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The Life & Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson..
So true and so funny.. :))
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Just finished Ken Follett's 'Jackdaws' - a very good read, enjoyed it very much. Have started James Herbert's 'Shrine'.


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Just finished Elizabeth Jane Howard's "Confusion".

I've just read a dozen or so pages of the next book in the series...

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I take it you have read the first two, HWH??

Just loved all four of them - so resonant of time & place.


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A really boring book that my Mum gave me, about Northern girl meets dashing man etc etc.

I'm desperate :(( :((

Luckily I've got one child going to Brighton with school at the end of the month and another to London in June, they have instructions to go into a charity shop and buy as many thrillers, spy novels and so on that they can carry :D Plus some new ones like the trilogy that Dave recommended, can't wait. The teachers always fill the coach with goodies from UK, so I don't see why I can't have a bag of books.

Ah, summer days on the sunbed, glass of wine and a good book :ymdaydream:

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Yes, for a while I was completely immersed in the story.

The war's just ended in the fourth book and it will be interesting to see the lead up to the time when I was born and the attitudes and aspirations of the British who made the baby boomers (Amongst other things ;) ).

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2010 12:06 am 
Night Train to Lisbon, by Pascal Mercier. I'm finding it very hard going - whether it's the translation (from German) or just the whole concept, I'm not sure. After I've finished it, I've the new Joyce Carol Oates to read (I think she's wonderful), so I'm trying not to cheat and keep going


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Just finished The World According To Garp by John Irving, one of my 2 'Desert Island' authors, the other being Kate Atkinson. I've now run out of new books, so I'll have to raid Amazon again or see what the local library has on offer......

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Just read 'Nimitz Class' by Patrick Robinson. Reading 'Corsair' by Tim Severin. Next is 'Icon' by Frederick Forsythe.

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"Exit Music" which I assume is the last Rebus book by Ian Rankin (don't anyone dare tell me what happens....... :( )
I bought it several months ago, but have been reading other books in between - several Peter Robinson "Inspector Banks" books.
The most amazing thing is that Mr Blaze has never really read novels, preferring 'serious' books. However, I gave him a Rebus to try, and he's hooked !


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2010 9:50 am 
Piperade wrote:
The Life & Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson..
So true and so funny.. :))
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I agree.

I have just finished reading "Knees up Mother Earth" by the zany Robert Rankin.

But at this VERY minute I am currently reading this thread! :roll:


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I'm just about to go to the library so you've all given me things to look out for.

I've never read any Joyce Carol Oates so I think I'll see what they've got of hers.


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I have just started 'The Matchmaker of Perigord' by Julia Stuart. So far, so good!

I am actually reading two books at the moment.
I know, sounds silly, but the other one 'Toutes ces choses qu'on ne s'est pas dites' by Marc Levy is to improve my French and sometimes I just want to read and dream and not think!

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2010 10:54 am 
I am currently working my way through the 'Georgia Nicholson - Angus, thongs etc' series which I have borrowed from my daughter. Not sure if I should admit this but I am loving them :lol:


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I have just finished reading "The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists" for our book group. I doubt that I would have read it if I hadn't had to but I am so glad that I did!


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Deemar that book is brilliant... I MUST get it down from the top shelf, dust it off and read it again

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It is indeed. I just can't believe that I have never come across it before.


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Just finished Simon Schama's book about the French Revolution - a brilliantly written and well researched book. Need to read something much lighter now to raise my spirits a bit!

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Just coming to the end of another brilliant Colin Dexter book - "The Way through the Woods". I have to be careful I limit myself with books like this - or else absolutely NOTHING else would get done AT ALL!!!! ;-) Thanks again HWH! :-*

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Just finished Half of the Yellow Sun. It's about Nigeria just before the Biafran war. Very well written and gripping.

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Recently read 'Behind the Scenes at the Museum' by Kate Atkinson - absolutely loved it, then 'The Time Travellers Wife' which I struggled with at first a bit (mostly because it wasn't 'Behind the Scenes at the Museum'!!) but got into it and did enjoy it.


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Deemar - I just think that book is great. My mother gave it to me when I was in my teens. Every time I see plaster decoration on ceilings I think of it.

A book I re-read every year or so, and have just picked up again is: The Good Soldier Schweik by Jaroslav Hasek. As relevant today as it was when it was written ( 1st world war) and so funny.

Here's the wikipedia link
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I've just finished the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - really enjoyed it. It gave me an insight into the German occupation.


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The Book Thief and cannot finish it. Just stopped wanting to read this book-first time that'e ever happened to me.
Kate Atkinson-every one's a winner.Dexter..........always absorbing.

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The only book I ever stopped reading* was - and this is going to get me into trouble - The Lord of the Rings..
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* I made it to the bottom of Page 1 and I knew that this book was not for me..

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2010 10:12 pm 
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The Book Thief and cannot finish it. Just stopped wanting to read this book-first time that'e ever happened to me.
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You really surprise me. I thought it was one of the best books I'd read for ages.


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Just finished The Whole Day Through by Patrick Gale
It was beautifully written,as are all his books,funny,completely engrossing and very satisfying.

Now about to start Gang of Four written by Liz Byrski and published by Transita whoose books "reflect the lives of mature women "
Will let you know my thoughts.


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I've just finished the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - really enjoyed it. It gave me an insight into the German occupation.


Sounds interesting, I'll look it up. Thanks

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I'm re-reading Lonesome Dove - a Western set on an epic scale. I saw it listed on a '50 books to read before you die' list or somesuch.
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Just reread the Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. I love that book.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 8:15 am 
I went to Brussels on the train yesterday and bought Paul Auster's Invisible at Lille while waiting for the connection. I had to stay up util midnight to finish it. Not only does it contain extraordinarily complex writing, but it's a thoroughly gripping tale too.


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Stoned by Andrew Loog Oldham, biographical set in 60's when he became producer and manager to the Rolling Stones.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 8:54 am 
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...Plus some new ones like the trilogy that Dave recommended, can't wait.

If that's the Millenium trilogy and if there's still time, dispatch your family member to Sainsbury's or Tesco - they have them as part of the BOGOF on paperbacks so good value at the moment.


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Have just finished The Gang of Four and happy to say that it did live up to the publisher's blurb.Women in their 50's going on very different journeys,letting go,having to renegotiate relationships,don't want to give too much away ! It was well written and thought provoking,I will definitely read some more from Transita.
Next on the list is The Host by Stephenie Meyer,yes the writer of the Twilight series,and I've read them and enjoyed them :oops:


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 7:04 pm 
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...yes the writer of the Twilight series,and I've read them and enjoyed them :oops:

Odd, isn't it? :-?? I've read the first three of the Twilight saga and found them oddly compelling. I can't quite figure out why - and I probably won't keep them or read them again - but they do have "something".

Thank you for your recommendations in your earlier post, btw. I've noted them for my next buying spree. :-bd


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