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The Playboy and the Rat - The story of James Hunt and Niki Lauda
The Playboy and the Rat - The story of James Hunt and Niki Lauda
by Roy Calley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A rush job, 16 Oct. 2013
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Interesting subject matter, but the book is quite short (under 200 pages of actual text) and feels a little rushed as a consequence.

The punctuation is quite poor in places. It is quite distracting to be reading a book whilst mentally adding commas and semi colons as you go in order for it to make sense. There is also (to my mind) an over use of exclamation marks. Exclamation marks are for dialogue (not for narrative) but this author appears to have been somewhat addicted to using them. For example; 'He went into more debt!' and, 'The cars were fine it was just the drivers!'. There are numerous other examples and I winced every time I saw one.

The narrative also jumps around a bit by mentioning matters that happen later on, followed by a sentence reading; 'more on that to come' or 'we'll come back to that later'. I'd rather the story were told chronologically, without the colloquialisms.

I also feel that the author's opinion comes across too strongly at points throughout the book, such as superfluous and irrelevant asides on the 'natural beauty' of the Lotus 79, or comments on 'poor Suzy' (Hunt's wife). I would have preferred a more impartial narrator who stuck to the facts (and didn't take sides). I bought the book to find out more about Hunt and Lauda and their perspective on the events which took place. I don't think either of them were quoted enough.

In short, I think it is clear (from the coinciding release dates) that this book was written quickly in order to make money from the release of the film, 'Rush'. Unfortunately it shows.

I only bought this as Lauda's autobiography (To Hell and Back) appears to be out of print, as the only copies you can pick up on Amazon start at £85. Hopefully the publisher will see sense and re-issue it now that the film is out.
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The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: The Murder at Road Hill House [DVD]
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: The Murder at Road Hill House [DVD]
Dvd ~ Paddy Considine
Offered by Todays Great Deal
Price: £5.81

38 of 58 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Completely awful: don't buy it, 29 April 2011
I saw this when it was shown on ITV and I was incredibly disappointed. The actor playing Whicher portrayed him as abrasive and rude, and dismissive to the local police (so the complete opposite of the way he was described in Summerscale's book). The dialogue was just as bad -the actors and actresses (though in 19th Century costume) used modern language. And worst of all, most of the plot was changed (probably so that it could be condensed into a 90 minute programme), but in doing so, all the subtlety (and sense) was lost.

Read the book, but don't bother with the show.


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