Ian Calderwood

Helpful votes received on reviews: 86% (6 of 7)
Location: Derby, UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,759,675 - Total Helpful Votes: 6 of 7
It's Not a Runner Bean... by Mark Steel
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Unique Perspective, 20 July 2010
It's easy to hear the author's voice, when you're reading this book. It's almost like having a comedy gig going on in your head. As ever with Mark Steel, you may not agree with his politics or opinions on everything but you'll be entertained and you'll probably come away with a few things to think about too.
Adventures on the High Teas: In Search of Middle E&hellip by Stuart Maconie
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
In this book, Stuart Maconie takes a pleasant-enough wander through an assortment of English towns and cities that are not in the North, except Knutsford and Carnforth, which are. By coincidence, some of the places depicted are places I know quite well and, on the whole, I'm in reasonable agreement with the way they are depicted. However, I do feel that there is a lack of depth at times and an over-reliance on anecdotes with a rather whimsical tone. A decent read but a little bit lightweight.
A Beginner's Guide To Acting English by Shappi Khorsandi
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A thoroughly absorbing read. My only criticism of this book is the cover, which makes it look like a superficial, "Lets laugh at the English" comedy book. It's not: it's much better than that. In fact, it's a serious account of a young Iranian girl adjusting to life in '70s and '80s London, but tempered with warmth and humour, which keeps it out of the "tragic life stories" category. The book is an engaging mix of the small concerns of a young child set against the political events of the time. On the one hand you have a little girl learning the English for "I've wet myself". On the other you have her father, a famous satirist, sentenced to death by Ayatollah Khomeini himself and the… Read more