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1 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice but noisy, 6 Mar. 2016
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There are some very nice features to these earphones; the leads don't tangle & I like the weight of the earpiece and the bass is ok. Unfortunately the reason I bought then was for sound reduction & this lacking. I have changed the earpieces several times but alas no difference. Too bad...

A Constant Feeling of Not Knowing
A Constant Feeling of Not Knowing
by Sofia Lake
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.95

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5.0 out of 5 stars An emotional roller coaster, 17 Oct. 2015
This book was a gift and I was not sure what to expect. The opening paragraph was like stepping onto a roller coaster, you know you are going to begin a journey which is charged with fear. This is a story of resilience. You are swept into the world of Isabel who against all odds has risen above the tyranny of her father, her mother's anxieties and loyalty to a man who terrifies and alienates their children, and the social awkwardness and internal pressure of living with Asperger's syndrome. By equal measure it beautifully captures what it is like to be a child and the expectations of social convention which not all children are equipped to overcome.

Sofia Lake has sensitively captured the emotional impact of living in a large privileged family with an abusive and controlling parent. You are drawn in by the way in which Miss Lake craft-fully unveils how this young girl negotiates taking on the responsibility of trying to protect her siblings from her father whilst at the same time finding a way to protect herself. You are deeply touched by Isabel's vulnerability; nevertheless, Isabel finds a way forward through the decision to put herself under pressure to work hard at school to create a life in which she has some control. It is the story of triumph in the face of adversity.

Just as a roller coaster ride you get to the end and want more. Miss Lake's epilogue provides us with further context for the undertaking of this novel and it is here we get a better understanding of the impact of Asperger's syndrome. However, this story can stand alone as a voice of hope for those who have suffered parental terror.

Photography: A Cultural History
Photography: A Cultural History
by Mary Warner Marien
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 11 Nov. 2013
I was borrowing this from the library at university, but decided I need my own copy. It's an excellent book that has so much information on the history of photography, and photographers, operating on every level of the medium, documentary, art, reportage, surrealist, abstract, modernist (however there is a lack of fashion). This book analyses photographers and photography in their cultural context referring to the time and place where they occur and in a way that is unpretentious, informative, and so easy to read. I've written two quite high scoring essays in my photography degree where this book helped to no end. I love it!!

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