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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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Fermor: a life of adventure

Advantages: Very interesting, well-written book about a colourful personality
Disadvantages: None

Patrick Leigh Fermor Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor, or Paddy Fermor as he came to be known, was a travel writer and former soldier, who played a major role in the Cretan resistance during World War II. The book The sub-title of this biography is ...

JOHNV 28.06.2013 · Read full review
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Review of Patrick Leigh Fermor An Adventure - Artemis Cooper

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Antarctica? Surely too far for any swimmer!

Advantages: A biography of an incredible but fairly unknown woman.
Disadvantages: Makes me want to go out and give it a go myself

In my previous ciao incarnation I made no secret of my love of all things oceanic, so I see no reason to pretend otherwise this time around. My fascination with the sea and all things in it extends to what I consider the generally nuts people who do long ...

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Review of Swimming to Antarctica - Lynne Cox

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A new look at a largely forgotten actor

Advantages: Sympathetic assessment of his professional and personal life
Disadvantages: Mediocre index [see review]

Charles Laughton Born in Scarborough in 1899, Charles Laughton died in California in 1962. A major presence on stage and screen for many years, and the star of fifty films and forty plays, he seems to be largely forgotten these days. The biog ...

JOHNV 15.02.2013 · Read full review
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Review of Charles Laughton: A Difficult Actor - Simon Callow

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~ *Cheryl: Her Story * ~

Advantages: nice to hear her side of things
Disadvantages: already know most things from celeb gossip magazines

~ * CONTAINS SPOILERS * ~ Since becoming a solo artist back in 2009, I have flutted around, one minute being a fan of Cheryl, the next finding her to be annoying. I did like her at one point when she first ca ...

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Review of My Story - Cheryl Cole

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