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A Quiet Life - somewhat regretted

Advantages: A very personal take on a life
Disadvantages: None

We come to books by many routes, some more serendipitous than others. Some we have no expectations of, some fail to live up to our expectations and some… some prove to be exactly what we'd hoped, when we deliberately decided that this was one to seek out ...

hiker 06.03.2016 · Read full review
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Review of A Notable Woman - Jean Lucey Pratt

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Jimmy who?

Advantages: A look inside the head of a personal hero
Disadvantages: It's just a bit dull

Who Hell He? First things first because if you're not American then I know you'll be asking, "Who's Jimmy Buffett?" The simple answer is - he's an American National Treasure. It's difficult for us here in Britain to understand just how famous this ...

sharper_fin 24.08.2015 · Read full review
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Review of A Pirate Looks at Fifty - Jimmy Buffett

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Diamond review  This True-man's Loyalty Bowled Me Over.

Advantages: Enlightening, a must for cricket fans and human interest readers.
Disadvantages: Long chapters.

Before I go into the reviewing of the book, let me first say that loyalty is a word I now consider most sportsman judge with £ signs in their eyes and I don't think I am being cynical in that belief. The author, Frederick Sewards Trueman, was one of ...

plod591 03.02.2009 · Read full review
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Review of As it Was: The Memoirs - Fred Trueman

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The controversial first lady of song

Advantages: Enthralling biography of a 20th century legend
Disadvantages: A little rushed near the end [see review]

Two quotes on the back of the dust jacket of his book testify to the power and public perception of Eartha Kitt during her lifetime. Orson Welles once called her ‘the most exciting woman in the world’, while to the CIA she was ‘a sadistic nymphomaniac’. ...

JOHNV 31.10.2013 · Read full review
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Review of America's Mistress Eartha Kitt, Her Life and Times - John L. Williams

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A simple but happy life

Advantages: Picturesque yet penetrating memoir of life in the Romany community
Disadvantages: None

...author Rosemary Penfold was born in 1938 in a traditional gypsy wagon. This memoir was written and published in 2011, when she was in her early seventies. The book Born on St Valentine’s Day to a Romany father, and a ‘gadje’ mother, Ro ...

JOHNV 27.05.2012 · Read full review
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Review of A Field Full of Butterflies - Rosemary Penfold

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