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Blood and courage

Advantages: Compelling insight into the horrors of WWI
Disadvantages: Post-war passages a let-down compared to his war account

This is said to be Robert Graves' autobiography, but is primarily his account of World War I, in which he fought. The book opens with Graves' accounts of his earliest memories ("As proof of my readiness to accept autobiographical convention"), before prov ...

broken_chords 02.12.2003 · Read full review
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An 'autobiography' - or a fiction?

Advantages: Moving story, unerring insight, great sense of humour.
Disadvantages: Something of a disregard for the truth

It's said that even the best men tend to write fictional autobiographies. Robert Graves is, as far as I am concerned, certainly one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, and this book, which he wrote in 1929 at the age of thirty-three before ...

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Robert Graves' Autobiography, Goodbye to All That

Advantages: Very interesting and entertaining read.
Disadvantages: Must enjoy reading about the First World War

Robert Graves published his autobiography, Goodbye To All That, in 1929 when he was 33 years old. It begins with his public school education at Charterhoouse (where he was bullied) and goes on to tell of his Army service in the First World War – Gra ...

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Family motto: omnes blotto

Advantages: A fitting monument to a great English eccentric
Disadvantages: A little sketchy on his childhood and art school years

Hi there, nice to be with you Redheads, they say, feel more pain than the rest of us. They may even have a layer of skin too few. However literally true this might be, it certainly seems to be the case for Vivian Stanshall. As his second wife says i ...

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Review of Ginger Geezer - Lucian Randall, Chris Welch

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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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