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The Tom Hanks Enigma by David Gardner

Tom Hanks is one of my favourite actors. Like Michael Caine and Harrison Ford, if I see his name in the cast of a film, I know I will enjoy the movie. So, when I found this biography of Tom Hanks by David Gardner in my local library, I decided I should read The Tom …

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My Shit Life So Far by Frankie Boyle

My Shit Life So Far is meant to be a comedic observational autobiography by comedian and topical panelist Frankie Boyle. Francis Martin Patrick Boyle, known as Frankie Boyle, is a Scottish comedian and writer, well known for his pessimistic and often controversial sense of humour. He was born on 16 August 1972 in Glasgow, Scotland …

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The Gang of One by Gary Mulgrew

The title of this book, Gang Of One, intrigued me. When I read the back of the book, I realised why the name of the author was familiar. Gary Mulgrew was one of the group of UK bankers known as The NatWest Three, or the Enron Three. They were British businessmen, Giles Darby, David Bermingham and Gary Mulgrew. In …

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The Storm by Vince Cable

John Vincent “Vince” Cable was born 9 May 1943 in York, England. He was the son of a working-class Tory, Len Cable, and his wife Edith. Len was a craftsman at the Rowntree chocolate factory while Edith packed chocolates for rival firm Terry’s. He is a British Liberal Democrat politician who has been the Secretary of State for Business, …

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The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe by J. Randy Taraborrelli

Many biographies have been written about Marilyn Monroe. She was born under the name of Norma Jeane Mortenson in the charity ward of the Los Angeles County Hospital, Los Angeles, California, USA on June 1, 1926. She was a Golden Globe Award­ winning American actress, singer, model and pop icon. She became known for her comedic skills and screen presence, going on to become one of …

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Born Fearless by Big Phil Campion

I borrowed this book from the library and my husband noticed it. he asked me if I was enjoying the book, then commented that he had come across “big”Phil Campion during his time in the military. It was interesting to hear his comments about the author who portrays himself as all but invincible. He is certainly …

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Back From The Brink by Alistair Darling

I first became aware of Alistair Darling in the 1970s when I was reading law at the University of Edinburgh. Little did I know what great heights he would reach. He rose to be Chancellor of the Exchequer during the period the Gordon Brown was Prime Minister of the UK. Darling and Brown were not a match …

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The Prince, The Princess and the Perfect Murder by Andrew Rose

In April 1917 Edward, Prince of Wales, (the future King Edward VIII of Great Britain) at a luncheon at the Crillon Hotel in Paris, France had the misfortune to meet the very sexy and utterly loathsome Marguerite Alibert. The Prince The Princess and the Perfect Murder, is the story of the playboy prince, one of …

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A Hebraic Obsession by Mort Laitner

There was a lot of discussion about A Hebraic Obsession by Mort Laitner on Linked In. It seemed such a remarkable tale that I wanted to read it as soon as I could. I ordered it on Amazon, although I try not to use that company too often. I prefer to buy things in the …

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My Scotland, Our Britain by Gordon Brown

Many years ago I was at a conference in London, England and had an opportunity to hear a speech given by Special Peace Envoy (then Prime Minister of Great Britain) Tony Blair. I am not a particular fan of his, however, I do recognise that, for good or ill, he is a world name. Therefore, …

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