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'Well now he's a pillar of society'

Advantages: Warts and all portrait of its subject as a person
Disadvantages: The paperback could have been updated; concentrates very little on the music

Once a scourge of the establishment and an affront to respectability, now a Knight of the Realm. A man who has made an astonishingly lucrative living out of a profession which was once thought to last only three or four years at most. A much-admired yet ...

JOHNV 11.01.2014 · Read full review
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Review of Mick Jagger - Philip Norman

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An actor's life for him

Advantages: Very likeable, unassuming memoir
Disadvantages: None

Born in North London in February 1940 during the early years of the Second World War, young David John White once had a brief career as an electrician. Fortunately for the world of entertainment at the public, he soon forsook the world of fuses and wires ...

JOHNV 23.12.2013 · Read full review
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Review of My Life - David Jason

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Not a plonker!

Advantages: Everything.
Disadvantages: Nothing.

This is David Jason's life story, and has been written solely by himself - after all, he would be the one person to know best about his own life! You can tell that this has been written by him, as when you read it you can hear him almost talking and speak ...

ravingreviewer 28.03.2014 · Read full review
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Review of My Life - David Jason

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Marilyn - the tragic icon

Advantages: Sympathetic, frank and searching portrait of the actress
Disadvantages: The author's self-preoccupation and self-advertisement

With the possible exception of Princess Diana, Marilyn Monroe is probably the most written-about deceased woman in twentieth-century history. The thirty-six years of her life (1926-62) and the manner of her death will no doubt continue to provide an oppo ...

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Review of Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox - Lois Banner

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Musing on Mortality

Advantages: Sharp, incisive and insightful words from a man facing death
Disadvantages: May well offend the type of people who hated him whilst he was alive

What does a writer do when he's dying? He writes - of course I am rather ashamed that I didn’t discover Christopher Hitchens until it was in many respects ‘too late’. I had read reviews of some of his books and I knew he was someone I ‘ought’ to read ...

koshkha 27.12.2012 · Read full review
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Review of Mortality - Christopher Hitchens

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