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Currently reading Giant Steps: Bebop and the Creators of Modern Jazz, 1945-65 by Kenny Mathieson. A good read and the first of a series of books he has written on post-WW2 jazz.

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I am currently reading 'The City' by Stella Gemmell which I am really enjoying.

 

Stella was married to the internationally acclaimed and bestselling fantasy novelist David Gemmell and worked with him on his three 'Troy' novels, completing the final book, Troy: Fall of Kings, following his death in 2006 (mid way through the final book). Her writing style has a lot of similarities to the books of her late husband, which is no bad thing as his books were fantastic and I was gutted when I found out he had died.

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The Compleet Molesworth (Penguin Modern Classics edition) - all four books combined for under a fiver on Kindle.

 

I haven't owned a copy of any of these books for far too long, and read the lot in an afternoon. Wonderful writing by Geoffrey Willans, with Ronald Searle's inimitable illustrations matching the text perfectly. Philip Hensher's excellent foreword is just one more bonus in this edition.

 

Can you tell us about the private life of a gerund?

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'Boneland' by Alan Garner. A sort of sequel/closure to the Brisingamen/Gomrath books of the sixties. Difficult, brilliant, but it'll take a few more re-reads before I really suck the marrow out of this book. Allusions to the legend of the Green Man/Knight and the triple aspect of the moon (maiden/mother/crone) and much more. Garner rarely writes a sentence without forethought and research, let alone a paragraph or chapter.

I loved the original two books and was afraid to take the plunge with a 21st-century follow-up. It's not in the style of the first two, and much of it is vague and allusive. However, I think I was right to read it after all. He leaves much of the conclusion, if there really is one, to the reader.

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Can you tell us about the private life of a gerund?

Very snobbish, especially when it meets a Gerundive. Damn its pointy nose!

 

By the way, I only realised recently that Gabbitas & Thring really exist!

 

Meanwhile, nearer and nearer creep the ghastly THING, hem-hem.

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Just started volume 3 of the Warlord trilogy by Bernard Cornwell, its his take on the Arthurian myth. pretty gritty like most of his stuff, very little chivalry in this account.

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Just started volume 3 of the Warlord trilogy by Bernard Cornwell, its his take on the Arthurian myth. pretty gritty like most of his stuff, very little chivalry in this account.

Years ago, I read 'Sword at Sunset' by Rosemary Sutcliff, which was another take on th Arthurian legend. I remembered the title recently and got it on Kindle for nostalgia, and it's still good.

I'm currently reading 'Fibber in the Heat' by Miles Jupp, about how he managed to blag his way onto an England cricket tour of India as a sports correspondent, despite being nothing of the sort. Amusing.

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I have just finished 'Rock Stars stole my Life' by Mark Ellen (formerly - take a deep breath - Record Mirror, NME, New Musical News, the Old Grey Whistle Test, Smash Hits, Q, Select, Mojo, The Word, John Peel stand-in, Live Aid presenter, bassist in 'Ugly Rumours' with a certain Tony Blair on vocals). A warm-hearted and un-snobby love of all kinds of music and some great anecdotes. His dad's despairing response to the Kinks (then Frank Zappa), the disastrous Jimmy Page/Roy Harper interview and the very funny press mutiny aboard Rihanna's jumbo jet.

 

Oh, and his first band was called Ian Bentley's Rectal Prolapse. Schoolboys, eh?

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I have just finished 'Rock Stars stole my Life' by Mark Ellen (formerly - take a deep breath - Record Mirror, NME, New Musical News, the Old Grey Whistle Test, Smash Hits, Q, Select, Mojo, The Word, John Peel stand-in, Live Aid presenter, bassist in 'Ugly Rumours' with a certain Tony Blair on vocals). A warm-hearted and un-snobby love of all kinds of music and some great anecdotes. His dad's despairing response to the Kinks (then Frank Zappa), the disastrous Jimmy Page/Roy Harper interview and the very funny press mutiny aboard Rihanna's jumbo jet.

 

Oh, and his first band was called Ian Bentley's Rectal Prolapse. Schoolboys, eh?

Oh, and the obligatory middle-aged rock hack's Morrisey bit is mercifully brief.

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I've been thumbing through a book called "Yorkshire - a hundred years ago".

 

It's full of photographs of Lancashire.

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For those of you who enjoyed Danny Baker's 'Going to Sea in a Sieve', you might be interested to know that the second instalment of his autobiography is out next week (25th Sept). 

 

If it's only half as good as the first one it will still be well worth the cover price....

 

http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/danny+baker/going+off+alarming/9550018

 

 

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For those of you who enjoyed Danny Baker's 'Going to Sea in a Sieve', you might be interested to know that the second instalment of his autobiography is out next week (25th Sept). 

 

If it's only half as good as the first one it will still be well worth the cover price....

 

http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/danny+baker/going+off+alarming/9550018

 

 

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Looking forward to it. The first one was an amazing mixture of anecdotes and the famous names his life intersected.

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For those of you who enjoyed Danny Baker's 'Going to Sea in a Sieve', you might be interested to know that the second instalment of his autobiography is out next week (25th Sept). 

 

If it's only half as good as the first one it will still be well worth the cover price....

 

http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/danny+baker/going+off+alarming/9550018

 

 

9780297870111.jpg

Great. The first one was really good. If you get the audiobook he reads the whole book himself (unlike a lot of writers) and a lot of the stories, particularly the ones involving his dad, are even funnier with him doing the voices. (Skulduggery boy!).

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Great. The first one was really good. If you get the audiobook he reads the whole book himself (unlike a lot of writers) and a lot of the stories, particularly the ones involving his dad, are even funnier with him doing the voices. (Skulduggery boy!).

Brilliant, thanks. I've never owned an audio book but I'll give that a go.

Danny's anecdotes about his Dad are the highlight of the book. I dare anyone not to laugh out loud!

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..... I dare anyone not to laugh out loud!

I think you're forgetting that a significant proportion of members of this forum are Yorkshiremen! We don't laugh, out loud or otherwise, easily!

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Brilliant, thanks. I've never owned an audio book but I'll give that a go.

Danny's anecdotes about his Dad are the highlight of the book. I dare anyone not to laugh out loud!

 

It sounds all right if you like laughing.  :angry:

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Brilliant, thanks. I've never owned an audio book but I'll give that a go.

Danny's anecdotes about his Dad are the highlight of the book. I dare anyone not to laugh out loud!

Spud Baker made Del Boy look like a rank amateur.

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Excellent. Genuinely can't wait - the first volume was one of the best celeb autobiogs I've ever read. Was a bit sad to see this book get delayed just before release last year. Hope there are more volumes to come - you get the impression he could easily release ten books and not run out of stories. I heard he opens this new book with the fact he forgot to put an incident when he was shot when he was younger in the first book!

Also heard rumours the first volume is being adapted for tv - not too sure about that. Could go either way, although there are enough ripping yarns in there to be fair.

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Excellent. Genuinely can't wait - the first volume was one of the best celeb autobiogs I've ever read. Was a bit sad to see this book get delayed just before release last year. Hope there are more volumes to come - you get the impression he could easily release ten books and not run out of stories. I heard he opens this new book with the fact he forgot to put an incident when he was shot when he was younger in the first book!

Also heard rumours the first volume is being adapted for tv - not too sure about that. Could go either way, although there are enough ripping yarns in there to be fair.

It is definitely being adapted for TV, from what I've read - some award-winning screenwriting talent behind it too.

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It is definitely being adapted for TV, from what I've read - some award-winning screenwriting talent behind it too.

Latest news: originally going with ITV, now the series will be an 8-parter on the BBC under the title 'Cradle to Grave'. Rumour has it that Peter Kay is a possible casting for Danny's dad.

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Just read a book about the life of Nikola Tesla, the man who invented the 20th Century or similar.

What a blinking utter genius. He had visions of things like the internet in the early 1900's. Not to mention the small matter of AC electricity. He waved away the rights to a contract that would have earned him a Billion (billion!!) dollars because the guy who wrote the contract had believed in him earlier.

Truly incredible guy. Check it out

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By the way, 'Going to Sea in a Sieve' is now available as a Kindle download for £1.49! I'm aware that Danny Baker's not to everybody's taste, but this is a funny book, and one from a man who was at Ground Zero of the Punk explosion in the UK. And at that price, it isn't a massive financial risk.

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Just read a book about the life of Nikola Tesla, the man who invented the 20th Century or similar.

What a blinking utter genius. He had visions of things like the internet in the early 1900's. Not to mention the small matter of AC electricity. He waved away the rights to a contract that would have earned him a Billion (billion!!) dollars because the guy who wrote the contract had believed in him earlier.

Truly incredible guy. Check it out

Here's a couple of brilliant photos of Tesla in his laboratory: http://www.retronaut.com/2012/08/nikola-tesla-in-his-laboratory-1899/?utm_content=buffer5966f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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Currently on Steve Job's autobiography. Nothing that I didn't already know before but an interesting insight into how he managed to be so successful.

Have Slaughter House 5 and The Selfish Gene queued up on the kindle.

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