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#1 Futtocks

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 01:43 PM

Currently ploughing through various book presents. Amongst others:

  • I, Partridge (We need to talk about Alan). Very enjoyable, and I think I'll actually go to the bother of assembling his recommended playlist next time I read it. biggrin.gif
  • P.J.O'Rourke - Holidays in Heck. Not really a sequel to the superb 'Holidays in Hell', but still the best writing I've seen of his for a long time.
  • Ryszard Kapuscinski - Shah of Shahs. Covers the decline of the house of Pahlavi and the beginning of the rule of the Ayatollahs. Brilliantly written as ever.
  • Stuart Maconie - Hope and Glory. Not his best, but still enjoyable and informative.

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#2 terrywebbisgod

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 01:46 PM

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#3 gingerjon

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 01:55 PM

I finished Friday Night Lights by H G Bissinger, following the 1988 Permian Panthers high school (American) football team and the passion and devotion of its supporters and those of other teams in Odessa and wider Texas. Quite a remarkable read.
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#4 Griff9of13

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 02:00 PM

I have Geoff Lee's

One Winter: Romance, Rock 'n' Roll and Rugby League in the Swinging Sixties
One Summer: Romance, Redundancy and Rugby League in the 1980s
One Autumn: Work, Family Life and Rugby League in the 1990s
One Spring: Romance, Rock 'n' Roll and Rugby League in the 1970's

to get through, which I'm looking forward to.
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#5 Futtocks

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 02:05 PM

I have Geoff Lee's

One Winter: Romance, Rock 'n' Roll and Rugby League in the Swinging Sixties
One Summer: Romance, Redundancy and Rugby League in the 1980s
One Autumn: Work, Family Life and Rugby League in the 1990s
One Spring: Romance, Rock 'n' Roll and Rugby League in the 1970's

to get through, which I'm looking forward to.


Mastersleuth that I am, I think I may have detected a scintilla of a theme, there...

Next up for me is 'The Light's on at Signpost', George MacDonald Fraser's memoir of his time as a Hollywood screenwriter, working with everyone from Steve McQueen, Federico Fellini and Burt Lancaster to Arnold Schwarzenegger and Brigitte Nielsen.

A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it isn’t open. Frank Zappa (1940 - 1993)


#6 fatboystu

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 02:09 PM

I am currently reading Danny lockwoods (league weekly editor) The Islamic republic of dewsbury.

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#7 Derwent

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 03:28 PM

Just finished Start The Car: The World According to Bumble (David Lloyd) which is very funny in places and a good read.

Next up is The Henchmen's Book Club by Danny King.

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#8 WearyRhino

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 03:49 PM

... which is very funny in places..


Where do you suggest we read it?

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#9 Shadow

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 03:58 PM

Where do you suggest we read it?

Now, you see, Heartofgold has told you you were witty now you're trying to force it and you're losing it.
You've crossed over into the mainstream and become less funny, much like Rhod Gilbert.
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#10 WearyRhino

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 04:15 PM

Now, you see, Heartofgold has told you you were witty now you're trying to force it and you're losing it.
You've crossed over into the mainstream and become less funny, much like Rhod Gilbert.


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#11 Shadow

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 04:21 PM

'twas a Pavlovian response, I was helpless!

You've let yourself down. You can do so much better :biggrin:
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#12 Derwent

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 04:26 PM

Where do you suggest we read it?


Between the front and back cover is usually best.

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#13 WearyRhino

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 04:38 PM

Between the front and back cover is usually best.


Given the author and subject surely cover and deep cover would be more appropriate!!

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#14 gingerjon

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 04:40 PM

Given the author and subject surely cover and deep cover would be more appropriate!!


And have you read any books you'd like to recommend?
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#15 WearyRhino

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 04:45 PM

And have you read any books you'd like to recommend?


No

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#16 gingerjon

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 04:46 PM

No


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#17 Futtocks

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 01:39 PM

Just released (and straight onto my shopping list) - The Last Holiday by Gil Scott-Heron. Written over 2 decades, it covers various subjects as well as being an autobiography.

A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it isn’t open. Frank Zappa (1940 - 1993)


#18 Leeds Wire

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 05:01 PM

Currently working my way through
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It started off in bizarre fashion but I'm now gripped. Its a book like no other, seen through the eyes of a 15 year old autistic/aspergers boy (not sure which).

Its great stuff once you get into the unusual style of it.


edit: I also started reading Richard Dawkins' Magic of Reality at Christmas, but its too heavy to read in bed! (Insert own joke).

Edited by Leeds Wire, 11 January 2012 - 05:02 PM.


#19 Leeds Wire

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 05:04 PM

I have Geoff Lee's

One Winter: Romance, Rock 'n' Roll and Rugby League in the Swinging Sixties
One Summer: Romance, Redundancy and Rugby League in the 1980s
One Autumn: Work, Family Life and Rugby League in the 1990s
One Spring: Romance, Rock 'n' Roll and Rugby League in the 1970's

to get through, which I'm looking forward to.


You'll whizz through them - so good to read that you'll feel like you're there with them. They should be compulsory reading for any self-respecting rugby fan!

#20 Futtocks

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 05:11 PM

edit: I also started reading Richard Dawkins' Magic of Reality at Christmas, but its too heavy to read in bed! (Insert own joke).


I know what you mean - I've got Mark Twain's autobiography in my 'to read' pile, and the sheer heft of the thing is intimidating. I may need to buy a church lectern!

A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it isn’t open. Frank Zappa (1940 - 1993)





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