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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 ...

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Review of A Pirate Looks at Fifty - Jimmy Buffett

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Marilyn - the tragic icon

Advantages: Sympathetic, frank and searching portrait of the actress
Disadvantages: The author's self-preoccupation and self-advertisement

With the possible exception of Princess Diana, Marilyn Monroe is probably the most written-about deceased woman in twentieth-century history. The thirty-six years of her life (1926-62) and the manner of her death will no doubt continue to provide an oppo ...

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Review of Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox - Lois Banner

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What's in a name?

Advantages: It's written by Bill Bryson
Disadvantages: It doesn't tell you much

Shakespeare eh? Bloody hell. What can be said of William Shakespeare that hasn't already been said? The greatest Englishmen who ever lived? Possibly. The greatest writer we've ever produced? Probably. The most important and most influential wordsmith ...

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Review of Shakespeare - Bill Bryson

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A Brilliant Bryson Biography

Advantages: Superb detail
Disadvantages: Didn't get bogged down with unimportant material

...Studying English at University and generally having quite an interest in his plays about seeing a couple of them whilst still at secondary school I thought it was about time that I learnt a bit more about the playwright that is William Shakespeare hence m ...

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Could you forgive your husband's killers?

Advantages: An honest and soul searching account of what this lady went through
Disadvantages: Sometimes a bit uncomfortably personal

“With What Remains” by Leslie Bilinda I bought this book from Amazon prior to our holiday in Rwanda and Madagascar. All the books I managed to find set in Rwanda apart from, ’Baking Cakes in Kigali’ were centred around the Genocide in 1994. I wasn’t able ...

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Review of With What Remains - Lesley Bilinda

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