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Hole in the Heart: Bringing Up Beth
Hole in the Heart: Bringing Up Beth
by Henny Beaumont
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.18

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and uplifting, 27 Jun. 2016
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This is a beautiful, viscerally honest, and humorous book about all the different emotions the author experienced after giving birth to her daughter Beth who has Down's Syndrome. She has been really brave in talking so openly about this emotional journey. The illustrations in the book are very original and striking: the relationship between image and text really shows the power of the graphic memoir as a form. This is a wonderful book which has important points to make about the language we use to talk about disability. It is ultimately so uplifting. Highly recommended.

The Devil's Cup: Coffee, the Driving Force in History
The Devil's Cup: Coffee, the Driving Force in History
by Stewart Lee Allen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book, 14 Mar. 2006
A great read, particularly in its sections on Africa (the place about which Stewart Lee Allen is most respectful and passionate) and its pivotal role in the history of coffee. Allen is entertaining, adventurous, fun-loving, and never takes himself too seriously. Although I disagree with his claim that a certain global coffee chain serves good coffee and although some sections work better than others - Allen seems to be running out of steam towards the end, as though his mission has exhausted even him - and although the editing of the text could be better at times... these are essentially small niggles in what is a five-star read. I learned a lot from this book, which made me want to drink even more coffee than I do already, and I would entirely agree with the chef and writer Anthony Bourdain that reading it is a "riveting" experience. Would make a lovely present for anyone who loves coffee.

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