Robert Bradley
Ex-British Army Solider turned Book Critic. Robert lives in Richmond with his twin brother and enjoys making a mess in the kitchen as well as being nearly good at karate, golf, all things puppetry, surfing, airsoft and the occasional game of Warhammer 40k.

A huge lover of history and non-fiction with no GCSE's and a head full of Dyslexia. Wishing he learned how to learn back in school.

Entries by Robert Bradley

Book Review: The Crime Writer by Jill Dawson

(0) Comments | Posted 23 June 2016 | (14:21)

I'm never been exactly sure about how I feel when authors pen their novels around historical figures in fictional plots. Well, I say this having never actually read a book that has even ever done such a thing. Regardless of that fact and slightly odd introduction, I can't help but...

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Book Review: The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan

(0) Comments | Posted 16 June 2016 | (16:31)

Game of Thrones is arguably the best television show of all time.

I say that with a knowing that as I type, a million and one Breaking bad fans will be all like "dude, you clearly never seen Breaking Bad".

I have seen it and I love it! But...

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Theatre Review: Every Seven Years, New Wimbledon Theatre

(0) Comments | Posted 19 May 2016 | (18:04)

Our bodies, those lush round lumpy things we have to cart about from the cradle to the grave are a collection of the most important objects we'll ever own. It's an eco system, constantly repairing and rejuvenating itself through a complex system of cells and other fancy science things, all...

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Book Review: The Four-Dimensional Human by Laurence Scott

(0) Comments | Posted 28 April 2016 | (23:10)

In a world more socially connected than ever before, it is hard for niche tastes to maintain their exclusivity. This is the problem of hive-cool, where stylistic trends soon lose their cachet from being transmitted so effortlessly to everyone else.

Getting these blog posts in front of people is tough....

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Book Review: The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

(1) Comments | Posted 24 April 2016 | (23:10)

"Ether is to light as air is to sound, but far more efficient. You will have noticed that when fireworks ignite, you hear that bang after the flash? That is because sound travels more slowly, much more slowly. So we can say that the medium of air conducts sound at...
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Book Review: A Nearly Infallible History of Christianity

(0) Comments | Posted 20 April 2016 | (13:10)

What does infallible mean? Well, Google seems to think (as well as perhaps consider itself) something that's perfect and cant be critiqued. This book, however chocked full of fact, followed by more facts, some light Saturday night takeaway humour, then some biblical "facts", is hardly perfect. So an ironic title,...

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A Game of White Thrones and Iron Houses

(0) Comments | Posted 15 June 2015 | (22:49)

The populace over the pond that inhabit that freedom obsessed, divided nation of free thinkers, traditionalists and Rugby in armour supporters, will in a year and half be given a chance to vote in a wife of a formally sexually disgraced leader, or that of the ambitious baby brother of...

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Vietnam by Christian G. Appy | Book Review

(0) Comments | Posted 10 June 2015 | (18:37)

The definitive oral history, told from all sides, is exactly that. Before I decided to take on this tomb of highly depressing and extraordinarily knowledge, I had to find the right time to read it. Having dipped in and out over the course of a few weeks, I decided that...

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An Open Letter to the Non-Voter

(0) Comments | Posted 6 May 2015 | (21:12)

Dear Non-Voter,

Happy Democracy Day!

Like you, many decades ago, people used to get their knickers in a twist and protest against the Lord of their land, who much like society today (or more commonly know as "the man") was constantly telling them what they could and couldn't do.

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The Values of a Compassionate Existence

(0) Comments | Posted 19 December 2014 | (13:48)

My love affair with hamburgers has always been a curse. You'd have thought the bloated decline that hit the equally bun addicted king of rock and roll, whose fate was sealed on a toilet lid, would be enough to repel my appetite from that grizzled piece of pure saturated, german...

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Happiness an Education

(0) Comments | Posted 11 May 2014 | (17:55)

Comparable to being on one of those popular 90s roller coasters you might find at the many neglected theme parks in the North of England, the life of a freelancer is bequeathed with feelings similar to that of the loose roller coaster straps, where somehow you end up squashed between...

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Rhino Hunt by Nick Higgins - Book Review

(0) Comments | Posted 30 March 2014 | (20:15)

At first when I decided to turn my blog into a book review column I contacted a ton of publishers requesting that they send me their most recent titles. I was inundated but ultimately left unsatisfied.

Many of the books appeared to be cloned stories of other highly successful...

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Latent Hazard by Piers Venmore-Rowland - Book Review

(0) Comments | Posted 12 March 2014 | (19:01)

I have always wanted to be in an action thriller.

Such fleeting fantasies tend to find me when travelling. Every woman under the age of forty has and no doubt continues to fanaticise about staring in their own music video. For men however, these stolen moments of contemplation, these breaks...

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Cat Out of Hell by Lynne Truss - Book Review

(0) Comments | Posted 26 January 2014 | (17:33)

I love a good horror story. They offer so much raw detail of deep brooding characters, heralding from the most trusted corners of our civilization. Clever writers over the years have used the ones whose company we find the most secure, intelligently forming narratives that are truly terrifying.

Lynne Truss,...

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The Tell-Tale Heart by Jill Dawson - Book Review

(0) Comments | Posted 21 January 2014 | (18:37)

As they attempt to reach out, you often hear the older generations baffled by the decisions of the younger. Such endeavours to connect go unnoticed by the Smartphone generation, with their Monster energy drinks and fanatical need to include the word "like" into every sentence. A gulf of years and...

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Not Another Happy Ending by David Solomons - Book Review

(0) Comments | Posted 16 January 2014 | (19:33)

Perhaps I'm sexist?

I have always stuck to the notion of enjoying books providing the protagonist is a person that I can connect with and their sex, it appears until two weeks ago, had been one such contributing factor.

My wrist may as well continue being slapped to the...

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Star Wars the Crimson Empire by Dark Horse Comics - Review

(0) Comments | Posted 13 January 2014 | (16:58)

It's a habit, with clockwork precision...

I come home at 4pm each weekday and turn on my laptop. I go about the mundane tasks that one would expect of any 30's something's male, while my ancient computer attempts to load its megabytes.

Finally, after about half an hour.......

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Book Review: My Outdoor Life by Ray Mears

(0) Comments | Posted 10 January 2014 | (18:04)

We all have them don't we; stolen moments of fantasy! Where we imagine doing something out of our comfort zone and turning our lives into one great big adventure! These tend to find me on the London underground, on my depressingly dull way home from work. How many of us...

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We Need to Talk About, How to Talk

(0) Comments | Posted 5 January 2014 | (21:28)

We are indeed blessed with many great scientific thinkers. Before the internet, us everyday normal people were unable to tap, or even come remotely close to understanding, let alone know of any of their forward thinking, innovative ideas. The closest thing we had, was the BBC television series Tomorrows World....

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Book Review: The Explorer by James Smythe

(0) Comments | Posted 2 January 2014 | (14:33)

Ever since my first encounter with the glowing blue introduction text of "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.." I have enjoyed a boundless love affair with outer space. Just as the monstrous television series coined it the final frontier, mankind's last wilderness of unknown exploration that...

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