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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 glorious but brief career of a Russian dancer

Advantages: An illuminating and atmospheric if sad biography
Disadvantages: None really, for anyone interested in the subject

The name Nijinsky is synonymous with dance from the last days of imperial Russia. I must confess to knowing little about him until I read this, the first biography of him for nearly forty years, and for me it was a surprise to learn that his career was s ...

JOHNV 22.06.2013 · Read full review
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Review of Nijinsky A Life - Lucy Moore

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One woman's experience of love, loss and imprisonment in Russia

Advantages: Stark retelling of an often unhappy life
Disadvantages: None

... Lina Prokoviev Lina Prokofiev was born Carlina Codina in Madrid in 1897, and spent most of her childhood in New York. This book is a biography of her, based largely on her previously unpublished letters. The book After making her stage deb ...

JOHNV 20.04.2013 · Read full review
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Review of The Love and Wars of Lina Prokofiev: The Story of Lina and Serge Prokofiev - Simon Morrison

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A little bit of 'humbleness' would not go amiss

Advantages: Talks openly about her hard childhood, might help someone with similar experiences.
Disadvantages: Comes across as rather shallow in places. A lot of name-dropping.

Now please don’t bombard with me rude comments telling me how nasty I am to say such a thing – I don’t mean to be offensive to Ms McCutcheon, but that phrase was going through my head all the time I was reading this book. I know that th ...

redridinghood 26.04.2001 · Read full review
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Review of Who Does She Think She Is? - Martine McCutcheon

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............My Fair Lady

Advantages: Light reading, inspirational stories of success
Disadvantages: None

I picked up Martine McCutcheon’s biography at one of those cheap bookshop places, at the discount village outlets at Gretna Green, about two weeks ago. I had always liked her character in Eastenders, and I recall when the book was first released, that sh ...

helencbradshaw 14.05.2002 · Read full review
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Review of Who Does She Think She Is? - Martine McCutcheon

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