Ashley Hames

Helpful votes received on reviews: 82% (37 of 45)
Location: Napoli
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Unspeak by Steven Poole
Unspeak by Steven Poole
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars memorable, 20 Aug 2012
I read this book a good few years ago now but felt compelled to find it here on Amazon and leave a quick review. It's absolutely brilliant. I read heaps of books and this is up there as one of the best. It's classy, memorable and thought-provoking stuff. For anyone remotely interested in politics, in language, in lies and deceit, in life and the art of manipulation, it's a must-read.
Can't fault it; an outstanding achievement.
"Nirvana": The True Story by Everett True
"Nirvana": The True Story by Everett True
7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Painful, 7 Aug 2012
A deeply frustrating read: The journalist with possibly the best access to the band and their contemporaries has royally screwed up a fine oppportunity to produce the definitive account of Nirvana.

Everett True - a writer with Brit music mag Melody Maker at the time Nirvana broke - is incapable of not placing himself at the centre of events and telling us what HE did, what HIS musical tastes were, how much HE was drinking, the drugs HE did or didn't take ...
But I'm not interested in Everett True. I don't care about Everett True. I care about Kurt Cobain.

No matter how hard True tries to catch the sprinkling of stardust - and God knows, he doesn't fail through… Read more
The Sleep of Reason: The James Bulger Case by David James Smith
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 21 Mar 2012
This is one of the best books on crime - non-fiction or otherwise - that I've ever read....and bejesus I've read a few. A superb personal glance back at those awful events has now been added to what was already a thorough, fascinating and well-pitched account. For the judge to have singled out 'horror videos' as a contributing factor was always so simplistic and was snatched upon by a lazy media. If we didn't see it already, David James Smith illustrates that there was so much more. This book is a must for anyone who is fascinated not by 'evil' but by human beings.

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