Peter Lee

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Location: Manchester ,United Kingdom
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Bloke... Estd. 1971... Work as an IT Training Instructor specialising in SQL and Microsoft CRM. In my spare time I enjoy writing and have three books of my own here on Amazon if you can find them (look at my lists!)... Love watching 'Gregory's Girl', listening to bands you've probably never heard of, and eating garlic bread... And if somebody gave me an Amazon voucher I'd die of shock!

Reading (literary fiction mainly), writing (all kinds of things, mainly fiction), music (listening to, not playing), housework (more of a "need to" than a "like to")...

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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrima&hellip by Haruki Murakami
I'm a huge fan of Haruki Murakami's work, but after the awful (in my opinion) "1Q84" I confess I wasn't really looking forward to reading this. I'm pleased to say that it is a much more enjoyable read, if a less challenging one.

The book opens rather depressingly with Tsukuru Tazaki full of despair as he has no friends. Back in his youth he was one of a group of five friends who were inseparable, but one day the other four ostracised Tsukuru apparently for no reason. He knew that the other four (two girls and two boys) had colours in their names whilst his did not, but surely that couldn't be the reason? He attempts to contact one of his friends to find out more but… Read more
Jimmy Jazz by Roddy Doyle
Jimmy Jazz by Roddy Doyle
I'd previously read and enjoyed Roddy Doyle's "The Guts", his sequel to "The Commitments". When "The Guts" was released as a paperback it featured "Jimmy Jazz" as a bonus and I was a little disappointed as I didn't really want to buy the book a second time just for a short story which was tacked on to the end. Thankfully I looked on Amazon and found that "Jimmy Jazz" was available as a free download for the Kindle.

It's an extremely short read and to be honest it feels more like a scene which was cut from "The Guts". As the description says, Jimmy hates jazz music but his wife loves it, so she buys him two tickets to see Keith… Read more
Rock Stars Stole my Life!: A Big Bad Love Affair w&hellip by Mark Ellen
I was a huge fan of "Smash Hits" back in the mid-1980s and since then I've kind of followed Mark Ellen's life in publishing through the likes of "Q" and the much-missed "Word", so I was keen to read this book. It's an autobiography of his life in music with only a few diversions into his personal life, and it's thoroughly enjoyable from the start. There are lots of tales of life at the NME, Select, Q, Word, and also on the likes of Whistle Test and of course presenting Live Aid, and there are plenty of laughs and smiles to be found. Two chapters are a little different to the rest, one in which he describes meeting Lady Gaga and finding it an enjoyable experience,… Read more