Book Review: “An Adventurous Life” by Valerie Taylor

As noted in my review of “The Detachment” by Barry Eisler, I read seven (now eight) books over the summer. All but one of these were eBooks. The only exception was “An Adventurous Life” by Valerie Taylor, the paperback of which accompanied me on my trip around California, Arizona, and Nevada. I started reading it…

Book Review: “To Hell and Back” by Niki Lauda

This book had been on my wishlist for quite some time, but I held off on getting it. The main reason for this was a silly reason in many respects. One of my favourite films is ‘Rush’ (dir. Ron Howard, 2013) and it contains one of my favourite sequences from any film and I was…

Book Review: “World In My Eyes” by Richard Blade

I like to read autobiographies (most recently “Heart and Soul” by Carol Decker of T’Pau) and biographies. When I was listening to an episode of the Don’t You Forget About Me – The New Wave Music Podcast, during which they did a review of “Science Fiction” as well as “Transcendance” by Berlin, they mentioned how…

Book Review: “Heart and Soul” by Carol Decker

One of my favourite bands in the 1980s was T’Pau and I have previously done a post about their album Essential (which is an absolute bargain, and you should pick up if you don’t have a copy). As I noted in my review of Essential, like me, T’Pau hail from Shrewsbury. That was one of…

Book Review: “A Funny Life” by Michael McIntyre

I received this book as a Christmas present and what a fabulous gift it was. I have been enjoying Michael McIntyre’s work for many years and saw him live in Cardiff back in 2018. What I soon discovered when reading “A Funny Life (The Autobiography)” is that it’s not THE autobiography, but AN autobiography. There…

Book Review: “An Affair with a Village” by Joy Hendry

Back in the relatively early days of COVID-19 lockdowns, I attended a webinar by Joy Hendry on her ‘affair with a village’. It was not that the webinar was based on a book that would be coming out. The book came out earlier in 2021 and I have just finished reading it. As I have…

Book Review: “Christopher Lee – Tall, Dark and Gruesome”

Tall, Dark and Gruesome is an auto-biography written by Christopher Lee. Although I had some awareness of Lee’s role as Dracula, it was his role as Scramanga in the James Bond film The Man With The Golden Gun that I associate him with. This is a film that I had recorded as a child and…

Book Review: “A Bone in My Flute” by Holly Johnson

Despite being a fan of Frankie Goes To Hollywood, I didn’t come across this book until nearly 20 years after it was published (the lack of promotion for Holly’s works is a theme that comes up more than once in the book itself). I have recently re-read to help with writing my book Frankie Fans…

Book Review: “Let’s Make Lots of Money” by Tom Watkins

At some point in 2020, possibly in a Facebook group, I came across mention of the book “Let’s Make Lots of Money” by Tom Watkins. I had become aware of Tom Watkins’ name from reading “Pet Shop Boys, Literally” as he had been their manager at the time that that book was written. Other than…

Book Review: “Nasher Says Relax” by Brian Nash

In preparation for working more on my book about Frankie Goes To Hollywood and their fans, I have been re-reading “Nasher Says Relax”. Each time has been a different experience, for it is the only book, other than “Climber’s High“, for which I have multiple (all) versions – eBook, audiobook and paperback. While my purchases…