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The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry
The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry
by Rachel Joyce
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.19

5.0 out of 5 stars Unbearably poignant - I cried from beginning to end, ..., 16 Mar. 2016
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Unbearably poignant - I cried from beginning to end, with some heavy sobbing from about page 317. Its a book that works at many levels: a journey, a marriage, how we analyse ourselves and look back over our lives, how we relate to other people. But also some religious concepts - at first I wondered why it was described as a "pilgrimage", but half way through I understood. And understood the whole concept of pilgrimage at a deeper level. Harold is not Christ, but again, half way through you begin to understand how people must have looked at Christ and understood, or misunderstood, what he was doing. A deeply powerful and moving book.


Whipping Up A Storm
Whipping Up A Storm
by Natalie Rowe
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for those interested in rule of law in the UK (and lack of)., 18 May 2015
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Well worth a download - tells us a lot about the Bullingdon Boys and not only George Osborne. Interesting sections on John Whittingdale and the role of Andy Coulson and News of the World. Thing is, these things have been known for some time, especially George Osborne's cocaine habit and the totally different attitude of the Metropolitan Police when it comes to the elite, who can basically do as they want without fear of prosecution. Interesting too that the original article, published by the Sunday Mirror on 16 October 2005 is no longer available on their website, & a google search warns that results have been subject to "data protection law in Europe". Someone has been trying to clean up!


The Spinoza Problem: A Novel
The Spinoza Problem: A Novel
by Irvin Yalom
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally brilliant, 2 April 2013
Personally, I couldn't put it down. Intelligently written and so much easier to read than Spinoza in the original. The juxtaposition of imagining Spinoza in Amsterdam in the mid-17th century, with Rosenberg in Germany in the 1920s and 30s was cleverly done, especially with the "mirroring" of their sharing their psychic life with another. A masterful marriage of the philosophical with the personal and the political. Interesting too that Israel is still conflicted over their views of Spinoza.

I would recommend it to anyone seriously interested in either Spinoza or fascism.


Call The Midwife: A True Story Of The East End In The 1950s
Call The Midwife: A True Story Of The East End In The 1950s
by Jennifer Worth
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.20

7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Condescending, 6 Mar. 2012
I found some of it interesting, but her tone was so condescending to ordinary people. I knew several people who went from the East End to fight fascism in the Spanish Civil War and her comments that "these people" knew nothing about the world outside of the East End, and didn't know or care which side they were fighting on is demeaning and insulting. Her ignorance about Cable Street and its history also shows through. She evidently didn't like or respect many of the people she came in contact with.


The Hidden Child (Patrik Hedstrom and Erica Falck, Book 5)
The Hidden Child (Patrik Hedstrom and Erica Falck, Book 5)
by Camilla Läckberg
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish, 25 Oct. 2011
This has to be one of the most badly written books I have ever read. The plot is foreseeable, the characterisations non-existent, the relationships not believable, the research minimal. Very disappointing, especially in comparison to other writing coming out of Scandinavia.


Sperm Wars, 10th anniversary edition: Infidelity, Sexual Conflict, and Other Bedroom Battles
Sperm Wars, 10th anniversary edition: Infidelity, Sexual Conflict, and Other Bedroom Battles
by Robin Baker
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and fascinating book, 30 Mar. 2011
A really interesting analysis on how men and women behave, and why. Although I read the book some time ago, I still think of it often, especially when watching the Jeremy Kyle Show! it does provide a very profound insight into human sexual behaviour.


20th Century World History: IB Diploma Programme
20th Century World History: IB Diploma Programme
by Martin Cannon
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 15 Sept. 2010
Brilliant book, easy to follow, densely packed with information. Reinforces the critical thinking necessary for the IB course.


Massacre At Montsegur: A History Of The Albigensian Crusade
Massacre At Montsegur: A History Of The Albigensian Crusade
by Zoe Oldenbourg
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, informative read, 20 July 2009
The book is an exciting read and gives a depth and breadth of research, and erudition, that is hard to find on this subject. She follows through from the roots of the movement, its social and political context of the time, and its sister movements such as the Vaudois or Waldesians that were to be persecuted by the Catholic Church all the way through to the 16th century. But most of all, this is a history of the Catholic Church and the beginning of the Inquisition.


The Distant Land Of My Father
The Distant Land Of My Father
by Bo Caldwell
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 4 Dec. 2006
Living in China (although not in Shanghai), this book has a special resonance. It is extemely well-written and although not her own autobiography (she says she based it on the life of her uncle), it certainly reads as if it was. She evokes the events of that period, portrayed in other books, but with an immediacy that takes you right there. But it is the portrayal of a life lived to the full, with enormous pain and sacrifice, of lessons learnt, of love and resiliance and survival through suffering, that touches you. The end - with Anna returning to Shanghai in 1981, reads strangely when you think of what Shanghai has become in just the last 5 years. Joseph would be proud - in fact he would be there!


Animal Tracks and Signs (Natural History Pocket Guides)
Animal Tracks and Signs (Natural History Pocket Guides)
by Preben Bang
Edition: Hardcover

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Every walk an adventure with this book!, 3 Aug. 2005
I bought this book for my ten year old, but it has proved fascinating and useful for all the family. How else can you differentiate fox poo from dog poo? Or identify the contents of pellets? We have used every section and it is the only book my son reads for pleasure!
My only criticism would be some of the gaps - probably a regional bias. Not so much on bats for example. But a great book and highly recommended for small (and not so small) nature lovers. It makes every walk an adventure!


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