Latest reviews in Biography Books »

Mr Benn - Without the Dressing Up but with Plenty of Adventures

Advantages: A life lived to the full
Disadvantages: A sad sense of the end of an era

...Mr Benn When the opportunity arose to get a pre-publication copy of Tony Bennís final diaries, A Blaze of Autumn Sunshine my hand shot up quicker than my brain could actually process what Iíd just done. Iíve long been an admirer of this controversial ...

koshkha 15.01.2014 ∑ Read full review
Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful
Review of A Blaze of Autumn Sunshine - Tony Benn

Degree of Information

How easy was it to read...

How interesting was the...

How useful was it?

Would you read it again?

Value for money

How a Mother Made a Man

Advantages: Written with warmth and feeling; funny and self deprecating
Disadvantages: None

In 1957, the then Prime Minister Harold Macmillan told a meeting of fellow Conservatives that most of the country had Ďnever had it so goodí. Alan Johnsonís moving autobiography "This Boy" describes life for a family that did not share in Britainís widesp ...

fizzytom 29.09.2013 ∑ Read full review
Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful
Review of This Boy - Alan Johnson

Degree of Information

How easy was it to read...

How interesting was the...

How useful was it?

Would you read it again?

Value for money

The woman who might have put arsenic in Churchill's tea

Advantages: Fascinating biography of a lively, passionate if sometimes tiresome character
Disadvantages: None, if you're interested in the subject

Nancy Astor Nancy, Lady Astor, who was the first woman to take her seat as an elected Member of Parliament at Westminster, is one of those characters about whom it is surely impossible for anyone to write a dull biography. A determined character w ...

JOHNV 22.03.2013 ∑ Read full review
Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful
Review of Nancy: The Story of Lady Astor - Adrian Fort

Degree of Information

How easy was it to read...

How interesting was the...

How useful was it?

Would you read it again?

Value for money

Thorn's Teenage Kicks

Advantages: Engaging writing style; funny and witty; interesting insight
Disadvantages: None that I noticed

Tracey Thornís ' Bedsit Disco Queen' (Subtitled: How I Grew up and Tried to be a Pop Star) is as much an analysis of the fickle and ever changing face of pop music from the 1970s onwards, as it is the authorís own honest, and often moving account, of her ...

fizzytom 13.03.2013 ∑ Read full review
Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful
Review of Bedsit Disco Queen: How I grew up and tried to be a pop star - Tracey Thorn

Degree of Information

How easy was it to read...

How interesting was the...

How useful was it?

Would you read it again?

Value for money

The undisputed queen of Regency romance

Advantages: Interesting and informative
Disadvantages: More likely to be of interest to Heyer fans

It's almost forty years since Georgette Heyer died and yet with the exception of the five titles she herself had suppressed, all of her novels are still in print and still selling in large quantities and year on year she's still attracting new readers. By ...

ladybracknell 27.01.2012 ∑ Read full review
Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful
Review of Georgette Heyer: Biography of a Bestseller - Jennifer Kloester

Degree of Information

How easy was it to read...

How interesting was the...

How useful was it?

Would you read it again?

Value for money