- Stone, Irving — The Agony and the Ecstasy (439 of 763 pages)
- Morpurgo, Michael — The Mozart Question (68 pages)
- Unsworth, Barry — Stone Virgin (312 pages)
- Phillips, Caryl — The Nature of Blood (212 pages)
- Howard, Robert E. — The Conan Chronicles, Volume 1: The People of the Black Circle (549 pages)
- Lockwood, Richard & Steve Potz-Rayner — A Little Book of Lies (170 pages)
- Vickers, Hugh — Great Operatic Disasters (65 pages)
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I stumbled upon this slim volume in a charity book shop one day. As you can imagine, I am keenly interested in the subject of Great Operatic Disasters and so deemed the 80p I paid an acceptable indulgence.
The book began swimmingly. After the first few anecdotes I had a stitch in my side and tears streaming down my face from laughter. But it seemed to lose steam and peter out after that. Several of the later anecdotes were mildly amusing, at best, a disappointment given how much I looked forward to reading about a subject so near and dear to me. But then I can't be too disappointed, given the minimal investment in time and money.