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The Munros: A Walkhighlands Guide
The Munros: A Walkhighlands Guide
by Paul Webster
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you buy ONE book about the Munros, make it THIS one!, 18 Mar. 2015
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This hefty wee brick of a book is THE essential guide to Scotland’s mountains over 3000ft.

Paul and Helen Webster (who run the fabulous WalkHighlands website) have published a superb informative and useful - yet concise - guide to Scotland’s finest peaks.

Before this book, I relied almost exclusively on a couple of books by Cameron McNeish. Since I bought this book, I really don’t think I've opened the McNeish books more than a couple of times.

Anyone who has even the slightest inclination in tackling the highest hills in Scotland should buy this book. A great read, either during the long, dark, cold winter nights at home, planning the walking season ahead, or as a last minute source of crucial practical information the night before you decide to head off.

Superb, highly recommended.


Got to Do the 42- A Tour of Every Scottish League Ground
Got to Do the 42- A Tour of Every Scottish League Ground
by Martin McNelis
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor 'Hunting Grounds' rip-off, 11 Feb. 2015
This'll be like 'Hunting Grounds' by Gary Sutherland - but less enjoyable, then?

Post Script: a word of warning. Whatever you do, Do NOT write anything negative about this book. The author responds by sending a pathetic, ranty, self justifying email. He's clearly a sensitive wee soul, who can't take criticism. Best leave the lad alone in the delusion that what he's written is of even the remotest interest to anyone but himself.
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The Weekend Fix
The Weekend Fix
by Craig Weldon
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking wee book, 17 May 2013
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This is a cracking wee book. Craig Weldon has written a wonderfully light and easy-going record of his expansive hill-walking experiences, with hugely evocative descriptions of the fantastic landscapes he has traversed. Throughout the book, what comes across most strongly is the author's insatiable love for the Great Outdoors.

Anyone who has bagged more than a handful of Munros, will be hit with a sharp note of familiarity as they read about hills they themselves have bagged. Throughout the book, I found myself nodding and smiling, thinking to myself: "Yep, done that one. And that one". Even the hills that I haven't yet bagged, the author manages to transport you there with his descriptions - not so much of the landscape, but rather with the `experience' of walking in the great Scottish outdoors.

"The Weekend Fix" is packed full of humorous wee anecdotes, which any hill-walker will be able to relate to. I particularly enjoyed reading about "burning off" other hill-walkers. (Thank goodness! I had thought it was only me who suffered from that particular ego-problem on the hill.)

The short `chapters' make this an ideal book for reading in short bursts (for example on the train to/from work each day?) Reading it like this has only whetted my appetite further for getting out into the hills.

Highly recommended.


Reversing Language Shift: The Role and Social Identity of Scottish Gaelic Learners (Belfast Studies in Language, Culture & Politics) (Belfast Studies in Language, Culture and Politics)
Reversing Language Shift: The Role and Social Identity of Scottish Gaelic Learners (Belfast Studies in Language, Culture & Politics) (Belfast Studies in Language, Culture and Politics)
by Alasdair MacCaluim
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!, 18 Mar. 2011
I can thoroughly recommend this book. It is a finely crafted piece of academic research. It is impossible to underestimate the contibution this monograph has made to the understanding of "the teuchter tung" Quite possibly the new benchmark in Gaelic language shift studies. Every politician should be chained to a desk and forced to read this work. The world would be a better place as a result. The author has created a work of stunning originality and importance.


LAST GREAT FIGHT, THE: The Extraordinary Tale of Two Men and How One Fight Changed Their Lives Forever (St Martins Press)
LAST GREAT FIGHT, THE: The Extraordinary Tale of Two Men and How One Fight Changed Their Lives Forever (St Martins Press)
by Joe Leyden
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great book chronicling a great event, 26 Jun. 2009
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This is a wonderful book. Extremely well written, detailed and full of insight and anecdote about and surrounding what many regard as the greatest sporting upset ever.
What marks this book out from many others of the same ilk is how it manages to portray its two protagonists as human beings - as real people. This is a striking achievement on its own when we consider the brutality and base animalism at the heart of a 'sport' where the intention is to render an opponent physically defenceless by beating him about the head!

Refreshingly, this book doesn't focus on 'Iron' Mike Tyson, or on the myth of his one-time invincibility. The fully rounded treatment of James `Buster' Douglas is welcome, as it `fills in the blanks' for many people who know Douglas ONLY as the guy who beat Tyson. Even Tyson himself is portrayed sympathetically - but not in a fawning or sycophantic way. On the contrary, Tyson's various weaknesses and personal demons before and after 1991 are amply described.

One of the best books about boxing I have read. I would recommend this book for boxing fans and non fans alike.


Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know: The Autobiography
Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know: The Autobiography
by Ranulph Fiennes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.68

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read!, 25 Jun. 2009
MB&DtK is a wonderful read. I had heard of Sir Ranulph Fiennes through various media coverage over a number of years, but my knowledge was generally quite patchy. This book describes his extraordinary life and exploits in breath-taking detail.

The guy is absolutely amazing; a real 'Boys Own Adventure' in the flesh. Not only do we learn about his astonishing Polar exploits and the horrendous hardships he endured, but the various other endeavours leave the reader equally gob-smacked.

The description of his mountain climbing exploits and his amazing 7 marathons, in 7 continents in 7 days simply beggar belief!

If Britain had more men like Sir Ranulph (in politics, in industry) we wouldn't be in the state we are today!

This is an astonishing life told in an immensely readable book.


Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage to the Antarctic
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage to the Antarctic
by Alfred Lansing
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Read!, 17 Jun. 2009
Lansing does a stunning job of describing the unimaginable hellish difficulties experienced by Shackelton and his crew in their Polar exploits. What comes across time and again is the sheer scale and depth of the suffering they endured.

This is a wonderfully evocative book. In his description of its capture and eventual destruction by the closing ice, 'Lansing' almost brings the `Endurance' to life. The reader can almost hear and feel the pain of 'Endurance' as it is crushed, groaning under the growing weight and pressure of the ice - the men's hopes being crushed along with it. In turn, we are painful witness to its slow, agonising death - and eventual abandonment.

A thrilling book, where the author really transports us to the polar wastes with Shackelton and his crew. A REAL adventure story, with timeless values.


Best Word Book Ever (Giant Little Golden Book)
Best Word Book Ever (Giant Little Golden Book)
by Richard Scarry
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Anything by Richard Scarry Rocks!!, 15 Jun. 2009
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Anything by Richard Scarry Rocks!!

Kids of all ages form 2-42 will LOVE Richard Scarry's books. They are ALWAYS colourful, witty, humourous and a delight for helping youngsters to learn about the world around them.

My 2.5 yr old boy loves his RS 'Greatest Word Book Ever', and I have ordered additional copies for various nieces and nephews!

The only minor, niggling complaint is the Americanised spelling and terminology; "faucet, color, meter-maid" etc. Surely the publishers could imprint a UK-English edition? Other than that, near perfect!


Richard Scarry's Planes
Richard Scarry's Planes
by Richard Scarry
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Anything by Richard Scarry Rocks!!, 15 Jun. 2009
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Anything by Richard Scarry Rocks!!

Kids of all ages form 2-42 will LOVE Richard Scarry's books. They are ALWAYS colourful, witty, humourous and a delight for helping youngsters to learn about the world around them.

My 2.5 yr old boy loves his RS 'Greatest Word Book Ever', and I have ordered additional copies for various nieces and nephews!

The only minor, niggling complaint is the Americanised spelling and terminology; "faucet, color, meter-maid" etc. Surely the publishers could imprint a UK-English edition? Other than that, near perfect!


Forgotten Voices of the Great War: A New History of WWI in the Words of the Men and Women Who Were There (Forgotten Voices/the Great War)
Forgotten Voices of the Great War: A New History of WWI in the Words of the Men and Women Who Were There (Forgotten Voices/the Great War)
by Max Arthur
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, moving book. Highly recommended., 15 Jun. 2009
There are few books I've read where I have actually been moved to tears - actually REAL tears - whilst reading them. This is one of those books.

FVotGW is a superb collection of memories, anecdotes, insights and real-life tales from those who experienced WWI first-hand.

While such compendiums may have been published before, what comes across in FGotGW is the sheer, over-whelming humanity of people who recorded these thoughts and experiences and the situations they describe. The everyday, mundane aspects of being at war are described as poetically and meaningfully as the high-tension, terror-filled conditions in the trenches and on the battlefield.

The most touching excerpt for me was when the limbless veteran having returned from the Front bumped into a young woman who had - prior to his posting - presented him with a white feather for his alleged cowardice. She saw him in the street, recognised him, but face struck in horror at his disfigurements, walked on ignoring him. She was prepared to humiliate him owing to her own misunderstanding and ignorance of his circumstances, but then did not have the strength of character or humanity to stop and speak to him when he had given so much.

A moving book. An important book.


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