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AVF Buckingham Walnut TV Stand Oval Shaped with 2 Shelves for 14 - 40 inch LCD Plasma LED Screens
AVF Buckingham Walnut TV Stand Oval Shaped with 2 Shelves for 14 - 40 inch LCD Plasma LED Screens
Offered by The Plasma Centre
Price: £249.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smart and neat TV cabinet, 9 Nov. 2016
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I bought this for my 40 inch TV and it fits neatly into the corner of my living room. It's nice and compact and houses my TV equipment well whilst hiding the cables behind. If you wanted somewhere to store DVDs, you'd have to buy something larger.
Assembly took about an hour and requires 2 people as the oval shape and glass shelves mean it's good if one person holds parts in place while the other secures the various screws in position. The instructions were accurate and easy enough to follow.


In Order To Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom
In Order To Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom
Price: £4.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A young woman escaping persecution, 11 Nov. 2015
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This is an affecting and timely book for our times. Yeonmi describes why she and her family have to flee North Korea - they are in fear for their lives. After escaping into China as a young teenager, she and her mother immediately fall into the hands of people traffickers.
Through their resilience and will-power they escape death again and succeed in reaching 'safety' in South Korea. Here they must endure the indignities of the refugee processing system before they can begin a new life, but prejudice and isolation do not make this easy.
Yeonmi was only born in 1993 and it's amazing what she has overcome. Written with unflinching honesty, this very young woman lays clear the realities of refugee life. An important book and particularly recommended for teenagers who will be able to relate to what a person their age has been through.


Amy & Isabelle
Amy & Isabelle
by Elizabeth Strout
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story of outsiders and secrets, 4 Nov. 2015
This review is from: Amy & Isabelle (Paperback)
Amy and her mother Isabelle are both outsiders in the small town of Shirley Falls. Isabelle works as a secretary but never engages with her co-workers, instead she spends her time fantasising about her aged boss. She is struggling as a single mother to teenaged Amy, who like her mother, finds it hard to connect with with her peers. Amy is delighted when new maths teacher Mr Robertson shows her special attention and so begins a torrid after-school relationship.
During the course of a long, sultry summer in Shirley Falls, mother and daughter endure the fall-out from Amy's affair which blows away the elaborate constructs that Isabelle has built her life on.
Although not as accomplished as Strout's later work Olive Kitteridge: A Novel in Stories, I found a lot to enjoy in this novel. Amy and Isabelle are well-drawn and the excrutiating awfulness of their relationship is really affecting. The cast of supporting characters are good and the secrets and petty disputes of small-town life are well described.


Family Life: Birth, Death and the Whole Damn Thing
Family Life: Birth, Death and the Whole Damn Thing
by Elisabeth Luard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging family memoir, 2 Nov. 2015
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In the prologue to this book, Elizabeth Luard admits her family were 'unusual' in that they were able to up sticks and live where they wanted. Her husband Nicholas Luard was a writer and so the family were able to decamp from London to Spain when her four children were very young, then to France and back to the UK when they were teenagers
Along the way they have more than their fair share of tribulations: Elizabeth loses two children due to Rhesus incompatability and her eldest daughter dies in her late 20s from complications from Aids. But this doesn't make the book depressing as Luard vividly describes the labour of love of child-rearing and family life. This is brought all the more to life by her evocative descriptions of the foreign climes that they lived in and the food they ate. Food and meal times are the glue that bring the family together and mark the passing of the years - recipes of the family's favourites are included throughout the book.
The final part of the book is a tribute to her dead daughter Francesca - Luard uses her daughter's diaries to describe her illness and then takes over to tell of the last few weeks of her life in a London hospital. What shines through this awful, tragic time is the family's love and joy they find in each other - even after the death of one of them they still come together to enjoy life and to eat.
This book reminded me of the late Laurie Colwin's,Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen, another woman's memoir of family and food.


Waboba Ball Extreme Bounces On Water
Waboba Ball Extreme Bounces On Water
Offered by 123 DIRECT LTD
Price: £10.74

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't get hit by one of these, 5 Aug. 2015
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The third one of these I've bought for my sons and husband. Brilliant for skimming across the water at high speed. Beware other pool users so might be best kept for the sea.


El Naturalista Espiral, Women's Slingback Open-Toe Sandals, Arandano, 6 UK (39 EU)
El Naturalista Espiral, Women's Slingback Open-Toe Sandals, Arandano, 6 UK (39 EU)

4.0 out of 5 stars Flattering shoe, 5 Aug. 2015
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These shoes are as good as it gets for me with heels - I wore them for the first time all day at a wedding. Nice bright colour and a flattering style. Good quality at a good price.


Teva Kayenta Dream Weave Women's Walking Sandals - SS17 - 6
Teva Kayenta Dream Weave Women's Walking Sandals - SS17 - 6
Offered by Springfield Camping Ltd
Price: £55.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, cooling sandal, 8 Jun. 2015
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A good, supportive walking sandal if you're past the age when flipflops are realistic holiday footwear. They keep your feet cool while you walk on a variety of surfaces and it doesn't matter if you get them wet. My feet are an average size 6 and these fitted well without any wearing-in blisters.
I bought mine last summer and they're still good for this year.


Skytronic Pack of 5 - UK to EU Travel Adaptors
Skytronic Pack of 5 - UK to EU Travel Adaptors
Offered by Newin Home
Price: £2.40

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worked well, 8 Jun. 2015
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Excellent value and a good product. Unfortunately I'll have to buy again after all our luggage was stolen at the end of our holiday in Italy!


Birkenstock Ansterdam, Unisex-Adults' Clogs, Anthracite, 5 UK (Normal)
Birkenstock Ansterdam, Unisex-Adults' Clogs, Anthracite, 5 UK (Normal)
Price: £37.40

3.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable footbed, 8 Jun. 2015
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Having worn Birkenstock sandals for some years, I bought these clogs for their comfortable and supportive footbed.
The outer covering was less successful for me as it wasn't as warm and cosy as some slippers I've owned and I did go off them a bit when my son told me they looked like they were made of felt.
As usual with Birkenstocks I bought European size 38 which suits my English size 6 feet the best.


My Revision Notes OCR (A) GCSE Schools History Project 2nd Edition
My Revision Notes OCR (A) GCSE Schools History Project 2nd Edition
by Louise O'Gorman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent revision guide, 8 Jun. 2015
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My son found this revision guide invaluable when preparing for his history GCSE on the american west and medicine through the ages. Its treatment of each topic was thorough - even better than his teacher's notes in some cases.
My children have used plenty of revision guides over the years and this one seemed a cut above the rest. It was well laid out and detailed without the jokey comments and silly cartoons which seem to appear in other such guides.


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