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Banana Skins: The Secrets of the Slips and Screw-ups That Brought the Famous Down to Earth (Little Book of) Paperback – 12 Sep 2006


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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bene Factum Publishing (12 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903071070
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903071076
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 2.8 x 16 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,077,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Donough O'Brien has enjoyed an active and successful career which has includes advertising, PR, graphic design and film-making in the US and Europe. His book Fringe Benefits was published in 2000 and Fame by Chance in 2003, now in many foreign editions.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. W. Gill-collis on 4 July 2009
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This book is ok I guess.

I quite enjoy this sort of thing....short sharp intersting facts bundled together. However, to me this book is flawed in a few ways, and it did make reading it less enjoyable than anticipated.

Firstly, it REALLY annoys me when an author keeps inserting personal interjections. I didn't buy this book to read about you or your family, or who your dad knew and mixed with in the 50's or 60's. This should be IMPERSONAL. I believe someone has already commented on this review site also about your political views. Not that I either agree or disagree with them. This book isn't about you ! And your Editor should have been responsible for pointing this out !

(I guess I really should have known where this was heading by the Author's Note in which he proudly shows off his trainset....and makes sure it is evident that the photo is a Lichfield.)

Secondly, although there are some very interesting Banana Skins in the book, I can't help feeling that some are very loosely cobbled together in order to bulk out the book.

What didn't help is that I had just finished a similarly formatted book, the excellent "The Rough Guide to Conspiracy Theories by James McConnachie and Robin Tudge", which although a different subject is a far superior example of this style of writing.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have gone through it again quite a few times. It's a nice easy read and I did appreciate the authors comments as well. I do read a lot, and this book was a nice break from some of the heavy going stuff I have had to go through. The facts and detail are very absorbing and it is really fascinating reading about famous or infamous people that were very applicable in my time. A great read. Many thanks.
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This is a highly entertaining and thought provoking book. It is well worth reading but...
...after a while I did find the author's political bias somewhat wearing. More worryingly, I think it clouds his judgement at times. That said, anything that can link archery to the insanity of trench warfare has got to be good.
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A fascinating read and in fact I have read it three times now, full of intererting tales of slip-ups and full scale disasters. In reference to some of the other reviews of this book, the author only occasionally mentions his own links to some of the people involved and as he is writing about many historical events, it is natural and appropriate that some comment be passed about their significance. His comments are based on historical facts - and there is no irksome bias. An entertaining read from start to finish, highly recommended!
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Great Book 8 Nov 2011
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I took this book with me on my Philippine trip which is a 16 1/2 hour flight, enjoyed it from the first story to the last..
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