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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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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 fistful of bulls**t!

Advantages: Loquacious read
Disadvantages: Not much content

...up with this chic (who is now a dame) in Soho in the summer of 74. An hour later I was in her bedroom snorting animal nitrate; her with her head phones on listening to opera, and me with my tongue about two inches up her magnificent bottom (no it ...

thedevilinme 13.08.2009 · Read full review
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Review of An Autobiography: Grow Up - Keith Allen

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The original King of Trivia

Advantages: Very informative and sometimes critical biography
Disadvantages: None

... Robert LeRoy Ripley Robert LeRoy Ripley (1890-1949) was indeed a curious man. He throve on curiosity, his own and that of everyone else. By exploiting and never underestimating the public demand for trivia, and by being in the right place at the ...

JOHNV 24.08.2013 · Read full review
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Review of A Curious Man The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert 'Believe It or Not' Ripley - Neal Thompson

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