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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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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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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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A Diamond Book on a Diamond Queen

Advantages: Excellent writing, enjoyable to read, interesting and thought-provoking, insightful
Disadvantages: None

With the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II taking place last year, over the last year or so there have been a lot of books published about her life and reign, as well as on her family. There are bound to be a lot of rather trashy attempts to "tell all ...

eilidhcatriona 13.05.2013 · Read full review
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Review of The Diamond Queen Elizabeth II And Her People - Andrew Marr

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One woman's experience of love, loss and imprisonment in Russia

Advantages: Stark retelling of an often unhappy life
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... Lina Prokoviev Lina Prokofiev was born Carlina Codina in Madrid in 1897, and spent most of her childhood in New York. This book is a biography of her, based largely on her previously unpublished letters. The book After making her stage deb ...

JOHNV 20.04.2013 · Read full review
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Review of The Love and Wars of Lina Prokofiev: The Story of Lina and Serge Prokofiev - Simon Morrison

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