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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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The way it was in the 1970s

Advantages: Enjoyable look at memories of the decade
Disadvantages: A few jarring typos

The 1970s. The decade that taste forgot, we are sometimes told. It was an era in which Labour and Conservative governments in Britain grappled with an ever recurring balance of payments crisis, powercuts, states of emergency, the IRA and numerous other ...

JOHNV 02.03.2012 · Read full review
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Review of A 1970s Childhood: From Glam Rock to Happy Days - Derek Tait

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~ * A Funny Kind of Read * ~

Advantages: Sian, Interesting
Disadvantages: none

...I am big reader of mainly chick-lit novels and celebrity autobiographies and I am forever browsing charity shops for new reads. I recently found this book in a charity shop’s ‘bargain bin’. The book in question is Sian Lloyd, the weather girl’s autobiogra ...

xd-o-n-z-x 31.05.2017 · Read full review
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Review of A Funny Kind of Love - Sian Lloyd

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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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