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Shock and Awe: Glam Rock and Its Legacy, from the Seventies to the Twenty-First Century
Shock and Awe: Glam Rock and Its Legacy, from the Seventies to the Twenty-First Century
by Simon Reynolds
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.45

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 3 May 2017
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Fills in details in an fascinating way. Really brings the era to life and puts artists in context.


His Bloody Project
His Bloody Project
by Graeme Macrae Burnet
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 3 May 2017
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really enjoyable and beautifully written novel


Black Box Thinking: Marginal Gains and the Secrets of High Performance
Black Box Thinking: Marginal Gains and the Secrets of High Performance
by Matthew Syed
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 3 May 2017
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important book for all decision makers and risk managers


Key Person of Influence (Revised Edition): The Five-Step Method to become one of the most highly valued and highly paid people in your industry
Key Person of Influence (Revised Edition): The Five-Step Method to become one of the most highly valued and highly paid people in your industry
by Daniel Priestley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 3 May 2017
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really excellent and easy read


Ocean Ships
Ocean Ships
by Allan Ryszka-Onions
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £30.00

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars, 3 May 2017
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too much of the book is devoted to non passenger ships


The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World's Largest Religion is Seeking a Better Way to Be Christian
The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World's Largest Religion is Seeking a Better Way to Be Christian
by Brian D. Mclaren
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book which you MUST read, 22 Feb. 2017
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Wonderful, really important book. Should be read by all who are looking for a new and relevant way to view the work of the churches (as schools and places of love) and spirituality.


Poacher's Pilgrimage: An Island Journey
Poacher's Pilgrimage: An Island Journey
by Alastair McIntosh
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.89

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read, a tour de force, wonderfully evocative, 12 July 2016
The human ecologist, Alastair McIntosh has already established his credentials as one of Scotland’s greatest living authors. Soil and Soul and Hell and High Water achieved that a few years ago and, since then, Island Spirituality and Spiritual Activism (co-authored with Matt Carmichael) have kept the pot boiling. His latest offering, Poacher’s Pilgrimage, is a tour de force. If this was just a travel book, taking us on a journey up and around the hills and across and through the moorland and rivers of Harris and Lewis, it would be a wonderfully evocative story of a man revisiting his child-hood haunts and reminiscing about a past long gone, as he undertakes a twelve-day hike in one of Scotland’s more remote parts.

McIntosh’s writing is so crisp and tightly woven that it is both hard to skim – each word seems carefully chosen for its particular task – and hard to put down. You really want to know if he made it to a safe place to pitch his tent as the next storm rolled in – or if there really is a hidden well under that moss-covered boulder. He captures perfectly the wilderness with all its awe and charm. But, with this writer, you always get more than you thought you’d bargained for. What learning in both depth and breadth he reveals as he takes us on a spiritual and mystical journey. Who else would be equally at ease (and equally accepted) discussing either mutually assured destruction with the country’s leading generals, over drinks at their staff college, or the stories of the sith (the faerie tradition) and second sight with an elderly resident of the islands, living by paraffin lamp in her isolated cottage?

Who else would cite Patti Smith, Buffy St Marie, John Martyn and Pink Floyd alongside Yeats, Erich Fromm, JM Barrie, Thomas Merton, Martin Luther, Freud and Disraeli, and numerous island and Gaelic scholars and clergymen? Indeed, McIntosh lays out his stall early: “one can seek to penetrate in ways that question the very structures of space and time, exploring consciousness and meaning in the deeper realms of life within the soul.” It’s a quest to find out what it is “we’re inside of”, an ecology of the imagination. It's a must-read for all who seek deeper meaning.


Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life
Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life
by Richard Rohr
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.98

5.0 out of 5 stars An essential read, 12 Jun. 2015
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One of the most important books you will read. An extraordinary insight into the human condition, and our journey from self to other. The two stages of life and what it means to experience the non-dualism which was exemplified by Jesus. Rohr is a gifted writer who reveals timeless truths about God and faith.


Good for You, Great for Me: Finding the Trading Zone and Winning at Win-Win Negotiation
Good for You, Great for Me: Finding the Trading Zone and Winning at Win-Win Negotiation
by Lawrence Susskind
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 31 Oct. 2014
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Excellent summary of strategies and techniques.


Caledonian Dreaming: The Quest for a Different Scotland (Open Scotland)
Caledonian Dreaming: The Quest for a Different Scotland (Open Scotland)
Price: £6.64

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all interested in UK politics, 7 May 2014
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This is a really important book. For anyone interested in gaining a real understanding of the dynamics behind the political developments in Scotland in the past generation and more, this is a rich and well-researched resource. The book challenges orthodoxies and received wisdom across the political spectrum, calling to account those on the left and the right who seem locked into old paradigms. More than this, though, Hassan presents a challenge to our thinking about democracy and poses questions which go to the heart of modern politics. A book for our time by one of the most thoughtful writers of our time.


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