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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 ...

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Review of Blazing Star: The Life and Times of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester - Alexander Laiman

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Catherine of all the Russias: a strong and successful figurehead

Advantages: Good, objective biography of a powerful figure
Disadvantages: Some tangential material could have been omitted

... The book This biography tells the story of the woman who was to become Catherine the Great, who reigned as Empress of Russia from 1762 until her death in 1796. Born Sophia Augusta Frederica of the modest German principality Anhalt-Zerbst in 1729, ...

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Review of Catherine the Great - Robert K. Massie

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An Enlightened Empress

Advantages: Fascinating subject, written with authority, well paced and never dry
Disadvantages: None

Catherine the Great was ruler of Russia in the eighteenth century.Born Princess Sophia of Anhalt-Herbst, she was brought to Russia by the Empress Elizabeth as bride to her nephew and heir, Peter. The marriage however was not happy, and when Peter ascended ...

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From Boys to Men

Advantages: Lots of stories from their past
Disadvantages: Americanised spelling

I have been a fan of Ant and Dec since I was 11-years-old, although the obsessive fan in me was put to bed when I was around 14 or 15. I didn’t rush out to get this autobiography when it was first released as I’ve never really been into autobiographies or ...

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Review of Ooh! What a Lovely Pair: Our Story - Ant McPartlin, Declan Donnelly

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Ooh! What a Lovely Read!

Advantages: Entertaining, humourous read
Disadvantages: Too much focus on their music career

I'm not a big fan of autobiographies personally, preferring fiction in general. Ant & Dec's autobiography was a Father's Day present for my husband and, after he read this in just a few days (which is a record for him) and laughed out loud in several plac ...

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