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#161 gingerjon

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Posted 25 September 2014 - 12:08 PM

99p for Booker long-listed The Wake on the Kindle right now.  Started last night.  Written in a 'shadow tongue' mix of Old English and modern, tells the story of the last of the resistance fighters to Norman rule.  Apparently.  It's either going to be brilliant or I shall be punching the screen on the Kindle.


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#162 Larry the Leit

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Posted 25 September 2014 - 12:34 PM

99p for Booker long-listed The Wake on the Kindle right now.  Started last night.  Written in a 'shadow tongue' mix of Old English and modern, tells the story of the last of the resistance fighters to Norman rule.  Apparently.  It's either going to be brilliant or I shall be punching the screen on the Kindle.

 

I can't imagine that you've the strength to do it any damage, so go for it.


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#163 John Drake

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Posted 01 October 2014 - 11:06 AM

Had the pleasure of attending 'An Audience with Dennis Skinner' at Hull KR's KC Lightstream Stadium last Friday night, hosted by the babyfaced lefty journo Owen Jones, one of series of events to promote Skinner's new book 'Sailing Close to the Wind'.
Jones also has a new book out, 'The Establishment - And How They Get Away With It'.
I bought copies of both on the night which the two gents were kind enough to sign as well, so that's my reading list for the moment.


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#164 Griff9of13

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Posted 01 October 2014 - 11:43 AM

Had the pleasure of attending 'An Audience with Dennis Skinner' at Hull KR's KC Lightstream Stadium last Friday night, hosted by the babyfaced lefty journo Owen Jones, one of series of events to promote Skinner's new book 'Sailing Close to the Wind'.
Jones also has a new book out, 'The Establishment - And How They Get Away With It'.
I bought copies of both on the night which the two gents were kind enough to sign as well, so that's my reading list for the moment.

 

Early Christmas gifts? One for JohnM and one for Martyn Sadler? :D


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#165 Larry the Leit

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Posted 01 October 2014 - 11:52 AM

Had the pleasure of attending 'An Audience with Dennis Skinner' at Hull KR's KC Lightstream Stadium last Friday night, hosted by the babyfaced lefty journo Owen Jones, one of series of events to promote Skinner's new book 'Sailing Close to the Wind'.
Jones also has a new book out, 'The Establishment - And How They Get Away With It'.
I bought copies of both on the night which the two gents were kind enough to sign as well, so that's my reading list for the moment.

 

How was the evening?  Tell us more!!!!


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#166 John Drake

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Posted 01 October 2014 - 01:49 PM

How was the evening?  Tell us more!!!!

 

It was very entertaining.

I thought it might be cancelled as it was on the day that Parliament was recalled to debate the bombing of IS, and Skinner is renowned for never missing a vote. Sure enough, he was in Parliament (had been there since 8am, apparently), spoke in the debate and voted (against) but still managed to make it to Hull by 9.30pm, slightly later than advertised, and was still there chatting to people and signing books at nearly midnight.

He did about an hour's Q & A with Owen Jones, talking about his life inside and outside politics, then took questions from the audience for about half an hour, then just sat on the step at the side of the stage informally chatting to people and signing books for anyone who asked. He was still there when I left at 11.45pm and appeared to be in no hurry to leave while there were still people wanting to talk to him. Jones was stood at the side of him doing the same and both came across really well.

You don't have to agree with all they say to wish there were more like them in the frontline of leftward leaning politics; intelligent, articulate, passionate and perhaps most of all, inspiring.


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#167 John Drake

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Posted 01 October 2014 - 01:49 PM

Early Christmas gifts? One for JohnM and one for Martyn Sadler? :D

 

I'm keeping them for myself! ;)


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#168 Larry the Leit

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Posted 01 October 2014 - 01:52 PM

You don't have to agree with all they say to wish there were more like them in the frontline of leftward leaning politics; intelligent, articulate, passionate and perhaps most of all, inspiring.

 

I'm jealous.


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#169 Phil

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Posted 01 October 2014 - 02:22 PM

Sit down! Listen to this! A biography of Roger Eagle who was around at the beginning of the Northern Soul scene and who went on to open Eric's in Liverpool amongst other things
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#170 Futtocks

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Posted 01 October 2014 - 03:16 PM

'When you lunch with the Emperor' by Ludwig Bemelmans. Autobiographical bits and pieces from the author and illustrator of the 'Madeleine' books (also a screenwriter and hotelier at times). Fun, charming, but occasionally chaotic.


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#171 JohnM

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Posted 01 October 2014 - 03:52 PM

The Snack Thief, Andrea Camilleri.