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Deals of the Moment- February

Every month amazon has a set of kindle monthly deals. Usually I tweet about the interesting deals and leave it at that, but a couple of months ago I decided to try sharing them more widely. There was nothing of interest last month but this month they have holiday offers too and there are a few interesting offers there

So I’m going to briefly talk about the books I’ve read which are on offer, and those that I have bought myself. Why I liked them/bought them, and what they are about. End links are to the amazon page, any other links are to my reviews.

Please note prices are correct at time of publishing and may be subject to change.

The Uncommon Reader- Alan Bennett

This is one I’ve read already. An enjoyable, easy little read which should go down well with book fans. About the Queen visiting the library.

You can buy it…here (only £2.29)

The Colour Purple- Alice Walker

This is one of those ‘must read’ books and I read it back in school.  I only remember it very vaguelly, but I do remember enjoying it.

It’s the story of a black girl during segregation who has all sorts of problems (not just those to do with being black.

You can buy it…here (only £1.99)

Lingo: The Language Spotters Guide to Europe- Gaston Gorren

I remember seeing this some time ago in paperback and considering it, more for my Mum than myself. It does look interesting, it’s about languages and dialects and how they evolve.

You can buy it…here. (only £1.99)


Delusions of Gender- Cordelia Fine

I’ve had this one on my kindle for literally years, but somehow never been in the mood to actually read it. IT does sound like a good read though, about how science is making sexism seem logical.

You can buy it …here (only £1.09)

The Life of a Banana- PP Wong

This is one I’ve heard good things about so may buy. About a Chinese girl who is ‘white inside’.

You can buy it…here (only £0.99)


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The Uncommon Reader- Alan Bennett

Synopsis (from Amazon)

The Uncommon Reader is none other than HM the Queen who drifts accidentally into reading when her corgis stray into a mobile library parked at Buckingham Palace. She reads widely ( JR Ackerley, Jean Genet, Ivy Compton Burnett and the classics) and intelligently. Her reading naturally changes her world view and her relationship with people like the oleaginous prime minister and his repellent advisers. She comes to question the prescribed order of the world and loses patience with much that she has to do. In short, her reading is subversive. The consequence is, of course, surprising, mildly shocking and very funny.


I think I would think much more of the queen if I knew she read widely, with all that travelling she should be able to, right?

This was a pretty simple, short, read, and entertaining you could quite easily finish it in one sitting.

I found it had me laughing out loud on a number of occasions, and it certainly makes me want to read more Alan Bennett.

If nothing else it really made me love reading. It’s really a book which champions reading, and all it’s wonderful effects.

I find it hard to write a review. Others have done a better job than me. All I can really say is you won’t regret reading it.


Buy it:
Paperback (£5.75)
Kindle (£4.19)

Other Reviews:

Have I missed your review? Post a link in comments and I will add it here


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