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    veem
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    This is my first post on this thread as for various reasons I don’t read a great deal.

    Recently, rather than do nothing and therefore feel guilty in a heatwave, I made the decision to sit and read – a rare treat. I first read ‘Chocolat’, left by a visitor, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I then picked up Margaret Atwood’s ‘Cat’s Eye’, which I’d begun during a far earlier heatwave and had abandonned in the need to get back to the grindstone once the weather changed. This time I read it to the end and was gripped by her ability to spin such an intricate and haunting tale, as I have found in many other of her books.


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    nomoss
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    I occasionally browse through Amazon France’s offerings under “Livres Anglais”, “Less than 10€”

    I chose a couple last week, only 1 cent postage and arrived very quickly.

    Recommended: The Discovery of France by Graham Robb


    Thanks to the Autoroutes and the use of GPS it is now possible to travel the length and breadth of France without seeing anything or speaking to anyone. Inspired by Charles Kuralt

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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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    Finally got round to reading it .. a good page-turner!


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    cj1
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    The English Passengers – really enjoyed it.


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    Veem – yes I have read Chocolat and Lollipop Shoes – didnt really like or dislike and now the book group book for October is 5 quarters of the orange.  So I will be reading another Joanne Harris.

     

    retimmo – glad you liked Girl on a Train I was afraid it had been over-hypped but I really enjoyed it.


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    nifty
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    One Summer America 1927. Very informative. full of interesting stuff that the average person is  unlikely to know about.


    http://niftyone.wordpress.com/ 'Life is short, art long, opportunity fleeting, experience deceptive, judgement difficult'. Aphorisms Hippocrates
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    vic evans
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    I never saw the ” A touch of Frost” series on the tele. but have recently started reading ‘Night Frost’ by R D Wingfield. In Frost, Wingfield has created a hilarious but serious copper. It’s looking like it’ll be a great read & I shall be searching for other E books about this character.


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

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    One Summer America 1927. Very informative. full of interesting stuff that the average person is unlikely to know about.

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    http://niftyone.wordpress.com/ ‘Life is short, art long, opportunity fleeting, experience deceptive, judgement difficult’. Aphorisms Hippocrates

    Great book…I love Bill Bryson :smile:
    I’m reading a Kinks biography at the mo, whilst waiting for the Chrissie Hynde autobiography to turn up in my Christmas stocking..


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    Have just finished ‘The Girl who saved the King of Sweden’ .. definitely a marmite book! .. and I liked it!

    Will now try and find ‘The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared’.


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    nifty
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    Re Bill Bryson: I have read several of his books and wonder how he gets to know so much. I think that he must have very learned associates of employs more than one reasearcher. He definitely has the knack of spinning a good yarn.


    http://niftyone.wordpress.com/ 'Life is short, art long, opportunity fleeting, experience deceptive, judgement difficult'. Aphorisms Hippocrates
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    I understand that Chrissie Hynde  was a bit of a pretender.

     

     


    http://niftyone.wordpress.com/ 'Life is short, art long, opportunity fleeting, experience deceptive, judgement difficult'. Aphorisms Hippocrates
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    Have just finished ‘The Girl who saved the King of Sweden’ .. definitely a marmite book! .. and I liked it! Will now try and find ‘The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared’.

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    It is briliant – funny, sad and a great read – hope you enjoy it.


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    Some books I’ve enjoyed recently; The Restraint of Beasts – very funny and well observed, White Man Falling – different and funny and Letters to my Daughter’s Killer – very sad and gripping.


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    I’m really enjoying Any Human Heart by William Boyd. “Every life is both ordinary and extraordinary, and Logan Mountstuart’s — lived from the beginning to the end of the twentieth century — is a rich tapestry of both. As a writer who finds inspiration in Paris and London, as a spy betrayed in the war and as an art-dealer in ’60s New York, Logan mixes with the men and women who shape his times. But as a son, friend, lover and husband, he makes the same mistakes we all do in our search for happiness. Here, then, is the story of a life lived to the full — and a journey deep into a very human heart.”


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    Loved the diary format .. excellent read!


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