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They F*** You Up: How To Survive Family Life
This was very interesting, but equally pretty depressing (if you have parents like mine and equally probably if you don't). Lots of fascinating facts ...more
Sep 2009
Aug 28, 2009
Bit of a Blur: The Autobiography
Bit of a bore.

Alex tells us that he drank a lot, took drugs (although is of course too coy to mention them in any detail), and had lots of sex served
Sep 2007
Oct 15, 2007
The Country Girls

I really, really enjoyed reading this book. I think the most delicious aspect of it is that O’Brien marries intimate and personal details of a girl’s
Aug 2011
Aug 22, 2011
I was very much looking forward to reading this book as it was written by an Oxbridge don and I hold those guys in high esteem when it comes to books ...more
Mar 25, 2008
Jan 03, 2008
Decline of the English Murder
This was a very nice book to dip in to and with which to while away the commute, but nothing more than that. Maybe if I was in hospital recovering fro ...more
Jul 2011
Jul 18, 2011
Somebody's Husband, Somebody's Son

This kind of book isn't to everyone's liking. But if you are interested in the psychology of - or rather the clues allowing you to guess at the psycho
Feb 2007
Apr 25, 2007
This was a very good book. As the cover suggests, there are several dogs in this story and they are used as various metaphors and to suggest different ...more
Apr 2007
May 01, 2007
Bandit Roads

I readily admit I knew very little about Mexico, apart from what my Duplo set had taught me about them all wearing ponchos and black Paul Calf-style m
Jan 14, 2009
Jan 19, 2009
Plain Pleasures
There are books that I have read and didn't really Get. A few of the stories in this collection by Jane Bowles I didn't really 'Get' either, but rathe ...more
Nov 2012
Nov 06, 2012
I really should have liked this much more than I actually did: it's French, written in the early 20th Century, and involved a lost and tragic waif sel ...more
Jan 2012
Jan 19, 2012
The Yellow Birds
This was pretty good... although 10% of its pages (and cover space) was taken up by sentences in speech marks telling me how it was going to change my ...more
May 2013
May 22, 2013
Frost in May

This book looks at a young girl's entry in to a convent school at the beginning of the 1900s, and how she adapts to it, as well as in which way's she
Apr 2009
Apr 24, 2009
Lady Chatterley's Lover
Basically this woman discovers sex - or rather, the importance of real 'touch'. Very good.

What I liked about this book were the descriptions of nature
Dec 2010
Dec 14, 2010
To Kill a Mockingbird

Given that the only thing I knew about this book was that it had been on GCSE syllabuses for decades I was surprised to find that this was actually a
Oct 2009
Oct 10, 2009
Hinterland: A Play
Not nearly so good as the other SB play I have just read, but perhaps it was the subject matter: I admit I have always preferred alcohol to politics. ...more
Apr 2011
Apr 20, 2011
Stuart: A Life Backwards

I would urge most people I know to read this book. It was not new to me that people who go through abuse and difficult childhoods have a tendance to b
Aug 28, 2009
Aug 24, 2009
Moab is My Washpot
Tiddly tiddly um-pum-pum, bum. Bum, poo and rudies. This autobiography of the first twenty years of Stephen Fry's life is crammed full of boarding sch ...more
Jan 2012
Jan 26, 2012
Tortilla Flat

This was very enjoyable to read, although I can't give it more than 3 stars because it didn't Change My Life. It did teach me about the paisano way of
Oct 2011
Sep 26, 2011
High Windows
It is thanks to my Uncle Jürgen that I read this collection, as he had said he could never 'get warm' with Larkin, and I'm not surprised. I'd heard he ...more
Jul 2011
Jul 21, 2011
The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins
Sadly one of the most gripping books I've read in a very long time. In terms of a biography, the story of the Kray twins is pretty interesting, althou ...more
Mar 2012
Mar 15, 2012
For The Good Of The Cause
This was a neat little book and I generally like Russian authors. So I enjoyed this. (However, for those of you who assiduously check in with beating ...more
Apr 25, 2009
Apr 24, 2009
The Complete Plays

Reading this ‘Complete Plays’ of Joe Orton was a roller-coaster ride, in that it suddenly went from very high to very very low. Starting with 'The Ruf
Mar 2012
Mar 05, 2012
The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens
Fairly interesting, but for me what appealed about this book was nothing to do with Nelly Ternan or Dickens: essentially we have little evidence about ...more
Aug 2012
Aug 16, 2012
How To Lose Friends & Alienate People
What I learned from this book? Don't believe the hype. This was one of the shittest books I've ever read. Toby Young has no conception as to why he ca ...more
May 2007
Jun 04, 2007
On Elegance While Sleeping
This book was highly original in terms of its subject, approach to form and style. The writer shows his deep thought he has consecrated to observing t ...more
Feb 2011
Feb 03, 2011
The Member of the Wedding
Oh you know, YEAH I've given it 5 stars.... I'll disabuse anyone of the notion that I might just be a decisive person by saying it's actually 4.51 sta ...more
Aug 2012
Jul 13, 2012
Sanity, Madness and the Family: Families of Schizophrenics
Excellent, and also hugely effective in proving the authors' argument: in each of the case studies it is simply obvious that of all the female 'schizo ...more
Sep 2012
Sep 23, 2012
Very good - and wasn't the airport-type schlock I'd assumed for the last couple of decades of my life. Also very interesting in its examination of boo ...more
Apr 2014
Mar 31, 2014
Skinny Dip
This book was very well written in that it was neatly controlled, humorous, confidently structured and in addition had a gentle ecological message. Ho ...more
Dec 2012
Dec 10, 2012
A Million Little Pieces
I was just about to start off by writing that this book is an honest and brutal portrayal of… and then I stopped. And I’m glad that I stopped because ...more
Oct 2010
Oct 01, 2010
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