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Probably the best unauthorised biography to date...,
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I was a little apprehensive, at first, about purchasing this book. Other writers have written about Jo's life, but their biographies are, perhaps, summarised accounts, or contain extraneous details. With the vast amount of information available today, I was a little sceptical that this biography would be dated or unfaithful. This book is on the contrary.
It was a pleasure to read, and I found it quite instructive. Sean has gone to considerable lengths to interview those connected, in some fashion, to Jo. Some of the research is quite astounding, in particular, her childhood days and upbringing. Being an avid Harry Potter reader, I thought I had a firm grasp of Jo's story already. The book, however, goes into further detail, which is pleasing to know. Sean doesn't drift, but stays on target, whilst exploring the material available at the time, which he pieces together wonderfully. Ten years on, the book is still relevant, and still enjoyable. I wish I had read it sooner. The book starts, and continues at a good thorough pace, although towards the end, the pace picks up somewhat. Unlike a few other books I've perused, this isn't heavy reading, which explores Potter, and what may or may not lie underneath the wizardry. It's about Jo's life. I really cannot fault it, and would be happy to recommend it.
Sean Smith has done remarkable well, but I hope Jo will, some day, write her autobiography. That would be such a treasure to read.