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Re: Current reading matter

Post by wickedwitch » Fri Apr 30, 2010 5:35 pm

I have just finished Testimony - Anita Shreve. eek. I certainly HOPE such stuff doesnt go on at CH. In preparation i have let my daughter try wine (the strongest most icky type) and beer (i think it was stella!) both of which she hated. She knows that if she got drunk i would very likely jump on her laptop in front of her. Not that i'm a strict parent or anything.... :shock: :D As for the other stuff, i think seeing me pregnant, fat and foul twice in quick succession over the past few years has put her off anything to do with boys! :twisted:

Next up is a book on sewing for children.

oh and Mrs Average... i think it would be really good book for older kids to read. There is obviously some nookie in it but its short and to the point. Its the ripples on the pond from that initial stone that are so very well written. if you know what i mean!
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Post by J.R. » Sun May 02, 2010 3:10 pm

More Raymond Chandler for me !

'The High Window'
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Post by icomefromalanddownunder » Mon May 03, 2010 2:42 pm

One Dead In Attic: a collection of poignant articles written by a New Orleans journalist post Katrina.

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Post by J.R. » Thu May 20, 2010 10:49 am

'Monstrous Regiment'

Sir Terry Pratchett.


I was Persuaded to give it a try by family. Found it a bit odd to start with, but now half way through, I' totally addicted.
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Post by anniexf » Thu May 20, 2010 1:19 pm

Say Goodbye to the Cuckoo by Michael McCarthy. A gift from an editor I have been writing for, and very well-chosen I'm pleased to say. I've only read two chapters so far as there's so much information about bird migration to absorb; but the general thrust is that all the "bringers of spring" we've become accustomed to are starting not to arrive, and time's running out to do anything about it.

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Post by Katharine » Thu May 20, 2010 1:24 pm

Stones into Schools by Greg Mortenson, a follow up to Three Cups of Tea by him. I cannot recommend these too highly, he is an American inspiring people by building schools, particularly for girls, in remote parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Apparently he was one of the many nominated for Nobel Peace Prize last year when Obama won, IMHO Greg Mortenson would have been a worthier winner!
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Post by anniexf » Thu May 20, 2010 1:31 pm

Katharine wrote:Stones into Schools by Greg Mortenson, a follow up to Three Cups of Tea by him. I cannot recommend these too highly, he is an American inspiring people by building schools, particularly for girls, in remote parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Apparently he was one of the many nominated for Nobel Peace Prize last year when Obama won, IMHO Greg Mortenson would have been a worthier winner!
Noted, Katharine, and thank you for the info., it's another subject that's right up my street!

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Post by Katharine » Thu May 20, 2010 3:04 pm

Annie - I have just read a chapter that recounts how so many more girls than boys in Kashmir were killed in the earthquake in 2005. The girls did not have desks to shelter them because their education was low priority, also girls naturally huddle together boys would be prepared to leap out of the windows. The point about the desks made my blood boil!
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Post by anniexf » Thu May 20, 2010 3:22 pm

Katharine wrote:Annie - I have just read a chapter that recounts how so many more girls than boys in Kashmir were killed in the earthquake in 2005. The girls did not have desks to shelter them because their education was low priority, also girls naturally huddle together boys would be prepared to leap out of the windows. The point about the desks made my blood boil!
It's infuriating, isn't it, that girls out there aren't valued for anything more basic than childbearing. What else can you expect though from a region dominated by uneducated religious bigots? I don't know how Mortenson managed to persuade them to allow schools to be built for girls, but all credit to him for succeeding where governments have failed.

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Post by Katharine » Thu May 20, 2010 4:10 pm

Annie - see my post here viewtopic.php?f=27&t=1300&start=390 The Three Cups of Tea explain the concept that the first cup is drunk as a stranger, the second as a friend, the third you join the family. Mortenson does nothing without the support of the local people.
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Post by huntertitus » Tue May 25, 2010 2:32 pm

Just finished Richard Davenport-Hines' fine biography of W.H.Auden. Before that I read Rupert Thomson's "This Party's Got to Stop" a hilarious and moving account of parts of the writers life. And also recently I read Per Petterson's fine novel "Out Stealing Horses"

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Re: Current reading matter

Post by J.R. » Tue Jul 26, 2011 3:53 pm

Just to resurrect an old thread.....

I have recently got well into Len Deighton (again), if you'll pardon the expression.

At present, I'm NOT ploughing through the Harry Palmer's, but the Bernard Samson (Berlin) trilogy. Really 'cannot-put-down' books.
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Post by LongGone » Tue Jul 26, 2011 4:06 pm

Stone's Fall by Iain Pears is a good read: if you read his first book (An Instance of the Fingerpost) you may get a slight deja vu.
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Post by NEILL THE NOTORIOUS » Wed Jul 27, 2011 11:43 am

NOT my normal reading matter but-----
Before visiting the Somme, to find out where my Grandfather was "Running away", I read "The Somme" and I have now started "D Day" by Antony Beevor.

Neither of these are to be recommended, unless you have a penchant for being terrified out of your tiny mind, but they are both an instruction on the idiocy of some of the people, who are put in charge, when conducting a War

There is a popular saying -- "Carry on regardless" ----------nobody finishes, as the original "Of casualties" !!!

OK so I am biased -- and likely to remain so.

My preferred reading is "The small Garden" by C.E. Lucas Phillips (Brigadier!) a mine of information and my "Bible" on growing things.
However, I suspect his "Small Garden" was abot 3 Acres !!!

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Re: Current reading matter

Post by huntertitus » Wed Jul 27, 2011 12:26 pm

I read Anthony Beevor's Berlin which was good for learning the history of the end of WW11. Now reading Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, which is brilliant!

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