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Here is part two of my round-up of every sodding book I’ve read in 2012. Again, I’d love to hear which books you read this year. Let me know in the comments.

The Happy Depressive
, by Alastair Campbell
I learned a lot from this short book. I cried not unlike a baby as I read the stunningly moving passage about the death of his friend Philip Gould. (Campbell’s novel All In The Mind is a real eye-opener on mental health issues.)

Dial M for Murdoch, by Tom Watson and Martin Hickman
One of two books about Murdoch I read this year. I am not a big fan of Watson but this book was written well enough to repay the effort.

The Gifts of the Jews, by Thomas Cahill
There are some magnificent moments in this book but it loses focus the longer it goes on. A tad forgettable.

How Not to Be a Professional Footballer, by Paul Merson
I whizzed through this rollicking, warts-and-all book from one of my all-time favourite Gooners. I was fascinated by the vulnerability and need for father figures he revealed in this knockabout memoir.

American Idol: The Untold Story, by Richard Rushfield
A splendid, unofficial-yet-totally-in-the-loop read about one of my favourite ever television shows. The icing on the cake was seeing my Simon Cowell biography name-checked in the Bibliography!

Tulisa, by Sean Smith
A fun, easy read about an intriguing and admirable personality. Yet I felt Smith’s heart wasn’t quite in the project.

Amy, My Daughter, by Mitch Winehouse
I wish there had been more in Mitch’s book about Amy’s childhood and life prior to the fame and the drugs. But this was still an involving and emotional read – particularly the passage about butterflies near the end.

The Submission, by Amy Waldman
An enjoyable novel that was thought provoking in parts, but those who claim this was another Bonfire of the Vanities must be tripping.

Midnight On The Mavi Marmara, edited by Moustafa Bayoumi
Something of a comedy gem, this is one of the funniest satires I’ve ever read.

(Read part one of this post series here.)

6 Responses to “My year in books: part two”

  1. Shmuel says:

    The Merson one sound good

  2. F Callen says:

    Is “Midnight On The Mavi Marmara” an *unintentional* satire?

  3. some girl says:

    hi where did you get your information?
    websites etc

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