Roger Risborough

 
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Helpful votes received on reviews: 79% (470 of 593)
Location: Richmond
 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,889 - Total Helpful Votes: 470 of 593
H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
3.0 out of 5 stars H is for Hmmmmm . . ., 2 Sep 2014
The idea behind this book is brilliant. And it starts magnificently, gripping you as I now understand a hawk will clutch the outstretched gloved-hand of its trainer (if it's holding a dead chick). Helen MacDonald is suddenly many things - a bereaved daughter, a Cambridge post-graduate, a life-long lover of falconry, and now the proud but unconfident owner of a young goshawk, Mabel. Out of all this comes her book, a deeply layered memoir of grief, loss, the past and letting-go. Inspired by the works of TH White as a girl (both his Arthurian fiction and his real-life ramblings about hawksmanship) she now records her own faltering falconry against White's, at the same time laying bare both… Read more
That Close by Suggs
That Close by Suggs
Structurally, this is a strange book. It starts as a conventional autobiography, then loses its chronological thread to become a memoir, and ends-up as a sort of collagey scrap-book of essays about family, friends and holidays. So quite off-beat, a bit like Suggs himself, who goes out of his way to avoid revealing too much about the true dynamics of Madness and its various members. I'm sure this would have been a very different book if it had been written in Madness's wilderness years (1987 to 1992), when perhaps some of the inevitable tensions in a seven man band would have been revealed, but instead it's been written in the golden glow of the Madness revival, when Suggs can't afford to… Read more
A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen
A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen
5.0 out of 5 stars It has, I do, it is., 23 Aug 2014
Any (audio)book that makes you think differently about people (and animals), has got to be worth 5 stars, hasn't it?
It has, I do, and it is.

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