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      17.12.2006 18:16
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      I was a little dubious about joining a book club as people often seem to be very critical of them, so it seems only fair that I say that my experience of Mango has been without problems so far.

      Not the best of starts, as my introductory book was left in my dustbin - it was a relatively new one and had been emptied that morning, but even so I didn't find that acceptable. However, that was the fault of the delivery company rather than Mango. I didn't actually want that particular book, so I listed it on Amazon Marketplace and sold it within twenty-four hours at a very decent price, considering Mango only charged me 99p for it.

      Since then I have ordered a cookery book, a book on memory loss which I hope to read over the Christmas period (having reached the age when short-term memory can cause frequent problems), and Roald Dahl's 'Songs and Verse' - a good variety. When I ordered my second book I was offered the choice of a free teddy bear or a £3 book token to use on a future order. I chose the token as I have no young relatives who would have appreciated a teddy for Christmas.

      So far I have only paid for the introductory book and the cookery book, as Mango are currently not asking for payment of orders until February 2007, which is a help at this time of year. The December magazine is offering three books for the price of two as well as free postage and packing on all orders over £15, so anyone buying books as Christmas presents could have made a good saving here. There are several sets of children's books (a set counts as just one choice) ranging from £8.97 for three Dora the Explorer books to £39.92 for a set of eight children's hardback classics. The last three pages of the magazine feature bestsellers in the sale at £6.99 and a selection of fiction at £3.99.

      The books I have ordered so far have all been at discounted prices, but I have paid postage and packing on them as they were under £15 and I didn't take advantage of the '3 for 2' offer. Cheaper prices can usually be found on Amazon, but I would never have known that the book on memory loss existed had I not seen it in the Mango catalogue.

      Delivery usually takes place about a week after placing an order, which was fine for me as I wasn't in a desperate hurry for any of the books. The books have all been well packaged so far in a cardboard box with plenty of bubblewrap inside. As usual there is a fair amount of junk advertising material in the box, but I just put it straight in the recycling bin.

      If you join Mango you commit to buying six books in total, after which you can cancel your membership if you wish. Magazines are sent out monthly with a suggested editor's choice which will be sent to you unless you cancel it either by post or online. Orders can be placed by post or on Mango's website. If you use the website you obviously save on postage, and you receive a confirming email if you cancel the editor's choice.

      As I have so far had no problems with my orders, I have had no reason to telephone or email the company and cannot comment on their customer service. I will update this review in the future if any problems do occur.

      Some previous reviews have commented that this is a club targetting younger women, but I wouldn't agree with this. I have seen quite a few reference books that I would be interested in ordering, such as the 'Aerial Atlas of the World', and I would think it might be an interesting club for a family to join.

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        09.05.2002 20:58
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        Mango is a book club for women. I first heard about Mango, when I got a leaflet through the door. I decided to join as I love reading books especially romance books. The books you will find in the Mango catalogue are:- Romance Horror Biographies There are more romance books though, than any of the other two. They send you a catalogue each month, so you can see if there are any books that you want. There is red hot reads each month. These are books that the editor chooses. You have to let Mango know if you want them or not. If you do not let them know by a certain date, then they presume you want the books, and they send you them. You can either let them know by post, by ticking the box saying you do not want them, or on the internet by declining the red hot reads. I do it on the internet as it is a lot quicker and a lot easier. As well as sending you the catalogue each month, they also send you a lot of advertisements. These are all related to books usually and occasionally video's and DVD's too. In your first year of being a member, you have to order at least 4 books. This is not many any at, especially if you love reading. I have ordered a lot more than 4 books now and have been a member for about 2 years now. Each month, they always have the same offer. This is buy 2 books for £8.98. This is only on selected pages though. I always buy 2 books usually as it does work out cheaper than buying one book for about £5.99 or £6.99. They also do 3 books for £11.98 which is also a bargain too. Every so often they do free gifts. You have to spend about £15 on books though, otherwise you do not qualify for the free gift. Some of the free gifts that they have had are a handbag, watch and an umbrella. I have received all 3 of them. I usually order any books that I want on line as it is quicker and easier thandoing it by post. Each month there is a competition that
        you can enter. I have never entered them though. No particular reason, just never have. The last competition they had was to win a day and night in London. To enter the competition, you have to go on there website. They sell paper back books and hard back books. It does tell you which one you are buying, in small print next to each book. You can pay for your books by cheque, postal order or credit or debit card. I usually pay by cheque and occasionally by credit or debit card. Your books come within 28 days which is quite a while, but the quickest that I have received them was 2 weeks. They always come in good condition and in a box. They get delivered by White Arrow. In the magazine each month, each book has a description of what the book is about, and the price if you do not take the offer of 2 or 3 books. Most of the books are between £5.99 and £7.99, but if you take up the offer of 2 books for £8.98, then you are saving some money. You can order books by post, telephone, fax or on there website. There address is:- mango Guild House Farnsby Street Swindon SN99 9XX Telephone = 0870 165 0165 Fax = 0870 165 0222 Website = www.mango.co.uk There webiste loads up really quickly and is very easy to use. Just sign up with them and then you can order books. Just add them to your basket and then go to the checkout. It's as simple as that. There is a delivery charge, which is £2.35. You can order as many books as you want on that delivery charge. With having this delivery charge though, the price goes up. When your books are delivered by White arrow, and you are not in, they will leave your books in a safe place. This could be with your neighbours or in your shed or garage. I recommend this book club to anyone who loves reading books, especially romance books!!!

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          09.03.2002 02:59
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          Mango are a book club, I first heard of them when I used to go on websites and see their banners telling me how I could get a free gift for joining, as I am up for all free things I decided to log onto www.mango.co.uk and have a look at what they were offering, as I am not a huge book club fan and don't read much. I looked around the website then on the join section it said what you could do at the time I was joining, well when I finally got round to it a month after seeing the banner the offer had changed and it wasn't a free bag being given but 5 books for 99p and not just books they select but any from the website so I just had to join because there were a few titles I wanted. I added the books in my basket among these were Bridget Jones's Diary, Men Are From Mars and Women Are From Venus and another three which I had decided to get because they sounded good. I put all these books into my online shopping basket and then it was something like £2.50 p&p so I did that anyway and then in about 2 weeks time the books were at my door in very nice packaging, in a sort of cardboard crate all covered in plastic, quite posh and for once save packaging. I love new books and they were all great and I wanted more right away so I opened up my catalogue given witht the book and had a look only one or two caught my fancy so I got them, but I wouldn't have gotten any if I hadn't liked the sound. As it goes on every month there is a new catalogue with all the newest titles out mostly romance and comedy from funny authors. I would say this was a girls book club though. I don't really order from here now I like to get all of my titles but the prices are a bit expensive every month, you don't have to buy all of the time. I like to see the books out but prefer to go to my bookshop or library and get them saves the cash. They give free gifts with some orders if you spend a certain amount or they have co
          mpetitions which I have actually never entered because it is usually something like 15 winners which means that I would have no chance since I am not a lucky person. They do offers in the catalogue though things like 3 books for £11.97 or 2 in the same series or double page spread for £8.99 they have to all be on the same page to be in the offer though. They split the catalogue into different categories, there is : RED HOT READS:The best three of the catalogue and most recommended books out and they are usually the newest titles. well actually I have just realised they change all the time but it's usually in sections such as thrillers, older books, romance, comedy, advice etc. To pay Mango and order you need to pay by either cheque or postal order or even credit card and they send a recipt with the next catalogue but they don't want cash sent. When you sign up to mango you get a password and username and then when you log in your email, member no and name show up you can then order online with this which is probably quicker and it's just the same as the catalogue but on the website so you still read the same information and see the same books. I have ordered both ways they come at the same time there sin't much of a difference and no discounts for ordering and different way. I think mango is a good book club and I like them because they still send if you don't buy and also there is no pressure on purchasing titles. The other good things about this club are that they have decent titles on the catalogue and all my favourite types like romance and funny books wich is different from other clubs with only dull serious books, so it's nice to find a club like this I recommend it for anyone who likes these types of books and to have a look at some titles and to join go to the website www.mango.co.uk and have a look.

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            09.09.2001 20:46
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            If I had to describe myself in any context, one thing that would surely come up would be the fact that I am a book-sinner. This simply meaning that I spend far too much of my time reading books to the detriment of all other meaningful life tasks, household chores, personal hygiene (only kidding) etc. Saying this, the day was bound to come when I would assign myself to a bookclub (cheap books even if JUST part of introductory offers are too good to miss) and Mango was the first one I joined. Talking currently, the opening deal with Mango (as going right to press) is that you can take advantage of 5 books for just 50p each (you also get a free book – again currently this is The Boy Next Door by Josie Lloyd and Emlyn Rees), from then on, as part of your membership entitlement, you are obligated to buy a further 5 books in your first year of membership (all books are up to 40% discounted). Although I am not a die-hard fan of the flirty, twenty/thirty-something fiction that continues to be ultra-fashionable in the present publishing climate, I was still able to choose a mix of books ranging from light to heavy fiction to biography. So, even if Mango IS, by intention, strongly geared to the young and female market (and takes advantage of the fact that the books it sells are stalwart singleton-classics); a periphery of other books means there is still a background range to pick from. For the record books are categorised in the following ‘genres’ (for all you intellectuals out there, don’t be too put off now!): Everybody’s Talking Between The Covers Thrills Deep and Meaningful (and finally) Girls On The Pull If anything, this category list gives you a real feel of what to expect from a club whose featured authors include Marian Keyes, Helen Fielding, Jill Mansell, Candace Bushnell (to name but a few) et al. In terms of keeping you up-to-date with books available, Ma
            ngo send you a brochure every four weeks as a back-up to their fairly comprehensive website, then ordering can be done either online or over the telephone. In terms of personal experience with the service, my introductory offer included the wrong book (which was a little disappointing) but a quick phone call sorted this out (the correct book arrived in three days and a sticky label was sent was the free return of the offending article). As a top note, I would recommend Mango to anyone who has wide-reaching and open-minded reading tastes and someone who likes a bit of a cheapie when they see one. After all, if you read more than a few books a year and you like following current trends you’re not going to complain about getting 5 books for £2.50, are you? If you are more of a connoisseur, prefer Charles Dickens to Marian Keyes and don’t appreciate a quick, cheap thrill – then there’s always another bookclub or the library to join instead! Happy reading!

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              21.08.2001 21:59
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              Ever since the age of two, when I’d sit in my wooden swiss chalet in the garden, surrounded with Enid Blyton books, I’ve always been an avid reader. I’m the sort of person who, wherever I’m going, always has to pack a book in case of emergencies – being kept waiting for a train for example! Consequently, because I get through books so quickly, I’ve been on the look out for many years for ways to acquire them more cheaply. Before I became such a frequent net user, I was always keen to join bookclubs, since books were usually cheaper here than on the high street. One such bookclub was Mango. Mango is very similar in setup to the other bookclubs which operate out of Swindon – e.g. World Books. You get an initial, highly attractive, joining offer, usually along the lines of buy five books for a fiver plus p&p at £2.35, and then you have a commitment to buy four or sometimes six books in your first year. These offers vary; it depends where you see an advertisement for the club, or sometimes whether you have already joined another. Mango has a specific target audience for its books – young women. The types of books that it offers certainly have a limited appeal – I can’t imagine many of the males on here being particularly interested! As the name of the club suggests when you break it down into two words – “man...go” – it’s really just suited to female readers. Many of the books offered are of the light and frothy variety – think Jill Mansell, Fiona Walker, Marian Keyes and Catherine Alliot. Describing these authors as light and frothy doesn’t however mean that I’m knocking their style of writing, after all, no-one wants to read heavy, intellectual works all the time – we all need a bit of what a friend of mine has described as chewing gum for the brain. Going back to my introductory comment about the need for an ‘emergency’ boo
              k – these fit the bill perfectly since they are ideal for reading whilst keeping one ear out for the sound of an approaching train, or for your boss coming round the corner! Hehehe it’s so good working at the museum and just lazing around reading novels when it’s quiet! Whilst the books featured in the magazine are never really challenging or intellectual, they are always the best choices from this particular genre, and usually (though it’s not really possible to generalise!) pretty compelling once you get started. Each month with Mango, you are sent a magazine (in the first year, this is where you have to choose your 4 or 6 books from). The magazine is usually about 24 pages long, in A5 format. Once you’ve fulfilled the initial commitment, there is then no obligation to buy anything further, You do have to make sure you cancel the editor’s choice, known as the “Red Hot Reads” each month however – but this is very easy and there are three ways to do it. You can either ring the national rate number, and do it automatically simply by typing in your membership number and pressing a few buttons. Mind you, I find that fairly frequently, this number has technical difficulties! It’s just as well then that they have a website as well, you can log on here with your membership number to start with, and then you are given a user name, and from here you can choose to buy books, or to reject the editor’s choice – you then get an email confirming that it is rejected. There is also the option to cancel by post – but why pay the cost of a stamp when the internet way is probably for many people much cheaper? I also prefer getting the email confirming my rejection – then if they do ever send me the book, I can prove it was rejected. This has never happened yet though! Looking at this month’s magazine, to give you an idea of the type of book offered, the red hot reads are
              Victoria Routledge “…And for Starters”, Jill Mansell, “Sheer Mischief” and Chris Manby, “Running Away from Richard”. These three books are sold at a cost of £11.97 for all three, plus the £2.35 p&p. Good value, I think you’ll agree. The rest of the magazine however does not seem to be as good value – the books are reasonably priced, but no outstanding offers, although the 2 books for £8.98 seems a reasonable option. Other books featured include Zoe Barnes, “Ex Appeal”, Morag Prunty, “Dancing with Mules”, and Katie Fforde, “Time Out”. There is also a ‘spine tinglers’ section, which includes books by Minette Walters and Patricia Cornwell – I am not a great fan of these so usually skip these couple of pages. Each book is pictured, with a brief description of it, and sometimes comments by the editor, if it’s particularly recommended. I find this useful, especially as it often says “if you’re a fan of X, then you might enjoy Y”, as this helps to point you in the direction of authors you might enjoy. Even though now I can find the same books cheaper on the internet, I still enjoy to read this little magazine to give me some ideas about books I may be interested in, and sometimes to find out a bit about the authors. It is a shame that the prices are not a bit better – they are nowhere near as good as the introductory offer would lead you to believe! Delivery of the books is not as good as the internet competitors. With places such as Amazon and Alphabetstreet, I have frequently seen my books arrive within a couple of days of ordering, but with Mango, books can take up 28 days to arrive, which isn’t really that good considering so many other places now have next day delivery service, however you only pay £2.35 per order, cheaper than Amazon who I feel rip you off with their p&p charges! The books are delivered b
              y White Arrow, and if you out at work all day, you can tell your bookclub of a safe place where they could be left (inside your back gate, shed, with a neighbour etc) and then White Arrow will leave them there for you which is very useful. To pay, you can either send a cheque off to Mango, ring and quote your credit card number (they don’t take switch yet) or use the internet – again, I believe this to be the easiest way, and you can check up on the progress of any orders this way too. It’s nice to be able to browse through the little magazine, and then go on line and order, having already decided what you will be buying. If you are a fan of this type of women’s writing, and know you won’t have any problems meeting the commitment, then this is probably a good club for you to join. Once you’ve got the 5 books for a fiver and then four almost full price books, the total cost per book when you divide the total amount by 9 is very reasonable indeed, and it makes sense to join and then maybe stop there – since there is no further commitment. You can then do what I do, browse through the little magazine and then search on the net for the same book at a cheaper price and with speedier delivery. Now, so many people have internet access and shopping with other book sites can often reveal much better bargains, particularly when the books are as popular as those featured in Mango. If you only read this type of book occasionally, then it’s not really worth your while joining the club. In the pre-internet era, I would have recommended it wholeheartedly, but now we are used to much quicker and easier internet shopping and at lower prices, with a much wider choice available. Therefore, overall, whilst I think that a few years ago, this book club would have got 5 stars, now, simply due to the fact that it’s operating in a much more competitive environment, I’m only going to give it 4 stars, si
              nce it is no longer the best deal around.

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                I have read the terrible write ups Mango has had on here and have responded but felt it was time to put fingers to the keyboard and tell the other side of the Mango story. I was happily searching one day on the net and came across a site called Mango- ahh books so quickly i clicked and arrived at the website. This was back in around february this year...it was advertising so many books for so much and a free book to boot - the catch was to buy 4 books within your first year of membership. EASY for me i read books like no tomorrow. So i clicked away on things like Sushi for beginners and some others (can't remember them now but they were good)...he site has a little basket comes up when you have clicked so you can decide if you want to keep them or not. i chose my five books and clicked to activate my membership....within a few minutes an email had arrived confirming my new account was being dealt with and would be delivered within the 28 days. Ok i waited and within about 3 weeks there was my courier waiting outside with my parcel - i opened it like it was christmas day and to my delight was all the books i had ordered including my free book. Inside was club magazine too - ohh more books for me to spend hard earned pennies on and i promptly went upstairs and switched on my pc. Now mango has an internet site which is great for people like me who know what authors they like and don't like - you just click on what you want. Quite often there is a little snipet of what the book actually entails. I know that they often have the newer books that i enjoy a lot cheaper than i could get in town as i buy them as a package. Mango has always been at the end of a phone line for me and not with premium rate calls either. When ever i have had a query and emailed them i must admit the first response is automatic but isn't everyones? then within 24 hours i have had a detailed response to my question.
                All in all i have had a good time with Mango and not had any problems - i think the only downside is you have to pay for your returns but apart from that the delivery charge is about the same as other companies on the net. Keep up the good work Mango - and if you love modern fiction then try it out if you don't like them after you have your books cancel your account.

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                  I love books, not quite with the passion I love CDs, but nonetheless still a great love. So, there I was browsing through our beloved Dooyoo when an advertising banner caught my eye. Now as much as this was incredible in itself, as I have an amazing talent for ignoring banners, but it told me great tales on wonderful books for a mere fifty of my hard earned pence! Worth a look, I thought so I clicked right on it. I soon landed in the world of Mango. Now the name looked a little familiar and at first I thought I was confusing it with the clothes shop on Oxford Street and in the Trafford Centre (Manchester). Then it dawned on me... I had been at Mrsbrowneyedmum's house and seen the Mango books magazine! I was straight on the phone! Following the phonecall-with-your-Mum formalities, the conversations went something like this: Missbrowneyedgirl: Did you have a Mango magazine? Mrsbrowneyedmum: Yes! (she sounded quite pleased with herself at this point) Missbrowneyedgirl: So what is it? Mrsbrowneyedmum: It' a book club. I joined on the INTERNET (at this point she over-emphasised the word internet, sounding particularly pleased with herself. For a woman who had trouble opening an email attachment the week previous I was quite impressed with her IT prowess!) Missbrowneyedgirl: Oh, so is it any good? Mrsbrowneyedmum: It's great! I got... (she proceeds to tell me a long list of new, well-known books which aren't particularly interesting so I wont bore you with them) ...and they were only 50p each! Missbrowneyedgirl: I think I'll have a look... Mrsbrowneyedmum: Listen at that! me telling you about the internet! (By this time she had progressed past sounding quite pleased with herself and was now positively smug and I thought it was time to go) So there I was on the new user home page of Mango (the member homepage is different). To be fair, it all looked quite
                  exciting, that is if you love books! The first thing you notice is the introductory offer: 5 books for 50p each + a FREE book. Apparently you have to agree to buy a certain number of books in your first two years of membership (3 I believe). Impressive I thought, so what is on offer? The site is quite easy to navigate with the book categories down the left hand side and information accessible from the top bar navigation. First on the left hand menu is your basket (empty at this point but accessible at all times). As you add books to your basket they are displayed in a list under the Basket link which is quite helpful. So, we need to find some books! The introductory offer books are divided into five book categories, with some very tempting contents: Everybody's Talking - includes Madonna - An Intimate Biography (J. Randy Taraborelli), Sushi for Beginners (Marian Keyes), Bridget Jones Diary (Helen Fielding), Glue (Irvine Welsh) and How To Be Good (Nick Hornby) to name but a few, and all at 50p each! Between The Covers - includes Perfect Skin (Nick Earls), Game Over (Adele Parks), Four Blondes (Candace Bushnell), Good at Games (Jill Mansell) and Drop Dead Gorgeous (Anna Cheska) plus more. Thrills - in it's entirety contains The Last Precinct (Patricia Cornwell), A Painted House (John Grisham), Body Of A Girl (Leah Stewart) and Lethal Seduction (Jackie Collins). Deep and Meaningful - includes A Man Named Dave (Dave Pelzer), Men Are From Mars Women Are From Venus (John Gray), Prozac Nation (Elizabeth Wurtzel), True (Martin Kemp), Captain Corelli's Mandolin (Louis De Bernieres) and Memoirs Of A Geisha (Arthur Golden) plus more. Mrsbrowneyedmum is reading Memoirs Of A Geisha at the moment and thinks it's fantastic so I guess it comes highly recommended! Girls on the Pull - includes Bridget Jones 2 - Edge Of Reason (Helen Fielding), The Pilates Body (Siler, Brooke), Cheet (Anna Davis), Waterme
                  lon (Marian Keyes) and Divas Las Vegas (Belinda Jones) plus more. Viewing and choosing the books in simple. Each category present you with a pictured list with a brief overview of each book. You can click the button next to the book to add it to your basket, or click the 'more' link below each for a more detailed description. Nearly all of the books on the site are paperbacks. Personally I think it's a good thing - they are so much easier to bend on the beach...;) I also noticed the normal prices of the books (that is when you are a member) is around 40% off the RRP. I also noticed that the RRP does seem higher than usual in some cases but this may be because a lot of the books are 'special club editions'. One other 'issue' I have is that the member version of the site is very slow to load (even over our ADSL connection). Now cam the difficult bit! I had to pick 5 books. Only 5! Out of all of those! I was like a child in a sweet shop, or in fact, to be honest myself still now in a sweet shop, cake shop, music store, book store or French Connection! It almost broke my heart but I managed, after much chopping and changing, to add my choice to my basket. So with Irvine Welsh's Glue, Marian Keyes Sushi For Beginners, Nick Hornby's How To Be Good, Jamie Holland's An Almost Perfect Moon and last but not least Tony Parsons' One For My Baby resident in my basket I noticed the FREE BOOK link on the left. Slowly I remembered the offer - 5 books for 50p each + a FREE book - and I couldn't click the link fast enough! I was then presented with The Boy Next Door by Josie & Rees Lloyd. I have never heard of it but a free book! Into the bulging basket it went. Postage & packing came in at only £2.99 for the six book so my total order was a mere £5.49, representing a total saving (excluding P&&P) of £75.45 according to Mango - I told you there RRPs were a little odd! Carrying on to the check
                  out was simple. You simply check your order on the basket page, enter your name and address and confirm the order. Shortly after I received a confirmation email listing all the books I had ordered, the total cost and some helpful contact information. Next cam the worst bit. The wait. I hate waiting, whether it's 2 minutes for the tea to brew or a week and a half for the delivery of some books (as it was). Patience may be a virtue, but unfortunately one that isn't in my possession. Finally it happened! The delivery! It was a little odd as the delivery man decided that in my absence he would try and hide the parcel under a large plank of wood that he could lean up against my front window. Strange tactics, the White Arrow men, but it did the trick and I was soon sitting cross-legged in the middle of the lounge, grinning inanely and tearing into the cardboard box. Unfortunately, at this point it was like some evil trick had been played on me. There on the top of the box were The Boy Next Door (the free book) and Sushi for Beginners but what lies beneath was not a pretty tale. The disappointment of not finding the much anticipated Glue and others was terrible. How did it all go so wrong? No disrespect to the titles I am about to mention but it was kind of like asking for a bike for Christmas and receiving a skateboard. Potentially very good, I am sure, but just not what you asked for! Hiding beneath the fulfilled promises of that brown box were The Battersea Park Road to Enlightenment (Isabel Losada), Persuading Annie (Melissa Nathan) and   Sleeping in Sand (Crysse Morrison). These impostors weren't a part of the introductory offer and there wasn't even six books in total! I hurriedly checked the order confirmation email I had received to check I wasn't just losing my mind - it's been know to happen - but no, it was definitely Mango that were once sandwich short of a picnic, or more appropriately o
                  ne book short of a completely incorrect order. Hurriedly I emailed them the problem, only to receive an automatic 'we will deal with your enquiry' email response. They did offer me a premium rate phone number to call in the mean time but I don't think I will waste my money! I will endeavour to update you on the progress of the saga but suffice to say, as it stands, we are not amused and certainly far from impressed! ~Update~ I have just recieved this email: "We are extremely sorry that wrong books have been enclosed in your introductory parcel. We have arranged a Collection Service for the unwanted item, details will arrive by post in a few days time." At least they are making amends! Now I wonder if I have to hide the box behind thta plank for the White Arrow man?...;) ~Update 2~ Oops! I have been very bad not keeping you informed... Well, after the email I waited and waited and then waited some more, but no-one came to collect my parcel of books. Then I received a bill for them, which to be fair made me a little cross! I decided to try and call their Customer Service line to explain the situation but unfortunately this was just an automated service. At this point I was very angry, even more so by the fact I had no books to take on holiday with me. I emailed Customer Services pointing out that I didn't want the books and no-one would collect them from then something wonderful happened. Customer Services apologised profusely for the trouble they had caused me, then sent me a pre-paid label to return my unwanted books. Guess what arrived today? You've got it - the books I wanted! the joy of holding Irvine Welsh's Glue at long last, has kind of overshadowed the bad feeling so I have decided to stay and give Mango another chance. I guess no one is perfect, and they have made amends. I'll keep you posted!...;)

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                    17.07.2001 05:15
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                    last week I got one of those annoying leaflets in my magazine the type that you just throw in the bin. I wish that they never had them but on this occasion I found one for a book club called mango. It had all my favourite authors on offer from only £1 per book so I decided to give them a try. You can order by post but they had a website so I decided to log on. When I got to the site which was easy to navigate I placed my order quite easily and when I went to my basket I discovered that the books I had ordered were on offer for ONLY 50P what a bargain you probably could,nt pick these books up secondhand any cheaper. My only fault was that they didn't have a search facility or one that I could find anyway but they promise that if you can't find what you are looking for they link you up to BOL with a 10% discount. Membership rules. You only have to purchase four books per year to keep within guidelines of membership and that is pretty good going from a book club. They say that the editor will hand pick books for you but if you don't want them simply tick the box and return the form. Speed of delivery: well I ordered my five books last thursday and it is now monday and they arrived this morning, now that's what I call service. If you are not happy with your selection you can return them after 10 days and your membership will be cancelled with no further obligation. Happy? I most certainly am and can see me sticking to this club for a while. The website is www.see.mango.co.uk check it out for yourself and reap the savings. P&P comes in at £2.95 but that is normal for all sites.

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                      11.06.2001 05:36
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                      This is really one of the better book clubs for women that I have found. I accidently stumbled upon the website, and imediately became interested in the special offer of 5 books and a free gift for £5 ( this offer changes a few times a year!). I signed up, although there were not that many books to choose from. All you have to do is order four books in the first year. I recieved my order withing 10 days, and was pleased with all the books. I also recieved 3 booklets, one explaining about the club, and the other two being catalogues. I was given a website address and was able to access the catalogues, with a more extensive list of books, a choice of accessing my account details, an online payment choice as well as online ordering. Most of the books range from seven to twelve pounds, but there are really good offers (i.e three for eight pounds). I would definately recommend this club to any female who loves being tucked up with a good read.

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                        I have never really been that much into reading, I have also never been a member of any book club before either. This is because once you buy a book usually you don't get rid of them and you ahve to make a purchase all the time which means you loose a lot of money on books you'll never read. I first heard of Mango when I went onto a website and saw a banner saying mango book club. I don't actually know why I clicked on it but I am damn well glad I did. The homepage is nice and bright and atleast makes you feel welcome, I clicked on joining offer. What it was is that you got 4 books at their join price which was like £1.40 or something. Then you got one free so i thought this sounds great, I looked under the categories like romance and thrill'n' chills and I found 4 books I wanted, I chose 1.Bridget Jones' Diary because I like the sound of the film and wanted to see what the book was like 2.Men Are From Mars-Women Are From Venus, I have always wanted to read this book to see what the author John Gray says about relationship situations 3. Swimming Sweet Arrow, It sounded good but I have to say it is quite sick all of it is about sick and the author is very graphic, the first chapter put me off but I read on and the story sort of picks up, it is becoming a film. 4.Fortune's Ricks, this is about a girl that has a holiday relationship for 6 weeks, but it changes her life forever 5.Red Leaves, this is about a girl being murdered at the start of the book and a detective getting to know all the friends and soon relaising they are not what they seem I think I picked a good choice, they are all big books and the price only came to £5.49. I know it was only the joining price but still there is money off all books. It says within 28 days they will deliver, ordered mines about 2 weeks ago and they came this mroning and I am happy, already I am nearly finished one. The prices aren't high. White Arrow del
                        iver and the packaging is good. You get a magazine every month I think and there is always offers when you buy things, this time it is when you spend over £15 you get a £150 holiday voucher. Mango is great they don't force you to buy and the books are brilliant the website is www.mango.co.uk have fun reding

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                        Mangoes are juicy fruits from exotic countries, which are yummy when ripe and very messy to eat. Mango.co.uk is a book club. The only thing I can see it having in common with mangoes is that some of the books are juicy. And it has nothing to do with clickmango, the website promoted by Joanna Lumley, which sadly was not ab fab and had to close down. Apart from the silly name, I am quite impressed by mango.co.uk. If you like women's fiction, and read at least a book a month, this site could save you money and it's fun to use. Like most clubs, you buy several books initially at a bargain price, then get a magazine every now and then, and will automatically be sent the 'editor's choice' if you don't tell them you don't want it - you're also committed to buying four more books in the first year. What struck me first about mango.co.uk (the club operates by post as well but that doesn't seem as convenient to me), is the wide range of books. All the usual suspects -Marian Keyes, Fiona Walker, Lisa Jewell - are there, but there are also thrillers, mysteries and 'literary' fiction... First time round I got five books for £5.95 (among them The Blind Assassin, After you'd Gone and My Canape Hell) including postage, and I've just had four more (Sushi for Beginners, Camberwell Beauty, When We Were Orphans and The Pornographer's Poem plus a free travel book) for £31.95 including packing. Most of those books are only available in hardback at the moment, but all these arrived in paperback, but with the same size and print as the ordinary editions. On the website there's also a range of special offers, and interviews/excerpts from books. Best of all, you can say no to the editor's choice online, so there's no relying on posting your reply back using snail mail. I only have one irritation, and that's the fact it's nearly impossible to get through to a pers
                        on on their automated inquiry line... Apart from that, the only problem is finding the time to read all these brilliant books!

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                          I've used a number of mail order book clubs and found that non compares quite as favourably as Mango if you like reading modern fiction and novels. I was introduced to them through a leaflet in a magazine. It was 5 books for a fiver plus £2.95 P&P. As I read a lot and a lot of my favourite authors had new books out that I could order, I decided to give them a try. The books arrived within about 10 days, by courier, in a well packaged box. They were in excellent condition, some paperback, some club-edition copies. If you are not satisfied, you can send them back. A magazine arrives once a month with an editors choice. I you don't want it, either ring the automated line or send the slip back - if you do want it, do nothing. On the occasions that I requested it not being sent, it never was, unlike some other book clubs. The magazines often had offers such as "3 books for £10" where you got to pick from a selection. As this offer seemed too good too miss, it introduced me to authors who I probably would have not have considered before and subseuently who I bought again. The only thing you have to do is buy 4 books in your first year of membership, which is not hard. You also often get a free gift with your introductory offer and there are offers in their magazines for cinema tickets, beauty goods and such like. If you're a book reader they say you can save at least 40% on each title, although I suspect that this is the hardback edition. They often get books before you can get them in the shops and delivery is quick. The whole process is painless, fast and of no risk at all. Give them a try.

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