It takes roughly one hour to get anywhere in London, which gives me plenty of time to read. As I dislike waiting, especially at airports, paperbacks come in quite handy. These are called "personal book reviews" because they are more of a review and reflection than a critique.
I began writing personal book reviews to remember what I read and share the important points with others. At first it was an exercise in writing. Eventually it became a good way to get good books and provide a service for new authors. After editing my first book in 2003, I understand why book reviews are essential for publicity and sale of a new book, particularly for new authors.
If you have a book you'd like to get reviewed, please contact me. Please describe the book, which category it belongs to (fiction, nonfiction, self-help, romance, etc), yourself, why you wrote the book, and what kinds of readers you hope to reach.
I will only write and publish a book review on this website if it is worth my readers' time. In many cases, a book not worth reviewing or in danger of damaging a first author's future, I would prefer to give you personal feedback instead. In general, I have a backlog of requests for book reviews but I welcome e-mail solicitations all the same. My reviews usually creep up to the top ten in google rankings after a short period.
Although I like to read all kinds of books, at the moment I am looking for ones on Buddhism, music composition & performance, piano teaching, writing, cooking, humour, travel, self-help, and literary fiction particularly based on a person's own life story. I am particularly interested in fiction based on historical figures or periods to do with music.
updated 7 March 2009
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for pleasure, on holiday!
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The Great Fire
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