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Kick the tyres, light the fires: One man's vision for Britain's future and how we can make it work Hardcover – 25 May 2010
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About the Author
Torquil Norman, Old Etonian, graduate of Harvard and Cambridge, and self-made toymaker millionaire, is a businessman, aircraft enthusiast, and arts philanthropist. He bought the derelict Roundhouse arts venue for £3 million in 1996 "as an impulse buy". As founder and chairman of the Roundhouse Trust he then raised £27 million from public and private sources, including almost £4 million more of his own personal funds, to restore the crumbling Victorian former railway repair shed. Sir Torquil, who had previously received a CBE, stepped down as chairman of the Roundhouse Trust in 2007, and was knighted the same year for his "services to the arts and to disadvantaged young people .
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So why only two stars? Because this book is not an enjoyable read.
It is pedestrian and tedious and you can almost hear the pages crying out for a professional editor. It reads as if it was dictated into a machine and then transcribed by someone with no passion or soul. The main problem is that we have the story of a very full life that could easily and entertainingly be written about in FOUR books ... his early life ...his toy business ventures ... The Round House ... the politics. Perhaps a ghost writer out there someplace could take on the task in association with an experienced editor.
I was so disappointed that my copy found its way to the nearest charity shop within a few days of its arrival. My book shelf space is precious and books earn a permanent home on merit. This one didn't, which is a pity.