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~ * Ooh She's Still There * ~

Advantages: interesting, easy reading, nice lady
Disadvantages: none

I would never have considered myself a fan of Pauline Quirke. I remember her from Birds of a Feather, when I was growing up, but that was about it. However, I do love reading autobiographies, even those of ones I am not fans of. So when I saw this book in ...

xd-o-n-z-x 17.07.2015 · Read full review
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Review of Where Have I Gone? - Pauline Quirke

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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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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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How not to write a sports book

Advantages: Good cricketer
Disadvantages: Rags to riches to rags

Nope, it’s not that Paul Smith but cricket Paul Smith. This Paul Smith doesn’t wear suits; a bandana and a copy of Rolling Stone magazine under his arm more his thing. Older sports fans will remember him from a very fine all conquering Warwickshire County ...

thedevilinme 14.08.2015 · Read full review
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Review of Wasted - Paul Smith

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