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Nothing But The Truth (A Policemans Tale) – John Bates

22 Mar

Started – 20/3/12

Finished – 21/3/12

Format – Kindle e-book

 

Synopsis – Originally written for the benefit of the author’s daughters and grandchildren, ‘A Policeman’s Tale’ has been extensively re-written for publication. It is really much more than an account of his time as a detective in London. It encompasses his childhood during the war, his schooldays, his RAF service and, following his police career, his time as a private investigator.

As well as describing the many crimes he investigated the book deals with some of the scrapes he got into and amusing experiences he had. It should prove to be a light-hearted but compelling read.

 

My Thoughts – I downloaded this book as my dad is in the police force and due to this i have quite an interest in the police. I thought that this would be a nice lighthearted read and i was right. I really enjoy reading memoirs, its one of my new favourite genres and this one was no exception.

 

This book was originally only written for the authors family, so he was just an ordinary person, which for me made the memoir very interesting reading. Also, he wasnt just an ordinary police constable, he got to almost the top rank within the british police force and this made very interesting reading what with all the different jobs he has done and all of the different police stations he has worked in.

 

I also liked the family parts of his story. This really did add a human aspect to the book and really made it seem like a proper memoir. The different stories that he told during his police life were very good, and really gave a look in, into what policing was like 30 or so years ago.

 

Although there was a bit of name dropping, there wasnt too much, unlike many of the memoirs that i have read, i do find the name dropping quite tiresome sometimes, but this was not the case in this book.

 

I only have a couple of bits that i didnt like. I did think that it was a little bit jumbled up, but this could be put down to the author not being a professional author, and it wasnt too noticeable. Also their were some names of the ‘criminals’ in the book and i didnt know if this was a little bit of personal privacy.

 

This is a good book, recommended to both fans of the memoir genre and others interested in the subject matter.

 

Rating – 4/5

JLS: Our Private Diary

5 Apr

Synopsis – With a triple platinum no. 1 album, two no. 1 singles, two Brits, two MOBO awards, a sell-out UK tour and a no. 1 bestselling book, it has been quite a year for JLS! Follow them backstage in this private diary and discover what life is like as the UK’s hottest boy band!

By far the most successful band ever to come out of the X Factor, JLS went from strength to strength in 2009 and are set to become one of the biggest boy bands the UK has ever seen. With their loyal legion of screaming fans, JLS are a true pop sensation.

Since finishing X Factor – as the first band ever to make the finals – the boys have achieved things that did not seem possible 12 months ago. Two no. 1 singles, a no. 1 bestselling book, a no.1 album, two Brits and two MOBO Awards are just a few of the amazing list of achievements that JLS have notched up in 2009.

Just Between Us: Our Private Diary is an exclusive peek inside their phenomenal world. Join Aston, Ortisé, Marvin and JB as they hang out with their famous friends, appear on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, team up with Alexandra Burke on their triumphant return to X Factor, create mass hysteria by switching on the Christmas lights in Manchester and much much more.

Jam packed full of unseen photos shot especially for the book, plus behind-the-scenes gossip and never-before-seen video footage of the band, the awesome story of JLS’s year is a must-have for any true fan.

Synopsis – I think this may be a book that I have never seen discussed here, and is probably not to everyones tastes! JLS is most difitaly my favourite band, hence my avatar! I watched their first x factor auditon and thought that they would be good from that! Anyway, this is there second book, its a brilliant read for any JLS fan. it follows them for almost a year, taking it from the recording of their first single, covering awards, albums and everything in between. also some of the photographs are absolutly stunning! A must have for any JLS fan!

Loose Women – Here Comes the Girls

25 Dec

Synopsis – It’s that time of year again – the clocks go back, you’ve ditched the bikini diet, lost your other half to the football and it’s blooming freezing…

Winter can seem bleak, but the award-winning Loose Women girls are here to help get you through.

Packed with brand new exclusive content, this warm, honest and jaw-achingly funny book is a must-have for all Loose Women fans. The nation’s favourite feisty females open up on the trickiest of seasonal dilemmas – including office party disasters, detox vs. retox, surviving heartbreak at Christmas and a stocking full of saucy confessions!

Just like a night out with the girls, and brimming with all-new wit, wisdom and hilarious stories, this book is the perfect tonic for those cold winter nights.

So grab a warm mug of hot chocolate, snuggle up on the sofa and be reminded of the things that really matter in life…with a little help from the girls!

My thoughts – this is one of my favourite tv shows and the second book that i have read. the first book i really enjoyed, but this book not as much. it was still a really good read, but it seemed some of the better topics had already been covered. However i did still enjoy this book and thought it was a good light hearted read.