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Best finest surgeon, come cut me open.

Advantages: Lots of information from many sources
Disadvantages: May seem confusing/pedantic

Some time during the night of 4 August 1962, Marilyn Monroe died of an overdose of barbiturates. It seems strange that the very first sentence of "The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe" should be the precise details of her death. After finishing this bo ...

mi_wa 11.06.2015 · Read full review
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Review of The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe - Sarah Churchwell

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Friendly Fire?

Advantages: Educational
Disadvantages: Heartbreaking

“The Girl in the Picture” is the story behind the subject of one of the Vietnam War’s most shocking images; that of nine year old Kim Phuc, who was badly burned, and was captured on film running naked from her village back on 8 June 1972. the picture itse ...

helencbradshaw 16.01.2005 · Read full review
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Review of The Girl in the Picture - Denise Chong

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The Long Goodbye

Advantages: Funny, absorbing
Disadvantages: Bit grim at the end

The last volume of the Alan Clark diaries charts the final decade in the life of the colourful and 'maverick' politician. Although he never achieved his political ambitions he was suprised to find that his published diaries drew much acclaim. Today Alan C ...

Jake_Speed 26.01.2009 · Read full review
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Review of The Last Diaries - Alan Clark

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Not Just Shagging.

Advantages: Essential document of 18th Century fashion and manners
Disadvantages: Some translation glitches

...Giacomo Casanova was born in 1725, and died in 1798. Between those dates he travelled Europe and Asia, dallying with careers in the Church, the Army and in business. Friendly with royalty and known to most of the literary establishment throughout his life ...

Olly_Plimsoll 26.10.2009 · Read full review
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Review of The Story of My Life - Giacomo Casanova

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If you could no longer hear the music you love

Advantages: Very compelling account of the impact of deafness, written from experience
Disadvantages: Some slightly irrelevant teenage reminiscences might have been edited a little

The author Nick Coleman, born in 1960, is a journalist who has written mostly about music, but also on sport and travel, for ‘NME’, ‘The Times’, ‘The Guardian’, ‘Daily Telegraph’ and other titles, and has also been on the editorial staff of ‘Time ...

JOHNV 03.10.2012 · Read full review
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Review of The Train in the Night: A Story of Music and Loss - Nick Coleman

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