This was a moving account of an indomitable and spirited individual, whose childhood shaped her for both better and for worse. I have never been drawn to the author's fiction, but this biography is worth reading for several reasons. Firstly, it is well written and well read, by the author. Secondly, it gives poignant insights into a particular northern lifestyle of the fifties and sixties, one where the values and norms of the day seem like a distant history lesson. And, thirdly, it is entertaining. I found the non-linear style different to most autobiographies, but it worked quite well and covered up for omissions of quite large periods of Janette's life. It was a little as if she was pulling jigsaw pieces out of a bag and showing you them. Some pieces of the picture joined up, some bits came together at different times. And in some places there were holes that were never filled in. She has kept some pieces of the jigsaw in the bag, perhaps she will reveal them later.
If you like reading biographies, then you are likely to like this one.
I really like Rod Stewart's music and his highly entertaining performances. So, I wanted to read more about his life, beyond what I had read in the tabloids. This autobiography provides a candid insight into the charmed life of a talented, but non-academic artist. It is completely congruent with the tabloid image of a free spirit who has had more than his fair share of fast cars, beautiful women, drugs and immense luck. On the one hand Rod appears to be amoral, self-centred and above the law. On the other hand, his honesty, charm and young at heart approach is hard not to warm to. He was a working class boy who grasped opportunities with both hands and brought joy to the masses, through his music and songs. This is a well told story of Rod’s life so far.
This book is an account of how the author, Thomas Keneally, was drawn into writing the story of Oscar Schindler. In itself it is an intriguing and multi-faceted story of a holocaust survivor that felt so indebted to Schindler that he spent his lifetime on the lookout for a writer to immortalize him, on the page and in film. It is also about Thomas Keneally himself and the long journey of writing a book and then getting it filmed. And the impact that such a demanding project had on him and his own family. It involved the vagaries of the publishing industry, the difficulty of the research, the various perspectives of the survivors, not all of whom saw Schindler as a saint. It also touches on the showbiz issues surrounding the film, the locations, the stars, the premieres the legacy. I liked the Spielberg film and so I was interested in how it came about, if you are too then you will enjoy this book, as it is It is well written as well read.