13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Ian Kelly makes it clear from the outset that Samuel Foote is not name most are familiar with. He then spends the rest of the book posing an eloquent and highly entertaining argument as to why we should familiarise ourselves with both his name and the fascinating context in which he became both most celebrated and, subsequently, reviled man of his era.
The pace of the book is breath-taking. Kelly packs in a huge amount of detail, supported by some sumptuous illustrations, and a stomach-churning descriptions of the amputation of Foote's 'other leg'.
The read is a sumptuous romp. Highly recommended!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A friend recommended this book to me early on in my first pregnancy. Having resolved to only read the chapters relating to my current week of pregnancy, I soon found that I couldn't put it down. The diary pages made me cry with laughter, and the factual sections were incredibly useful. In those first scary few weeks of pregnancy it was a constant source of reassurance and reason.
Now I am in my second trimester, and desperatley in search of further reading about pregnancy that will keep me equally entertained. I've yet to find anything that can top it.
Instead, I simply re-read the relevant sections from 'The Rough Guide'. I can't reccomend it highly enough.