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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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As Sober a Sailor as ever Sailed

Advantages: very readable account, interesting perspective on eighteenth/nineteenth century
Disadvantages: none

John Nicol did not have any literary ambitions. His father had "made it his study to give his children an education suited to their rank in life" and his rank did not require him to be a man of letters. He learned enough to be able to read his bible eve ...

Discerna 24.04.2005 · Read full review
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Review of The Life and Adventures of John Nicol, Mariner - Tim Flannery, John Nichol

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Don't Be A Stranger, Be A Glasgow Ranger

Advantages: A very open and honest look at Numan's Career
Disadvantages: Some parts seem to repeat two or three times, Not for Celtic fans

While on my Dad's side of the family we are Carlisle United fans on my mums side they tend to favour Glasgow Rangers. In fact from a young age I was brought up as both a fan of Carlisle and Rangers but as the years have gone by and I got older Carlisle c ...

Andy.mack 31.10.2006 · Read full review
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Review of Oranje and Blue: The Arthur Numan Story - Arthur Numan

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When Lolita met Gatsby

Advantages: Books....and people
Disadvantages: That it should have needed to be written

Born and brought up in Persia (as it then was) Azar Nafisi, lived, studied and worked in Europe and America for seventeen years. In 1979 she returned to the now Islamic Republic of Iran - to the first of the shocks, which hit immediately upon arrival at ...

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Review of Reading Lolita in Tehran - Azar Nafisi

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A reflection of a life through literature

Advantages: Fascinating window into another's life; pleasant prose style
Disadvantages: Helps to have read the books; feels like publishers' sociopolitical agenda

...On the same day that I finished Reading Lolita in Tehran, I had noticed a small leaflet pasted to the clear plastic of the bus-stop outside my home, a short walk from London's Central Mosque. It called for Muslims to join a protest outside 10 Downing Stre ...

Adziu 31.08.2007 · Read full review
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Review of Reading Lolita in Tehran - Azar Nafisi

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