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Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy (Bridget Jones's Diary)
Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy (Bridget Jones's Diary)
by Helen Fielding
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars what happened, Helen????, 19 Nov. 2013
I am so disappointed with this godawful book that I am a bit annoyed with Helen Fielding. What the hell happened here? Bridget was a bit of a wally back in the day but in an endearing way - and I think we felt more sorry for her back then. Now, I'm afraid to say, Bridget is an idiot. 2 great kids, good circle of friends, no financial worries - and banging on childishly about boyfriends and diets ... back then I'd have befriended her, now I just want to give her a slap. Also - really stupid, incredulous subplot about having her screenplay turned into a film which ultimately falls through. Boring, contrived and unfunny.

..and nominated for a National Book Award?!!! By whom? The illiterate?


December 8, 1980: The Day John Lennon Died, the
December 8, 1980: The Day John Lennon Died, the
by Keith Elliot Greenberg
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Walking on Thin Ice, 5 Jan. 2013
I always preferred early "rattle your jewellery" John Lennon to the activist - (and he admitted this himself towards his end) that he'd been a bit of an idiot, preaching about peace and love while completely ignoring his son Julian for years. But I wanted to know why my mother cried so hard at the kitchen table that day in late 1980. I've read a few books on the subject but this one stands out as it looks at all the people and events leading right up to the day of his assassination - including doctors, neighbours and police officers, which really puts you on the streets of New York at that time and really builds up to that awful moment. Whatever you thought of his music, or Paul, or Yoko, or John himself, it's still a tragedy.

Unfortunately Chapman got exactly what he wanted, his name now being forever associated with John's.


V&A British Textile Design diary 2013
V&A British Textile Design diary 2013
by Flame Tree Publishing
Edition: Diary

5.0 out of 5 stars Life by Design, 4 Jan. 2013
Slightly bigger than last years V&A be-peacock feathered one, but still good convenient handbag size. Some interesting designs every other page or so. Determined to fill it this year with exciting appointments with fascinating people and life-changing events.


The Gashlycrumb Tinies
The Gashlycrumb Tinies
by Edward Gorey
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A is for Awesomeness, 15 Dec. 2012
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Gloriously creepy story, told in alphabetic rhyme with spot-on illustrations. Initially found in a shop in Tokyo with a sign that said "please do not let younger children read this". A bit dramatic but still very cool - and not just for Goths.


Blow by Blow: The Story of Isabella Blow
Blow by Blow: The Story of Isabella Blow
by Detmar Blow
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Issie Bella, 15 Dec. 2012
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I just don't get the fashion industry. Be-botoxed old dudes talking about dresses as if they'd found the cure for cancer. Please. But there was always something about Issie Blow that made a bit more sense: it's not just about the fabric you dress yourself in in the morning, but how you rock it. She came from an aristocratic and priviledged background but inherited nothing. My heart does not bleed for her in this respect however, she worked for some of the best magazines and earned a decent salary, but somehow p*ssed it all away. According to this excellent book she was fun, kind, generous, slightly bonkers and utterly lovely. Alexander McQueen was not terribly nice to her apparently, towards her end, which is hard to stomach because in the early days they were very close and she did a lot towards his becoming as famous as he was. They both had talent, but McQueen, apparently, for one reason or another, chose not to acknowledge her input. There's loads in this book about Phillip Treacy and hats and Vogue which is a brilliant insight into the industry, but you can't help feeling that Issie was overlooked somehow. I don't get fashion but I got Issie. She really was all or nothing, which you have to admire really. Her husband Detmar must've broken his heart a thousand times over writing this book.


West End Girls
West End Girls
by Barbara Tate
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The Oldest Profession, 15 Dec. 2012
This review is from: West End Girls (Paperback)
I too went and bought this having read the review in the Sunday Times. Oh my word - what a book. A great account of dirty (literally and figuratively) Soho. It's an easy read but an absolutely fascinating account of the era, of London, of the trade itself and all the characters. The author as a young girl goes from naive but brave barmaid to prostitute's maid with - by today's standards - petrifying ease. The story is relatively shocking in parts and I felt compelled to finish it in a short space of time, like some other reviewers here. Funny, sad, poignant, gritty, ballsy and riveting. Recommended it to my mum who also read and loved it. Think "tart with a heart".


Fabulous Fanny Cradock: TV's Outrageous Queen of Cuisine
Fabulous Fanny Cradock: TV's Outrageous Queen of Cuisine
by Clive Ellis
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creme Forestiere, anyone?, 15 Dec. 2012
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Hilarious! It's hard to believe that TV chefs weren't always the norm. Picture Fanny in black and white, wearing far too much mascara and patronising the British public in perfect BBC English. Elaborate and expensive recipes which she defended with gusto are included in this book - some of which are becoming fashionable again. She was rude, self-centred and sometimes spiteful but she adored both food and Johnnie, her hapless husband. What a fascinating life - she was a novelist, columnist, celebrity and the original Bon Viveur. The crazy thing about Fanny is, she absolutely knew her stuff.


Charles & Camilla
Charles & Camilla
by Gyles Brandreth
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Charlie, 6 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Charles & Camilla (Paperback)
Gyles Brandreth is undoubtedly a bit of a wally, but this book reads well: it's quite funny, seemingly well-researched and warm - but there are about twelve too many extraneous and gossipy facts as footnotes. Also it is very biased in favour of Charles and Camilla's relationship from the start - let's not forget that they started their relationship years before Charles met Diana and continued it throughout the marriage. The book paints Charles as a bit of an indecisive wimp, but basically a nice chap. The view of Camilla seems to be neutral - and although guilt on both their parts is assumed, it is glossed over with a vague notion that mistresses are just a part of royal history.

Surprised to see that Beryl Bainbridge gives it such an accolade on the cover - a pretty good book, but can't wipe the memory of Brandreth circa 1982, in a silly jumper, boring us to tears on the television.


You're a Horrible Person, But I Like You: The Believer Book of Advice
You're a Horrible Person, But I Like You: The Believer Book of Advice
by The Believer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.50

2.0 out of 5 stars Cover design - 5 stars, 25 Aug. 2012
I've just finished this book - and was glad when I did. The concept is a good one, because you'd have to be an idiot to expect good advice from a comedian, or anyone related to celebrity - I get that. The questions themselves I think, are not genuine either so the whole point of the book seems to be "look how funny our advice-givers are". Some of the answers are funny, but it all appears a bit too contrived, especially some of the comedic contributors who feign ignorance about the authenticity of the questions. I was bored.


Wedding Guest Book (Helen Exley Giftbooks)
Wedding Guest Book (Helen Exley Giftbooks)
by Various
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Perfect, 23 Aug. 2012
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Nothing negative to say about this product! I searched for approximately an aeon for a guestbook that I liked. Most were frilly, shiny monstrosities, some were inexplicably dull - more fitting for a funeral than a wedding. I know it's subjective but for me this is charming without being saccharine-sentimental, and pretty without being twee. Good size, and enough space for your guests to remind you how awesome you truly are.


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