Gary Clarke

Helpful votes received on reviews: 93% (176 of 189)
Location: Ipswich, England
In My Own Words:
I had a book entitled "A Billiards & Snooker Compendium" published in May 2008. This book is a 'book about books' featuring in-depth details on over 650 billiards & snooker books, plus their all important values. It is an essential reference work for anyone who collects sports books, who owns a bookshop, runs an auction house or eBay book business, or anyone who enjoys playing and watching snooker… Read more


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Barbed Wire Kisses: The Jesus and Mary Chain Story by Zoe Howe
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Something's Wrong", 11 July 2014
Zoe Howe has written a decent enough account of the Mary Chain’s rollercoaster career but with access to so many of the key players in the story the book really should have been one of those classic non-fiction page turners. Unfortunately it is a standard run through, albeit a very good one, of the band from start through to 2012.

All the expected stuff is included – the mapping out of the band in the Reid brothers’ East Kilbride bedroom, the bafflement of sound engineers and producers when it came to the trademark Mary Chain feedback, the North London Poly riot, the fighting between Jim and William, the drugs, the booze and the breakup, and most importantly the songs. There are… Read more
Who Needs the Cuts?: Myths of the Economic Crisis by Barry Kushner
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The authors wrote this book after becoming exasperated at the cuts narrative and its one-sided portrayal in the media and the fact anyone proposing an alternative was branded a `deficit denier'. As the authors point out `deficit deniers' were castigated as wicked, immoral people using emotive language redolent of attacks on Holocaust deniers.

They were also exasperated at how the media and politicians were able to turn a banking crisis with its roots in the USA into one of overspending by the UK government, even after Mervyn King had stated "the billions spent bailing out the banks and the need for public sector spending cuts were the fault of the financial services sector"… Read more
Headhunters by John King
Headhunters by John King
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
John King was a friend of the late Alan Sillitoe and Sillitoe's influence can clearly be felt in `Headhunters' and the novel is almost a `Saturday Night & Sunday Morning' for the late 20th century. Yes, John King really is that good.

Forming part of a loose trilogy along with `The Football Factory' and `England Away', `Headhunters' introduces The Sex Division, formed one drunken night with the aim of scoring points for sexual liaisons with women. The Division has a varied mix of characters - there's Carter, `The Unstoppable Sex Machine', a man who views women as commodities to be bedded and then discarded; Mango, a tortured soul whose brother walked out on the family and who… Read more