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Biography Of Peter Cook
Biography Of Peter Cook
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sad, insightful., 19 Jun 2014
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A good biography. Gives a good picture of the heady days of 60s satire and his place in it. Then his slow descent into drinking and eccentricity. I got to know the man, which is the point of biography, I suppose. Sad also, that his last marriage turned out the way it did, but you have to suppose that he himself was content on some level. A very clever man, not tortured by childhood demons but set apart by his intelligence and amazing sense of humour. It reminds you that heavy drinking can start in some low or stressful period in your life and then slowly take over, to the point where you drink not because you are depressed but because you have to.

But his last days don't eclipse the Pete and Dud ones, Go and watch the Jeremy Thorpe Trial Summing Up again on Youtube. Wonderful.


The Monkees - caught in a false image
The Monkees - caught in a false image
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1.0 out of 5 stars Some kind of college thesis, 5 Jun 2014
Don't bother, the analysis is pretentious and you don't get a real insight into the individuals. Difficult to read, easy to put down.


Trampled Under Foot: The Power and Excess of Led Zeppelin
Trampled Under Foot: The Power and Excess of Led Zeppelin
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good insight, 5 Jun 2014
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The interviews work well, as you get a picture of the individual Zep people based on how others found them. Jimmy Page is the most interesting, as he is the most difficult to know. He doesn't come out of this well.

You wonder if the stories of 70s excess are exaggerated, but based on this they're not.

Better than the Hammer of the Gods book, which just went for sensationalism.

You know Zeppelin better after this. You may always like the music but you probably won't like the band.


Paddy Crerand: Never Turn the Other Cheek
Paddy Crerand: Never Turn the Other Cheek
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3.0 out of 5 stars Standard footballer's autobiography, 12 April 2014
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Paddy sounds like a guy you don't want to mess with. Lots of punch-ups, and a man used to sorting things out the old-fashioned way.

Disappointing in that you don't get a real insight into his game. He was a great midfielder in a great team and he doesn't give you much analysis of how that team worked.

He is also diplomatic in his descriptions of his team mates. In other football books, there is a quote about Crerand and Noel Cantwell discussing Bobby Charlton and Charlton's lack of awareness as a player. It wasn't complimentary, but it is not mentioned here. That 1968 United team was anything but united in the dressing room but Paddy doesn't touch this.

You read these books to get some honesty and insight into great footballers and their teams. You don't want them to be nice about their team mates and opponents, you want them to be honest.


Alright Aldo - Sound as a Pound
Alright Aldo - Sound as a Pound
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1.0 out of 5 stars don't bother, 24 Feb 2014
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lists of favourite players. A book that was thrown together quickly to get it into the shops probably for Christmas. Aldo is, by all accounts, a popular guy and a great player, but this does him no justice whatsoever.


Jack and Bobby: A story of brothers in conflict
Jack and Bobby: A story of brothers in conflict
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good football book, finally, 24 Feb 2014
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well written, a real picture of life in post-war mining communities in Northern England. A good portrait of the personalities of both brothers. It doesn't try to dish the dirt but does give you a good insight into how they both work. Both brothers come out of the book as real, identifiable people.

I enjoyed this. Leo McKinstry is a good football journalist


Denis Law: The Lawman
Denis Law: The Lawman
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2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty ordinary, 24 Feb 2014
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standard footballer's bio. Some insights into Utd., Charlton and Best but Denis Law is a gentleman and won't dish the dirf


The Italian Romance
The Italian Romance
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good, good read, 7 Aug 2013
The heart compels you to make big decisions early in your life, and you spend the rest of your life living with the consequences. Love and regret are at the heart of Joanne Carroll's novel, and she weaves the strands of her story marvellously to keep you interested right to the end. Lilian is an Australian writer living in Rome, whose precise, orderly life is up-ended by the appearance of the daughter she gave away years before. The novel follows Lilian's attempts to try and heal that wound, and flashes back to her early, married life in war-time Australia. Lilian is also writing a novel, the 'Romanzo' of the title, which tells the story of a young Italian woman at the time of German invasion and deportation of Jews, who struggles to cope with the upheaval in her own life brought on by the war. The three characters - Lilian, her younger self, and the main character in her novel - are drawn well enough for you to know them and care about what happens to them. The places are very real: warm, sultry Rome and hot, dusty war-time New South Wales. The strands are skillfully bound together in short chapters. You will read on to the last page to see if there can be some kind of resolution for all three, and ultimately, you won't be disappointed.

The novel itself is quietly uplifting and life-affirming. Love saves us all, apparently, wherever we are and whatever we are going through. A wise, compassionate novel. Great, great storytelling.
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Strange Things Happen: A life with The Police, polo and pygmies
Strange Things Happen: A life with The Police, polo and pygmies
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not what you expect, 29 Jun 2013
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He writes well, but you read these biographies for inside stories on the band, and the Police period is just skimmed over. Stewart Copeland is a talented man and has had an interesting life, but I also don't think biographies should be written with a view to serious literature. You just want to know what happened and what he thought of people and events.


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