Sunday, 26 February 2012

Book Review - Broadmoor Revealed by Mark Stevens

Book Review - Broadmoor Revealed Victorian Crime and the Lunatic Asylum by Mark Stevens

This was a fun book to read, it's not comprehensive and I would have liked to see more in the way of case notes or journal entries of the patients themselves. It's a good overview of the history and the life inside Broadmoor. Chapters look at 4 individual patients, escapees and babies born inside the asylum.

Rating 3/5
Challenges read for Goodreads and The 2012 Ebook Challenge.

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Monday, 6 February 2012

Book Review - Virginia Woolf, A Writer's Diary

Purely on a pleasure level, I found this really slow going and tedious. It was hard to keep up with the style of writing the way one thought bled into another unrelated thought. Hard to really know who all the people Virginia writes about are as they were so personal to her daily life that they meant nothing to me as a reader.

Also I never got a sense of change in Virginia's personality as the diaries moved through the years.

From a writer's interest, I found it inspiring to keep going with my own diaries, having all that personal history documented for myself even if it is meaningless to someone else. It's also comforting to know that as writers we will always keep producing work, writing new novels as the years continue to pass.

Rating: 2/5

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  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (April 2003)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 0156027917
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156027915
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