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Definitive and echanting - Viva la Frida.

Advantages: Stimulating writing; packed with facts; expert art analysis
Disadvantages: Perhaps too lengthy for those uninterested in Frida Kahlo

Monobrowed and moustached Mexican artist Frida Kahlo has become a popular icon on an international level since the peak of her career in the 1940's. Arguably unknown to many until the release of the 2003 movie Frida which was inspired by Herrera's biogr ...

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Review of Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo - Hayden Herrera

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A biography of Frida Kahlo

Advantages: Enormous detail, written with both vivacity and intimacy
Disadvantages: None

A biography of the tempestuous and talented Frida Kahlo could never be a boring read, and this detailed book by Hayden Herrera recounts every moment in the life of the beautiful Mexican artist with sensitivity and intelligence. Frida Kahlo was born in ...

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Review of Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo - Hayden Herrera

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An incredibly candid and heart warming account of one man's life.

Advantages: Amusing, evocative and heartfelt content, page turner, well written
Disadvantages: People may assume this is a karate book, rather than biography

I wrote this review a while back for the website The Shotokan Way, but I feel so strongly about the merits of this book, it needs to be represented here! I pulled open the door to the phonebox and, as Id hoped, the loony spun round. I didnt say a word ...

Welshjellybean 09.10.2012 Read full review
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Review of Born Fighter - Dave Hazard

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Hacking the queen of crime

Advantages: On the whole, sound and factual balanced biography
Disadvantages: Too novelised in places with too much purple prose

I approached this book with some misgivings. Other reviews I had seen elsewhere were unfavourable, and I suspected that a biography of one of the most British of crime writers by an American author whose previous subjects included J. Edgar Hoover, Howard ...

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Review of Duchess Of Death - Richard Hack

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A Martyr for Social Change

Advantages: Balanced, thought-provoking account
Disadvantages: None if you are interested in this subject

...In this book from the Pocket Biographies series, Harry Harmer presents a concise account of the life and achievements of civil rights leader, Martin Luther King. Although this book does make you appreciate the role King played as a figurehead for the C ...

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Review of Martin Luther King - Harry Harmer

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