Roger Risborough

 
Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,755
Helpful votes received on reviews: 79% (442 of 560)
Location: Richmond
 

Reviews

Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,755 - Total Helpful Votes: 442 of 560
French Revolutions: Cycling the Tour de France by Tim Moore
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tour de Force, 24 July 2014
I've just finished this whilst on holiday in France and watching The Tour de France on TV, and Tim Moore's book was the perfect accompaniment to all that. I much preferred French Revolutions to his later Spanish Steps - things happen faster on a bike than alongside a donkey, and the history of the Tour was (to me) much more interesting than the history of the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, although the annual Gallic bike ride seems to engender just as much (if not more) reverential hysteria. The usual Moore preoccupations all line up with him at the start of his one-man circuit of France (self-deprecation, being generally out of his depth, unfriendly interchanges with the… Read more
Last Days of the Bus Club by Chris Stewart
Last Days of the Bus Club by Chris Stewart
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I hesitate to give this book its lowest star rating so far, if only to avoid the good kicking that normally leads to in "unhelpful" votes from friends, family (I'm sure that won't be the case here), and die-hard fans who hand-out 5 star reviews unquestioningly . . .
Leaving Amazon politics to one side, I was seduced into reading this after hearing the author on the radio, and had always meant to read one of his books. Maybe it was unfair to start with the fourth (and last?) part of the trilogy (author's joke), because this book refers back constantly to the earlier books, and Chris Stewart's story is no longer that of the outsider struggling with an unfamiliar culture, landscape and… Read more
The Deaths by Mark Lawson
The Deaths by Mark Lawson
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Build My Gallows High, 22 Jun 2014
The "Deaths" of the title are revealed in the second chapter of this novel - but what is not apparent until late-on, is who has actually died. The murderer, though, is obvious from page one - It's Mark Lawson himself, who unflinchingly stabs-in-the-back the conspicuously-consumerist home-counties middle-classes as they struggle to come to terms with the recent recession. Our main protagonists, "The Eight" (as they self-refer) are four couples living in near-identical grand houses in a fictional village somewhere between Milton Keynes and the M40. Membership of "The Eight" dictates their social lives (endless dinner parties with the same guest list), their households… Read more

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