not for the content, It is more a hagiography than an objective account of his life and a balanced assessment of his achievements, but that is what I expected and it is an interesting, if infuriating, read. Some of the detail is fascinating, as is what is omitted, either deliberately or because the information was not available at the time. The book's condition was almost as described - some of the photos were stuck together.


Bomber Boys: The RAF Offensive of 1943: The Ruhr, the Dambusters and Bloody Berlin (Bomber War Trilogy 1)
Bomber Boys: The RAF Offensive of 1943: The Ruhr, the Dambusters and Bloody Berlin (Bomber War Trilogy 1)
by Kevin Wilson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A distressing read, 23 Jan. 2014
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Well researched and well written, but the wholesale losses of so many young volunteers, particularly in view or recent analyses of results, does not make for happy reading. It is full of detail re training, operations, aircrew life and remarkable survivals.


Fire from the Forest: The SAS Brigade in France, 1944 (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS)
Fire from the Forest: The SAS Brigade in France, 1944 (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS)
by Roger Ford
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Ike may have been right, 23 Jan. 2014
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Eisenhower rightly recognised the contribution the resistance forces made to the defeat of the Germans. This has been disputed by recent commentators. Whoever is right, the bravery and dedication of these volunteers cannot be doubted and is well illustrated in this very readable account.


No Cloak, No Dagger: Allied Spycraft in Occupied France
No Cloak, No Dagger: Allied Spycraft in Occupied France
by Benjamin Cowburn
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A reticent spy, 23 Jan. 2014
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A very spare style and not a lot of detail, but a very honest and moving account of early SOE operations.


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