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Gently floating (Crime connoisseur books)
Gently floating (Crime connoisseur books)
by Alan Hunter
Edition: Unknown Binding

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PUBLISHERS REVIEW [From The Dust Jacket Flaps], 31 May 2009
THE 11th (pipe smoking / peppermint cream eating), CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT GEORGE GENTLY of the YARD, C.I.D. MURDER MYSTERY NOVEL. ... FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, I HAVE SUPPLIED A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE BOOK. [now a television series starring Martin Shaw], AND THIS IS WHAT THE DUST JACKET [the 'blurb'] STATES :

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The river passed its leaden way beneath the medieval, hog-backed bridge at Haynor, scouring the Broads of Flotsam, carrying reeds, ropes, timbers, tins, bottles, back and forth with the ebb and flow, eventually to find the sea. On the night of August 4th it carried the body of the murdered Harry French, boat-builder, charter-fleet owner, widower, with a two-inch wide depression above the nape of the neck where his skull had been shattered.

Superintendent Gently came to Haynor - to find a dozen suspects with cause enough to kill. John French hated his father's tyranny and was heir; Archer, French's foreman, feared his employer and feared for his job; David and Jack Spelton hated the man for his grred, and his threat; Sid and Rhoda Lidney hated him because he despised them, and more ... Any one of them could have killed French. All of them knew who had - of that Gently was convinced. Their lies, evasions, even their truths, were a barricade behind which they sought to protect their own.

Alan Hunter's famous detective, with all those quiet qualities of strength, reasoning and compassion that have endeared him to a host of faithful followers, here sets out to solve a brutal murder in a corner of England he and his creator know so well.

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OTHER BOOK "REVIEWS" :

["Gently Does It"] ... "Fond as we all are of the old familiar faces, it is a particular (and rare) pleasure to be able to welcome a talented newcomer into the blood-soaked circle of true detective novelists. In Chief Inspector Gently of the Yard, Alan Hunter presents a new and most acceptable detective, owing a good deal perhaps to Inspector Maigret, but nevertheless standing solidly in his own very English boots. I look forward to watching this splendidly sympathetic sleuth consume thousands more of his favourite peppermint creams - (@Time and Tide')".

["Gently Sahib"] ... "After eleven books, it is about time that this bloke Gently - now promoted to Chief Supt. Gently C.I.D. - got done. On T.V. Or films. After all, he is as solid (fourteen stone I reckon) as Maigret. Or Cluff. And he comes out very well in this tale of an escaped tiger that eats a blackmailer in an edgy Home Counties market town. A clever murder, says Gently, proves it, shoots a panther, then goes fishing. But he will be back. Many times, I hope. - (Peter Phillips, 'The Sun')."

"Pipe smoking Gently interviews a colourful array of likely suspects, uncovers the flaws in several 'unquestionable' alibis, steers the case through a violent and exciting climax and, in his wisdom, brings matter to a just and tidy finish. A very readable novel with several pleasing touches of humour. - (Edgar Wallace Mystery Magazine)."
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English On The Anvil. (A Language And Composition Course For Secondary Schools)
English On The Anvil. (A Language And Composition Course For Secondary Schools)
by J N. Britton
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars THE PREFACE [From page xii], 31 May 2009
FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, I HAVE SUPPLIED A PHOTOGAPH OF THE BOOK, AND THIS IS THE "PREFACE" FROM page xii.

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It need hardly be said that the guiding principle of this book has been to capture the interest of those who have to use it. No effort has been spared to make the exercises interesting and alive, since the working of the exercises constitutes the main value of the course.

I have aimed at identifying as closely as possible the study of grammar with the study of meaning, and relating both to the work done in composition. Thus errors actually made by boys and girls in the middle forms are made the basis of much of the linguistic study. (Exercises of this nature will be found marked with an asterisk.)

Students are moreover encouraged to tackle the problems of grammar for themselves; abundant material is furnished as evidence from which they may make their own deductions and arrive at an intelligent grasp of the subject. In this way I have avoided giving lists of rules and exceptions which can only be treated as more matter for the memory.

In the chapters dealing with style it will be found that the work in composition has been further related to the work in critical appreciation. Students may thus be made to realise that they are on the lower rungs of the ladder by which great authors have reached renown.

A consideration of verse style has been left out with great reluctance. I feel that this subject can be treated adequately only when it is dealt with in the poetry syllabus and the regular poetry lesson. Space would not permit the inclusion of such a syllabus.

The present volume is intended for intermediate forms. In the next volume it is intended to continue the course and at the same time consolidate the work done here by confining it into the narrower and more orthodox channels required for examination purposes. Thus there will be given explanations of grammatical and critical terms with which the pupils have not been burdened at present, although they are familiarised with the phenomena described by them. A 'museum' of curious exceptions, idiomatic usages, etc., will also be included.

Teachers who are familiar with the work of Dr. P. E. Gurrey will recognise his influence on the methods adopted in this book, and it is a pleasure to own my indebtedness to him. I once again thank Mr. G. R. Mellor for his invaluable assistance, and acknowledge with gratitude the help given by several other friends.
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Best Value Uncovered (Essential Skills for the Public Sector)
Best Value Uncovered (Essential Skills for the Public Sector)
by Jennifer Bean
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars PUBLISHERS REVIEW [From The Books Back Cover], 30 May 2009
FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, I HAVE SUPPLIED A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE BOOK, (which differs from the picture shown by Amazon), AND THIS IS WHAT THE "REVIEW", FROM THE BOOKS BACK COVER. :

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BEST VALUE UNCOVERED : Following the success of other titles in the 'Essential Skills for the Public Sector' series, HB Publications are pleased to present 'Best Value Uncovered'.

This book sets out to assist the reader in understanding the concepts around Best Value and how it can be practically implemented within their organisation.

The areas covered include how to achieve a Best Value service, undertaking fundamental service reviews, and factors to consider in the preparation of the Best Value plan. 'Best Vale Uncovered' aims to assist managers to get the most from the Best Value process and is written in a simple style which can be used by staff at all levels in the organisation.

'Best Value Uncovered' is ideal for managers and staff who have to work in a Best Value environment, particularly if they are having their service area reviewed as part of the Best Value process. This book is a practical text with worked examples and exercises that can be completed as part of a manager's own personal development or as a team event. Although there are many publications covering Best Value, 'Best Value Uncovered' may still prove to be a useful tool, even for those people very conversant with Best Value regime.
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What Went Wrong? Working People and the Ideals of the Labour Movement
What Went Wrong? Working People and the Ideals of the Labour Movement
by Jeremy Seabrook
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PUBLISHERS REVIEW [From The Back Cover], 29 May 2009
FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, I HAVE SUPPLIED A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE BOOK, AND THIS IS WHAT THE PUBLISHERS "REVIEW" STATES [from the back cover]. :

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British workers today earn more money, live better and have better working conditions than ever before; yet in working-class communities all over the country there remains a feeling of pain and resentment, of something having been spoilt or betrayed. To get at the roots of this feeling, Jeremy Seabrook has talked with workers of all ages, kinds and conditions - miners, factory workers, skilled craftsmen, farmers, shop stewards, immigrant labourers, school leavers, pensioners, the unemployed, old socialists and new members of the National Front - in places as different as Wigan and Coventry, Nottingham and Milton Keynes, London and the Rhondda.
'What Went Wrong?' is his moving and disturbing account, rendered mostly in their own words, of how working people live now, and what they think and feel. A book in the tradition of Orwell's classic 'Road To Wigan Pier', it presents no easy answers, but asks questions of vital importance for the political and social future of Britain today.

JEREMY SEABROOK is the author of 'The Unpriviliged' and 'City Close-Up'
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Revolutionary Potential of the Working Class
Revolutionary Potential of the Working Class
by Ernest Mandel
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars THE PUBLISHERS REVIEW [From The Books Back Cover], 25 May 2009
FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, I HAVE SUPPLIED A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE BOOK, AND THIS IS THE "REVIEW", FROM THE BOOKS BACK COVER :

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HAS AMERICA PROVED MARX WRONG?

Does the American working class have a revolutionary future? Or has it forever lost the capacity to transform society?

Have today's radical movements of Blacks, Chicanos, women, and students taken over the leading role Marx assigned to the workers in the process of revolution?

Two noted Marxist scholars examine the latest developments in the U.S. and Western Europe - and conclude that labor will emerge as the most powerful force in future revolutionary struggles.

Ernest Mandel of Belgium has recieved international acclaim for his two-volume 'Marxist Economic Theory', [*1], and his pioneering analysis of present-day capitalism.

George Novak, a leading socialist writer in the United States, is best known for his works on history and philosophy, including 'An Introduction to the Logic of Marxism, Democracy and Revolution,' [*2] and 'Humanism and Socialism'.[*3]

[*1] ... SEE ISBN 0850361664.
[*2] ... SEE ISBN 087348018X
[*3] ... SEE ISBN 0873483094
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Stitch
Stitch
by Mark Morris
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars THE PUBLISHERS REVIEW [From The Dust Jacket Flaps], 24 May 2009
This review is from: Stitch (Hardcover)
FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, I HAVE PROVIDED A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE BOOK, AND THIS IS WHAT THE DUST JACKET [the 'blurb'] STATES :

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Autumn term at Maybury University and as the nights draw in so does an atmosphere of menace. Dan Latcher, a previously quiet and withdrawn student, blossoms overnight into the forceful illusuion-working leader of a charismatic student movement, The Crack - an organisation with the power to shape and alter its followers' personalities, pushing them on to mindless heights of pleasure and pain.

When hitherto bright, vivacious fresher Stephanie Peele becomes one of his converts, her worried room-mate Annie enlists the support of fellow student Ian. While the campus is further beset by an unknown knife-wielding psychopath, Annie and Ian pit their strength against the forces of evil as personified by Latcher and his infinitely more potent puppet master, Peregrine Stitch, voraciously sucking in new converts body and soul...

Mark Morris is one of the brightest new talents in the horror genre. He has written one previous novel, 'TOADY'.

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Mark Morris was born in the mining town of Bolsover in 1963, and then spent his childhood in Tewkesbury, Hong Kong, Newark and Huddersfield. He moved to Leeds in 1981 where he now lives with his wife, Nel. In August 1988 he became a full-time writer on the Enterprise Allowance Scheme and just over a year later saw the release of his first novel, 'TOADY'. Mark's short fiction, articles and reviews have sold to a number of anthologies and magazines including 'Final Shadows', 'Dark Voices 3', 'Darklands', 'Fear', 'Interzone', 'Skeleton Crew', 'The Dark Side' and 'Critical Wave'. Mark also writes a regular horror column for the popular fiction magazine, 'Million'. 'STITCH' is his second novel.
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Death on the Heath
Death on the Heath
by Alan Hunter
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PUBLISHERS REVIEW [From The Dust Jacket Flaps], 21 May 2009
This review is from: Death on the Heath (Hardcover)
[Originally published in the U.K. as "Fields of Heather", by Constable Crime, (1981), ISBN 0 09 464400 4].

THE 28th CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT GEORGE GENTLY, C.I.D., MURDER MYSTERY NOVEL, NOW A TELEVISION SERIES STARRING MARTIN SHAW. ... FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, I HAVE SUPPLIED A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE BOOK, AND THIS IS WHAT THE DUST JACKET, [the 'blurb'] STATES :

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The discovery of a body on a lonely heath in Suffolk is about the last thing Chief Superintendent Gently needs to worry about. His mood already sour due too the untimely departure (on a business trip) of his brand-new wife, Gabrielle, and also because of his dissatisfaction with their new domicile ("a convenience, not a home!"), his first day back to work after his honeymoon is more than he bargained for.

The body in Suffolk turns out to be that of Frederick Quennell, an amateur yachtsman, and managing director of a printing and book manufacturing firm in East Anglia. As Gently delves into the case, he learns that Quennell's family affairs were in complete disarray: he had been estranged from his wife, who was having an affair with an artist named Andrew Reymerston. More bad news for Gently - Reymerston had been the man who a few years before had effectively destroyed a murder investigation just as it was about to bear fruit, and Gently had always assumed him to be the guilty party. It had never been proved.

Quennell himself had been involved with one of the secretaries at his company. The children, rather strange and suspicious in their own right, cause no end of trouble for the police investigation.

Gently soon discovers that Quennell had recently replaced one Raymond Tallis as the head of the firm, adding yet another suspect to the growing list. The Tallis' family affairs are also a mess, and as it turns out, inextricably intertwined with those of the Quennell family. Tallis' brother, Arthur, had drowned in a boating accident a year earlier, with both Tallis and Quennell aboard. Then Tallis had quickly married his brother's widow.

With the tranquil Suffolk seascapes as backdrop for this less-than-genteel story of passion and murder, Gently applies himself to the task of sorting out the complicated emotional entanglements that bind the dead man's family, friends and associates. As Hunter's down-to-earth detective explores the love, hatred, jealousy and remorse that grip these various characters, he uncovers not just one previous murder, but two, each having a poignant and important bearing on the matter at hand.

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SOME REVIEWS FROM PREVIOUS "GENTLY" NOVELS :

["Gently French"] .... GENTLY FRENCH is the twentieth crime story by Alan Hunter to be published by Cassell. For eighteen years he has been creating mysteries for Gently to solve. Originally hailed as an English Maigret, Gently soon took his own highly individual place among the most popular of policemen in English detective fiction. He has been widely praised by most of our home critics but his skill has also been acknowledged abroad. Discussing Alan Hunter's work in the 'New York Times Book Review,' Anthony Boucher described Gently as: ... "probably the best interrogator in the business today."

["Gently Does It"] ... In 1955, when his first story, "Gently Does It" was published, he was welcomed in 'Time and Tide' in these terms: ...."Fond as we all are of the old familiar faces, it is a particular (and rare) pleasure to be able to welcome a talented newcomer into the blood-soaked circle of true detective novelists. In Chief Inspector Gently of the Yard, Alan Hunter presents a new and most acceptable detective, owing a good deal perhaps to Inspector Maigret, but nevertheless standing solidly in his own very English boots. The author is careful to point out that 'Gently Does It' is a detective story but not a whodunit, and broadly speaking this claim is upheld, though the identity of the murderer is by no means immediately apparent. The county-town background is lovingly authentic, and the author's bold determination to share all clues and information equally with the reader and the Chief Inspector pays handsome dividends. We accompany Gently fascinated from hunch to clue to certainty and finally, in a very tight corner, to proof. I look forward to watching this splendidly sympathetic sleuth consume thousands more of his favourite peppermint creams. ('Time and Tide')".

["Gently by the Shore"]. ... The following year 'Gently by the Shore' confirmed his success and F.E.Pardoe wrote in the 'Birmingham Post': ..."When Alan Hunter introduced Chief Inspector Gently just over twelve months ago, it looked as though an important new figure had joined the ranks of fictional detectives; 'Gently by the Shore' more than fulfils the promise of the earlier book." ... Midway through his career, Julian Symons in the 'Sunday Times' described his tenth story as "a wholly modern blend of thriller and puzzle that defies categorisation. Don't on any account miss it."

Every year since 1955 (and occasionally twice a year) a new Gently has appeared, and in 1971 Mathew Coady wrote in the 'Guardian': ... "It's a measure of Mr Hunter's skill that after eighteen investigations one always wants more."
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Thomas Hardy: A Wayfarer
Thomas Hardy: A Wayfarer
by Anna D. Winchcombe
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars INTRODUCTION [From Within, page (ix)], 19 May 2009
FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, I HAVE SUPPLIED A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE BOOKLET, AND THIS IS WHAT THE "INTRODUCTION" STATES :

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For some time there had been an expressed need for a short biography of Thomas Hardy, suitable for young people who found themselves studying his works for various examinations, whether these be General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level, Certificate of Secondary Education, or Ordinary National Diploma or Certificate in some subject, or who had a general interest in the author.

Last year staff at Dorset County Library were casting around for a permanent contribution it could make to the memory of Thomas Hardy in 1978, to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of his death, and the centenary of publication of one of his major novels, 'The Return of the Native'. It seemed reasonable to produce a biography of the type which was needed and it was learned that the Thomas Hardy Society would appreciate such a publication.

This biography by Mrs Anna Winchcombe, tenant at Hardy's Birthplace, Higher Bockhampton, is the result, and the County Library and the Society are jointly responsible for its publication. There can be no doubt that Mrs Winchcombe has produced a work which should meet the needs of most young people, giving them an insight into both the life and ideas of Thomas Hardy, and which may lead them to a greater understanding of his writing and lifelong appreciation of the beauty to be found in the novels and poems.

Mrs Winchcombes's quotations from the poems are particularly apt and she puts the novels well into the social background to which their themes belong.

The illustrations have been carefully chosen to bring out the essence of Hardy's life and his background of "Wessex". It was hoped to locate new portraits so as to get away from the usual ones which are so hackneyed by constant use, but, despite all the resources at our disposal, this proved not to be possible.

For many people Thomas Hardy is an integral part of Dorset and both the County Library Service and the Thomas Hardy Society hope that this p8ublication will enable many young readers of the future to appreciate him as a man, novelist, poet and prophet honoured in his own County.

H E Radford
County Librarian
February 1978


Soft Drink, Hard Labour: Guatemalan Workers Take on Coca-cola
Soft Drink, Hard Labour: Guatemalan Workers Take on Coca-cola
by Mike Gatehouse
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars REVIEW [From The Back Cover Of The Pamphlet], 18 May 2009
FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, I HAVE SUPPLIED A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE PAMPHLET, AND THIS IS THE REVIEW FROM THE BACK COVER :

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For nine years the 450 workers at the Coca-Cola bottling plant in Guatemala City fought a battle with their employers for their jobs, their trade union and their lives. Three times they occupied the plant - on the last occasion for thirteen months. Three General Secretaries of their union were murdered and five other workers killed. Four more were kidnapped and have disappeared.

Against all the odds they survived, thanks to their own extraordinary courage and help from fellow trade unionists in Guatemala and around the world. A huge international campaign of protests and boycotts was central to their struggle. As a result, the Coca-Cola workers forced concessions from one of the world's largest multinational food giants, and kept the Guatemalan trade union movement alive through a dark age of government repression.

'A remarkable story of the courage and determination of working people in a distant country.' - [Ron Todd, General Secretary of the TGWU]
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A Handbook On Sickle Cell Disease: A Guide For Families. (A Sickle Cell Society Publication)
A Handbook On Sickle Cell Disease: A Guide For Families. (A Sickle Cell Society Publication)
by Elizabeth Anionwu
Edition: Pamphlet

5.0 out of 5 stars INTRODUCTION [From Within], 18 May 2009
FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, I HAVE SUPPLIED A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE BOOK, AND HERE IS THE INTRODUCTION FROM WITHIN :

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We have written this handbook mainly for families affected by Sickle cell disease. We hope that it will help you understand more about what Sickle cell disease is, how it is inherited, and how to cope with any problems and difficulties that you may run into.

We have based the book on our own experiences with families affected by Sickle cell disease, and we have tried to answer the questions that people most often ask us. We have also tried to use sim-ple straightforward language, and to avoid complicated medical terms. (The glossary in section 15 gives simple explanations of the medical words we have had to use).

You will notice that we have used 'may'. 'perhaps' and 'sometimes' a lot in this handbook. This is for two reasons. Firstly, we do not want to be too definite. Not everyone with Sickle cell disease has the same symptoms or problems. Every person is different. Secondly, doctors and nurses may not always give the same advice. Doctors in different areas may have different ideas and ways of treating Sickle cell disease. Research is also producing new ideas and some doctors are more up to date than others.

If you are reading this handbook because you or someonne you know has Sickle cell disease, you may first want to know exactly what kind of Sickle cell disease it is. We suggest that you ask your doctor. If you have any difficulties please contact us at the Sickle Cell Society.

....... [ a paragraph of thanks to various individuals and advisory bodies, et cetera ...

We sincerely hope that this handbook will bring greater understanding and will be of value to all our readers.
Elizabeth Anionwu and June Hall
Sickle Cell Society
May 1983.

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REVIEW FROM THE BACK COVER :
Here are the comments of one parent who has a child with Sickle cell disease -

"I found this handbook on Sickle cell disease very easy to follow, which is important, yet at the same time it made a lot of things clearer in my mind. Having the information laid out in a simple way enables everyone in the family to clearly understand what Sickle cell disease is all about.

It has made me less frightened and more able to come to terms with my child's illness. It was particularly helpful to be able to go through the book in my own time and at my own pace. Now I feel much more confident about discussing this further with my doctor.

I am sure that this handbook will help other people in the same way as it has helped me."
PAULINE WILSON, Parent
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