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I'm Not with the Band: A Writer's Life Lost in Music
I'm Not with the Band: A Writer's Life Lost in Music
by Sylvia Patterson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.91

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swingorilliant and sad, 7 July 2016
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Funny, sad and fascinating. One of NME's best ever writers on toe-curlingly awkward celeb encounters, her own life and the demise of magazines.


iPhone SE Case, Premium, Black Italian Leather Flip down Case by TORRO (To fit iPhone SE, iPhone 5S and iPhone 5)
iPhone SE Case, Premium, Black Italian Leather Flip down Case by TORRO (To fit iPhone SE, iPhone 5S and iPhone 5)
Offered by TORRO Cases
Price: £20.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Smart and toddler-proof, 22 Sept. 2015
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This is the third Torro case I've bought: my wife's on her second one and we've just bought one for her dad. It looks and feels good, fits properly and can withstand the attention of the world's most destructive toddler.


Angels Of The North
Angels Of The North
Price: £4.31

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gritty masterpiece., 19 Jan. 2015
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In a better world Ray Banks would sell so many books he’d be able to build a castle out of diamonds. Maybe this book will do the trick and deliver his long overdue invite to the top table of crime writers: it’s a masterpiece, the kind of book that grips you and leaves you shell-shocked.
Set in Gateshead in the mid-1980s, Angels of the North is about… well, it’s about everything. It’s about pride and greed, about heroes and villains, about drugs and despair, about broken noses and broken promises. It’s a beautifully written story of three very different people whose lives collide in horrific and ultimately heartbreaking ways.
And in some ways it’s also about people who don’t appear in the book, the people whose political priorities abandoned generations of workers and enabled the creation of no-go areas like the one these Angels inhabit. It’s set in a time when everything in Britain changed, when heavy industries disappeared and the social contract was ripped to ribbons, when the government of the day seriously considered leaving Northern cities to “managed decline” as spending any money outside London was like “trying to make water flow uphill”. The characters in Angels of the North are trying to survive in that climate. They demean themselves for low-paid work with even lower status, they turn blind eyes to try and help others out, and they try to remain part of a community in a country that says there’s no such thing.
Ultimately, though, this is a novel about people trying to survive in a world that couldn’t care less about them. All the Banks trademarks are here: characters that feel real, pitch-perfect dialogue, some wonderful phrasing and heart-stopping outbreaks of unflinching, visceral violence. This isn’t a violent book, but the violence that does occur is never sugar-coated or glamourised, and it’s never without consequences.
I’m a huge fan of Ray Banks’ books, and I left the new James Ellroy, Stephen King and Peter James novels on the shelf to devour Angels of the North first. That was the right choice. It may only be January, but I think I’ve already found my favourite book of 2015.


Tomy TF525 Digital Baby Monitor (White)
Tomy TF525 Digital Baby Monitor (White)
Price: £39.34

1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible, 7 May 2014
This is our second tomy in less than a year, and it's the second one to die for no apparent reason in less than six months of use. When it does work it's fairly good, but the lights are far too bright and it's too easy to trigger music that wakes the baby.


VEO iPad Air Case - Full Body Smart Cover for iPad Air (5th Generation), Blue
VEO iPad Air Case - Full Body Smart Cover for iPad Air (5th Generation), Blue
Offered by JAMMYLIZARD
Price: £21.95

5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't trust the photos, 27 Nov. 2013
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I ordered the lime green one (photo and option now removed) and it's nothing of the sort: it's a horrible turquoise colour best described as "vile old woman's purse" or "newborn's nappy". Colour aside the case fits my iPad Air okay, but the front cover feels very flimsy and after two days it's already starting to go out of shape.

All that aside, if all you want is a protective case/cover then this is fine. But there's a reason it's so much cheaper than Apple's version.


CiberDirect Compatible Laser Toner Cartridge To Replace Samsung 1052L (MLT-D1052L). 2,500 Pages.
CiberDirect Compatible Laser Toner Cartridge To Replace Samsung 1052L (MLT-D1052L). 2,500 Pages.
Offered by Ciberdirect
Price: £16.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Completely unusable, 19 Aug. 2013
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You don't expect perfect quality from low-cost compatible toners, but you do expect them to work. This one just turns every page grey and overlays the mess with indistinct, smeared, illegible print.


How a Gunman Says Goodbye (The Glasgow Trilogy)
How a Gunman Says Goodbye (The Glasgow Trilogy)
by Malcolm Mackay
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the third instalment, 15 July 2013
Like The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter, this book is fat-free - there isn't a wasted word - and utterly gripping: I devoured both books in two sittings and can't wait for the third part of the trilogy. There are lots of crime novels, but there aren't many as good as this.


Griffin Folio Case with Stand for iPad Mini - Black/Pink
Griffin Folio Case with Stand for iPad Mini - Black/Pink
Offered by DiscountDiscs
Price: £6.90

4.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and cheerful, 24 April 2013
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I bought this for my five-year-old's iPad mini and it's just the job: tough enough to withstand everyday lumps and bumps. It looks good (better in reality than it does in the photos) and the only real niggle is that it can be a bit hard to access some of the iPad's buttons.


Matador
Matador
by Ray Banks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.64

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No bull: this is Banks at his brilliant, bloody best, 24 April 2013
This review is from: Matador (Paperback)
Ray Banks is rightly praised for his gritty British crime stories and the bleak, blackly funny Cal Innes series. On the face of it, Matador isn't like any of those books - set in Spain it has an epic, widescreen feel; it feels more ambitious, more adventurous, like somebody's upgraded Banks to Full HD - but while the setting and characters may have little in common with Banks' other books, it's as punchy, powerful and violent as you'd expect a Ray Banks book to be.

It's very hard to describe Matador without giving away any crucial plot points, so I'll keep it short and simple: it's about a killer, and criminals, and memory loss, and what happens when somebody has a score to settle and nothing left to lose. One to pick up and devour in a single sitting.


Dirty Work: The Collected Cal Innes Stories
Dirty Work: The Collected Cal Innes Stories

4.0 out of 5 stars I'm going to miss Cal Innes, 16 April 2013
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Ray Banks' trouble-prone star might not be coming back in any novels, but if you're missing your Cal Innes fix then this collection of hard-hitting short stories should help with the withdrawal symptoms. These are fast, funny and beautifully observed tales leavened with pitch-black humour and a quite a lot of the old ultraviolence.


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