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    thomas16
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    Joined: 15 Jul 2003
    Location: 16/87 border
    Total posts: 6176

    I’ve just finished reading (and enjoying) The Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggash (I bought it when it was called Those Foolish Things!!) and now need something else to read. I’m so out of touch with new books available that I need some help. I like all sorts but prefer thrillers (loved The Millenium Triology, but also really enjoyed The Book Thief, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Now, all Roads Lead to France etc. No Grisham, or American or UK cop stuff thanks).

    Anything new, and amazing, out there?


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    pomhorn
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    Joined: 19 Sep 2005
    Location: Eure - ex Deux-Sèvres
    Total posts: 27222

    Hi!

    You could have a look at Deon Meyer.(South Africa ) Available on most sites.His books get a lot of praise.

    http://www.deonmeyer.com/index.html

    Yours,

    pomhorn


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    Grumpy
    Grumpy
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    Joined: 30 May 2005
    Location: 23
    Total posts: 1261

    I enjoyed http://www.amazon.com/Portraits-France-Robert-Daley/dp/0316171816


    Time flies like an arrow, Fruit flies like a banana!

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    Grumpy
    Grumpy
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    Joined: 30 May 2005
    Location: 23
    Total posts: 1261

    Also Julian Barnes ‘History of the World in 10 1/2 chapters’

    Audrey Niffenegger ‘The Time Travellers Wife’


    Time flies like an arrow, Fruit flies like a banana!

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    maconion
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    Joined: 01 Feb 2007
    Location: Perigord Vert (24)
    Total posts: 1909

    If you liked The Millenium Trilogy try Jo Nesbo. His books are on Amazon.


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    anonymous
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    Joined: 23 Mar 2012
    Location: N/A
    Total posts: 751

    Maybe not what you’re looking for but for something really uplifitng….

    A Streetcat Named Bob : How One Man and His Cat Found Hope on the Streets….

    Amazon UK Link : http://www.amazon.co.uk/Street-Cat-Named-Bob-Streets/dp/1444737090

    Youtube link : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdAFjB7AeYA&feature=related

    Chiefluvvie


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    nancytrebus
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    Joined: 26 Nov 2008
    Location: 87 Haute Vienne
    Total posts: 170

    I loved this book.. Wine and War

    The Battle for France’s Greatest Treasure, it was a well-known fact that Adolf Hitler did not like wine. Still, their leader’s teetotalism notwithstanding, the Germans showed no distaste for French wine when they invaded France in 1940. Indeed, one of the first acts of the occupying army was to seize great stores of wine, sending tens of thousands of barrels to the Third Reich and ordering the conversion of thousands of hectares of vineyards into war production. Some French vintners, the Kladstrups write in this enjoyable study, went along with orders. Many others, however, including the heads of distinguished houses like Moe¨t et Chandon, engaged in daring and dangerous acts of resistance wherever they could. Some lied about their yields; others built false walls to hide precious vintages; and still others concocted elaborate ruses, such as sprinkling carpet dust into inferior grades of new wine to give it a musty, distinguished flavour. Not every German was fooled, and some partisans of the grape died for their troubles. But some Germans, at considerable risk to themselves, also looked the other way. The Kladstrups fill their pages with memories of the wine war from both sides of the struggle, stories sometimes sombre, sometimes amusing, that commemorate those “whose love of the grape and devotion to a way of life helped them survive and triumph over one of the darkest and most difficult chapters in French history”. –


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    themistress
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    Joined: 22 Jul 2005
    Location: Nottingham & Possibly France for a Holiday
    Total posts: 1749

    I’ve recently read the 3 books listed by the author below!
    Factual and intriging descriptions of some lesser known military actions in the last 40 years by UK forces.
    Belize, Oman & the Falklands.
    I read them sadly in the wrong order as I believe “Phoenix Squadron” to be an inferior read to the other 2, but none the less informative of something most of us knew nothing about!
    Both the other 2 are quite exceptional, in that I found them difficult to put down!

    http://www.rowlandwhite.com/#

    Regards
    Nigel


    The Mistress

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    lobelia
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    Joined: 21 Jun 2007
    Location: central France
    Total posts: 673

    Some sci fi?
    Jasper Fford, Shades of Grey, the Road to High Saffron.


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    thomas16
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    Joined: 15 Jul 2003
    Location: 16/87 border
    Total posts: 6176

    Thanks all….I’ve just read Andrew Miller’s Pure and Ingenious Pain which I thoroughly recommend. Now hunting for something equally gripping…


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    dancingcrone
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    Joined: 19 Feb 2009
    Location: Tarn-et-Garonne
    Total posts: 84

    You could have a look at this website for ideas Thomas

    http://www.goodreads.com/

    They come up with suggestions based on what you’ve been reading and there are reviews and forums and so on.

    Linda


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    pekka
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    Joined: 23 Jan 2007
    Location: Nastringues, Dordogne
    Total posts: 176

    Two I can recommend….both brilliant :-

    The sense of an ending by Julian Barnes

    Testimony by Anita Shreve

    Compelling and thought provoking – Enjoy!!

    Best wishes

    Rebecca


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    ondine
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    Joined: 01 Oct 2008
    Location: N/A
    Total posts: 148

    Hello there,
    for inspiration you could try “literature-map.com” just type in the name of an author you like and you get lots of alternative suggestions.
    Happy reading!
    Ondine


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    AnOther
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    Joined: 11 Jan 2008
    Location: W of Cahors (46)
    Total posts: 9455

    Have you heard of the Earth’s Children series by Jean M Auel ?

    Starting with The clan Of the Cave Bear it stretches to 6 volumes ranging between around 600 and 1000 pages each.

    Superficially it might sound like an unispiring story line but we have had the whole series since the first volume appeared in 1980 and we have lent it to numerous friends over the years all of whom have found it completely engrossing.


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    berni
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    Joined: 30 Sep 2008
    Location: away with the fairies
    Total posts: 283

    Just a quick ‘+1’ to AnOthers recommendation. Brilliant reading, you won’t regret it


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