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    bubbles1
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    I’m reading digging up the dead and that has plenty of blood and guts in it bubbles1 but it is rather factual as it is a true story :wink::grin:

    Ohhh I love true murders and crime investigations. My late hubbie was an avid fan of them and got me into them – no, breath safely I didnt do him in. It is a French book I think, does it work well in translation?


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    thomas16
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    Just read this, set in Swedish Lapland,
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Second-Deadly-Sin-Martinsson-Investigation/dp/085738998X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1426627187&sr=8-1&keywords=asa+larsson

    Excellent, until I got nearly to the end, then it brought back such awful memories that I had a sleepless night and can’t read any more :sad::sad:

    but I’ll definitely read another of her books.


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    bubbles1
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    OOOHHHH hope you are okay now Thomas16 :neutral:


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    icey
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    Sorry Bubbles1, should have said it wasn’t about “crime and murder” as in x murdered y but it is a very interesting read :grin:

    Some reviews below

    “In this vivid account of 18th-century surgeon Astley Cooper’s
    life, Druin Burch tells of how the master dissector rose to become Royal
    Surgeon to three successive monarchs and a member of the Royal Society…
    Burch, also a doctor, mixes his narrative with recollections with
    recollections from his own practice, which serve to enhance this lively
    biography… All in all, a jolly good read”
    — BBC History Magazine

    “a brilliant portrait of surgical life before the coming of anaesthesia, anitisepsis, antibiotics, and professional regulations” — Literary Review, April 2007

    ‘A fascinating insight into medical history and a real taste of
    life at that time’ — BBC Focus

    ‘Burch is an expert guide to the clinical reality of surgery in
    Cooper’s day’ — Nicholas Roe, Independent

    ‘Burch is at his best.’
    — Sunday Telegraph

    ‘Burch presents a past and present view of hernias, septicaemia,
    aneurysms, even a case of what we now term Munchausen’s syndrome’
    — Daily Telegraph

    ‘Cooper, the resurrection man, would have approved both the
    sentiment and this biography.’ — THES

    ‘This wide-ranging biography, in his first book, adorns historical
    insight with the gloriously gruesome detail of an anatomy textbook.’ — New Scientist

    ‘an ambitious and convincing attempt to bring back to life the man
    who was responsible for so many less respectable acts of resurrection’ — New Statesman


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    I am not sure if these have been mentioned since I haven’t read all the posts….
    but, I recently read a book that was translated from French to English titled “The Gourmet”.Before I finished, I ordered the authors second book titled “Elegance of the Hedgehog”. Loved them both and recommend them to all in search for a light, enjoyable read. (FYI: I since found out that …Hedgehog was made into a movie)


    vive les moules

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    retimmo
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    “Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes .. not my normal read, and probably 90% of readers will be female .. but a hugely thought-provoking book.


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    cj1
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    I’ve just started A pleasure and a Calling by Phil Hogan, which looks to be an entertaining read.


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    cj1
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    Icey, have you read Taking the Medicine also by Druin Burch? That looks to be equally interesting.


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    icey
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    No I haven’t cj1, I’ll take a look, thanks.


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    CherieSheree
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    Have you read ‘Suite Française’ by Irene Nemirovsky? It was recently released as a film in the UK, I believe. I have read it in English and hope to read it in French. There is such a poignant back story, and is set towards the end of WWII in France.
    A newer book, also set in WWII France is ‘The Nightingale’ by Kristin Hannah. A fantastic story.
    I recommend both highly.
    As a writer I tend to read with different eyes, and the writing in both of these novels is descriptive and compelling.
    CherieSheree


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    Tricia
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    I bought Suite Francaise when it was first published in english and have written about it on here, not so long ago because I mentioned the film. I lent it to someone on this forum ages ago (?2004) and never had it returned.
    I think the film was rather disappointing because it showed only a small and insignificant part of the book.
    Currently reading – only a book on Wild Flowers in Britain and Europe by Thomas Schauer.


    Tricia

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    cj1
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    I read and enjoyed Life after Life by Kate Atkinson and have now also read (and enjoyed) A God in Ruins which tells the story of Ursula’s brother.


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    bubbles1
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    Me back – Girl on a Train by Paula Hawkins – good twist – I love a good twist :grin:


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    My most recent reads have been :- Conn Iggulden The Conqueror Series
    Steig Larsson The girl with the dragon tattoo trlogy

    Excellent but different reads


    The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.

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    bubbles1
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    Recenty read – or tried to – The War and Uncle Walter – SOOO boring I only read 15% of it – not recommended

    The Memory Stones – havent finished it yet – but beautifully descriptive – a proper “womens” book as opposed to chic lit.

    The Kings Cousin by Phillipa Gregory – leading on from the Cousins War seeries – superb as always


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