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What happened next to The Boy From Nowhere

Advantages: Good objective read covering his career through the highs and lows
Disadvantages: One particular error mentioned; no discography

Few singers have sustained a career over half a century and appealed to succeeding generations in the way that the former Thomas John Woodward of Treforest, South Wales, has managed to do. Almost written off during a lean period or two, he proved himself ...

JOHNV 19.05.2015 · Read full review
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Review of Tom Jones: The Life - Sean Smith

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Danny being Danny

Advantages: Great stories and anecdotes
Disadvantages: None that I can see

...Now having written a review of the 1st part of Danny Baker's autobiography I am going to need to be very careful not to just repeat things in this review of the 2nd part of his autobiography...I may be in a minority but Danny Baker has always made me laug ...

bbicuk01 21.03.2015 · Read full review
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Review of Going Off Alarming: Vol. 2 - Danny Baker

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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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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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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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