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Far from the Madding Crowd
**spoiler alert** I feel generous stretching to 2 stars for this book, I did not enjoy it at all. The whole book is just so inconsequential, aside fro ...more
Apr 04, 2012
Mar 02, 2012
A Life Too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke
A really excellent book and a much needed examination of depression. When Pep Guardiola recently took some time out of the game, morons like Colin Mur ...more
Jun 29, 2012
Nov 25, 2011
The Gone-Away World
I feel VERY generous giving this a 2 star review, I basically am only holding back from giving it 1 star because it wasn't total crap and there were s ...more
Jun 19, 2013
May 24, 2013
The God Delusion
I suppose I should admit from the outset that this is preaching to the converted, however I would definitely recommend this book to anyone whether you ...more
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Jul 26, 2011
Ok...right...deep breath...I hated this. Pretty much all 500 odd pages, it's actually one of the hardest books effort-wise I've felt I had to put in f ...more
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Jul 26, 2011
The Wire Re-Up: The Guardian Guide to the Greatest TV Show Ever Made
I love 'The Wire', I don't think it's hyperbole to suggest it's possibly the best television programme ever made and I also have a lot of time for the ...more
Jul 27, 2011
Jul 26, 2011
It's Only a Movie
Despite having fairly high expectations of this book, it is a 100% bona-fide stinker. It's neither an autobiography and it's not Kermode's views on fi ...more
Nov 25, 2011
Nov 23, 2011
Brighton Rock
Let's get my gripe out of the way first (and this has nothing to do with the story). I ordered this book and it turned up with Helen Mirren and Sam Ri ...more
Aug 03, 2011
Jul 27, 2011
Mud, Sweat and Tears
It's not really an autobiography although it does on the surface look back over Bear's life to date. The main focus and the meat of the book deals wit ...more
Aug 17, 2012
Aug 08, 2012
Golf: The Cure for a Grumpy Old Man
Alliss has for some time now become well how can we best put it...annoying. As a result I'm not really sure why I bought this book. He's become so out ...more
Feb 08, 2012
Feb 01, 2012
David Copperfield
Oh Dickens how you bring me joy and frustration. So many things I loved about this novel and so many things I hated. It really is Dickens at his best ...more
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Jul 26, 2011
Little Book of Spurs: More Than 185 Lilywhite Quotes!
I'm not going to get irate about a book which is essentially a piece of fluff to read whilst on the throne...but this is a bit strange. I had to Googl ...more
Mar 08, 2012
Mar 07, 2012
My Time
Anyone who's followed Wiggins and his career for any amount of time will know that one thing you'll always get from him in spades, is honesty. He just ...more
Jul 04, 2013
Jun 24, 2013
Brideshead Revisited
With a book like this you almost feel like you have to apologise for not enjoying it. On the face of it, you can see wht it's one of the great novels ...more
Feb 2012
Jan 18, 2012
The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2)
Oh dear. I'm trying desperately to temper my view of this book because part of me wonders how much of a final product this series really is. Larsson w ...more
Mar 22, 2012
Mar 06, 2012
Goldfinger (James Bond, #7)
Half a decent Bond book this one. We have a fairly good setup, Bond on the trail of Goldfinger. A great chapter where they play a round of golf and Bo ...more
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Jul 26, 2011
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium, #3)
So the big book series of recent years is finished and to be honest in mostly underwhelming fashion. The initial story was a solid whodunnit and littl ...more
Jun 19, 2012
Jun 03, 2012
A Confederacy of Dunces
'Laugh out loud funny'...that was the review that made me decide to read this book. Laugh out loud funny...really? To conjure a mental picture of me r ...more
Feb 24, 2012
Feb 08, 2012
The Man Who Sold The World: David Bowie and the 1970s
By all accounts Peter Doggett has written one of the most respected books about the Beatles, it seems a bit of a shame that he decided to do the same ...more
Jul 23, 2012
Jul 06, 2012
Flesh And Blood
Well, what a difficult book to review...after the first 50 pages I was completely swept away and thought this was going to be one of the best books I' ...more
Nov 29, 2012
Nov 16, 2012
An incredibly hard book to sum up because of it's approach, it's style, it's storytelling, everything, it's certainly nothing if not original. I there ...more
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Jul 26, 2011
Scaredy Cat (Tom Thorne, #2)
Enjoyable trash really, just the sort of thing I needed after wading through War & Peace. That's enough for me though I've read 2 of the DI Thorne ...more
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Jul 26, 2011
One Man and His Bike: A Life-changing Journey All the Way Around the Coast of Britain
Carter is being a little bit cheeky with this book, he basically wants you to buy the idea that he gave up the daily grind to cycle around the country ...more
Mar 11, 2015
Feb 18, 2015
Bright Lights, Big City
Whilst this is an enjoyable read, you finish this book thinking what might have been rather than thinking you've finished a modern classic. You can ce ...more
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Jul 26, 2011
Doctor No (James Bond, #6)
These Bond books are becoming more and more of a chore with every entry. A terrible story and some terrible characters. First we have Quarrel, who pre ...more
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Jul 26, 2011
Child 44 (Leo Demidov, #1)
It seems harsh to criticise this book because it doesn't set out to be anything more than a page-turner (even Smith admits he wanted to write a novel ...more
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Nov 14, 2011
The New Contented Little Baby Book: The Secret To Calm And Confident Parenting
Clearly her style is going to divide parents, imagine a very old school Matron stood in the corner tutting and tapping her foot whilst constantly find ...more
Mar 19, 2013
Mar 20, 2013
Winning Their Spurs: The Tottenham Hotspur Dream Team
Aside from 'The Glory Game' I think this is the best book I've read about my beloved Spurs. On the surface it seems fairly straightforward, Novick has ...more
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Jul 26, 2011
Fatherhood: The Truth
With Fatherhood looming a good friend lent me this to read to leave me prepared. What a strange book! The opening few chapters are almost universally ...more
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Jul 26, 2011
Captain Scott
A really excellent and passionate re-telling of Captain Scott's fateful voyages to the South Pole by Ranulph Fiennes. Scott's character and journeys h ...more
May 23, 2012
May 10, 2012
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