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The Moonlit Garden
The Moonlit Garden
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5.0 out of 5 stars Accolade!, 9 Mar. 2016
let me add my five stars to the score for Corina Boman. Only an excellent book can be rendered excellently in translation!


Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind
Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Art History brought to life, 8 Nov. 2015
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Here on Italian TV we have recently followed some Art History programme on the 15th century artist Paolo Uccello, and in particular about his enormous three part painting of the Battle of San Romano. This is the piece of art that joins up the three intertwined stories in this book.
Here Anne Charnock brings Art History to life, no longer a mere academic displine designed to bore 99% of pupils out of their minds.
As Paolo Uccello in the fifteenth century, before retiring from active pianting, tutors his daughter Antonia in composition and perspective; as teenage Toni in the present age follows observes her father in his craft of copying old masters for rich foreign customers; as Tonia a century in the future sets out on her career after her art history post graduate course, with the ambition of ricovering the fogotten women artists of the past, Charnock takes us by the hand and shows us why all this matters.
A wonderful book. It needs translating into Italian at once!


The Muse 'n' Write Kindle Short Reads Publishing Secret: How to Quickly Generate Contents for Short Kindle Books You Can Start Selling in Less than 7 Days
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2.0 out of 5 stars Faint Praise, damning with!, 15 Oct. 2015
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This booklet is written in a most un-english English. At times barely comprehensible.
The idea that to get your ideas published you should just jump in and get on with it comes through clearly, and may well work in some cases.
Proof being that this book has been published!
For the price of 99 p. it was worth buying, just to find out what insights the author has to offer.


ENCYCLICAL LETTER LAUDATO SI': On care for our common home: Green encyclical on the environment.
ENCYCLICAL LETTER LAUDATO SI': On care for our common home: Green encyclical on the environment.

5.0 out of 5 stars Could this be the most readable encyclical letter ever?, 14 July 2015
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Perhaps the most readable encyclical letter ever.
And most pertinent for everyone, not just Catholics: if the world, and humanity with it, is to survive then there are many common behaviours that we must grow out of, and here Pope Francis is pointing them out.
There is only one way of saving the world and all of us living in it, and that is for each of us to care for every living creature, and for the Earth too. But there are millions of ways to bring it down, with all of us on board.
Let's hope the message sinks in in time!


The Underground Mouse
The Underground Mouse
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4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful first childrens' story from Ingrid Stone - I hope there will be more to come., 8 May 2015
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With nine grandchildren between 5 and 16 years old, I wish this story had been published ten years ago! It is just right for parents or grandparents to read with their little ones.
You can feel that it has been written by a mother for her daughter; it tells of things she would be familiar with - the London Underground, the station names, the hurry of the passengers - all on a scale so much bigger than the young child. It relates an adventure on an even smaller scale: of a mouse who loses his parents and siblings after an explosion has interrupted the normal Underground way of life. It tells of his adventures as he manages to survive, and how in the end he gets back home.
For a moment I thought it would make a good childrens' TV cartoon, better than many; but on second thoughts, that would waste the opportunity of child-parent special time.
An opportunity non to be missed!
I hope Ms Stone is already writing more stories!


Encyclopédie de Diderot et d'Alembert Tome II - F à O (French Edition)
Encyclopédie de Diderot et d'Alembert Tome II - F à O (French Edition)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If what you need is here then this book will be priceless, 1 Feb. 2015
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It is just incredible to be able to set your eyes on an encyclopedia published in 1777.
You can find all sorts of things: I found a clearer explanation of the English law of Habeas Corpus than I ever heard at school, or since. 
Or again, I assure you there are six and a half pages on the letter H. I couldn’t believe it. In my concise Oxford (English) dictionary published in 1968 this letter gets just two lines. And one of them is about the fact that you can drop them - the H’s, that is! Are we anglophones just superficial, or what?
And all three volumes can be had on Kindle for about £10!
But a few words of warning:
It is all in French, indecipherable unless you are fairly fluent in that language, or in one of the neo-latin ones like Italian. And then, unless you are french, how often will you need to know all about a specific French word or phrase as it was used almost 250 years ago?
The three volumes come to some 25000 pages in all. Even consulting the books on a PC reader takes a lot of effort to find the page you seek.
But if what you need is in this encyclopedia then it will be invaluable!


Improper Stories
Improper Stories
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Children should be seen but not heard. But here they find delightful ways around the restrictions, 31 Oct. 2014
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This review is from: Improper Stories (Kindle Edition)
Perhaps my generation will get more pleasure from these stories than my grandchildren will. Theirs is a generation without all those restrictions.

In Saki's time these must have been considered seditious by nannies and maiden aunts.

Elegant edwardian prose, a pleasure to read and a window on the way of life in Britain of a century ago.

Ah! the disastrous trip to the beach and the comeuppance in the goosberry garden; the taming of The Beast. A rich handful of tales to feel smug about (for we were once children too).

Try it - There's no harm in pointing fun at self appointed authority nowadays!


The Atopia Chronicles (Atopia Series Book 1)
The Atopia Chronicles (Atopia Series Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars From dream to nightmare. What can happen when we try to play at being gods., 31 Oct. 2014
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Another post apocalypse tale? No, not quite. More like apocalypse in the making.

A brilliant idea to save the planet aims to reduce hedonistic waste by creating the tools to allow virtual hedonism in your mind while enabling you to splinter your attention to tens or even thousands of simultaneous events, promising all the fun you can cope with and no negative side effects.
But human nature being what it is the first use made by the brightest (and best?) of our fellow beings is to speculate on the future, controll others, and just generally to take care of number one. And one by one the side effects become apparent.
So the world seems set to go to hell in a hand basket anyway, in spite of - or because of - the technology.

The sensation of being able to sit in on other peoples' subjective awareness is conveyed through multi-narrator versions of the same events. Confusing at first but surprisingly easy to get the hang of.

There are sequels. But best start at the beginning!

And fasten your seat belts, it’s a hectic ride!


Charming the Shrew (The Legacy of MacLeod Book 1)
Charming the Shrew (The Legacy of MacLeod Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is much more than the title implies., 10 April 2014
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As yet almost all of the reviews of this book are only a few lines long. It calls for more, reviving memories of both Shakespeare and Robert Louis Stevenson.
The link to Shakespeare is obvious, but here the taming is by warmth and friendship rather than by grinding down the opposition.
Did you know, though, that Stevenson wrote a novel called Catriona around 1900? Based mainly in Edinburgh this love story is complicated by the fact that neither she no he believes the other will be interested, and so they never manifest their true feelings.
In "Charming…" the young ones' reticence stems from the problems that their clan loyalty calls forth.
Where this book fits in to the Classics scenario is not the subject of this review: but I do say that it was much more fun to read than the works I compare it to, it's historically plausible, and the romantic turn around is sweetly done.


Travels in West Africa
Travels in West Africa
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a book full of wonders!, 29 Mar. 2014
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I totally agree with the other 5star reviewers: this is a book full of wonders! And I too found it following a lead from the book "QI the book of the dead". Seeing the total approval from the other reviewers, I will only add a couple of the points I most admire.

For instance, her take, in the final chapters, on the political aspects of colonialism. Or the urgency for finding preventive cures for malaria - still attributed merely to "bad air", and not yet understood as a mosquito borne parasite. Or her rubbishing of the then prevalent thought that native africans could never become reliable labour: she took the view that only by understanding them and winning their respect could you hope to make progress, and understanding and respecting their beliefs and traditions is more effective than trying to steamroller over all obstacles. How true, still, today, in all human relationships.

In terms of value for money, it is infinite (kindle price: £0.00!). But it does require an investment - of your time (at the first page my Kindle White told me it would take me 9 hours and 8 minutes to complete). 425 pages most of which are replete with information and well thought out opinion on many matters.

I do hope Ken Horton has got around to reading it and will raise his rating to five stars - he is missing an enriching experience. As you are if you don't try it


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