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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 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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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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Cat Seeks Home And "Bob" Is Born!

Advantages: A beautiful story
Disadvantages: None at all

...Named Bob by James Bowen Last night I looked at one of my cats, Lily, as she lay curled up snug and warm inside her wicker basket nestled in a tight ball cocooned in the warmth of her fleecy under blanket. There is nothing so calm and r ...

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Review of A Street Cat Named Bob - James Bowen

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Bobbing About On The Streets

Advantages: An easy read, that will hopefully make you think
Disadvantages: None

...James Bowen was, by his own admission, socially inept when he was growing up. A move to Australia, his parents' divorce, and then a childhood of ups and downs as his mother's business ventures sailed and crashed, moving on every couple of years to a new ...

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