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Revival
Revival
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4.0 out of 5 stars Typical Mr King, I mean brilliantly written., 20 July 2015
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Stephen King's use of language to paint a picture is still as strong as ever. Look out for Pastor Danny.


Jimmy Jazz
Jimmy Jazz
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Dub short, 12 Jun. 2015
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Solid, short, and f'in sweet. It made me laugh in the right kinda way. Roddy Doyle is one funny f@#ker.


The 80/20 Principle: The Secret of Achieving More with Less
The 80/20 Principle: The Secret of Achieving More with Less
by Richard Koch
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.68

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new and not always accurate., 8 Jan. 2013
I'm afraid I found this book a waste of money. The author gets what he wants to say said in the first sections and then rehashes it for the slow learner, over and over and over.

Here is the book summary. The Pareto principle: 80 percent of the good effects you see from your work come from 20 percent of the effort. Conversely 80 percent of the bad effects come from 20 percent of the problems. Thus eliminate your top 20 percent of problems and you reduce your bad effects by 80 percent. Then increase your ability in the top 20 most productive areas and you are laughing there as well.

So you see by expending 80 percent less effort in reading this review and deciding not to buy the book you have saved 80 percent of the effort needed to complete the purchase. Not to mention the time saved in reading it. I'm sure I've got the maths right there but if I haven't then I am no more guilty then the author for throwing around numbers in an effort to sound like my point is valid.

If you really want to up your productivity check out David Allens books instead. They require effort but they do actually work and are based on real life interactions. Getting Things Done: How to Achieve Stress-free Productivity and Making It All Work: Winning at the game of work and the business of life.


Liberation in Our Hands: Ultimate Goals Pt. 3 (Classics of Middle Asia)
Liberation in Our Hands: Ultimate Goals Pt. 3 (Classics of Middle Asia)
by Pabongka Rinpoche
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars True liberation explained by a great master., 8 Jan. 2013
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Pabongka Rinpoche was perhaps one of the greatest teachers of Tibetan Buddhism ever. His style is very personal and always backed up by both his own spiritual attainments and his depth of knowledge of scripture. His own student Trijang Rinpoche went on to become the tutor to the current Dalai Lama.

So if you want access to true teachings here they are. Although I recommend you start with Liberation part 1 and 2 as they are all part of this one great teaching.


ReWork: Change the Way You Work Forever
ReWork: Change the Way You Work Forever
by David Heinemeier Hansson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book by people who eat their own..., 8 Jan. 2013
I read this book after trying software by the company behind the book. They give some great advice based on their experience. They don't say this is the only way. Just that it has been the right way for them. And that they believe could be the right way for many companies.

It really is a step by step guide to how they do business. As a customer of 37signals I can assure you they run their business well. I am especially a fan of the hollywood launch.

Buy the book and if you are starting up you may as well use their software too.


The $100 Startup
The $100 Startup
by Chris Guillebeau
Edition: Paperback

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good kick in the... start-up, 8 Jan. 2013
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The $100 start-up is a great book for anyone starting any business at any level. Why do I say this? Because whether you are investing less than $100 or over a million somethings are always going to be true.

The book outlines using case studies different steps you can and often should take when developing a start-up. I like the fact that Chris uses multiple different business types and isn't just writing from his own experience - although we benefit from that also. He doesn't claim the book is always right all the time for every business. But that is what I like about it. It is very prescriptive without saying that the same prescription will cure all ills. In fact the book shows many cases that the same approach went different ways.

One of my favourite concepts is the Hollywood launch. This is also outlined in another great start-up book ReWork: Change the Way You Work Forever. It gives a no nonsense achieveable way to launch a product or service step by changeable step.

Mostly the reason to buy this book is it shows you can do it too. And not in a cheesy over the top love fest kind of way. But in a practical get your hands dirty and don't risk having to pawn the kids kind of way.

So if you are even tempted to start something for your self this is a good book to have on the shelf. Preferably take it down and read as well though!


The Design of Everyday Things
The Design of Everyday Things
by Don Norman
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Common Sense Design - all too uncommon, 9 Oct. 2012
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This is my first time reading this book. And I have to say I am really enjoying it. It is obviously based on the authors most loved interest. Norman shows that he is an ordinary person who gets frustrated with (bad) design in the same way we all do. But then he sets about trying to help us create guidelines for better or even great design. This book is not about clean lines and hidden details. It's about obvious usability and making life easier.

The book is technically old in the sense that he refers to old tech/computers/phone systems that were common for the time of writing. Which as we know Tech moves on kind of fast. But you have to stop yourself from saying "this is so out of date". Because really the principles are timeless. Good design will always be based on how well the design fits its purpose.

So if you have an interest in design and particularly the design of things you rely on everyday. Or if you will be responsible for the design of everyday things. This is the book to get your ideas and thinking focused on the user.


The Smartest Giant in Town
The Smartest Giant in Town
by Julia Donaldson
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The smartest authors in town, 1 April 2010
We have a load of books by Julia and Axel and they are all brilliant. From the Gruffalo to Tabby mcTat. But this is my daughters definite favorite. If you don't invest in some of these books for your children you are robbing them of a great experience and mugging yourself. Strong words but these books are really that good. A joy to read, real fun.


Karmic Management: What Goes Around Comes Around in Your Business and Your Life
Karmic Management: What Goes Around Comes Around in Your Business and Your Life
by Geshe Michael Roach
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.93

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real principles as taught in real Buddhism that work in real Business, 1 April 2010
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If you want a direct route to success while being able to sleep soundly at night and still look your mother in the face and smile, this is the book to get.

I have read The Diamond Cutter previously also by Geshe Michael Roach and found it very useful. But I personally think this book goes a step further. It takes a different approach to the same topic. It gives a step by step approach to a sometimes hard to apply set of laws (Karma). As a student of Buddhism for many years I can safely say that this is Buddhism 101 but with a very straight apply it now without any messing guide built in.

I have also read the Tibetan Book of Yoga which gives a similarly direct approach to a very strong Yoga practice. This was also written by Geshe Michael Roach and Christie McNally.

So all in all great authors with a great way of simplifying a very deep subject, without leaving you needing more in order to apply it's principles.


Sales on A Beermat
Sales on A Beermat
by Mike Southon
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for technical or complex sales, 22 Aug. 2006
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This is a book I definitely recommend for anyone new to sales or just looking to sharpen their sales toolkit. I found Mikes Beermat Entrepreneur good but not great for non-technical businesses, however anyone working with a complex sales process will find this invaluable. Even the general sales advice within this book is fantastic. But make sure you actually use the tools and don't undervalue networking this is the best way to meet new prospects, without a doubt. Especially get using the pipeline (tailor to your own needs) and get moving those prospects down the pipeline to the bank.

Oh yeah! and best of luck I hope you win all the big jobs and enjoy sales more everyday beacause it's a great profession to be in.


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