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« on: Sunday, April 4, 2010, 23:37:13 »

I know this thread won't last like the film one has, but I'd like to start it anyway.

I've just finished re-reading Animal Farm.  Superb.  I'm now re-reading through his complete volume of novels. 

More contempary, I highly recommend Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby.  Or anything else by Nick Hornby, particularly How To Be good.

In terms of books about football, I'd recommend Forza Italia, Brilliant Orange and Miracle of Castel Di Sangro.

Estimate:  This thread goes nowhere.  I'm still glad I started it.  I've been drinking.
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« Reply #1 on: Sunday, April 4, 2010, 23:54:36 »

I don't want to be horribly predictable, but Wolf Hall is really as good as the critics make out, as is another of Hilary Mantel's, Beyond Black.

Engleby by Sebastian Faulks is ace.

And anyone that liked The Wire on TV  will really like:
Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets - David Simons, and
The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood David Simons and Ed Burns
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« Reply #2 on: Sunday, April 4, 2010, 23:58:48 »

the current edition of razzle is epic
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« Reply #3 on: Monday, April 5, 2010, 00:01:01 »

the current edition of razzle is epic

Is there still a market for low rent soft porn in this era of free online filthery do you think?
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« Reply #4 on: Monday, April 5, 2010, 00:15:24 »

Talking of soft porn, The Naked Ape by Desmond Morris has some good and interesting sections on the biology of sex. Including a scientific explanation of why men have an urge to shag as many women as possible, which could feasibly be used as the basis of an excuse when the missus catches you cheating on her.

Well worth a read.
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« Reply #5 on: Monday, April 5, 2010, 00:36:43 »

Is there still a market for low rent soft porn in this era of free online filthery do you think?

Oh god yes. It beats reading Marx and Engels about three million percent. And it's substantially much more erotic to most of us.
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« Reply #6 on: Monday, April 5, 2010, 11:32:37 »

James Ellroy's American Tabloid trilogy. Re-reading it at the moment (on the second one Cold Six Thousand) and it's fantastic
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« Reply #7 on: Monday, April 5, 2010, 12:00:48 »

 I've just finished reading The feudal kingdom of England, 1042-1216 by Frank Barlow.

 Barlow passed away in the summer aged 98, but he revised the above about 10 years ago, it's an academic tome,  wonderfully written. Took me about 9 weeks to get through, but felt I gaineds a greater understanding of the Angevin Empire and background to The Hundred Years War.

 At first I thought I might have been put off by the fact that Frank Barlow was Forest joint caretaker manager when they whipped us 7-1, but happily overcome this.
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« Reply #8 on: Monday, April 5, 2010, 12:04:16 »

I know this thread won't last like the film one has, but I'd like to start it anyway.

I've just finished re-reading Animal Farm.  Superb.  I'm now re-reading through his complete volume of novels. 

More contempary, I highly recommend Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby.  Or anything else by Nick Hornby, particularly How To Be good.

In terms of books about football, I'd recommend Forza Italia, Brilliant Orange and Miracle of Castel Di Sangro.

Estimate:  This thread goes nowhere.  I'm still glad I started it.  I've been drinking.

Animal Farm is a great book if abit disturbing...i have still got a way to go on the current book i am reading,i happen to be on page 64...its the bible so may be finished by next Easter.
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« Reply #9 on: Monday, April 5, 2010, 14:05:08 »

Animal Farm is a great book if abit disturbing...i have still got a way to go on the current book i am reading,i happen to be on page 64...its the bible so may be finished by next Easter.

I agree the stuff she does with that bull.   No

I was enjoy a bit of Irvine Welsh for light reading.
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« Reply #10 on: Monday, April 5, 2010, 18:46:18 »

Still working my way through Inverting The Pyramid by Jonathon Wilson. It's well written and very interesting but reading a history of football tactics is never going to leap off the page. Once i'm done I think I'll read Vonegut's Slaughter House 5 as it has been a very long time and I remembered how brilliant he was halfway through the first paragraph of Cat's Cradle.
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« Reply #11 on: Monday, April 5, 2010, 18:59:38 »

Child 44 is also very good!
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« Reply #12 on: Monday, April 5, 2010, 19:18:57 »

The last book that I read was acid house by Irvine Welsh.

It was very good indeed, his characterisations were superb as always.

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« Reply #13 on: Monday, April 5, 2010, 19:21:51 »

I read Animal Farm when I was 12.  Completely missed the Communism allegory, thinking it was a simple story about farmyard animals that could speak.  Thankfully, I re-read it years later.

Another book I re-read years after first finding it was To Kill a Mockingbird, which remains a firm favourite.  Read it as a GCSE text at first, and didn't really enjoy (probably because I had several essays to write.)  Came back to it about 10 years later though, and was hooked.

Latest books that I keep dipping in to are John Grigg's biographies of David Lloyd George.  Despite his failings, I'm a bit of a fan of DLG.  There's a fantastic picture in one the books of him in full flow, addressing a 1906 rally of railway workers in Swindon.  I want to track the picture down one day and get a small copy to frame.
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« Reply #14 on: Monday, April 5, 2010, 23:13:44 »

James Patterson's books  Smiley

Always a good read
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