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Running My Life - The Autobiography
Running My Life - The Autobiography
by Seb Coe
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £8.00

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars High Achiever, 15 Nov 2012
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This is a book written on the back of the great success, for which Coe can claim a lot of the credit, of the London Olympics and Paralympics. The author gives a lot of insights into the bidding process and help received from diaparate people as Ken Livingstone, Tony Blair, Tessa Jowell, John Prescott and Juan Antonio Samaranch, though I felt he skated over Samaranch's dubious record in the Franco era.
The book is long (470 pages of text, plus illustrations)and I found the first few sections dealing with his childhood and adolescence, the most interesting. His father Peter played a huge part in his success as an athlete, and he paints a justly admiring picture of his father, who was regarded by the athletics establishment as a bit of a heretic. Seb, too, had several brushes with the sports authorities until recent times, and once he was famous was exposed to more than one made-up story in the tabloids, two of which he successfully sued.
The athletics part of the book - the major part, obviously - races along at breakneck speed, interrupted by the period as a Tory MP (despite having grown up in a Labour area) which was a principal ingredient in the breakdown of his first marriage. There is a good account of his 'rivalry' with Steve Ovett, exaggerated by the media.
There are one or two sloppy uses of English ('equally as') which is all that stopped me awarding the book five stars. Incidentally there is another book by a fellow Olympian, though a less distinguished one - but of course there is no copyright in titles.
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Phantom: A Harry Hole thriller (Oslo Sequence 7) (Harry Hole 9)
Phantom: A Harry Hole thriller (Oslo Sequence 7) (Harry Hole 9)
by Jo Nesbo
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.89

4.0 out of 5 stars And with one bound he was (nearly) free, 17 April 2012
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This is the tenth Harry Hole novel and to me at least seemed different. Jo NesbÝ has always had drugs as a theme but here it is the dominant one, overpowering the human relationships as drugs do in real life. At this stage in his career Hole is physically and psychologically badly damaged, and his human relationship strained almost to breaking point.
The written style makes increased use of short sentences, many without a subject. The language is spare and the plot fast-moving so that the reader has to try hard to see what's going on. And on the main characters is already dead - to be joined by many others. If anyone still thought Norway to be a tranquil paradise, this will disabuse them. Chicago had nothing on Oslo - according to NesbÝ.


The Leopard
The Leopard
by Jo Nesbo
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wide roaming Leopard, 10 April 2011
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This book has an extraordinary range of locations and psychological twists and turns - and one particularly gruesome murder method - ex Africa semper aliquid novi! Harry Hole is a latter-day super-hero...with plenty of human failings. Too long to read at one go - bedtime reading for several evenings.


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