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Firsts – July 24th 2009

Firsts – July 24th 2009

Firsts It’s a month of firsts; first I mop, then I iron (OK, not a first but a first for several months) and then I walk out of the cinema (See Journal ‘Not Funny’) to save myself from a truly awful movie. The last time I recall this many firsts was post-divorce so they were […]

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Book – Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

Book – Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

This is a strange book. It’s from 1958 and yet I pick up a hard cover from Birmingham library. And its tiny, a really slim book. But the strangest thing; it doesn’t have chapters! I’m wondering whether I have picked up a somewhat edited version? I only got into the film in recent years and […]

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Serious by John McEnroe

Serious by John McEnroe

I ended Gary Barlow’s book where he wrote about being on one of the trains involved in the 7th July bombings. I started John McEnroe’s with September 11th. The amazing thing is, I didn’t even realise, or rather had never thought about the fact that McEnroe is a New Yorker. Of course now it seems […]

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Book – Giggs, the Autobiography. By Ryan Giggs

Book – Giggs, the Autobiography. By Ryan Giggs

As my all time favourite United hero, this was a must read, although it took me nearly 3 years to pick it up. (I know, my priorities have changed now, honest!) I always believe the word ‘hero’ is over used but not as much as ‘legend’. I don’t think you can really be a legend […]

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Book – Red Carpet and other Banana skins By Rupert Everett

Book – Red Carpet and other Banana skins By Rupert Everett

 I thought this book would a funny read so without delay it went onto the Christmas list. Certain particulars struck me about Rupert’s life within just a few chapters: Paula Yates got everywhere. She was even popped up in Gary Barlow’s books so I will be looking out for her in every autobiography from now […]

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Robert Elms, The Way We Wore – A Life in Threads

Robert Elms, The Way We Wore – A Life in Threads

I picked this book up at the library as a bonus book with barely time to read it. I had to cram it into 3 days and I easily did. In fact, I had to force myself to put it down on the second day to leave 3 short chapters for day 3. I love […]

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Richard and Judy, The Autobiography by Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan

Richard and Judy, The Autobiography by Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan

Another book I bought years ago and was determined to read, and then put in storage, before my upcoming American adventure started. An interesting structure that I thought would bug me but worked out really well. They wrote separate and alternate chapters so it was their own individual take on particular episodes. Only occasionally did […]

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Book – Toast by Nigel Slater

Book – Toast by Nigel Slater

I had come across this book before but not having any knowledge on the author, I hadn’t picked it up. The title intrigued me to choose it up this time plus I have my resolve to read a book per week. It is an autobiography, or rather a memoir as I have been taught in […]

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Book – It’s Not About The Bike. By Lance Armstrong

Book – It’s Not About The Bike. By Lance Armstrong

Over the years people have told me that this is the most inspiring autobiography/sports autobiography/book ever. I would probably give Johnny Mac’s ‘Serious’ that prize but this was good. My first book in an age and I now plan to stick with my book a week goal. I started the next one the very next […]

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Book – Good as Gold, Rags to Riches. By Ralph Gold

Book – Good as Gold, Rags to Riches. By Ralph Gold

I love business biographies. It’s great to read about successful people. It’s good to learn about their ideas, decisions and vision for their business and how they want to live their life. I knew of the Gold Brothers, mainly for the purchase of Birmingham City Football Club but also because of Anne Summers, their ‘porn’ […]

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