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The Promise of Endless Summer: Cricket Lives from &hellip by The Daily Telegraph
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Promise fulfilled, 20 May 2013
As the compiler says in an excellent introductory chapter, cricket tends to be a conservative sport and the Telegraph is certainly a conservative (and Conservative) paper. Those cricket-lovers, like myself, who aren't of that persuasion, shouldn't be put off by a cover that might've been designed by John Major. This collection of obituaries and tributes to players - some great, others merely good but all of them characters - finds humour and quirkiness in the subjects, who are chronicled by writers as varied as Michael Henderson, Michael Parkinson, David Green, Simon Hughes and the late EW Swanton.

As a Yorkshire supporter I was interested in Parky's piece on David Bairstow, who… Read more
Rainwater Cassette Exchange ~ Deerhunter
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Sorry to nit-pick but I suspect the review by Gannon should refer to Bradford Cox's 'prolific' output, rather than 'profligacy', which in my dictionary basically means 'wasteful'. I endorse his comments on Deerhunter's excellent work.
The Restless Generation: How Rock Music Changed th&hellip by Pete Frame
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Identifying the roots of British rock had always seemed an uncomplicated matter: didn't it start with the thrillingly spiky electric-guitar intro to `Move It' by Cliff Richard? In this masterful book, which effectively doubles as a post-war history of the new-fangled teenager, Pete Frame demonstrates the fallacy of such assertions.

And what a strange journey it is, leading the reader from riverside pubs in Middlesex circa 1949 to sweaty Soho clubs in the Fifties via countless variety shows and talent contests, protest marches, package tours and even a Louisiana jail. The young Cliff is there, of course, along with Messrs Fury, Faith and Wilde, but the true pioneer, according to… Read more