One of the best novels I’ve read in a long time. It’s quite a fat read (just under 600 pages) but I managed to whizz through it in half of a week-long holiday in Mykonos. A gripping tale and it doesn’t take too much imagination to pinpoint who the hero and anti-hero are based on! Or maybe antagonist and protagonist would be more accurate terms for describing the two newspaper barons depicted in The Fourth Estate. If you want a real insight into how the media operates and how the news is created – er recorded – you could do worse than read this book. I had no idea how gifted a storyteller Jeffrey Archer is until I read it. His time in politics was clearly not wasted, even if it only meant that he observed a great deal about the media machine! I wonder if his other books are as enthralling; I particularly liked the subject matter in this one. And if you’ve come across The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho you might even find a few echoes of that in here (no, really!). Archer manages to evoke sympathy for deeply flawed characters and never fails to shock in style.
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Anything with a possible tree of life on the cover is worth a second look!
Author: Noreen Jameson
Artist: Noreen Jameson
“Branching Out” is the fifth in a series of books by Noreen Jameson. Noreen is a metaphysician, healer, and Druid – her books deal with empowering ourselves, and becoming authentic people. I cannot recommend them highly enough! The first three books in this series (“Petals of the R.O.S.E.”, “Wells of Wisdom”, and “Whispers … I know …”) were meant to act as the “roots” of an all-encompassing Tree. Her fourth book, “Lifescapes”, was meant to act as the trunk of the Tree. In the fifth book, “Branching Out”, there is an expansion of previous information, along with new “buds” of information being presented. What we are seeing here is the highly esoteric (IMHO) being brought down to an everyday understanding.
What will you find in this book? A ton of information, that’s what! Okay, to be more…
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A Review by: Diana McMahon-Collis of:
A new book by Author: Paul Peacock
Published by: The Good Life Press Ltd www.goodlifepress.co.uk
Within the Precycle! ethos there’s an emphasis on frugality and plain old money saving – with the idea that you can make what you see on the shop shelves “for a fraction of the cost” – which includes concocting your own deodorant, shampoo and furniture polish. Will the personal hygiene items compete with all those high profile beauty products in glossy advertisements? Maybe, maybe not. But they could well accord with the “home spa” and organics approaches to hair and skin care.
There are a few less easily available ingredients mentioned; I would not readily know where to find rennet, glycerine or lanolin. for example – fortunately the author gives advice of suppliers in the Resources section at the back of the book. I draw the line, though, at wondering how to find 1kg rosehips, for a recipe for a tonic high in vitamin C, in the “Vitamins and Supplements” section.
This is a sweet little section of a generally interesting book on living more of the “Good Life”, nonetheless, wit maybe more of a wave in the direction of Culpeper’s Herbal than a fully fledged red carpet trip. It is a nice idea, just the same – and you have to admire the author for making some potentially quaint ideas more appealing to a more modern audience. Be assured that the author isn’t just serving up some wild claim or suggestion that, for example, garlic is good for you. There’s an example given from “real life” where soldiers in the Great War were given garlic paste on field dressings to act as an antiseptic for their wounds – and the government, apparently, supplied this through purchasing the garlic bulbs from the farmers.
Informative, practical, useful and inspiring – those are the words I would use to sum up this book. It could save you some money too, somewhere along the line and the idea of using more time and less money seems to fit for where many people find themselves in the current economic climate.