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Savage!: The Robbie Savage Autobiography
Savage!: The Robbie Savage Autobiography
by Robbie Savage
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 16.46

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The real Robbie Savage stands up, 29 Aug 2010
Nothing you read in Savage! will change your mind about the man. You will still love him. Or you will still hate him. It may be that your view becomes even more polarised - but at least it will be based on fact rather than blind prejudice. Yes, he admits, he deliberately winds people up; yes, he tries to get opponents sent off; yes, he's overachieved as a player; yes, he buys a lot of boy-racer motor cars; yes, he dyes his hair, whitens his teeth, uses fake tan, and has a bizarre clothes sense; and yes, he loves his mum. But Savage! turns the cartoon character he can sometimes appear into something more 3-D. His ghost, Janine Self, allows Savage's voice, and his almost endearing self-deprecation, to shine through in a book that rattles along at a fair old pace. Recommended for those on both sides of the great Savage debate.


The Secret Life of Bletchley Park: The History of the Wartime Codebreaking Centre by the Men and Women Who Were There
The Secret Life of Bletchley Park: The History of the Wartime Codebreaking Centre by the Men and Women Who Were There
by Sinclair McKay
Edition: Hardcover

160 of 165 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Secret lives decoded, 30 Jun 2010
There have been a plethora of books on Bletchley Park and the crucial part it played in the downfall of Nazi Germany. This, though, is the first to put a human face to the extraordinary ordinary people who toiled tirelessly to crack the intercepted enemy codes and help turn the Second World War in the Allies' favour. Through a series of interviews with those who worked at the intelligence centre in the nondescript Buckinghamshire town, Sinclair McKay has been able to breathe new life into a well-mined story. Bound by the Official Secrets Act, many had not spoken about their war-time roles before; indeed, so assiduously did they follow the letter of the Act, relatives went to their graves thinking their offspring had somehow shirked their patriotic duties during the conflict, rather than being unsung, anonymous heroes. A book that deserves to sit alongside more scholarly offerings on the shelf.
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Tell Him He's Pele: The Greatest Collection of Humorous Football Quotations Ever!
Tell Him He's Pele: The Greatest Collection of Humorous Football Quotations Ever!
by Phil Shaw
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Footballers Say The Strangest Things, 17 Jun 2010
This is real toilet humour - in the nicest possible sense. Keep a copy in the smallest room in the house and listen to the guffaws from everyone who enters. They're all there - the old ones, some new ones, the wry, the unintended, the downright stupid, lots of Brian Clough and Bobby Robson. Then there's the classic from Gordon Milne, when Leicester manager - `If someone in the crowd spits at you, you've just got to swallow it.' Yuk! At least half-a-dozen smirks on every page.


My Championship Year
My Championship Year
by Ross Brawn
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Right on the Button, 15 Dec 2009
This review is from: My Championship Year (Hardcover)
While everyone was losing their heads as Jenson Button's lead in the 2009 world championship was slowly eaten away, the man at the wheel was keeping his. There was little doubt in his mind that after six wins in the first seven races he would make it to the finish line - and land the title. Button's race-by-race diary of the greatest season of his life allows us to see things from his perspective. If we'd known what he was thinking at the time we wouldn't have been so jittery!

The book charts the unlikely rise from the ashes of the Brawn team through the eyes of the man destined to be world champion. With the technical stuff for the real petrolheads, alongside personal messages of support from friends and family, a superb array of photographs, plus Button's fascinating insight, it is a book that will appeal to anyone interested in life in the fast lane.


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