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I Know This Much: From Soho to Spandau by Gary Kemp
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5.0 out of 5 stars Searingly Honest, 23 Sep 2013
Gary Kemp wrote three of the most perfect pop songs of the modern generation (True, Gold and Barricades) and the man he got to sing them had a perfect voice, but beyond that I knew little of either the Spandau or Kemp history. This book is huge; not just as a pop memoir but as a lesson in how to mature gracefully within this narcissistic business. Kemp is heart wrenchingly honest in his assessment of the New Romantic period and the part he played in it. He is tough on himself, perhaps sometimes unnecessarily so, after all stardom, adulation and wealth came early and few are equipped to deal with it, but his self deprecating, emotionally intelligent approach indicates just how far he has… Read more
Cannery Row (Penguin Modern Classics) by John Steinbeck
4.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic!, 6 Aug 2013
A thoroughly eclectic collection of characters sharing their home in Cannery Row. Despite the lack of a strong plot, the novella keeps you gripped with the unusual peripatetic lifestyles of Doc, Mack, Dora and co. As with all Steinbeck's writing I felt a sense of sadness when I finished; as if I had lost a group of friends.
The Grapes of Wrath (Steinbeck "Essentials") by John Steinbeck
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, 30 July 2013
Steinbeck is a true master of the written word. This epic novel has so many threads. On one level it tells the story of a migrant family escaping from the Dustbowl of Oklahoma for the rich promise of California. But on another level it offers a social and political commentary on the injustice of the farming situation in America in the 1930's. The most subtle thread however is the clear, resonant voice of Ma Joad at the heart of the story. Steinbeck's depiction of her shows an incredibly sensitive understanding of women and in particular the strong bond that often exists between mother and son. Ma and her son Tom are the two key protagonists and through them Steinbeck conveys the heat, dust,… Read more

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