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Leadville: A Biography of the A40
Leadville: A Biography of the A40
by Edward Platt
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 20 July 2000
I can only agree with the two previous reviews. This really is a fascinating book which somehow enscapulates much of both our recent urban history and current preoccupations. It is a lovely and strangely moving read. thoroughly recommended


David Lloyd: The Autobiography: Anything but Murder
David Lloyd: The Autobiography: Anything but Murder
by David Lloyd
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good honest stuff, 30 May 2000
David Lloyd has never been anything less than transparently honest with both his feelings and opinions, and whilst this has perhaps not always served him well when coaching engalnd, it makes for a very entertaining and often illuminating read He is suprisingly candid about a number of current and recent England players and it is very clear that many peoples suspicions that it has not always been a happy camp are well founded. Refreshingly he is also clear minded about the shortcomings of the game in general during the early part of his career and there is none of the "in my day rubbish" we are so often subjected to by players of his generation. His views are worth noting and the anecdotes often excellent. This is a good read and a very interesting comparison to Bob woolmer's also excellent recent book.


White City Blue
White City Blue
by Tim Lott
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars So true..., 26 May 2000
This review is from: White City Blue (Paperback)
This is an acutely observed, intelligent and blackly comic read. The characters are finely drawn and the relationships wonderfully observed. the comparisons with Hornby are all wrong. This is darker, sharper and stronger. It is a fifteen year old malt to a glass of cider, and as they would say in the book "different class". And no need at all to compare it with Tony Parsons boring effort.


Dead Souls (Inspector Rebus)
Dead Souls (Inspector Rebus)
by Ian Rankin
Edition: Paperback

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite up there, 25 May 2000
I am quite a fan of the Rebus series, but, without giving too much away, this is a gripping but ultimately slightly disappointing read. Once again the author's writing and general observations are first rate, but the core of the story is a bit unconvincing as are some of the set pieces and perhaps the character of the main villain. There are some interesting and reasonably developed sub plots but the real menace and twists of a truely mesmerising chandleresque plot are not quite there. This is not quite up to the class of Black and Blue, which was definately one of the finer crime novels of recent years, but more as a general novel than a crime classic, is well worth anyones time


President Kennedy
President Kennedy
by Richard Reeves
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 16 May 2000
This review is from: President Kennedy (Paperback)
I can only reiterate the comments made previously. This is a beautifully written, cool intelligent assesment of JFK's all too brief reign. Absolutely superb


Woolmer on Cricket
Woolmer on Cricket
by Bob Woolmer
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 15 May 2000
This review is from: Woolmer on Cricket (Hardcover)
Bob Woolmer has rightly earned a reputation as one of the best coaches in the business as well as being an open minded innovative thinker. Some of his ideas (such as the earpieces) may leave some of us a bit cold, but one he is a consistently excellent advocate of this and many other ideas throughtout this entertaining and often fascinating book. In his quietly undertsated way he does not pull too many punches whether dicussing the politics of South African cricket or the state of the english game, and there are some revelaing cameos of some well known players.But the most lasting impression is of a cool and intelligent and suprising humourous voice who's ego is nicely in check and is not tinted by any of the cheap bitchiness and self aggrandisation of some commentators and participants in this wonderful game. No reason to give much more away othe rthan to say this is must buy for any cricket fan and for a variety of reasons it will be interesting to contrast this David lloyds forthcoming book...


About a Boy
About a Boy
by Nick Hornby
Edition: Paperback

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 8 May 2000
This review is from: About a Boy (Paperback)
Maybe expectations were high after the excellent High fidelity, but this is a light and yet tiresome read. The final third is especially poor but in fairness, this is overall a better written and slightly sharper read than the similar and obviously compareable Man and Boy by Tony Parsons (which I couldnt be bothered to finish)but we are not talking John Updike here. All the same i think there is better to come from the author....


From Outback to Outfield: A Revealing Diary of Life on the County Cricket Circuit
From Outback to Outfield: A Revealing Diary of Life on the County Cricket Circuit
by Justin Langer
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars so so, 8 May 2000
the diary of a season is a familiar format and can still be an illuminating and entertaining one. this is probably the first written by an Australian playing in England and as a consequence his views on county cricket, whilst being more generous than those of some of his countrymen, are worth noting. His criticisms are not unexpected but are neatly summarised at the end of the book. Sadly the rest of the diary is rather routine. Justin comes across as a likeable and eager to please fellow, but good entertaining writing needs perhaps a more cynical sharper eye,the obvious ( and perhaps unfair) comparisons being the excellent Lot of Hard Yakka by Simon Hughes ( also playing for middlesex)and angus Fraser's droll and forthright Tour Diaries A ok lightish read but no more


Hugh Dalton: A Life
Hugh Dalton: A Life
by Ben Pimlott
Edition: Paperback

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 4 April 2000
This review is from: Hugh Dalton: A Life (Paperback)
This is just about the finest political biography that I have read. A genuninely fascinating account of one of the most significant and in many ways unusual politicians of a crucial time in this country's history. Ben Pimlott is the master biographer. Impeccably researched, balanced and sometimes moving this is written with great lucidity and excellent pace.It is rare that a 640 page biography is as unputdownable as this.


Man and Boy
Man and Boy
by Tony Parsons
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Is it fair?, 24 Mar. 2000
This review is from: Man and Boy (Paperback)
Is it fair to review a book after only 100 pages? I think that is about as far as I am going to get with this overhyped rubbish. This is not really so much a novel as a polemic dressed up as a novel. The style is heavyhanded and self righteous. The dialogue clumsy and often unbelievable. Frankly this would not have got past the agents if it had not been written by a "name". This has been compared with the Hornby novels, but Hornby has a better eye for detail and a sharper wit. I like Tony Parson's journalism, but thats as far as it goes. Th


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