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    1. Categories:
    2. Fiction,
    3. Chick-Lit
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    I was looking forward to some comforting chick lit after reading some rather heavy books over Christmas. Whilst the book started out as one of those easy to read predictable stories that settle well into the chick lit category, by the third chapter I was starting to get disappointed By the end of the book I was so frustrated it was a relief when I finished the final page.

    What could be so disappointing in a book that you almost want to be a bland read? Well I can only refer to it as "the 50 shades effect". I am happy enough for there to be a little bit of sauce in my chick lit but this book seems to have it on almost every other page which would be bad enough in itself but to add insult it sounds as though it has been written by a 16 year old virgin trying to impress her new boyfriend!

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    by  Number of Views: 717 
    1. Categories:
    2. Fiction,
    3. Non-Military,
    4. Chick-Lit
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    Imagine you’re on a train. Think about all the other people on the train with you, what their lives are or have been, the different experiences you've all had. But there is one thing that you undoubtedly all share: you have all been in love at one time or another. In this surprising and poignant story four strangers meet on a train journey from Edinburgh to London. Each has a tale to tell: for Hugh, a brief encounter on a railway platform leads to an impulsive and possibly dangerous decision; Kay recounts the long journey back to her childhood home in Australia and the love that was there; David remembers a teenage friendship that shaded into love; and Andrew makes a discovery that art and people may not be what they seem to be at first glance. Love may come to us, then, in very different guises, and be unexpected too, but loving others, as one of the characters in this tale observes, is the good thing we do in our lives.

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    by  Number of Views: 282 
    1. Categories:
    2. History,
    3. Non-Fiction,
    4. Non-Military
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    This is a hardbacked book, well researched and very readable, telling the story of crime and punishment in London from 1381 (Roger Legett – a ‘questmonger’) to Styllou Christofi who killed her daughter-in-law and was hanged in 1954.

    I found the stories of the murders, court cases and punishments interesting, but was utterly fascinated by the descriptions of life, society, policing and the strange workings of the law throughout this period. The book covers topics from ‘baby farming’ to highway robbery, whilst describing streets, buildings, professions and moral codes that have long gone. I was interested by the development of policing and forensic science, which are also included.

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    by  Number of Views: 398 
    1. Categories:
    2. War,
    3. Military
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    Firstly let me apologise for taking so long to complete this review. I have a very good reason though. I kept re-reading sections of this book. Not because it was hard to follow but because I came to really care about the characters and wanted to relive the twists and turns this story offered.

    Set around 3 generations of a family from the turn of the 20th Century through to the end of World War 2; the book follows the exploits of the males in the family and how they each were a hero in their own right. The story was unexpected and kept me guessing right until the end. Several times I nearly missed my stop on the train desperate to finish the next chapter.

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    by  Number of Views: 509 
    1. Categories:
    2. Memoire/Battlefield Memoire,
    3. Military,
    4. Non-Fiction
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    Rick Jolly's career is, in a word, incredible. He seems to have been and done absolutely everything. A former Royal Navy medical officer, he went to medical school at Bart’s in London and qualified in 1969. While working as a houseman, a senior doctor suggested he join the Royal Naval Reserve as a Royal Navy doctor. He became medical officer to 42 Commando Royal Marines, who were deployed in Belfast along with men of the 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment. In 24 years of service he completed two tours with the Fleet Air Arm as a Flight Surgeon, Medical Officer Recruitment / Officer training in the Dartmouth Training Ship HMS Bristol, and at the Britannia Royal Naval College. As Officer Commanding (OC) Medical Squadron of the Commando Logistic Regiment RM, Jolly was Senior Medical Officer of 3 Commando Bde RM in the Falklands Campaign of 1982 and commanded the field hospital at Ajax Bay, he received an OBE in the Queen’s 1982 Honours List and during a visit to Argentina in 1998 was also awarded the Oficial Orden de Mayo by the Argentinian Government, for his efforts in treating wounded Argentine servicemen and drawing attention to the post-war care of Malvinas veterans. As such he is perhaps the only serviceman to have been decorated by both sides of a conflict. He is also the author of Jackspeak, a dictionary of British naval slang and usage.

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