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A simple but happy life

Advantages: Picturesque yet penetrating memoir of life in the Romany community
Disadvantages: None

...author Rosemary Penfold was born in 1938 in a traditional gypsy wagon. This memoir was written and published in 2011, when she was in her early seventies. The book Born on St Valentine’s Day to a Romany father, and a ‘gadje’ mother, Ro ...

JOHNV 27.05.2012 · Read full review
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Review of A Field Full of Butterflies - Rosemary Penfold

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The way it was in the 1970s

Advantages: Enjoyable look at memories of the decade
Disadvantages: A few jarring typos

The 1970s. The decade that taste forgot, we are sometimes told. It was an era in which Labour and Conservative governments in Britain grappled with an ever recurring balance of payments crisis, powercuts, states of emergency, the IRA and numerous other ...

JOHNV 02.03.2012 · Read full review
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Review of A 1970s Childhood: From Glam Rock to Happy Days - Derek Tait

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Double Dealings & Delusions

Advantages: An outstandingly good read
Disadvantages: May cause lack of sleep!

This is the true story of Eddie Chapman, “lover, traitor, hero and spy” whose extraordinary exploits during the second world war make an totally absorbing read. In 1943, talking of Chapman’s story, Colonel Tim Stephens of MI5 said, “ in fiction it would b ...

suesie 26.07.2007 · Read full review
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Review of Agent Zigzag: The True Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman: Lover, Traitor, Hero, Spy - Ben Macintyre

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A Glimpse, Rather Than An Insight.

Advantages: Interesting stories, highlights difficulties of rural care
Disadvantages: It doesn't seem to be what it advertises itself as.

I recently went back to college with the mind to have a complete change in career. A little unsure which direction I wanted to go in, but fairly certain it would be within the health and social care field, I chose an Access course, with one module being S ...

Rhiana 07.01.2010 · Read full review
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Review of Are You The Lady From The Welfare? - Alison Thompson

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