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She became an MP - even with that hair, Lady Astor

Advantages: Well-written, extremely interesting, and the author comes across as genuinely likeable
Disadvantages: None

Who could resist a title like that? And is this a former librarian or someone like that? The answer is no. The book So why the title? Shirley Catlin, as she was born in 1930, tells us in the early pages of this memoir that during her childhood her ...

JOHNV 25.11.2009 · Read full review
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Review of Climbing the Bookshelves: The Autobiography of Shirley Williams - Shirley Williams

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A woman who likes a challenge

Advantages: Brilliant title, a very interesting memoir of a life in politics
Disadvantages: She's a Liberal Democrat!; there are places I would have liked to know more

Now in her 80s, a British politician looks back over her long political career. Shirley Williams is perhaps most famous for being one of the Gang of Four, a group of MPs who broke away from the Labour Party in 1981 to found the Social Democratic Party ...

elkiedee 24.06.2010 · Read full review
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Review of Climbing the Bookshelves: The Autobiography of Shirley Williams - Shirley Williams

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A saucy read!

Advantages: A tremendous insight into society during the Regency and Victorian eras
Disadvantages: Not a great read if you're not interested in history

THE AUTHOR Regrettably I wasn't able to find a website for this author, however going from the blurb on the book sleeve alone I can tell you that owing to the fact that her family were diplomats she spent over 25 years living abroad in Europe, the Far ...

jackyann53 31.03.2007 · Read full review
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Review of Courtesans - Katie Hickmann

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Extraordinary, secret lives

Advantages: Beautifully written mini-biographies
Disadvantages: Focused on a relatively small period

Back to the Hay Festival and a review of a book from another talk. Katie Hickman was promoting her latest book, Courtesans. She is an eloquent orator who is confident in her book and her knowledge on the topic. Her obvious pride and enjoyment in her book ...

MAFARRIMOND 23.06.2004 · Read full review
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Review of Courtesans - Katie Hickmann

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The world is not as you thought it was

Advantages: an important theory regarding mans early history
Disadvantages: quite a technical in its presentation

In my everlasting quest to find the true roots of rise to power I read many books that cover the same territory, once you push back into the darkest shadows of our earliest times, there is only so much you can find to discuss. Urbanization, global politic ...

steerpyke 15.04.2006 · Read full review
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Review of Civilization One - Alan Butler, Christopher Knight

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