Building The Gymnastic Body: The Science of Gymnastics Strength Training by Christopher SommerKudos to Christopher Sommer for promoting gymnastics as a means for developing functional fitness in everyone—not just professional athletes. Unfortunately, the book resembles a watered-down encyclopedia of gymnastics movements. It includes brief descriptions of progressions toward the more difficult exercises, but doesnt offer much programming or any of the foundations required to begin training (i.e., mobility, prehabilitation). Instead, Sommer frequently refers to his other books for these things. Dont bother looking for these books—they dont exist. It appears that Sommer planned on writing a book series, but pivoted toward building GymnasticsBodies.com instead. The website charges a monthly fee to view exercise programs and demonstration videos. Having never subscribed to the website, I cannot speak to its quality. As for the book, there are many better resources available elsewhere.
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Thank you! Five kind and honorable people are caught up in the depredations of the Great War in this first stand-alone novel by the author of the Maisie Dobbs mystery series Leaving Everything Most Loved , , etc. Although Hawkes is attracted to Kezia, he keeps a respectful distance, just as he is cordial but not friendly toward Tom. This distance persists as Tom and Hawkes both enlist and are sent to the front line in France, where Tom, a private, serves under Capt. The whole battalion soon looks forward to her letters and the occasional fruitcake. Knowles, who resents the influx of so many green recruits. Marchant, is ministering to troops in the trenches.
She remembers her grandfather, who had fought in the Battle of the Somme in and been badly wounded. As a novelist, Winspear has never strayed far from the era. A moving drama of life in wartime, the book is set for much of the narrative in Kent, southeast of London, where Winspear was born and raised. Winspear says the book began with Kezia, who barely has time to adjust to being a farm wife before Tom enlists and goes off to fight, leaving her to keep the home fires burning. It has sections on politics, how to be an activist, how to represent yourself as a citizen, as well as how to black a stove or arrange your flowers. Ernest Hemingway said he read it every year to remind him what it was like to go to war. In the letters between Tom and Kezia, food assumes great importance.
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As the First World War commemorations gather pace, this novel looks at the challenges that young women faced a century ago. These set Winspear imagining what had happened to the young bride as her husband, almost inevitably, went off to war within months of their wedding. The real bride becomes the fictional Kezia Marchant. She and her friend, Thea Brissenden, have both been high achievers at school, and have taken up posts as teachers. She finds herself in danger for her radical views as the country goes to war.
Rate this book. The New York Times bestselling author of the Maisie Dobbs series turns her prodigious talents to this World War I standalone novel, a lyrical drama of love struggling to survive in a damaged, fractured world. By July , the ties between Kezia Marchant and Thea Brissenden, friends since girlhood, have become strained - by Thea's passionate embrace of women's suffrage, and by the imminent marriage of Kezia to Thea's brother, Tom, who runs the family farm. When Kezia and Tom wed just a month before war is declared between Britain and Germany, Thea's gift to Kezia is a book on household management - a veiled criticism of the bride's prosaic life to come. Yet when Tom enlists to fight for his country and Thea is drawn reluctantly onto the battlefield, the farm becomes Kezia's responsibility. Each must find a way to endure the ensuing cataclysm and turmoil. As Tom marches to the front lines, and Kezia battles to keep her ordered life from unraveling, they hide their despair in letters and cards filled with stories woven to bring comfort.
She wrote letters that transported men living in the shadow of death in the French trenches to the fragrance of a kitchen in Kent. She wrote to her husband about how she was still cooking the meals he loved in his absence, describing the fragrance of rosemary, the richness of gravy, how sultanas added sweetness to a rabbit dish and how she poured everything into a big brown bowl with a little sherry, but adds she would wait for him to come home to share a glass. They were a link to the world they had left behind for the horror of World War I, a world to which most of them never returned as their names joined the millions of casualties. The letters Kezia Brissenden wrote to her husband ache with memories. That is why they remain important years after the war ended, because what they conjured up in their gentle simplicity is so poignant that it is difficult to read without tears.