Phil Brett

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Phil Brett was born in a small commuter village in Hampshire, Britain, to parents hailing from Islington, north London. His early years were spent taking for granted the countryside and his happy existence. Later, his teenage school life was spent adopting Punk angst and wishing his parents hadn’t moved.

He always wanted be the great writer but leaving school at sixteen, the closest he got to this was unpacking them in a book warehouse.

After taking evening classes, one wish came true when he moved to north London to study (in between socialising, exploring London and becoming a socialist). Through a variety of jobs, including one as a librarian (keeping close to those great writers) he has ended up as a primary school teacher. Which, despi
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For people who love punk and the music which followed, I totally recommend The Lost Women of Rock: Female Musicians of the Punk Era to read. Thoughtful and interesting. Ditto, Rip it Up and Start Again

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Finally got around to reading this book. There is so much to criticise in it: it’s stilted dialogue which seems beset by a stiff upper lip, ‘ Yes darling, we’re going to perish but don’t the roses look fine’ type of thing; the women are all stay at h ...more
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A good fun and light read which manages to convey both the characters and a sense of Venice. Shows that good writing, with elements of humour, can make crime fiction interesting and gripping without always the need for macabre torturous series of mur ...more
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As well crafted as you’d expect from Yrsa Sigurdardottir with a complex plot, which is well written. I do wonder though, if the world we live in make ‘simple’ murders in fiction too mundane and not sellable. So much crime fiction now has macabre tort ...more
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Superbly readable (and brilliantly researched) account of the final year of the WW2, attempting to explain how and why the Nazis managed to keep control right up and till the end. Powerful and chilling.
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Percy Bysshe Shelley
“Rise like Lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number-
Shake your chains to earth like
dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you
Ye are many-they are few.”
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