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ROYAL RASCALS Baby Car Mirror | #1 SAFEST rear view mirror for rearward facing child seat | SAFETY YELLOW | Fits any adjustable headrest | Tilt and turn function | 100% shatterproof | PREMIUM SAFETY PRODUCT
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother with any others, get this one!, 1 May 2016
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Fantastic product and great service from the seller.

In the past we have used a smaller cheap supermarket bought mirror, which then broke. I bought this one and am so impressed! The reflection is so clear and a fantastic size, and due to the colour like the information said you really do just glance and your eye is drawn straight to the right place. My 9 month old loves it too, because of its size and clarity he knows he can see us in it too, and I think the colour makes it seem fun to him, he always points to it as soon as he gets in the car.

Will be recommending to all our friends!
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Nothing To Envy: Real Lives In North Korea
Nothing To Envy: Real Lives In North Korea
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrifyingly real, 24 Jan. 2014
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For someone living in the modern Westernised world it can be hard to imagine the day to day lives of people living in a regime such as exists in North Korea.
In this book Demick succeeds in respectfully, thoroughly and honestly recounting the stories of six now defected North Koreans.

First we learn what life was like when the regime was relatively successful, and how this enabled people to feel secure and genuinely buy into the greatness of their leader and his ideals.
As the regime began to fail, these people had to reassess their beliefs in the face of life-long indoctrination, cope with terrible injustice, and ultimately fight for survival in the face of catastrophic famine. In a country where there is no freedom of thought or speech, or in fact freedom of any kind, how do you know who you can trust or where to turn for help? This truly is Orwell's vision of 1984 in real life.

Insightful and informative, this book will draw you in and keep you reading to the end. Not only will this book introduce you to the real lives of those who have had to live in North Korea, you will also be reading about the human condition and how people cope in the face of adversity.


Crossing
Crossing
Price: £3.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Haunting, harrowing, 24 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: Crossing (Kindle Edition)
Xing (pronounced Shing) is a Chinese teenager in an all-American white school. There is only one other Chinese pupil, a girl named Naomi, whose name, beauty and apparent ease with fitting in make her far more accepted at school than the introverted, bullied and lonely Xing.
Since the death of Xing's father, his mother has had to work two jobs and Xing is ostensibly left to care for himself. He spends his days at school attempting to avoid (not always successfully) beatings from gangs of bullies, and his nights at home alone in his bedroom dreaming of China and longing to return.
Resigned for now to his lonely life, the appearance of another 'outsider' at the school has repercussions for Xing's life that he could never have imagined. When young boys start to disappear and later turn up brutally murdered, a set of extraordinary circumstances are going to put Xing right at the heart of suspicion.

Despite its setting, this isn't a young adult book. At times the descriptive prose is beautiful, and the story of young Xing's struggle against prejudice and desire for acceptance is haunting. Ultimately, the conclusion of Xing's story is harrowing to the core.


The Killing of Georgie Moore: A True-Life Victorian Mystery
The Killing of Georgie Moore: A True-Life Victorian Mystery
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Errors galore, 16 Dec. 2013
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This is the first true crime book I have read, and in some ways I did enjoy it.
In brief, Georgie Moore is a shy seven year old girl living in Pimlico, London. After lunch one December afternoon she sets out for school but doesn't make it; her family never see her alive again - some weeks later her body is discovered in the Kent river. Georgie's father is a rake of impressive proportions, and despite being married makes a habit of pursing numerous relationships with other women. One of these women, Esther Pay, hails from Kent, only a few metres from the river where Georgie's body is discovered. Esther Pay is duly arrested, and the police attempt to build the case against her.

The story ticks along nicely for the first half, with timely inserts of direct quotations and the right amount of scene setting.
Unfortunately, the major flaw - in the kindle version at least - is the number of errors, both grammatical and spelling related. These are fairly rare during the first third of the book, but by half way they appear on almost every page. It makes reading frustrating as it interrupts the flow, particularly when you have to go back over a sentence that didn't seem to make any sense, only to realise you were right the first time and it is indeed nonsensical.

At points the story becomes rather tedious, however this is not a criticism of the author, as he is reporting the events as they occurred, and the lengthy preliminary hearings and the confusion of witness testimonies is beyond his control.

Whilst it was interesting and not badly priced, I won't be recommending it.


The Quest for Anna Klein
The Quest for Anna Klein
Price: £3.40

5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece, 15 Dec. 2013
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I finished this book yesterday, and am still reeling - but don't be mistaken - this isn't one of those books that mercilessly pulls on your heart strings and brazenly attempts to make you fall victim. No, this is a rare literary find, a story that feels brutally honest, full of intrigue and poignancy, with layer upon layer of twists and turns you can't possibly predict. This is the first book by Thomas H Cook I have read, and I will certainly be reading many more.

The story in brief: Paul Crane, a young man working for a foreign affairs think tank, is invited by Thomas Jefferson Danforth to hear his story of WWII and its aftermath, on the premise that he may be able to provide valuable insight into the horrors of 9/11. Danforth, now in his nineties, begins his story when he was a young man in 1939, and became involved in an American espionage and sabotage `Project' in Europe.

The key person in this `project' is Anna Klein, a mysterious young woman who can speak at least nine different languages, and whose resolve and steel in the face of adversity is apparently unbreakable. Danforth finds himself increasingly falling under Anna's spell, and when suddenly their cover is blown and the pair are separated, learning Anna Klein's fate becomes Danforth's life-long obsession - and so the Quest for Anna Klein begins.

At every stage of Danforth's quest he faces both physical and psychological peril; he must question everything he thought he knew to be true about Anna, learn the horrors of the depths of human depravity and betrayal. In telling his story Danforth is brutally honest, as his quest for Anna leads him to seek the true meaning of innocence and to understand the need for revenge.

A story masterfully told, intelligent literary excellence - I recommend it to everyone.


Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Captain Corelli's Mandolin
by Louis de Bernieres
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Worth persevering, 14 Dec. 2013
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I was at least a third of the way through this book before I felt the story had me firmly in it's grip. I think this was due to the persistent changes in time and character in the opening chapters. After that point, I really couldn't put it down.
It is a beautiful love story, exploring more than one kind of love. The relationships between characters are cleverly and subtely described by their dialogue and actions.
I hesitate to say the ending was disappointing, because in truth it was fitting as a final illustration of the way love was portrayed in this captivating novel.


To Kill A Mockingbird
To Kill A Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.54

4.0 out of 5 stars Justice?, 14 Dec. 2013
This review is from: To Kill A Mockingbird (Paperback)
This is a very smooth and easy read.
Somehow the emotive subject matter is dealt with concisely whilst avoiding being depressing or morbid, perhaps this is because the events are viewed through the eyes of a child. The author succeeds in stating a moral point without appearing to preach - I particularly enjoyed the hypocrisy illustrated by the womens' coffee morning.
The book does leave one with a question - has justice really been done? And did the author want us to think it had been?


My Booky Wook
My Booky Wook
by Russell Brand
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Edgy, 14 Dec. 2013
This review is from: My Booky Wook (Paperback)
Not my usual choice of book, but I hate to admit I was intrigued by it's promotion.
Russell manages to write in the exact style of his spoken voice, and his cheeky, edgy humour shines through. It also highlights that this is an intelligent, if somewhat troubled young man. A portrayal of a somewhat disturbing life, yet perhaps somehow inspiring and always humorous in a wonderul way.
If you like him, you'll like it.


Belle (Belle 1)
Belle (Belle 1)
by Lesley Pearse
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me, 14 Dec. 2013
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It took a lot of perseverance, the writing style wasn't for me. Eventually the story encouraged me enough to want to finish it, but if I'd had anything waiting on my TBR pile then I doubt that would have happened.
It became fairly predictable and utterly unbelievable, but it wasn't totally devoid of charm.


The Princes in the Tower : Cold Case Re-opened (True Historical Crime)
The Princes in the Tower : Cold Case Re-opened (True Historical Crime)
Price: £2.58

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unambiguous and well thought out, 13 Dec. 2013
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In this relatively short book, Garber uses his many years experience as a police detective to present an unbiased and clear cut evaluation of the age old mystery - the Princes in the Tower.

Speculation as to the Princes' fate has forever existed, and with the discovery of their Uncle's body under the car park in Leicester, the conspiracy theories are bound to be rekindled once more. Garber has accurately presented the facts, assessed them in the logical way we would expect of any criminal investigation, and drawn conclusions from what we know. Hard as it is not to get caught up in endless webs of speculation for which there are no solid supporting facts, Garber succeeds in avoiding the bulk of this, and having no pre-existing sympathies with any side of the argument, he achieves a true methodical analysis.

If you'd like to know more about the now infamous Princes in the Tower story, then this is an excellent place to start. It is refreshingly unbiased and nonfictional; whilst Garber does draw his own final conclusion as to where the guilt may lie, the reader feels armed with enough information to form a base of their own opinions, and reading this book will allow you to follow some of the other stories by doing further research on the numerous influential and colourful characters involved.

We can only hope that one day permission will be granted for the collection of valuable evidence, although this certainly seems unlikely to occur in our own lifetimes. Without it, this book is about the best hope we have of understanding the evidence that is available, as incomplete as it may be.

Garber states both at the beginning and the end of this book that it will probably be a one-off publication. Garber if you're reading this, please reconsider - there are so many other unsolved mysteries that would benefit from your structured and unbiased approach!

The only reason I gave this 4 stars not 5 is because any future publications would benefit from better proof reading, the amount of errors do the book an injustice.


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