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Hellraising in the Stuart era

Advantages: Interesting read about a colourful character
Disadvantages: Tends to overestimate his importance and play up his (few) good points

John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, was the ultimate ‘live fast, die young’ icon of the Stuart age, the seventeenth-century embodiment of ‘Hope I die before I get old’. Restoration dandy, satirist and pornographic poet, he died a lingering death in 1680 ...

JOHNV 18.08.2014 · Read full review
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Review of Blazing Star: The Life and Times of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester - Alexander Laiman

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Some insight into the man behind Mrs Brown

Advantages: Interesting read, ideal read for the summer, lots of information about Brendan O'Carroll's life
Disadvantages: I did find the comparisons between Brendan's life and Mrs Brown slightly annoying after a while

Being a big fan of the Mrs. Brown’s Boys TV show I had been wanting to read this book since I first seen it for sale last December.  However, I felt the price was a little excessive (the Kindle version was close to £10), so I decided to wait until the pri ...

euphie 08.07.2014 · Read full review
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Review of The Real Mrs Brown - Brian Beacom

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The author of sensations

Advantages: Well-researched and very readable life
Disadvantages: The author seems a little disengaged from his subject

... The book This is a biography of Wilkie Collins (1824-89), who has come down to us as the chief exponent of the Victorian ‘sensation novel’. This was the genre of story written specifically to expose deep-rooted domestic or family secrets, uncoveri ...

JOHNV 27.06.2014 · Read full review
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Review of Wilkie Collins A Life of Sensation - Andrew Lycett

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Another royal rebel, another 'people's princess'

Advantages: Lively life of a lively, unconventional woman
Disadvantages: Some unfortunate historical howlers

...As a previous biographer dubbed her, Princess Louise was Queen Victoria’s unconventional daughter. Always popular with the public for her comparatively easygoing manner (though, being royal, she was not averse to pulling rank), her forward-looking views ...

JOHNV 30.04.2014 · Read full review
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Review of The Mystery of Princess Louise Queen Victoria's Rebellious Daughter - Lucinda Hawksley

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There's something about Mary (Pickford)

Advantages: Beautifully researched a clearly written of cinema's greatest icon
Disadvantages: Some may wish for greater detail of her later life than Whitfield provides

For a woman as important to the evolution of cinema, of cinematic acting, to the establishment of the American film industry and Hollywood as Mary Pickford, there seems to be very little written about her and, sadly, can be something of a forgotten memory ...

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Review of Pickford The Woman Who Made Hollywood - Eileen Whitfield

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