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A Brief History of Time.. now that's another on my v short list of books I didn't/couldn't finish. Full of sentences and ideas that stop you dead in your tracks while you (try and) work out what he's saying.. :-?
I must have another go at it..

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This just dropped into my inbox.. an eclectic mix of books about the expat life. Looking through the list, I ticked off 8 out of the 17 that I've read. Some old favourites here and some that are new to me. I'll have a look on Amazon to see if they have any used ones for 0.01p.. :D

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Old Town, by, Lin Zhe, on the good lady's kindle, she may get a look in one day.

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I've just finished reading Bob Dylan's Chronicles 1 and found it absorbing.
It seems to me to be very well written, he hasn't employed a ghost writer, it flows and kept my interest. Many of the names of the musicians etc that he mentions are familiar to me.
I can't say I'm a big fan of his music, but he's a fascinating personality and I would love to meet him. But I think he guards his privacy fiercely - don't blame him.
Hoping he publishes vol.2 soon.


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Thanks to Fourtrax, I'm reading A Train In Winter, the account of French women resistants sent to Auschwitz and Ravensbrück. It's harrowing.

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re french women sent to Auschwitz - did you know that Simone Veil, the politician, was in Auschwitz during WW2? I read a biography about her recently - members of her family lost their lives then.
What is amazing is that later she tried to build friendships between the french and german nations. I suppose to try to avoid a repeat of the wars between the 2 nations.


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re french women sent to Auschwitz - did you know that Simone Veil, the politician, was in Auschwitz during WW2? I read a biography about her recently - members of her family lost their lives then.
What is amazing is that later she tried to build friendships between the french and german nations. I suppose to try to avoid a repeat of the wars between the 2 nations.

I think, given her background, it takes a very special kind of person to step forward and do that. :ymapplause:

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As health minister, she was also responsible for getting France's abortion law pushed through ub 1974.

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One Day by David Nicholls. Much better than the film, in my view. About to read Madame Bovary in French and see how I get on. I could be gone some time!


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Death Comes to Pemberley
A PD James muder mystery written as a sequel to Pride and Prejudice, and in Austen's style.
Evocative of Austen's age, with the thriller touch of James. Very clever, and most enjoyable.

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Going through the novels of Robert Harris, which I've almost completed, I've just started the second of his (as yet unfinished) Roman trilogy, Lustrum, having greatly enjoyed the first, Imperium. Hopefully the third installment will come out later this year - he started this series in 2003...

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Just started Laurie Lee's "Red Sky at Sunrise".
(If you have a spare 0.01p burning a hole in your pocket, you could do far worse than investing in a used copy. My copy - which just arrived - is as new..)

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Just started A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemmingway (my 17 year old son is a big fan and I am following his lead!).


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Piperade wrote:
Just started Laurie Lee's "Red Sky at Sunrise".
(If you have a spare 0.01p burning a hole in your pocket, you could do far worse than investing in a used copy. My copy - which just arrived - is as new..)


I remember reading those many years ago & re read them recently. I particularly liked As I walked out one Midsummer Morning. I first read it when I was about 16 & it seemed so romantic to me then - maybe not so much now.


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That's the book that inspired my son to walk across Spain this summer to visit my parents. He did pretty well.


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I particularly liked As I walked out one Midsummer Morning. I first read it when I was about 16 & it seemed so romantic to me then - maybe not so much now.

Strangely enough, that's where I've started.. He writes very well.. I tried to read Cider with Rosie I think it was years ago and didn't/couldn't get into it.. I'm really enjoying As I walked out.. :ymapplause:

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AndrewRose wrote:
Going through the novels of Robert Harris, which I've almost completed, I've just started the second of his (as yet unfinished) Roman trilogy, Lustrum, having greatly enjoyed the first, Imperium. Hopefully the third installment will come out later this year - he started this series in 2003...


Andrew, have you read any of Conn Iggulden's books? They seem to be of the same genre.


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Lisleoise wrote:
Just started A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemmingway (my 17 year old son is a big fan and I am following his lead!).


Read a lot of Hemingway at school and recently re-read Farewell to Arms. Now re-reading For Whom The Bell Tolls. Quite depressing in some ways as Hemingway pulls no punches and the description of how the opposing forces treated each other and civilians makes you quite uncomfortable to say the least. These may be novels but the thread of realism runs through them.


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My son is doing a BAC literature at school but he also has an impressive personal library of books and Ernest Hemmingway is a personal choice of read rather than a curriculum book. I have to keep telling my son that he has to buy food with his allowance as he spends most of it on books !


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Better buy him A Moveable Feast then!
Good book for him to have in his pocket if he's ever footloose in Paris for a few days.

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He already has it ! He's often in Paris, he wants to study Philosophy in september there after his bac. He writes poetry (and is a songwriter/musician) and wrote one especially to leave on Oscar Wilde's grave.


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wilbro wrote:
Lisleoise wrote:
Just started A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway (my 17 year old son is a big fan and I am following his lead!).


Read a lot of Hemingway at school and recently re-read Farewell to Arms. Now re-reading For Whom The Bell Tolls. Quite depressing in some ways as Hemingway pulls no punches and the description of how the opposing forces treated each other and civilians makes you quite uncomfortable to say the least. These may be novels but the thread of realism runs through them.

This link takes you to a site (probably aimed at US high schools) that provides analysis of selected literature, in this case 'For Whom the Bell Tolls'. I find it interesting to read someone else's explanation of how and why etc. Much of it is fairly simplistic (remember the target audience) but nevertheless it can be illuminating.
Hemingway's other output is covered - just enter the title in the search box et voila!
(A Farewell To Arms here)

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DaveW wrote:
Andrew, have you read any of Conn Iggulden's books? They seem to be of the same genre.


I've never heard of him - one to investigate then!


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I particularly liked As I walked out one Midsummer Morning. I first read it when I was about 16 & it seemed so romantic to me then - maybe not so much now.


I seem to have found myself drawn to re-read Laurie Lee's autobiographical trilogy just about every year for the last ten years, starting with Cider With Rosie and ending with A Moment of War, always together in one go. Every time I read them I get more out of them. I can't say this about any other books I've ever come across.

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The book I have re read most often is The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy. It's almost a comfort book to me, I pick it up again in times of stress & it never fails to absorb me, take me away from my worries for a short time & I get more out of it every time I read it.


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I've just re-read some books from years ago on my Kindle.

One in paricular is second from last in the sack race by David Nobbs (Reginald Perin author) It's brilliantly funny.

another is Jane Eyre which I could read over and over and over again. Like Andrew with his Laurie Lee, every time I read it I find something refreshingly new within the pages.

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Andrew, have you read any of Conn Iggulden's books? They seem to be of the same genre.


I've never heard of him - one to investigate then!



He has done a series on Julius Caesar and the Khans, from Ghengis to Kublai Khan. Riveting stuff, I think you will enjoy them.


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Going Solo by Roald Dahl.
It arrived at lunchtime and I have to admit I've just finished it.. unputdownable. :)

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I followed Andrew's advice and got on Amazon for Robert Harris books. I've got through Pompeii and am halfway through Imperium.

Interesting approach and a thoroughly good read.


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I'm reading The Satan i c Ver ses because on the kindle no one can read the cover. :lol:


I've never read any of his books before but I have to say his writing style is beautiful.

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AndrewRose wrote:
I seem to have found myself drawn to re-read Laurie Lee's autobiographical trilogy just about every year for the last ten years, starting with Cider With Rosie and ending with A Moment of War, always together in one go. Every time I read them I get more out of them. I can't say this about any other books I've ever come across.

Having raced through all three of these a month or two ago, I'm now re-reading "As I walked out one midsummer morning". Prior to reading this, I'd always pigeon-holed Laurie Lee as a writer of nostalgic youth spent in his beloved Cotswolds - but in "As I walked out.." he writes beautifully descriptive prose about his epic journey on foot through mid-thirties Spain.
I can see this is going to be a regular re-reader for me too.
Well worth seeking out a copy if you haven't read it. :-bd

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Recently finished The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson, which I enjoyed.

As a total change I am now three-quarters of the way through The Help, and like others on here I'm really loving it. Can't wait to see the film now.


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I've never read any of Brandon Sanderson's 'own' books, but I thought he did a pretty good job of picking up from Robert Jordan. That must be one of the hardest acts to follow.

I must try some of his original works.


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I find Sanderson a bit flat in the Mistborn trilogy, his pick up on the Wheel of Time is very good.

Raymond E. Feist is a good read, particularly this

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kingdom-Besieged-Midkemian-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B004P1JF0Q/ref=pd_sim_kinc_1

The latest George R. R. Martin book is out on Kindle on March 15th.


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I found Feist's first books good - I remember when Magician was first published, but I thought he went downhill fast.

And GRRM - known as GRIM by me (and others :lol: ).


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I'm hooked on books by Alex Gray about a Glasgow detective ...... not at all Glasgow's answer to Rebus - Alex Gray writes quite differently to Ian Rankin !


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