This book was lying around in my holiday villa, my wife picked it up first and read it in about a day and a half. I think that's the fastest I've everThis book was lying around in my holiday villa, my wife picked it up first and read it in about a day and a half. I think that's the fastest I've ever seen her read a book!
She told me to read this and like good husband's everywhere I obeyed :-)
A day later, I'm glad that I did! The book is the true story of Sophie Hayes and how she got forced into the sex trade. She's npt what you would think of the typical type of woman who would be trafficked, she's a white, well educated middle class girl from the UK. Even with that background she was groomed and lured into a trap.
She starts off with some of her childhood memories of her family and especially hers and her siblings lack of a relationship with their dad. He just does not seem to care about anyone but himself from the sounds of it, a right b*stard.
She then goes on to describe her life from her teens to her early twenties, this is where she meets Kas, someone who she never went out with but met in a bar a few times. Somehow Kas gets hold of her number and starts texting and calling her when he gets back home to Albania, they eventually become good friends.
Some time later Sophie has some problems with her then boyfriend as he has been deported (probably illegally from the sound of it). She makes a decision to fly off to marry him but as she was about to she has a medical problem and needs an operation urgently so has to put off going to her boyfriend.
As she recuperates, Kas suggests a couple of weeks out in Italy will do her the world of good, so off she heads.
This is where her 6 months of hell begin, Kas is clearly mentally deranged and has been dealing drugs. Rather than a nice guy, he is violent warped psycho.
She eventually gets help from her mum and step-dad from a hospital bed in Italy. Kas follows her to the UK and looks like he was planning to kidnap her and the police eventually get him for a shooting charge.
What she does next is remarkable, she talks about her story and starts to represent victims of human trafficking. One of outcomes of that is this book, where some of the money goes to her foundation to support various organisations.
When you get to the end of this story, Kas is still out there so avoid any Albanians in bars!
(just noticed the official blurb on goodreads calls Kas, Bledi..not sure if it's an alias for legal reasons but I guess they are the same person) ...more
Possibly one of the most expensive books I've bought, I'll explain later! If you think you know everything there is to know about Kickstarter, Zopa, KPossibly one of the most expensive books I've bought, I'll explain later! If you think you know everything there is to know about Kickstarter, Zopa, Kiva etc then you really ought to get this book. Modwena has written a very good summary of the current state of this fast moving market and this guide will help you navigate through this.
The book is aimed at investors, entrepreneurs and even those wanting to set up their own crowdfunding market. The book will teach you about the different types of sites, the audiences on that site and is heavily biased towards the UK market (no problemo for me). It's a very handy resource and Modwena evidently knows her stuff.
As I've been investing in some of the sites for some time I thought it would be good to find out a little bit more about it.
Why was this book expensive? Well now I know about equity investing such as Crowdcube and Seedrs and had to take punt even though the payback doesn't even begin for 3 years at a minimum and that's if it even does pay out! I now have a teeny share in some hopefully up and coming companies. ...more
Picked this one up as a kindle freebie so I can't complain about the price! One man's crazy 15,000km bike ride to India.
What I enjoyed about this: - TPicked this one up as a kindle freebie so I can't complain about the price! One man's crazy 15,000km bike ride to India.
What I enjoyed about this: - The personal narrative of the Danny's journey both physically and spiritually. - The fact that it wasn't meticulously planned, the best adventures happen that way! - It's an easy, quick read, maybe Danny was thinking of his former (and future) pupils - Danny gets to live his childhood ambition which will inspire and motivate others to do the same - Reminded me of There Are Other Rivers which was another awesome inspirational read
What detracted from the story: - Spotted a couple of niggling proof reading errors, eg steal framed bike instead of steel framed.. - Occasional jumps in the story - There should be nice colour pics in the ebook! There are some on his website though..
This book introduces 43 ideas from various philosopher's from history for you to cogitate and mull over.
Hayden runs a pretty similar format for each iThis book introduces 43 ideas from various philosopher's from history for you to cogitate and mull over.
Hayden runs a pretty similar format for each idea, he introduces it in a way that makes it easy to relate to and then provides arguments for and against to allow you to make up your own mind.
At least that is the theory but some of the ideas are introduced using phrases such as "this is a bizarre claim", "right up there with the weirdest" and "this sounds absurd". This is clearly going to prejudice any idea that might be introduced thus and I've dropped this down a star because of that. The presentation of even difficult ideas is well done and contemporary examples are used throughout (eg Harry Potter and Dan Brown), Hayden also writes with a touch of humour. On the kindle each chapter ends with links to related ideas so you can jump around or dip into it easily with the handy index at the back.
After all the ideas are presented there is a section on suggested further reading if you want to find out more. As a primer to some of the ideas from western and eastern philosophy this book is a great start but just try and not judge the ideas until you have heard the arguments for and against....more
As a bonsai basics book this delivers pretty much spot on, it covers pruning, watering, wiring, repotting and has a section on the different tree specAs a bonsai basics book this delivers pretty much spot on, it covers pruning, watering, wiring, repotting and has a section on the different tree species available. Oh and lots of pretty mini tree pictures.
If like me you got a discount mass grown Chinese bonsai from the local supermarket, this book will tell what they did and will give you ideas on how you can try and fix it if possible. Mine was basically lopped off at the top to force a mass of shoots to grow so probably no hope for it (it's called hard pruning in the book).
If you need more info on bonsai than this book then I'd suggest you don't get one that has the word basic in the title....more
Christina's book is a pretty good insight into China how it was when it was mostly closed to the outside world and you had to get special permits forChristina's book is a pretty good insight into China how it was when it was mostly closed to the outside world and you had to get special permits for everything.
Her experiences are pretty amazing and to add to that she took an inflatable canoe with her.
This book came before the likes of Bill Bryson sold bucket loads of travel books and took this genre to another level. This is one of the originals and I enjoyed reading it. ...more