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Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,340 - Total Helpful Votes: 869 of 1029
The Eye of the Storm: The View from the Centre of &hellip by Rob Wilson
Rob Wilson is an MP who somehow finds time to write books. He has interviewed a number of parliamentarians who have fallen foul of the media in recent years, and told their stories largely from their point of view. As a result you get a lot about media pressure and the effect on families. It is interesting, but in most cases I didn't feel that there was a lot that was new. And there is the point that these people have chosen to put themselves in the public eye. Often it was their own (sometimes bizarre) errors of judgement that got them into trouble.

Then there is the case of Andrew Mitchell, with whom the book starts. According to this account he was the victim of a set-up; but… Read more
The Way You Look Tonight by Richard Madeley
The Way You Look Tonight by Richard Madeley
3.0 out of 5 stars a curious mixture, 26 Aug 2014
A curious mixture of gritty thriller, unbelievable heroine, and sentimental gush. Not to mention the involvement of President Kennedy. But it's well written, quite a page-turner, and would be a decent holiday read.
The Last Victorians: A Daring Reassessment of Four&hellip by W Sydney Robinson
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4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining and vivid, 25 Aug 2014
This is an entertaining account of four twentieth-century public figures: Joynson-Hicks, Home Secretary in the 1920s, puritan and eccentric; Dean Inge of St Paul's, long-serving newspaper columnist and gloomster; Reith, who got his way over the BBC but over almost nothing else; and Arthur Bryant the writer of popular history, patriot and womaniser. The book is vividly written, and you feel that 65-70 pages is sufficient for you to know most of what is needful about each of them. The judgements are measured and well-argued.

But I hope that the subtitle of this book ('a daring reassessment...') was not the author's idea, because if so he would be in the same category as these… Read more

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