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January 10, 2012

Every Secret Thing: My Family, My Country by Gillian Slovo

Filed under: Book Reviews,Biography — The Techie @ 12:55 pm
Title: Every Secret Thing Author: Gillian Slovo Genre: Biography & Autobiography Publisher: Virago Press Release Date: 2010-04 Pages: 366

South African-born Gillian Slovo is the daughter of two extraordinary people – journalist and political activist Ruth First, murdered in Mozambique in 1982, and Joe Slovo, head of the South African communist party and one of the founders of the ANC’s military arm. Both privileged white people in the turbulent South Africa of the Fifties

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The Fat Ladies Club by H Gardener, A Bettridge, S Groves, A Jones, L Lawrence

Filed under: Book Reviews,Biography — The Techie @ 12:55 pm
Title: The Fat Ladies Club Author: Hilary Gardener, Andrea Bettridge, Sarah Groves, Annette Jones, Lyndsey Lawrence, Genre: Biography & Autobiography Publisher: Penguin UK Release Date: 2003-11-06 Pages: 224

It’s amazing how, when you get pregnant, your first reaction is to read and inwardly absorb as much information as possible, much of which is incomprehensible and terrifying. I’m lucky in that I have a friend who has gone before me – already has a baby, that is – and this is the book she gave me.

Written by five friends who

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From Here to Maternity: One Mother of a Journey by Mel Giedroyc

Filed under: Book Reviews,Biography — The Techie @ 12:55 pm
Title: From Here to Maternity Author: Mel Giedroyc Genre: Childbirth Publisher: Random House Release Date: 2005 Pages: 266

When I recently discovered I was pregnant (and after I got over the shock), I did what most first time expectant mothers do – ran out and bought lots of pregnancy books. While most of these books are useful, the majority of them scare the living daylights out of me, and my ability to retain information seems to disappear as quickly as I turn

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Martha Gellhorn: A Life by Caroline Moorehead

Filed under: Book Reviews,Biography — The Historian @ 12:55 pm
Title: Martha Gellhorn Author: Caroline Moorehead Genre: Foreign correspondents Publisher: Random House Release Date: 2004 Pages: 560

An extraordinarily committed war journalist and novelist, Martha Gellhorn (1908-1998) also found the time in her wide-ranging and busy life to become Ernest Hemingway’s second of many wives. And it is for that, rather than her own writing, that she is remembered. A truly ambitious woman, this was a fact that she found intolerable while she

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The Accidental Pilgrim by David Moore

Filed under: Book Reviews,Biography — The Techie @ 12:55 pm
Title: The Accidental Pilgrim Author: David Moore Publisher: Hodder Lir Pages: 288

Subtitled ‘Travels with a Celtic Saint’, The Accidental Pilgrim is the story of a 2000 mile bike ride by the author from Bangor in Northern Ireland to Bobbio in northern Italy via France and Switzerland.

The journey follows in the footsteps of the Irish missionary Saint Columbanus who travelled the same route in the 6th century.

After surviving

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Virginia Woolf by Nigel Nicolson

Filed under: Book Reviews,Biography — The DJ @ 12:55 pm
Title: Virginia Woolf Author: Nigel Nicolson Genre: Biography Release Date: 2001 Pages: 165

If you’re put off by the size of Hermione Lee’s tome on Virginia Woolf’s life, Nigel Nicolson’s 160 page offering is far more digestible. He is the nephew of Vita Sackville-West, a former lover of Woolf’s and offers lots of personal insight into the life of one of best female writers of the twentieth century. Very informative

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Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

Filed under: Book Reviews,Biography — The Techie @ 12:55 pm
Title: Tuesdays with Morrie Author: Mitch Albom Genre: Biography & Autobiography Publisher: Broadway Release Date: 2002 Pages: 192

I am probably a little behind, as I have only just read Tuesdays with Morrie. This book was apparently responsible for changing people’s lives all around the world and has been published in 19 countries in 16 different languages.

Tuesdays With Morrie is a memoir, written by Mitch Albom, about his professor Morrie Schwarz. Mitch had lost touch

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Wild Swans by Jung Chan

Filed under: Book Reviews,Biography — The Techie @ 12:55 pm
Title: Wild Swans Author: Jung Chang Genre: Biography Publisher: HarperPress Release Date: Jan 1 2012 Pages: 688

This book was given me to my grandmother it was one of the first biographies I ever read, and I have been constantly disappointed ever since, no-one can match Jung Chang’s ability to tell a story.

It’s a beautifully written story of a grandmother, mother and daughter. Each woman’s life is very different and seems to typify a different

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‘Tis Herself: A Memoir’ by Maureen O’Hara

Filed under: Book Reviews,Irish,Biography — The Historian @ 12:55 pm
Title: 'Tis Herself Author: Maureen O'Hara, John Nicoletti, Genre: Biography & Autobiography Publisher: Simon and Schuster Release Date: Mar 1 2005 Pages: 336

The Hollywood star traces her career and personal life, discussing such topics as her relationships with fellow actors, her marriage to plane crash victim Charles F. Blair, and her work on specific causes.

Maureen O’Hara recently received a life time achievement award at the Irish film and television awards. While she will always be remembered

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Strip City by Lily Burana

Filed under: Book Reviews,Biography — The Writer @ 12:55 pm
Title: Strip City Author: Lily Burana Genre: Biography & Autobiography Publisher: Miramax Books Release Date: Feb 19 2003 Pages: 336

In 1997, Lily Burana met a Wyoming cowboy while travelling cross-country on a journalism assignment. This is a true story and – as sometimes happens in real life – it turns out that opposites attract, the cowboy proposes and Lily accepts. There’s only one problem: Lily is an ex-stripper. It’s not a problem for the cowboy

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