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The author of sensations

Advantages: Well-researched and very readable life
Disadvantages: The author seems a little disengaged from his subject

... The book This is a biography of Wilkie Collins (1824-89), who has come down to us as the chief exponent of the Victorian ‘sensation novel’. This was the genre of story written specifically to expose deep-rooted domestic or family secrets, uncoveri ...

JOHNV 27.06.2014 · Read full review
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Review of Wilkie Collins A Life of Sensation - Andrew Lycett

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Ollie, the big-hearted brawler

Advantages: Very in-depth, objective portrait of Reed from all sides
Disadvantages: None

For rather more of his career than he, his family and closest friends might have liked, the name of actor Oliver Reed was a byword for booze, brawls and all types of laddish behaviour. As Sellers’ very full and remarkably objective biography reveals, it ...

JOHNV 18.09.2013 · Read full review
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Review of What Fresh Lunacy is This? The Authorized Biography of Oliver Reed - Robert Sellers

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Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick

Advantages: Fascinating first hand story of a remarkable woman
Disadvantages: The 'voice' isn't authentic for a poorly educated village woman

Powerful in Pink ‘Warrior in a Pink Sari’ is the story of a remarkable woman called Sanpat Pal, the founder and leader of an Indian woman’s group called the Gulabi Gang. Wearing their distinctive pink saris and carrying lathis (the bamboo sticks typic ...

koshkha 30.11.2013 · Read full review
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Review of Warrior in a Pink Sari - Sampat Pal

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Walking with man's best friend

Advantages: An engaging read
Disadvantages: None

Walking WisdomWhat appealed to me about this book?I was gifted this book - actually it was a prize that I won along with another from OM Yoga magazine. I was happy to receive it as it was free. By G ...

dawnymarie 03.05.2012 · Read full review
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Review of Walking Wisdom - Gotham Chopra

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Could you forgive your husband's killers?

Advantages: An honest and soul searching account of what this lady went through
Disadvantages: Sometimes a bit uncomfortably personal

“With What Remains” by Leslie Bilinda I bought this book from Amazon prior to our holiday in Rwanda and Madagascar. All the books I managed to find set in Rwanda apart from, ’Baking Cakes in Kigali’ were centred around the Genocide in 1994. I wasn’t able ...

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Review of With What Remains - Lesley Bilinda

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