Author: Ashley Dyer

UNCOMMON TYPE by Tom Hanks

UNCOMMON TYPE by Tom Hanks William Heinemann ISBN-13: 978-1785151514 This is Tom Hanks’s first collection of short stories. Yes, Tom Hanks the actor. He writes, too – and very well, damnit!Uncommon Type’s eclectic mix of stories have one common theme: a typewriter features in each. We’re not talking about electrics or word processors; these honest-to-goodness machines […]

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Identifying suspects

Fingerprints, Footwear – & a hearing impediment to ID Fingerprints The ancient Babylonians were probably the first people to use fingerprints for identification; people left their marks on clay tablets detailing business transactions. Fingerprints were also used on important documents in ancient China. The idea that an individual’s fingerprints might be unique was first suggested […]

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LA BELLE SAUVAGE: The Book Of Dust Volume I, by Philip Pullman

LA BELLE SAUVAGE: The Book Of Dust Volume I, by Phillip Pullman Penguin RH & David Fickling Books ISBN–13: 978-0385604413 There’s a delightful trend, just now, for beautiful books. Bound between linen-covered boards, some engraved, some gilt-edged, many with silk place-markers, they recall a time when print books were given as precious gifts, and treasured by […]

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THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHTTIME, BY Mark Haddon

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHTTIME, by Mark Haddon Vintage ISBN-13: 978-0099450252 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a murder mystery like no other. The detective and narrator is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger’s Syndrome; he knows a very great deal about maths and very little about […]

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