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Situation comedy's favourite senior citizen

Advantages: Touching portrait of the actor and his family
Disadvantages: The mix of biography and memoir can be a little blurred and disjointed at times

‘Godfrey’s Ghost’ is part biography, part memoir. As the author explains in his Prologue, it is a book written about his father Arnold mainly with his own young son in mind. Arnold Ridley (1896-1984) was well known before the Second World War as the dra ...

JOHNV 27.10.2010 · Read full review
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Review of Godfrey's Ghost: From Father to Son - Nicolas Ridley

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The Brother's Grim? Gypsy Boy: Mikey Walsh. Autobiography

Advantages: Good detail about Romany life. Fascinating insights. Pandora's box contained Hope in the end.
Disadvantages: Harrowing. Very one sided account of Gypsy culture.

...to read this book My son, who always has his nose in a book, lent me Gypsy Boy. It was a stunning read. I found myself not quite believing all of it. To be truthful, the narrative by Mikey Walsh is so grim in parts that I really didn' ...

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A fascinating look at life hin the secretive gypsy community

Advantages: Uterly enthralling from beginning to end, educational
Disadvantages: Sad and emotional at times.

From the moment Mikey is born, his father has high expectations. Placing a necklace with a pair of gold boxing gloves round his sons neck, he proudly expects his son to grow into a strong man, and uphold the family's proud boxing tradition. However, when ...

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The man they couldn't stop

Advantages: Compelling story, well told.
Disadvantages: None

...The mystery man threw off his disguise and started to run. Furious stewards gave chase. The crowd roared. A legend was born. Soon the world would know him as "the ghost runner". Bill Jones first heard of the "ghost runner" in 1984, nine years after Joh ...

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"What are you rebelling against? What have you got?"

Advantages: a wonderful trawl through the music underground of the sixties
Disadvantages: none

...With the recent passing of Mick Farren, it seems the perfect time to look back on the man’s life and what better way to do it than through his own words and recollections via his autobiography, Give The Anarchist a Cigarette. It’s a journey that has to be ...

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