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32nd® Shockproof Heavy Duty Defender Case Cover for Microsoft Lumia 550, including touch stylus - Black
32nd® Shockproof Heavy Duty Defender Case Cover for Microsoft Lumia 550, including touch stylus - Black
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly as it says., 17 April 2016
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Excellent case. Fits well. Exactly as described. Delivered quickly.

Love Actually: Film Script
Love Actually: Film Script
by Richard Curtis
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars And it's a great read., 3 Feb. 2016
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Received quickly in exactly the condition I expected. And it's a great read...

Paddy Crerand: Never Turn the Other Cheek
Paddy Crerand: Never Turn the Other Cheek
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant football read., 7 Jan. 2016
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This is a great football book from a real footballer. He lived the football life before money was a distraction. He certainly doesn't turn the other cheek in bringing his memories to life for his readers. he was never one to turn the other cheek on the filed as he always gave 100% in every tackle and match. This carries across to this book where 100% devotion to MUFC and Celtic show through, declaring Paddy a red to the end and beyond. His mates were Bobby Charlton, George Best and all those from the great 60's era. He knows what he's talking about.

The Dying Light
The Dying Light
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another classic from Porter., 12 July 2014
This review is from: The Dying Light (Kindle Edition)
A cracking read and where clichés come true. Riveting read. Page turner. Can't put down. The story is a potential worry for everyone, but the government may already be there and it might be too late to act. Brilliant writing, keeps you hooked until the end and although you'll probably guess how it will end, most books reach a conclusion the reader will be happy with. need Mr porter to write many more in his excellent style.

The Natural Death Handbook
The Natural Death Handbook
by Stephanie Wienrich
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars very helpful, 25 Feb. 2014
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This book covers all you need to refer to for a funeral. Many people will be lost without this help.

In Time of Need
In Time of Need
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great feeling when you find a new writer, 16 Dec. 2013
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Every now and again you come across a new writer and wish to download as much of their work as you can and offer them as suggestions to friends and family. This is the writer and this marvelous collection of short stories is so vivid with its imagination and feeling that you're in the stories with the characters.

Getting Marry sets the scene for the whole book as while you meet the reality of living in Barbados you are also transplanted to the beaches, the sand and the friendly people who welcome you to this island.

My only complaint is having to stop reading after 15 stories; I would have enjoyed so many more, but with the teaser for 'Getting Back at Jack Taylor,' Shakirah Bourne leaves me wanting to read more.

I wouldn't usually re-read a book for some months or even years, but I believe I'll start again now.​

This is one of those rare occasions I would have been pleased to offer six stars.

Writing and Selling: Thriller Screenplays (Creative Essentials)
Writing and Selling: Thriller Screenplays (Creative Essentials)
by Lucy Hay
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The business of screenplay writing, 14 Oct. 2013
After you have seen the figures paid to screenwriters in Hollywood, it is not surprising that many people consider this as a short route to getting rich, while not realising that most screenplay writers pen a considerable number of screenplays that never get seen by a professional reader, producer or director. Those people should purchase a copy of this book to set themselves on the right direction towards writing and selling their own thriller screenplay, as the selling is as important as the writing.

This writer is well versed to help new and unsuccessful screenplay writers prepare properly. She knows what is required and offers a few lessons in preparing your screenplay so that professionals will ask to read it beyond the first 10 pages. Lucy V Hay has worked as a screenplay reader; the people that have to read through all the dross to find the one piece of magic that can be passed on to a producer or director.

In this book, she clearly reminds and defines what a thriller is at she breaks down the methods required to make sure that your thriller really does thrill the audience. She provides detailed information about the different types of thrillers available so that you can market direct to the specific genre of your choice.

She insists that it's the characters that make thrillers so inviting for cinema audiences and you can't doubt the different types of characters that she lists and explains.

The second part of the book is a general guideline to suggest how a newbie should write a screenplay, but you will need further advice to put together a complete screenplay as she can only teach a modest amount in a few pages with the salient points being those that should never be missed.

The section on selling your thriller screenplay will prove extremely useful for many amateur writers because this is the sector that is often kept secret in the majority of screenplay advice books, which tend to deal only with writing the screenplay; not selling it.

The fourth part of the book is not just a list of resources; it's a goldmine of important contacts and great information about screenplay writing to keep you busy reading for years, which means you may not have enough time left to write.

Ms Hay likes to make the point that there is a shortage of female roles within the film industry, both in cast and crew and most objective people would agree with her. Unfortunately, she went on and on about it. And on. And on and on. We get the point and certainly wouldn't disagree with it, especially as acting roles for ladies after the age of 40 are severely lacking and the fact that I'm writing this paragraph means that the point has been made and understood.

The price of the paperback, at £16.99, is only reduced by a few pence on Amazon. This does reflect the price of non-fiction in the marketplace, but this book is more attractive at the Kindle edition price of less than 9 pounds. This book is full of exceptional information, particularly in the last section as resources. Once you have read this book, you may only need to refer to certain parts again as you write your own thriller screenplay.

This book should form part of the armoury for any screenplay writers bookshelf as while it guides you through the thriller writing necessities, it brings home the industry reasons why your first page, then your first 10 pages, your strategy and the pitch are important business attributes and perhaps explain why poor screenplays get made into films and great screenplays often never even get read.

Finally, referring to page 44, the writer really should find out where the stopcock is in their property and learn how to use it because one day, having that knowledge could save your home from permanent damage and you won't have a disaster screenplay to write about.

by David Carter
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The best industry book for theatre hopefuls, 20 Aug. 2013
For anyone starting out in the theatre industry, whether as a newbie director, writer, cast or back stage crew, this excellent book takes you briefly through everything you need to know about working either as an amateur or professional in the theatre.

If you're only going to buy one `get to know the theatre` book, this should be that purchase.

So what's it all about? From the publishers website:

Plays...And How to Produce Them provides a basic introduction for all individuals and groups wishing to undertake the production of a play. It is aimed at the amateur enthusiast and anyone and everyone intending to pursue their interest further and undertake professional training.

Written by David Carter, who combines over 30 years of personal experience through drama, acting and directing, as well as teaching at University, it is obvious that this gentleman knows the theatre industry absolutely back to front and every hoop you need to jump through to excel with your colleagues.

Whatever your role in the theatre industry, your work will feel easier if you have an understanding of everyone else's role, within your theatre group. This is not only about understanding what to expect from your director or stage manager, it's more about having a general all-around understanding of all of the key elements concerned with working in a theatre, so that you can be knowledgeable about everyone's role in the proceedings.

What is so good about this book is that it provides you with more than sufficient information without ever boring you by going in to too much detail.
Where you wish to write for the theatre, this book provides you with sufficient knowledge where you can plan your writing to match the targeted budget . For example, the book explains what types of plays work well with a small professional cast all the way through to understanding how to manage a group of hopeful amateurs trying to produce a large ensemble musical when they can only rehearse irregularly.

For anyone hoping to make a career out of working in the theatre, this book explains every role from moving the furniture backstage to operating the lighting so that your actors can benefit from your professional approach. You will understand the difference between top lights, footlights, cross lights and fill lights from just a small section of the book and if you are required to choose a director or actors for your play, all the necessary tips can be found within these easily explained 150 pages.

Before an amateur theatre group considers putting on a play in the local village hall, perhaps David Carter's book should be made mandatory reading, because just one read of this excellent book will be enough to increase the quality of performance without looking for better actors.

Personally, I finally understand the need for a separate technical rehearsal, so the book is well worth is outlay. When I'm working backstage the next time, I'll understand why the director is keeping us all there until after midnight!

Making of Hitchcock's The Birds, The
Making of Hitchcock's The Birds, The
by Tony Lee Moral
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing the film to life, 29 May 2013
50 years after the original film and still regarded as a masterpiece by film viewers, just as the original film has been updated for Blu-ray, Tony Lee Moral brings the film to life by writing about how the it was made with such detailed information, you know almost as much about The Birds as Alfred Hitchcock, himself.

Where this book excels is how it explains the complete process of purchasing the rights to the short story to employing the writer and how Hitchcock controls the process as it's turned into a screenplay which the audience will watch, but only after a number of other people have interjected their influence on the script.

The writer, Evan Hunter, was himself a novelist before trying his hand at adapting into a screenplay writer and during this process you get to really feel how he devoted his life to writing the story and felt pulled apart by Hitchcock and the team, particularly with how they changed the writer's view of how the film would end.

You'll get to meet and feel that you know all of the cast and the crew as you read this book. It's interesting to note that everyone has only good words to say about Hitchcock, but you still understand that he was a demanding individual who ruled over his films. Recent films about Hitchcock have suggested that his character stepped too far over the line at times, but that's not the impression he receives in this compilation of non-fiction memories.

Understanding how preproduction worked back in the early 1960s is vastly different to the facilities of any modern producer and CGI enthusiast. This book details how matte paintings were used as a backdrop to many of the scenes in the film, but you'll be hard pushed to spot these in the final print, so good were the skilled people used during this production.

There are many scenes in the film which look extremely realistic, but it is only after you have read this book will you know which of the birds were real, which were mechanical and those that were being helped after being trained to perform certain activities and roles.

Any modern filmmaker will be pleased to understand how the location and the soundstages were used to great effect so that what you saw wasn't necessarily real in the town that was used.

If you thought the Kraftwerk invented electronic music, you'll be greatly surprised by the chapter that discusses how electronic sounds and natural sounds were mixed to provide the backdrop to this film.

The postproduction and editing part of the process of making The Birds shows how a great team help produce the realistic effects of birds attacking the town and its people and understanding the special effects that were used, and you wouldn't know were there unless you were told about them.

One of the largest aspects of making a film today, as it was then, is all about the how film is marketed so that the right people can spread the word to get people into the cinema at the earliest possible time. Hitchcock controlled everything including how his leading lady would dress and form her hair on each occasion she was out in public, because she was always promoting the film wherever she went.

It's a pity that all filmmakers can't take the time to write such a full background to a great film that helps express it in so many aspects which are not all related to what you're seeing on the big screen. The background and thought process used by Hitchcock can only be deemed as exceptional and with great vision, even for the minor points that a viewer will never miss.

This book is so good, you'll want to rush out and rent a copy of The Birds to see which parts of the film are discussed in the book in specific detail and see if you can spot all of the tricks that Hitchcock used to make this film just a scary today, as it was 50 years ago.

Nobby Stiles: After the Ball - My Autobiography
Nobby Stiles: After the Ball - My Autobiography
by Nobby Stiles
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A real red talent, 28 Feb. 2013
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Nobby's personal account of the World cup win and the European cup win mix well with life as a footballer in the 60's and the sad times after he retired from playing.

A very personal book.

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