Dr. Michael Rowlands

Helpful votes received on reviews: 80% (267 of 332)
Location: UK/Algarve Portugal


Top Reviewer Ranking: 519,375 - Total Helpful Votes: 267 of 332
Dancing to the Precipice: Lucie De La Tour Du Pin &hellip by Caroline Moorehead
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Lucie de la Tour du Pin had a long life and she was near the centre of events in French Politics for fifty years, and as such, a witness to; revolution, the Napoleonic Empire, and the Restoration of the Bourbons. However, beneath the gloss of political maneuverings, she had great personal tragedy which she forbears with a positive, (if a bit pushy), state of mind. The bald facts of her life would lead to other conclusions - the early death of her mother, an absent father, who remarries and goes abroad, but is then guillotined (along with her father in law),the death of two children by TB, of a son in a duel, and two children in infancy, a husband who makes principled decisions, causing… Read more
High Sobriety: Confessions of a Drinker by Alice King
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An ordinary airport read turned into a compulsive page turner within minutes of the opening chapters. Ms King has a talent for drawing the reader into the insanity of alcoholism, and she has resisted the desire to self censor, so making her experience come alive. What is particularly striking is the levels of denial that every alcoholic discovers on their road to "rock bottom" despite being obvious to outsiders. A great book for those in recovery and an even greater book for those in the midst of their drinking. I hope that she can help many with this deadly disease just as she has help popularise our current epidemic of wine drinking.

Well done and I hope the book is a great… Read more
On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I had not read any of his books before but I thought it was a great short story., taking us back to the 1960's and thoughtfully pulling apart the tensions in a relationship. Not every marrage is happy but I have not come across on that falls apart so quickly. Read and enjoy it.