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Karl Ove Knausgaard gets deep and personal: A Death In The Family

Advantages: Wierdly fascinating
Disadvantages: Prostitution as art

Although I’ve written probably towards two thousand internet reviews and articles (and the odd published one) over the past 15 years, I still often pause and wonder whether I actually have anything valid to say or whether my words are simply assisting wit ...

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Review of A Death in the Family My Struggle 1 - Karl Ove Knausgaard

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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’. ...

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Review of America's Mistress Eartha Kitt, Her Life and Times - John L. Williams

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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 ...

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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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Living the French rural idyll

Advantages: Beautiful imagery, writing, sense of place
Disadvantages: Its possible effects on Brits seeking the Provencal life

...At some point in the late 1990s, probably when I was studying Higher French and becoming more interested in the culture and lifestyle of France, I picked up my dads copy of A Year In Provence. I was enticed by the watercolour painting of a vineyard and pr ...

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Review of A Year in Provence - Peter Mayle

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365 days of boredom .... but I liked it

Advantages: T'was a freebie!
Disadvantages: You know, I don't think there were any?

...of choosing was upon us again. Would I plump for a Francis? A Koontz? A Mansell? An author I was familiar with? Nah, went for a Mayle. A Peter Mayle. An author and book that I had only fleetingly heard about when John Thaws visual offering of ‘ ...

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Review of A Year in Provence - Peter Mayle

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