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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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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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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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Wonderful Every Day?

Advantages: You get to learn a lot more about Pattie and her marriages to George and Eric
Disadvantages: There were some really uncomfortable moments in the book that felt exploitative

It has long been debated in my house as to which Beatle wife or girlfriend was the most attractive in her heyday. It might sound like a pretty shallow conversation and it results in the same comments; my Mum and Dad think either Paul McCartney’s first med ...

MizzMolko 16.06.2010 · Read full review
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Review of Wonderful Today - Pattie Boyd

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Two guitarists and one woman

Advantages: Very interesting portrait of the Beatles, Harrison and Clapton
Disadvantages: If you're interested in the subject, none to speak of

Pattie Boyd will always be remembered for one unique, extraordinary claim to fame. She became the wife of arguably the two most famous and revered rock guitarists of the era, George Harrison and Eric Clapton, and thus inspired three of the age’s seminal ...

JOHNV 02.10.2010 · Read full review
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Review of Wonderful Today - Pattie Boyd

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