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The Blue Guitar
The Blue Guitar
by John Banville
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.48

2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to scratch, 9 Dec. 2015
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Huge fan. Read every book. Blue Guitar, though, did not engage me. I didn't even finish it.


Kissinger: 1923-1968: The Idealist
Kissinger: 1923-1968: The Idealist
by Niall Ferguson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.75

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait, 9 Dec. 2015
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Can't fault Ferguson on the amount research that must have been done to accomplish such a feat as a biography of Kissinger. Occasionally the book feels a little padded by excursions off topic;a short history of Harvard for example. That said, like any good biography it says something about the times the man lived through as well as the man himself. It is strong on the problematic nature of de-nazification of Germany and the institutional milieu that US-USSR Cold War strategies were calculated.

Although it falls off the pace and drama of a Robert Caro Ferguson's writing still carries the reader along. I expect things to 'warm up' in part two as Kissinger enters the heart of a US government at war and whose public profile goes international.

I look forward to it.


Slade House
Slade House
by David Mitchell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.09

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No bang., 9 Dec. 2015
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Although David Mitchell writes about hallucinogenic states well the episodic nature of the story becomes a little repetitive.
Also, I found the ending underwhelming and put the book down feeling a little unsatisfied.


A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal
A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal
by Ben Macintyre
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.99

5.0 out of 5 stars No doubt there are more expansive and sombre accounts of ..., 12 Oct. 2015
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No doubt there are more expansive and sombre accounts of this episode of British history Ben Macintyre gives his account enough pace and sense of jeopardy to make it a page turner.


The Nowhere Men
The Nowhere Men
by Michael Calvin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.84

5.0 out of 5 stars Who would be a scout?, 12 Oct. 2015
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For the top,top players in the football industry there's multi-million pound contracts and fame and a sort of glamour.
Calvin's book examines diametrically opposite end of the industry; the scouts who try to identify the talent and put them on the
first rung of the ladder. It is an almost thankless task done by a sump of has been managers, players and never-have-beens.
It is untouched by glamour of any kind.

The memoirs of ex-players are really quite samey; read one - Simon Hughes': The Men in White Suits is good - and then read this and you'll have things covered.


Traveling Sprinkler
Traveling Sprinkler
by Nicholson Baker
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars You won't be disappointed, 12 Oct. 2015
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Baker at his best and Bakerish.


This Boy
This Boy
by Alan Johnson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

5.0 out of 5 stars They have obviously been enjoyed by adults but are perfect for 'young adults', 12 Oct. 2015
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This the first of, so far, two books of Alan Johnson's memoirs and I reckon the eventual 'Johnson Trilogy' will become set books in high school sooner or later. They have obviously been enjoyed by adults but are perfect for 'young adults'.


Bobby Moore: The Man in Full
Bobby Moore: The Man in Full
by Matt Dickinson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.00

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your usual footballer's biography, 22 Sept. 2014
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Any good biography will say as much about the times the subject lived in as it does about the subject himself and in this Matt Dickinson doesn't disappoint. The Man in Full is no hatchet job on a man and player who represented an age before the public confessional became almost compulsory for anyone in the public eye and Dickinson does well to get those close to Moore to speak on the record. What distinguishes this footballer's bio from most others is the enigma of Moore himself; Britain's first sporting superstar. He was no angel but neither was he malicious and at fifty years of age I'm young enough to have watched him on the telly while he was still a household name. But then again when wasn't he? Yet the book's close even I felt just a tinge of uneasiness - or was it guilt - at the way Moore was treated by West Ham Utd and the F.A. in life as well as death.


Rock Stars Stole my Life!: A Big Bad Love Affair with Music
Rock Stars Stole my Life!: A Big Bad Love Affair with Music
by Mark Ellen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.98

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, 18 May 2014
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RSSML is a slighter memoir than the book's title might suggest; it really is more about his life than about rock stars. There are less Hoary Old Rock Anecdotes than some might expect and for long time Ellen watchers, listeners and readers there's not a great deal of new stuff here. That said it does give a good account of changing pop cultural context in which he has had to navigate his career through.

Overall an entertaining read but don't expect a dirt-digger on the big names.


The Black Eyed Blonde: A Philip Marlowe Novel
The Black Eyed Blonde: A Philip Marlowe Novel
by Benjamin Black
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.54

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, 15 Mar. 2014
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I enjoyed this story as I have enjoyed Black's Quirke books. There is, though, something about BEB that reveals the author as not being an American in mid century USA writing about mid century USA; this tinge of lack of authenticity isn't a problem for the Dublin set Quirke books. Perhaps 'problem' is overstating things too much, it's still a fun read.

A few things did jar slightly as being anachronistic: Would someone refer to a picture of the recently crowned Queen Elizabeth II as 'the young queen'? Did Americans call cigarettes 'cancer sticks' in the 1950's and would a bartender have taken the car keys from someone who they thought had had too much to drink? Just a thought.


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