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What happened next to The Boy From Nowhere

Advantages: Good objective read covering his career through the highs and lows
Disadvantages: One particular error mentioned; no discography

Few singers have sustained a career over half a century and appealed to succeeding generations in the way that the former Thomas John Woodward of Treforest, South Wales, has managed to do. Almost written off during a lean period or two, he proved himself ...

JOHNV 19.05.2015 · Read full review
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Review of Tom Jones: The Life - Sean Smith

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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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A fascinating book about music's guardian angel!

Advantages: Fascinating life story, lots of details
Disadvantages: Quite hard reading because it's so factual

...I've long been a fan of the texan folklorist Alan Lomax but even though I admired him I did not realise the full-scale of his determination, commitment to and obsession with folk music until I read this awesome biography. If you've no idea who this chap i ...

dangaroo 07.08.2013 · Read full review
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Review of The Man Who Recorded the World : A Biography of Alan Lomax - John Szwed

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Peter Kay should be on prescription from the NHS

Advantages: It's hilarious
Disadvantages: None unless you don't find Peter Kay funny

Like many offices throughout the land, we had a Macmillan Coffee Morning last Friday and prior to the coffee and cakes there was a raffle. I’d bought two strips of tickets but as I was involved in editing a particularly nasty pdf document at the time, I ...

ladybracknell 02.10.2011 · Read full review
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Review of The Book That's More Than Just a Book - Peter Kay

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The strange family saga behind a lonely death

Advantages: Fascinating if unsettling family saga
Disadvantages: None

...Like an enthralling novel, this book starts with a death from natural causes yet in odd circumstances which initially leaves several questions unanswered. In fact, despite the subtitle, and also knowing nothing about the family whose story it tells in pa ...

JOHNV 01.06.2013 · Read full review
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Review of The Secret Rooms - Catherine Bailey

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