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The Extra Virgin Kitchen
The Extra Virgin Kitchen
by Susan Jane White
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tasting, healthy food., 21 Feb. 2014
So many great recipes, delicious. As a dedicated fast food fan, this is healthy food that even I can enjoy. It's a beautifully presented book full of variety of flavours and consistency of quality.

Method in My Madness: 10 Years Out of the Saddle
Method in My Madness: 10 Years Out of the Saddle
by Richard Dunwoody
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, 29 Dec. 2009
I got this for Christmas and devoured it in two days - it is a stunning book. As Richard Dunwoody has been out of the sport for 10 years there is little of the inside gossip that people often seek in autobiographies, but he more than makes up for it with his insights and opinions on the sport as an experienced insider who takes a step back to reflect on the highs and lows of racing. His views on how the sport is run and some of the people within it are enthralling, so much more so as he looks at controversial subjects from all angles before delivering an often devastating verdict. Not everyone will agree with his thoughts but after reading this book no one can claim that he has not intelligently argued his case, or lacks the experience or knowledge to speak out.

Away from the specifics of horse racing there are two other great strengths - firstly the look at problems all sportspeople face when they retire. Dunwoody movingly describes losing the sense of self respect and self esteem that comes from high achievement at a young age. Again not everyone will be sympathetic to what could be described as golden worries but they are undoubtedly candidly explained, and undeniably heartfelt.

The other great strength is that you really feel you are inside his head, and never more so than in the astonishing account of his walk to South Pole, a terrifyingly vivid picture of despair followed by elation. They are an incredible few chapters.

I couldn't recommend this more highly - from the gripping opening chapter to the surprising twist in the conclusion it is unputdownable. Honest, depressing at times, hilarious at others, it is a courageous and beautifully written account of an often uncomfortable period in Dunwoody's life.

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