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Post by polgara on 14th February 2010, 3:18 pm

What about some book reviews? Give us an idea of what is in the books that you read or use, & possibly the best place to buy them.

My starter is Hints & Tips from Times Past. a Readers Digest Book.
Best places to buy Amazon, Fleabay or charity shops.

A really brill book that gives recipes & how tos from the past. All seem to be usable today. There are hints for
Health
Beauty
Home
Kitchen
Garden
Would make a great gift for someone just starting in there own home who is eco & money minded.
Lots of ideas.

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Post by Guest on 16th February 2010, 4:51 pm

A really wonderful book is
Moss Gardening including lichens, liverworts and other miniatures
by GEORGE SCHENK

The author is a moss gardener that helps and gardens around the world. His love for this simple but fascinating plant form oozes from the pages. Its wonderful to read and has some beautiful and inspiring photos, lots of practical advise and the offer of stepping into the warm and gentle world of the moss.

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Post by polgara on 16th February 2010, 6:03 pm

That sounds good Zoe
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Post by polgara on 22nd February 2010, 5:21 pm

For entertainment ,

Vixen 03 by Clive Cussler

Action/Adventure with a great plot & a good hero
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Post by chickenofthewoods on 22nd February 2010, 5:44 pm

I've just found this one (sorry, never did learn to do the clever linky thing):

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Simple-Crochet-Erika-Knight/dp/184400015X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1266860409&sr=1-1

in a charity shop & it looks really good - contemporary ideas with nice clear instructions & simple stiches. Ideal for a beginner, which is good as I'm inspired to have a go at the slippers although I've never tried crochet before.

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Post by polgara on 22nd February 2010, 11:46 pm

Will keep an eye open for that.
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Post by polgara on 3rd March 2010, 9:23 pm

Shadows of the Workhouse by Jennifer Worth

If you are intersted in social history or know of ancestors that were in the workhouse , this is a book that will open your eyes & fill them with tears.

Written about the 1950s, a true story of a young nurse/midwife who knew people that had lived the workhouse life, or lived with the threat of it. Also about some Nun`s who nursed the people from the tenements of London.

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Post by Sparhawk on 3rd March 2010, 9:39 pm

For step by step veg gardening written with wildlife in mind in very straight forward easy going language, but not written to make you feel stupid, it has to be any of the "Dirty Nails" books.

His observations of the growing process, weather, seasons, wildlife & life in general are so laid back, just spot on...

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Post by polgara on 3rd March 2010, 10:01 pm

I would agree with Sparhawk, excellant books.
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Post by polgara on 9th March 2010, 8:27 pm

I think I am going back to my teens.

Just re read for the zillionth time

KING SOLOMANS MINES by H Rider Haggard.

An old fashioned adventure, quite different from the films & a lot more exciting. Alan Quatermain is one of my heros. :geek:
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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 9th March 2010, 8:33 pm

polgara wrote:I think I am going back to my teens.

Just re read for the zillionth time

KING SOLOMANS MINES by H Rider Haggard.

An old fashioned adventure, quite different from the films & a lot more exciting. Alan Quatermain is one of my heros. :geek:

Funnily enough, She (who must be obeyed) has been the more prescient tome in my life.

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Post by polgara on 9th March 2010, 8:40 pm

Ah yes Billy, but what a book as are The Return of She & Alan & She
if that is its right name.
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Post by MrsC on 9th March 2010, 9:32 pm

Just reading back - COTW - I've got that crochet book and it's fantastic. Just wish my skills were good enough for the leather log basket that's in there as it looks fab!

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Post by polgara on 7th April 2010, 7:53 pm

Just finished
WHEN DADDY CAME HOME bt Barry Turner & Tony Rennell

What happened at the end of WW2 when the soldiers came home. Written with a lot of official information & many personal stories. Leading to an explanation of some of our presant day problems.

Also shows how little we learnt after WW1.

Available in all the usual places.

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Post by polgara on 12th April 2010, 6:02 pm

Just finished NELLA LAST`S WAR

What a lot to learn I am sure most of you know it is the diary of a middle aged housewife from 1939 till the end of the war.

If you are interested in the time period it is excellant. Available at all the usual places.

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Post by Dandelion on 12th April 2010, 8:27 pm

I've just finished 'Mr Pip' by Lloyd Jones - it is narrated by a young girl on a tropical island which is caught up in a civil war. The only white man on the island teaches the children as their school has closed down, and he uses 'Great Expectations' to teach them from as it's the only book available. The style is easy to read - it ranges from humour to quite harrowing violence, all related in the same matter-of-fact way. I'm glad I read it.

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Post by polgara on 26th April 2010, 3:55 pm

Well just finished NELLA LAST`S PEACE All I can say is what a fantastic woman, so far ahead with her thinking, but the 2 Nella books have to be the best I have read in a long time. Just sad that I have finished them. book

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Post by danksshady on 26th April 2010, 10:09 pm

I've just read Jane FW's ministry of food - fantastic book some really good hints and tips on everything from gardening to cooking and more
Really useful book which is much more than a cookbook
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Post by polgara on 15th May 2010, 5:54 pm

Just finished SHADOW HUNTER by Geoffrey Archer

Thrilling book realy enjoyed it. Submarine story, really difficult to put down & twists & turns all through.

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Post by polgara on 29th May 2010, 10:11 pm

Just finished THE CARRADYN TOUCH by Anne McCAFFREY.

If you like horses, a bit of romance, a bit of excitement, a few tears

a begining a middle & and end then this is great.

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Post by polgara on 14th June 2010, 5:19 pm

Holiday reading was RIVER THIEVES by Michael Crummey
What a book. Based I think on actual happenings in the early 1800s in Newfoundland. Tells of what was happening to a tribe of Indians & the Brits who were trying to settle, with the usual outcomes.

A really good read

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Post by polgara on 22nd July 2010, 11:02 am

Just finished ROBOTS & EMPIRE by Isaac Asimov.

Not read it before, but it does explain some of the later happenings in the Foundation series.
A Sci Fi as it should be, Well recomend if you are a fan.

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Post by Dandelion on 22nd July 2010, 4:58 pm

I finished 'Burning Bright' by Tracy Chevallier today. It's a story which is set in the late 18th century involving a family from Dorset who move up to London, and find themselves living next door to William Blake. The story was slow to start, but I'm glad I persevered. It's brave for an American author to write a story set in another country/culture - I know I'm a bit pedantic, but I found I couldn't entirely suspend my disbelief when she had characters from rural England using American phrases. Despite this, she has obviously done a fair amount of research on Blake, and that was the aspect which interested me most.

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Post by polgara on 21st August 2010, 2:58 pm

Just read STORMCHILD by Bernard Cornwell.

First time I have read one of his modern day books.

Excellant reading about Eco terrorists, murder, missing people & sailing the worlds oceans
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Post by Compostwoman on 21st August 2010, 3:32 pm

Just finished Nella Last's War

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