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Deals of the Moment- December

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 Humans: An A to Z- Matt Haig

This is one I bought. A ‘guide’ for being human

I bought this one because I loved The Humans. You can buy it…here (only £0.99)

The Forgotten Garden- Kate Morton

The Forgotten Garden was my introduction to Morton from my pre-blogging days. I’ve since read all of Morton’s books, and whilst this is no longer my favourite (That’s probably The Distant Hours) it’s still one of her best. It looks into the mysteries in the past of a family and has Morton’s usual slightly gothic feel. You can buy it…here (only £1.79)

Bodies of Light- Sarah Moss

I’m interested in Bodies of Light because I enjoyed Moss’ other novel Night Waking, The two stories are linked with the main character of Bodies of Light being the sister of the main character in Night Waking. In Bodies of Light the main character is constantly striving to impress and gain affection from her mother. I’ve not bought it because I am unsure of the story itself. You can buy it…here. (only £2.49)


The Horologicon- Mark Forsyth

I really love the language books by Forsyth. I’ve read and loved The Etymologicon, The Horologicon and The Elements of Eloquence and thoroughly recommend them all. They’re smart, witty and humorous.

You can buy The Horologicon…here (only £0.99)

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet- Jamie Ford

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is one of my favourite novels set during wartime. (It’s even in The List). It’s about Japanese-Americans during the second world war. You can buy it…here (only £0.99)

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy in Five Parts- Douglas Adams

I must admit I think this one is a real bargain. Funny, geeky, quirky, I love The Hitchhiker’s Guide which follows Arthur Dent a guy who occidentally goes hitchhiking across space when Earth is destroyed. You can buy it…here (only £2.29)



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The Meaning of Liff- Douglas Adams and John Lloyd

Synopsis (from amazon)

In life, there are hundreds of familiar experiences, feelings and objects for which no words exist, yet hundreds of strange words are idly loafing around on signposts, pointing at places. The Meaning of Liff connects the two. BERRIWILLOCK (n.) – An unknown workmate who writes ‘All the best’ on your leaving card. ELY (n.) – The first, tiniest inkling that something, somewhere has gone terribly wrong. GRIMBISTER (n.) – Large body of cars on a motorway all travelling at exactly the speed limit because one of them is a police car. KETTERING (n.) – The marks left on your bottom or thighs after sunbathing on a wickerwork chair. OCKLE (n.) – An electrical switch which appears to be off in both positions. WOKING (ptcpl.vb.) – Standing in the kitchen wondering what you came in here for.


I’m not sure I can really call this a review, I have so little to say about this book.

It was humorous, generally speaking, but may have worked better as a book to dip in and out of rather than as one to  read from cover to cover (as I did). Some of the words are words that it might be nice to have a word for too, and some of them even make sense connected to the place name used. I’m not sure why they used place names, it was probably easier than making up entirely new words, however entirely new words would have been better I think, and they might have even crept into use (flange of baboons anyone?).

I would recommend the hardcover as a book to flick through, it is a rather handsome volume too, so might make a good coffee table book (if your coffee table isn’t already covered with papers, and pens, and glasses, and books and various other items as every surface of our house tends to be).


Buy it:

Hardback (£6.99)

Kindle (£4.49)


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