Peter L. Hurst

Helpful votes received on reviews: 91% (32 of 35)
Location: Warrington, England
In My Own Words:
33 year old registered mental health nurse who loves books, loves his Kindle and reads non-fiction (pure geek me!)

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 61,938 - Total Helpful Votes: 32 of 35
Starred Up [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Jack O'Connell
Starred Up [DVD] DVD ~ Jack O'Connell
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
'Starred up' is a story about a 19 year old youth offender who transfers to an adult prison in which his father is a long-term prisoner. The film aims to be as realistic as possible and has the feel of a fly on the wall documentary. It is the antithesis of 99 percent of the cheese served up by Hollywood were nothing feels authentic and the ending can be guessed from the start.

Jack O'Connell is outstanding in the lead role combining menace with vulnerability in a way that is believable and fascinating. His performance allows the viewer to explore the possible roots of sociopathy in failed attachment bonds, childhood abuse, trauma and neglect. Is he a cancer to be excised from… Read more
Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Ge&hellip by Jeff Chang
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dont believe the hype, 16 Mar 2014
'Cant stop wont stop' starts well in its descriptions of the emergence of what Chang describes as 'the four main elements of hip hop' - new styles of art (graffitti,) dance (break,) and music (forms of DJing and MCing) which fermented in the south bronx in the post-civil rights era amidst a brew of black nationalism, pan afro-centrism, political/institutionalised neglect, post-industrialisation, drugs, unemployment and gang warfare to produce a distinctly original and compelling new art-form - but loses its way considerably half way through the book when the story changes from hip hop as underground sub-culture to mainstream dominance.

Chang is excellent on the forces that… Read more
The Iron Lady: Margaret Thatcher: From Grocer's Da&hellip by John Campbell
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE ENEMY WITHIN, 23 Sep 2013

'The Iron Lady' is an abridged single volume version of John Campbell's mammoth two part biography of Margaret Thatcher published in 2009. This volume skips over her rise to Downing Street and her subsequent fall from power and concentrates largely (80-90 percent of the volume) on her years in Downing street.

This remains the definitive biography of Thatcher, arguably the definitive political biography, it is extremely well researched, well-balanced, well written, fair, non-partisan and insightfull. The only criticism I can level is that it is a shame that in the condensing, much of her rise to power and her subsequent fall from grace are lost on the… Read more

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