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    exuserc2
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    Location: West Sussex and 17.
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    The Dam Busters Raid by John Sweetman – this is not another war book this highlights the bureacratic incompetence and procrastination over a period of 3-4 years by the military and government departments prior to finalising testing the approvals required to execute the raid. Heavy going reading but very enlightening about the political in fighting during the war. How Barnes Wallis kept going and didn’t chuck his hand in I’ll never know.


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    anniefish
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    Location: haute vienne and wales
    Total posts: 312

    Hanging Hill- Mo Hayder
    The taliban cricket club- Timeri N Murari
    Salmon fishing in the yemen- Paul Torday


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    wafty
    Joined: 11 Dec 2011
    Location: 06
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    Try the ‘The Case of the Missing Boyfriend’ by Nick Alexander. The follow up books are pretty good too.


    Waiting, waiting..............

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    opalette
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    Joined: 12 May 2005
    Location: 71
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    I’ve just bought ‘Transatlantic’ by Colum McCann. So far it’s brilliant – so good that I keep finding a reason to stop working for a bit so that I can get on with it.


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    bentley
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    Joined: 04 May 2008
    Location: Central Brittany
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    Here you are Thomas, two of my most recent good reads

    This Thing of Darkness
    by Harry Thompson

    This is the last book I read on board and had me completely captivated.

    In 1831 Charles Darwin set off in HMS Beagle under the command of Captain Robert Fitzroy on a voyage that would change the world.
    Not only did Darwin do the Darwin thing (despite his best mate Fitzroy being a devout christian as was darwin until he saw the light) but Fitzroy developed weather forecasting in the UK as well as a host of other things. The roll of honour from the people on the Beagles voyage is quite staggering.
    The book is historically accurate but is written as a novel and follows the two mens fortunes after the voyage. The descriptions of conditions of the time are superb.

    The History of Love
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    Nicole Krauss

    In the Polish town Where he was born, Leo Gursky fell in love with a young girl called Expired Alma and wrote a book in her honor. These days he is just about surving life in America. Meanwhile, a young girl, Hopping to find a cure for her mother’s loneliness, stumbles across a book that changed her mother’s life and she goes in search of the author.

    A quite beautiful book.


    Only dead fish go with the flow

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    thomas16
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    Location: 16/87 border
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    Thanks Bentley; from your previous posts I think we enjoy the same books, so have found good used copies on amazon…

    Opalette – I’ve never come across Colum McCann which is bizarre as he has written loads of books! Can you suggest an earlier book (that will be cheaper) to start off with? Thx


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    opalette
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    @thomas16 wrote:

    Thanks Bentley; from your previous posts I think we enjoy the same books, so have found good used copies on amazon…

    Opalette – I’ve never come across Colum McCann which is bizarre as he has written loads of books! Can you suggest an earlier book (that will be cheaper) to start off with? Thx

    Sorry, but it’s the only one of his I’ve read, so I can’t help there. I finished it last night; it is quite brilliant. He manages to weave together the lives of real people – Alcock and Brown, Frederick Douglass (the freed slave and leading abolitionist), and George Mitchell of the NI peace process – with those of four fictional women of Irish origin in a seamlessly moving way.

    I’m always a bit doubtful about saying that something is one of the best books I’ve ever read, but I think I’ll stick my neck out this time!


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    thomas16
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    Thanks opalette, you’ve convinced me :-)


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    cellticbro
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    Location: france
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    bubbles1
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    Location: dept 24
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    A good fiction book with a twist – the Wasp Factory by Iain Banks, recommened my another member on here. Loved it and didnt see the ending coming at all. Now looking for The Crows Road by him.


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    thomas16
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    Yep, I think that anyone new to Iain Banks should really start back at the beginning with The Wasp Factory…. brilliant, and horrible.


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    Tricia
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    Location: SW Gers
    Total posts: 6477

    I can’t get over how well-read you all are!
    I can’t add anything, but might take up some of the recommendations.
    I do read a few books, but my taste is a bit strange.


    Tricia

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    thomas16
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    Enlighten us Tricia; I might have something I can post to you…you’ve given me a few good tips over the years; authors I would never have come across if you hadn’t recommended them…
    PS I think my taste is weird….my mother hates everything I’ve recommended :-(


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    Location: SW France
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    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/307521.Fighter_Boys


    http://niftyone.wordpress.com/ 'Life is short, art long, opportunity fleeting, experience deceptive, judgement difficult'. Aphorisms Hippocrates
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    colebags
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    Location: Lot et Garonne (47)
    Total posts: 697

    “A Fine Balance” by Rohinton Mistry, a beautiful, evocative read that taught me a great deal about India.


    Lizzie

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