Sally Walker

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 90% (165 of 183)
Location: Eastbourne, UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,538 - Total Helpful Votes: 165 of 183
One Dog at a Time: Saving the Strays of Helmand by Pen Farthing
I’m a real sucker for this kind of book. One Dog at a Time is an autobiographical account by a Royal Marine, Pen Farthing, of his tour of duty in Nowzad, Afghanistan, focussing on his rescuing stray and bedraggled Afghan dogs. I have read this fairly soon after reading Treo which is about a military sniffer dog that goes with his handler to Afghanistan to search out mines.

One Dog at a Time is nice easy reading that will warm the cockles of your heart and get you teary in the final pages, if not before depending on how sentimental you are. The bond between dogs and humans is ever enduring, often far deeper than that between humans themselves. This book highlights the innate… Read more
A Time of Gifts: On Foot to Constantinople - From &hellip by Patrick Leigh Fermor
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful, 13 April 2014
This book is a wonderful account of a young Englishman’s journey, on foot, from the Hook of Holland to Esztergom on the Hungarian border. He left British shores at Tilbury Docks to start his walk from Holland to Constantinople on 9th December 1933; he was eighteen. A Time of Gifts is the first half of his trans-European trek. Leigh Fermor wrote this book some forty years following the end of his journey; it was published in 1977. So it is a much older and wiser man looking back at and writing about his journey. I believe this adds much to this book.

He was utterly free to go where he pleased apart from being at pre-arranged destinations to pick up monthly cheques written out… Read more
Just Julie by Julie Goodyear
Just Julie by Julie Goodyear
My motivation in reading Julie Goodyear’s autobiography was to see if I could find the real Julie. The person left at the bottom of the sieve when all the showbiz glamour and the need to ‘perform’ in front of the camera have been shaken out.

I bought this book having listened to Julie on Desert Island Discs in which the snapshot of her life sounded very interesting. I also thought that Julie came across in that programme as a very different person to the Bet Lynch character that she is so famous for portraying in Coronation Street. I then, before reading her autobiography, saw her on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories show, in which she came across more like Bet Lynch, somewhat brash… Read more