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Beware of www.copyright.co.uk!

If you are an Indie author looking to copyright your work, be very careful when dealing with this website. Its homepage offers you a single copyright for £42. For this, it says you get 30 years’ secure storage of your uploaded file by a notary. Nowhere on that homepage is there any mention of terms and conditions. Clicking on one of their packages takes you to the next page where you’re told how much you have to pay to secure what level of security and whether or not what you’re paying for includes assistance in the event of litigation. The...

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DAVID A. GIBBS “Humbug to happiness: Breaking The Chains Of The Past”

According to the author, this book may be of “no benefit whatsoever” or “an amazing epiphany”? He has written it to try and help everyone whose self-image is in any way negative or critical, and who therefore struggles with relationships, feelings of failure, addictions that are ultimately harmful (like smoking, drinking, overeating), emotional instability and the recurrent conviction that he or she isn’t good-looking enough, strong enough or clever enough to succeed in the way so many people seem to be able to. His contention is that for every person who may have established a strong sense of self and is...

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“THE OTHER TWIN” by Lesley Hayes

Subtle, intricate, perceptive, deadly and beautifully written, this is “a psychological mystery with the notion of true love at its heart," The Other Twin "explores the noxious legacy of suspicion, hatred, revenge, and duplicity – and asks of the reader: just who can you trust?” For me, the most important thing about any book is the quality of the writing, and I read this one in the sure and certain knowledge that the writing would be superb. This is the fifth book written by Lesley Hayes that I have read and reviewed, and I know what to expect. She is an immensely...

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THE SECRET OF THE SACRED SCARAB by Fiona Ingram

“’Oh my gosh’, Justin hissed. ‘This is some kind of plot.” This rip-roaring yarn is so utterly in the genre of ‘Boys’ Own’ adventure stories that it took me right back to my weekly journeys to the local library more than sixty years ago on the lookout for another selection of Tarzan / Biggles / Famous Five – type adventure stories to get my pre-pubescent teeth into. If it had anything to do with treasure, I was in, just like Adam and Justin. Revisiting the genre at the age of 75, one sentence towards the end resonated: “No adult would...

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Gordon Bennett: The Early Years

   Chapter 1 Where’s He Getting It From? (February 2002) When he was two and a half, Gordon told his mum he was going to be a palaeontologist. She had to look it up. They’d found a splendid book on dinosaurs in a shop called The Works. It sold big books at knockdown prices. This one was for grown-ups really, but it had wonderful pictures. Gordon wanted it, so Edith bought it. Conversations with him on the subject of dinosaurs then became unsettling. Not long after they brought it home, Edith found him studying one of the pages. She was...

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