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Futtocks    5,859

It was a good collection, as good collections go, and as good collections go....

The Saki collection has resurfaced, in the back of a cupboard. :)

Reading it now, although it's a Wordsworth Classics edition so the text is very small.

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Red Willow    208

Sex & Bowls and Rock and Roll- This earned me some funny looks on the tram. I love the idea of a scooby Doo bookcase!

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The story of a man who gives up the rock ‘n’ roll dream… to play bowls.

Alex Marsh wanted to be a rock star - but it didn’t work out. Instead he toiled away in the big city - only to give up his career, move to rural Norfolk, and become a househusband. Only he isn’t a very good one. Whilst his pride won't let him admit it, he struggles with the cooking, the cleaning and the isolation. He hires a cleaner without telling his wife, his repertoire of baked potatoes exhausts quickly. He becomes hooked on daytime television and computer solitaire. He is in danger of becoming weird.

So he takes up bowls. In Sex & Bowls & Rock and Roll we follow a season in the life of the village bowls team, a group of amateur sportsmen and mild eccentrics. In doing so we see this unfashionable pastime in a whole new light, and very funny it is too. But Alex hasn’t quite given up on his dreams of rock stardom. Discovering that some of his mates down the pub are a bit handy with bass and drums he makes one final stab at being in a band, with an eagerly awaited local gig. It is a complete disaster.

Join Alex has he comes to terms with life as a domestic disappointment, attempts to learn the fine art of bowls and finally realises that supporting the Sultans Of Ping at the Pink Toothbrush in Rayleigh really was the highpoint of his musical career. Sex & Bowls & Rock and Roll is a hilarious account of the life of a genuinely modern man. Everyone will recognise themselves (or their husbands) and you will be hard pressed not to laugh out loud.

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Futtocks    5,859

supporting the Sultans Of Ping at the Pink Toothbrush in Rayleigh really was the highpoint of his musical career.

Heartbreaking. :D

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Futtocks    5,859

Latest haul from the second-hand shop:

  • Mihail Lermontov - A Hero of our Time (translated by Vladimir & Dmitri Nabokov)
  • Gerald Durrell - The Drunken Forest
  • Rudyard Kipling - 21 Tales (including 'The Man who would be King')

£4.50 the lot. :)

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gingerjon    2,471

Just finished Bel-Ami by Guy de Maupassant. The cover features RPatz which is worrying but having read it he must be about the most miscast person in cinema history. It's a cracking read as well. Fair rolls along and is quite wonderfully cynical throughout.

Next up: Rebecca.

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gingerjon    2,471

Had a bit of time off reading but am now back in the game and making my way through The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson. For a really long time Jon Ronson annoyed the hell out of me but then I caught one of his Jon Ronson On ... programmes on the wireless and realised that it was me not him that had the problem. Really enjoying the book - a journey through the world of madness, mental illness and psycopathy - though I doubt it's going to have any answers by the end, just a lot of intriguing questions and startling characters.

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Futtocks    5,859

Just finished re-reading 'Restless' by William Boyd - very good.

Next up, 'The Pleasure of finding things out' by Richard P.Feynmann.

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Sam79    0

reading my way through scandinavian crime novels-the usual suspects on my kindle

just finished Headhunter by Jo Nesbo.

The plots are good, but thge quality of writing is #### sometimes.

I can recommend the Beck series by Sjowall & Wahloo. They're quite a bit older than the current generation of Scandinavian crime writers but they are very good.

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gingerjon    2,471

Just finished The $12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art by Don Thompson. You won't find much surprising about the egos and fragile vanities of the contemporary art world but some of the stuff is pretty compelling. It's a shame that some of the detail - for example the chapter on fakes - is so slight when there's clearly a lot more that could be said although probably not without committing a major libel or two.

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Futtocks    5,859

Nino Culotta - They're a Weird Mob. One of Australia's most famous literary hoaxes, but also a massive bestseller and a wonderful, funny read too.

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marklaspalmas    542

Im reading "Fifty shades of........ narh, just kidding.

Bletchley Park seems to be quite the thing at the mo' (not sure why, some significant anniversary?) so Im reading Sinclair McKay's version of events.

Interesting.

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Shot In The Tower

by Leonard Sellers

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The Blurb - The grimly fascinating story of the dozen German spies shot in the Tower of London in the Great War.

The first reaction to Leonard Sellers fascinating account of the spies who were executed in the Tower of London during the First World War is likely to be one of amazement at their ineptitude. Not one of them seems to have had any proper training or any idea of how to set about the job. However, thanks to the more liberal attitude now prevalent regarding access to hitherto `sensitive' material and to years of dogged research by Len Sellers, the remarkable, but somehow pathetic, stories of the eleven foreign agents who were caught and subsequently shot in the Tower for espionage can now be told. In these days when a mind-boggling array of equipment is available for the assimilation and transmission of supposedly secret information their antics strike one as little short of farcical, but for their efforts, inspired, it seems, more often by greed than patriotism, these men paid the ultimate price and paid it in the most historic site in Britain.

Tells the stories in a very matter of fact way. Worth a read if you are interested in spies, espionage, WW1 etc. One on the spies I actually liked the sound of, Carl Hans Lody. (The one in the middle of the book cover). When on trial for his life a very short sighted old lady was asked if the man in question was in the court room. She took ages looking around, and in the end Lody stood up in the dock, waved his hand at her and said "I'm over here." As he was being led to the firing squad, the priest leading the group took a wrong turn down a corridor. Lody tapped him on the shoulder and pointing in the other direction said "I think you'll find its that way."

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made the mistake of reading Sean Long's 'biography' on kindle

Going to download a wallander to cheer myself up after that load of dross

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timtum    123

Beevor's D-day.

Fascinating, particularly his take on the relationships and behaviours of the allied leaders.

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Futtocks    5,859

Today's visit to the second-hand book shop turned up:

  • Erich Maria Remarque - All quiet on the Western Front
  • Gerald Durrell - A Zoo in my Luggage
  • Lord Kinross - the Innocents at Home
  • Paul Theroux - Riding the Iron Rooster
  • Frank Muir - A Kentish Lad

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Beevor's D-day.

Fascinating, particularly his take on the relationships and behaviours of the allied leaders.

check out Max Hastings effort on D Day

Also check out 'All Hell Let Loose' by Hasrings as well. It's an analysis of WW2 from start to finish, with a powerful human element to it.

Hastings, whatever his faults is a fine historian.

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