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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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'Whoever gets it next, it won't be you': a country at war

Advantages: Vivid portrait of England at the height of the Second World War
Disadvantages: Bearing in mind it was written at the time and not revised since then, none

The author Vera Brittain (1896-1970), pioneer feminist and author, is remembered largely as the mother of politician Shirley Williams, and also as the author of the memoir ‘Testament of Youth’ (1933). The book ‘England’s Hour’, one of her s ...

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Review of England's Hour - Vera Brittain

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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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Two Girls, Three Wheels, 12,500 Miles

Advantages: What others only dreamed of, Ants and Jo actually did
Disadvantages: The editor should maybe have used his/her red pen a little more and cut it shorter

Could you sail around the world in a bath filled with baked beans? One of the best things about being British is that eccentricity is not just acceptable, it’s almost compulsory. It’s perfectly possible to run the London marathon dressed as a tampon ...

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Review of Tuk-Tuk to the Road - Antonia Bollinbrooke-Kent

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