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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 ...

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Review of The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe - Sarah Churchwell

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A promising acting career cut so short

Advantages: Sympathetic portrait, with useful insights from several of his family and contemporaries
Disadvantages: None really - apart from an arguably extravagant claim [see review]

...A generation, perhaps a little younger than yours truly, probably knows Richard Beckinsale only from repeats on the UK Gold TV channels, and from occasional mentions in the context of ‘how great he would have been if only…’ In 1978 'The Sunday Times Ma ...

JOHNV 20.02.2010 · Read full review
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Review of The Richard Beckinsale Story - David Clayton

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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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Keeps You At a Distance

Advantages: Appendices make this a useful reference work
Disadvantages: No real insight as the author was kept at a distance.

The list of rock stars who have been taken from us early is a long one. Many have lived the rock 'n roll lifestyle to excess and paid the ultimate price. Others have died through no fault of their own, their deaths a tragedy. Far fewer are those who have ...

Soho_Black 24.02.2008 · Read full review
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Review of Touching From a Distance - Deborah Curtis

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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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