Roger Risborough

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,658 - Total Helpful Votes: 500 of 631
The Planner by Tom Campbell
The Planner by Tom Campbell
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Application Deferred, 22 Sep 2014
Reading this book is a bit like submitting a planning application. Lots of interest all round at the start (local authority planner must decide whether to leave London or not) followed by a long drawn-out process, (planner tries to sample everything the city he helped plan actually has to offer, be it sex or drugs or rock-and-roll), and finally a disappointing outcome (not a refusal, more of a deferral).
Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Bo&hellip by Viv Albertine
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Just in case there's any doubt that this should be in the "Oooh, Look At Me" section of your lending library, Viv Albertine entitles the opening chapter of her autobiography "Masturbation". She claims the practice itself doesn't do it for her (so to speak) but you could argue the whole book is an exercise in it. Albertine is instantly unlikeable as a person, but just like one of her many rockstar conquests, as a reader she targets you, reels you in, snogs you senseless, and then moves on. The first half of this book is effectively a manifesto for being the girlfriend from hell (I WILL sleep with your friends, I WILL sleep with your rivals) - and what emerges is the story of someone who… Read more
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This book is an amalgam of various American icons and themes. As a little girl, our narrator, Rosemary, has the adult-in-a-grown-up's-body of Scout from To Kill A Mockingbird, whilst as a college student, she meets Harlow, her first real grown-up friend who comes over like Madonna: sassy and street-wise, and by taking Rosemary out of her comfort zone, she is the mechanism that allows the narrator's odd family story to unfold. On the surface, Rosemary's home-life is not that strange - a dad who becomes increasingly detached and unloved, a 'mom' on the verge of a nervous breakdown, a runaway brother, an unusual family pet, and an oft-referred-to inciting incident . . . The book's chronology… Read more

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