Feisty pensioner!
Helpful votes received on reviews: 79% (41 of 52)
Location: High Peak, UK
In My Own Words:
Former teacher of economics and economic history, former Minister under Margaret Thatcher


Top Reviewer Ranking: 88,259 - Total Helpful Votes: 41 of 52
The Eagle of The Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff
The Eagle of The Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff
Still a terrific read. It may have been written for young readers, but few of us today have the detailed knowledge of the Romans in Britain common in the 1950s, so this is a real voyage into the unknown, and still worth adults tackling with pleasure. After a slow first couple of chapters it gathers pace, and as soon as Marcus starts on his journey north it becomes very exciting. Recommended.
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A real tour de force from Sarah Waters. It captures the grimness and desperation of genteel poverty in the aftermath of WWI, the efforts to keep up appearances, the empty lives full of longing, the culture clash between the down-at-heel ladies and their brash new tenants who are doing rather well for themselves. It's a powerful, love story, a terrific crime thriller, and an extraordinary courtroom drama, with the obligatory twist at the end. Very satisfying.
Smile for the Camera: The Double Life of Cyril Smi&hellip by Simon Danczuk
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exposure of a Monster, 14 May 2014
The newly-elected Rochdale MP is puzzled by the pervasive infuence of a popular previous incumbent - and then people start inviting in to their homes for a cup of tea with, "I can tell you a thing or two about Cyril Smith." Simon Danczuk started investigating - and this is the full horrible story of how local-boy-made-good Cyril Smith abused and bullied children in a fifty year career.
Sparse, elegant prose tells the story, often in victims' own words. The writers have done the country, the victims, and their home town a great service. It's also a riveting read.