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Helpful votes received on reviews: 98% (44 of 45)
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 95,157 - Total Helpful Votes: 44 of 45
My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff
My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book, 29 July 2014
I loved this book. I don't suppose Joanna Rakoff is crazy enough to read Amazon reviews of her work but just in case, thank you Joanna. I read it twice in succession once too fast and the second time more slowly. The other reviews say all that needs to be said about the content of the book. I thought it was a stylistic triumph. She interweaves so well these threads of finding out for yourself, acquiring confidence and judgement, working out who you want to be. I thought her critique of Don's novel was very telling ; her style is the opposite of dense. Her approach is to give you the space to be age 23 again. As a result I found myself metaphorically holding my breath right the way through… Read more
Lark Rise Revisited ~ The Lark Rise Band
Lark Rise Revisited ~ The Lark Rise Band
Having thoroughly enjoyed the Albion Band's Lark Rise to Candleford album, I thought I would give this a go. But if folk rock is your thing it's a bit of a disappointment, lacking the electricity. The best thing is Judy Dunlop's 'Bonny Labouring Boy' which at the current price of the CD justifies the admission fee on its own. How I would love to hear Shirley Collins's version of the same song, three verses of which can be seen on Youtube. Some of the rest is uncomfortably twee.
Roy Jenkins by John Campbell
Roy Jenkins by John Campbell
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what if?, 11 May 2014
A very good, excellently written book. The chapters on his youth and in the war at Bletchley were interesting. After that I thought the book really took off from about 1963 onwards, how Jenkins positioned himself vis a vis Wilson and how he rose from Aviation Minister in 1964 to probably the best Home Secretary and Chancellor of the 20th century for those of liberal persuasion. From then on the story of how he (or Labour) lost the way in the 1970s, the rise and fall of the SDP and the Blair relationship are gripping reading for voyeurs of politics. For me Campbell comprehensively debunks the myth that Jenkins was lazy. A bit like Healey he prioritised life differently, couldn't be bothered… Read more