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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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Bess of Hardwick, and the family who adapted rather than died

Advantages: Interesting, readable and comprehensive family biography
Disadvantages: A little dry at times

The Devonshires According to the blurb on the back of this book, ‘the story of the Devonshires is the story of Britain’. That’s an extravagant claim, but it contains more than a germ of truth. Certainly one would be hard-pushed to find an aristoc ...

JOHNV 13.07.2014 · Read full review
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Review of The Devonshires The Story of a Family and a Nation - Roy Hattersley

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~ * So Much History, Not Enough Depth * ~

Advantages: Good if you like Kim
Disadvantages: Not enough gossip, doesn't go into too much depth

...I have just finished reading Kimberley from Girls Aloud’s autobiography; A Whole Lotta History, which is cleverly named after a line from a Girls Aloud song called ‘A Whole Lotta History’. The book was released in the United Kingdom in 2013. The hardback ...

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Review of A Whole Lotta History - Kimberley Walsh

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A Sheila Like No Other

Advantages: Fascinating subject, well written, thoroghly enjoyable
Disadvantages: None

Sheila by Robert Wainwright is the biography of Sheila Chisholm, an Australian later known as Lady Loughborough, Lady Milbanke and Princess Dimitri. Born on her family's homestead of Wollogorang, two days from Sydney, Sheila met her first husband, Lord Lo ...

eilidhcatriona 23.06.2014 · Read full review
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Review of Sheila - Robert Wainwright

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