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Angry White Pyjamas
Wussy English bloke takes Mr T's advice (get some nuts) and joins a martial arts course that trains the Tokyo riot police. This memoir takes us throug ...more
Nov 13, 2010
Nov 05, 2010
The Skeleton Cupboard: Stories from a clinical psychologist
Byron takes us through the cases she dealt with as a trainee clinical psychologist. This was a wonderful memoir, full of interesting detail and writte ...more
Apr 15, 2015
Jan 24, 2015
Cider With Rosie
Lee talks about growing up in the Cotswolds in the early 20th century, in a time when rural life hadn't caught up with the technology of the time. Idy ...more
Jun 09, 2015
Apr 12, 2015
The Year of Reading Dangerously: How Fifty Great Books Saved My Life
Andy Miller realised that he was a lover of books who no longer read. He also fibbed about having read books he hadn't, the kind of classics or influe ...more
Jan 26, 2015
Jan 18, 2015
Blood, Sweat and Tea: Real-Life Adventures in an Inner-City Ambulance
Tom Reynolds is a pseudonym for a current employee of the London Ambulance Service. This is the published version of his blog which details some of th ...more
May 31, 2009
May 31, 2009
The Last Asylum: A Memoir of Madness in our Times
Taylor spent some time in a mental institution and a lot of time being psychoanalysed. Here she talks about her experiences as well as the treatment o ...more
Apr 08, 2015
Jan 24, 2015
Life After Death
A couple of weeks back I was reading journalist Mara Leveritt's book about the West Memphis Three when a friend mentioned that she'd read the memoir o ...more
Aug 11, 2014
Aug 07, 2014
Casebook of the Bizarre: A Review of Famous Scottish Trials
Saunders was a court reporter for 50 years and these are some of the cases he covered. Whilst interesting to anyone who likes to read true crime, I wo ...more
May 23, 2015
May 10, 2015
My Name's Not Jim!
Harrison moved to the UK from Australia and started as a 'gardener' in the south, part of a well-known company from Down Under. I'm not into gardening ...more
Aug 13, 2014
Jul 19, 2014
War Stories
Bowen recounts his days as a foreign correspondent for the BBC, travelling to war torn lands to report the news. Some of the conflicts he talks about ...more
Mar 05, 2014
Apr 24, 2010
Beyond the Body Farm: A Legendary Bone Detective Explores Murders, Mysteries, and the Revolution in Forensic Science
Bill Bass delves into his archives for more stories relating to cases he's dealt with as a forensic anthropologist. Reading this book is like sitting ...more
Oct 11, 2009
Oct 03, 2009
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African Written by Himself (Dodo Press)
Equiano was an African slave freed by his masters who then went on to write this autobiography. I found his writing style eloquent and typical of the ...more
Jul 08, 2015
Apr 12, 2015
Touch Wood: Confessions of an Accidental Porn Director
This was bloody hilarious. Our anonymous director guides us through the start of his career from deciding he wants to work in porn to establishing him ...more
Apr 20, 2014
Jul 11, 2013
I feel like it's time I made a confession. When I was growing up I always thought the Stones were American because they were way cooler than the Beatl ...more
Feb 11, 2011
Feb 05, 2011
The Sexual Life Of Catherine M
For a book about sex, it's pretty unerotic. Millet may as well have been describing a surgical procedure for all the passion she put into it. But on t ...more
Feb 24, 2012
Jan 14, 2012
Confessions of a New York Taxi Driver
Salomon has been driving a taxi since the 1970s and this is a collection of tales from his blog about the different people he's carted around New York ...more
May 15, 2013
Apr 27, 2013
Last Man Down: A Firefighter's Story of Survival and Escape from the World Trade Center
I have to confess that this book made me cry. I don't think I can read or see anything to do with 9/11 without doing so. I doubt I'm the only one. The ...more
Mar 27, 2010
Mar 18, 2010
More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops
More funny/stupid things that the public ask booksellers and librarians. Five stars for the pure escapism of laugh out loudness this book provides.
Feb 07, 2014
Feb 01, 2014
It's Your Time You're Wasting: A Teacher's Tales Of Classroom Hell
When I was at school, Mr Chalk would have been the kind of teacher that I liked and respected. He helps the good kids and has great methods of dealing ...more
May 30, 2009
May 31, 2009
Mop Men
Interesting topic for a book as I'd never really given much thought before as to who cleans up a messy death once the crime investigators are done wit ...more
Oct 07, 2009
Oct 03, 2009
Year of the Cock: The Remarkable True Account of a Married Man Who Left His Wife and Paid the Price
Wieder recounts his experiences of 2005 when he left his wife after 10 years together and embarked on a life of swinging bachelorhood endeavouring to ...more
Jul 17, 2010
Jul 10, 2010
Three Things You Need to Know About Rockets: A Real-Life Scottish Fairy Tale
This is the tale of an American working for NASA who crashes and burns (sorry, couldn't resist) and ends up taking time out at a bookshop in Scotland. ...more
Aug 03, 2013
Aug 02, 2013
In Foreign Fields: Heroes of Iraq and Afghanistan in Their Own Words
Dan Collins interviewed several members of the British armed forces who served in the recent conflicts in Irag and Afghanistan and won medals for thei ...more
Mar 03, 2009
Feb 25, 2009
Is It Just Me?
Although I have not really seen Miranda's tv show, I know she's popular and thought this book might help me see why. Various anecdotes about being awk ...more
Jan 18, 2013
Jan 13, 2013
Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History
In 1979 Iranian militants stormed the US embassy in Tehran and held the employees hostage for several months. During the initial assault six people es ...more
Mar 17, 2013
Mar 14, 2013
Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery
These are the memoirs of eminent neurosurgeon Henry Marsh; I won this in a Goodreads giveaway. I was under the impression that all surgeons were psych ...more
Nov 27, 2014
Nov 23, 2014
Love Junkie
Reading this book is like watching a car crash; you know you shouldn't but you just can't help yourself. Resnick takes us on a very personal and harro ...more
Apr 29, 2009
Apr 29, 2009
Robin Ince's Bad Book Club: One Man's Quest to Uncover the Books That Taste Forgot
Ince is a comedian who travels around doing stand up. While he's traversing the country he trawls charity shops looking for books that are truly bad. ...more
Jan 17, 2014
Jan 12, 2014
How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale
Jameson's memoirs from childhood to marriage detailing how she became one of the most famous and successful pornstars along the way. I did enjoy readi ...more
Feb 04, 2011
Jan 29, 2011
Undercover: The Adventures of a Real Life Gigolo
Bradbury comes across as a really nice bloke who may have got into his line of work for the money but soon finds himself caring for his clientele and ...more
Apr 23, 2009
Apr 21, 2009
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