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The shadow that fell across a family

Advantages: Well-researched poignant portrait of the family and their doom
Disadvantages: None for anyone interested in the subject

A few years ago, Helen Rappaport wrote and published ‘Ekaterinburg’, a painstaking, chilling account of the final days and death of the last Tsar of Russia and his family. To a certain extent this biography is a prequel to that volume, an account of the ...

JOHNV 01.06.2014 · Read full review
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Review of Four Sisters The Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses - Helen Rappaport

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Staying Alive?

Advantages: Inspirational, Emotional account of personal desire versus governmental struggles
Disadvantages: None, for the book itself

...“From the Land of Green Ghosts, by Pascal Khoo Thwe, is a moving and factual biography of the author's transition from a member of a remote Burmese Village Tribe to an English Student at Cambridge University UK. The author was born in Burma in 1967 an ...

helencbradshaw 24.02.2005 · Read full review
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Review of From the Land of Green Ghosts - Pascal Khoo Thwe

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From the Land of Green Ghosts to Cambridge University

Advantages: Evocatively written, scenes conjured beatifully, never ceases to amaze and astound
Disadvantages: An anti-climatic ending after the intensity and pace of the rest of the novel

...This is the absaloutely incredibly journey of Pascal Khoo Thwe, a member of the Padaung tribe in Burma who against all odds, realises his dream to study English Literature and graduate from Cambride university. This is a memoir like no other. This boo ...

Pineappleflavour 06.07.2009 · Read full review
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Fantastic Faithfull

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Disadvantages: none unless you're easily shocked

Sex and drugs and rock and roll. That was the life of Marianne Faithful, the young, beautiful girlfriend of Rolling Stone's Mick Jagger. She was envied by many thousands of female Stone's fans, who coveted her life with Jagger, her lifestyle, her mixin ...

Salgirl 28.03.2001 · Read full review
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Review of Faithfull: An Autobiography - Marianne Faithfull

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A remarkable life, a remarkable book

Advantages: Great personal view of the 1960's
Disadvantages: Tails off towards the present day

This book is exciting - the use of an external author stops this book from focussing too much on what Marianne remembers and gives a structure to her story. Starting with her ancestor Leopold von Sacher Masoch and coming to the present day, the story of ...

lizwindsor 28.05.2003 · Read full review
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Review of Faithfull: An Autobiography - Marianne Faithfull

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