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Erich Maria Remarque - All quiet on the Western Front. The films made of this story were good, but the book stands head and shoulders above them. Superb.

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Currently reading the Frank Muir autobiography, and it is great fun.

I have also just bought a replacement copy of this wonderful reference book.

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Just found 'A game of thrones' that i bought a year or so back and gave up after 1 chapter. Going to give it another go.

Really, really getting into this now and off to get the full set of 7 books today.

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Just finished Paul Theroux - Riding the Iron Rooster (travelling by train through China) and about to re-read 'The Most of S.J.Perelman', which is always a pleasure.

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I have lived in Bradford for forty years and last week, for the first time, I went to the Bronte Parsonage Museum at Haworth. I know many fellow board members regard me as a philistine, but I must confess that what I learned genuinely changed my preconceptions about the sisters ... I never realised what a bunch of hard faced scowling sourpusses they looked!

Their brother's portrait paintings weren't much cop either. All his subjects had potato faces.

I reckon 50 Shades of Agnes Grey would have made a much better book

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The Sugar Barons on Kindle

Snuff - Pratchett not on Kindle

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I've let my curiosity get te bette rid me and an reading Fifty Shades of Grey (in the kindle of course). It really is truly terrible writing.

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I've let my curiosity get te bette rid me and an reading Fifty Shades of Grey (in the kindle of course). It really is truly terrible writing.

That's not the point though is it? It is never going to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, but it has a good publicist, who fooled a lot of people into buying into written porn, and made it almost acceptable.

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That's not the point though is it? It is never going to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, but it has a good publicist, who fooled a lot of people into buying into written porn, and made it almost acceptable.

Why do you say almost acceptable. Erotic fiction is nothing new and judging by the sales I would suggest that Fifty Shades has shown that it is acceptable. Pretty much every one of my female friends has read it.

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Why do you say almost acceptable. Erotic fiction is nothing new and judging by the sales I would suggest that Fifty Shades has shown that it is acceptable. Pretty much every one of my female friends has read it.

Can I make a joke about them "flicking through it"?

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I've let my curiosity get te bette rid me and an reading Fifty Shades of Grey (in the kindle of course). It really is truly terrible writing.

90% of the newspaper reviews and articles on the book that I've read are by female harridans who comment on how badly written it is. They are primarily saying this because: -

- they are jealous because EL James will make more money this year than they will in the next twenty.

- they wish they'd had the idea to write it.

- they know the book is already hugely popular and, whatever its merits, no one will take any notice of their judgement. Writing a bad review and dissing it is the only way they can exercise their innate cattiness.

No one could say that books by Jilly Cooper and Jackie Collins are great works of fiction, but they have been too successful for too long for any attack by the sisterhood. So let's kick the new kid on the block.

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90% of the newspaper reviews and articles on the book that I've read are by female harridans who comment on how badly written it is. They are primarily saying this because: -

- they are jealous because EL James will make more money this year than they will in the next twenty.

- they wish they'd had the idea to write it.

- they know the book is already hugely popular and, whatever its merits, no one will take any notice of their judgement. Writing a bad review and dissing it is the only way they can exercise their innate cattiness.

No one could say that books by Jilly Cooper and Jackie Collins are great works of fiction, but they have been too successful for too long for any attack by the sisterhood. So let's kick the new kid on the block.

I like these little insights into your rabid mind.

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I've let my curiosity get te bette rid me and an reading Fifty Shades of Grey (in the kindle of course). It really is truly terrible writing.

So I understand it's a bondage book for middle-aged women, but what does the title actually mean? All I can find is it's something to do with human eye-sight.

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There's nothing rabid about my mind. i just live in the real world.

You've been down south so long that you've been Guardianised.

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So I understand it's a bondage book for middle-aged women, but what does the title actually mean? All I can find is it's something to do with human eye-sight.

The male protagonist in (what for the want of a better word we shall call) the story has the surname 'Grey'.

I've read a few excerpts in the papers. It makes Jackie Collins look like Turgenev.

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The male protagonist in (what for the want of a better word we shall call) the story has the surname 'Grey'.

I've read a few excerpts in the papers. It makes Jackie Collins look like Turgenev.

So other than that it's a nonsense title, it isn't a play on words or summat? Although seeing some of the comments on here a title that is a play on words would probably be a stretch too far.

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There's nothing rabid about my mind. i just live in the real world.

You've been down south so long that you've been Guardianised.

:lol:

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So other than that it's a nonsense title, it isn't a play on words or summat? Although seeing some of the comments on here a title that is a play on words would probably be a stretch too far.

I think a play on words would be beyond the author's capabilities, to be honest. This is just some episodes of 'Twilight' based fan fiction under the pen name 'Snowqueen's Icedragon' (stop sniggering).Some publisher picked it up, the names were changed from Edward and Bella, knocked into some sort of bookish shape and found themselves with an unexpected best-seller.

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So I understand it's a bondage book for middle-aged women, but what does the title actually mean? All I can find is it's something to do with human eye-sight.

I don't know but I used to work with a former mill owner who told me that there were, in textile classifications, several (nine?) shades of black. Perhaps the book alludes to different shades of character in its male protagonist, who is called Christian Grey. Maybe, as it involves BDSM, she gets fifty shades of skin colour.

Better ask Ginger Jon; he's possibly read it, though, if so, he probably thinks the writing style is awful.

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Oh, there are already two more volumes, as well as (no doubt) a tsunami of 'me too' imitations from all the other publishers, which will descend on an unsuspecting public in time for Christmas sales period.

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I don't know but I used to work with a former mill owner who told me that there were, in textile classifications, several (nine?) shades of black. Perhaps the book alludes to different shades of character in its male protagonist, who is called Christian Grey. Maybe, as it involves BDSM, she gets fifty shades of skin colour.

There's a song about Ireland called 'Forty Shades of Green' - maybe the author of this book wrote it during a British Bank Holiday. ;)

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Oh, there are already two more volumes, as well as (no doubt) a tsunami of 'me too' imitations from all the other publishers, which will descend on an unsuspecting public in time for Christmas sales period.

Fifty Shades of Greer and Fifty Shades of Gay.

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For aficionados of the hidden bits of the London Underground, or just people who like a bit of good writing, here's the John Betjeman short story 'South Kentish Town'.

Enjoy. :)

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It's a long shot but does anyone living in the Bradford area have Peacock's autobiography? I fancy reading it while travelling tomorrow.

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