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53 minutes ago, Niels said:

Thanks for your reply. 

Yes it is very good, similar in style to the Wallander books which I like too. It is similar to The Killing I  that it features crime and Politics.

If you have a kindle it is on offer at 99p in the monthly deals.

 

Cheers Niels will have a look

Not a kindle man but will have a look on ebay! 

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Hundred Years War Vol.IV Cursed Kings by Jonathan Sumption.

I can't help myself as a history addict.  Trouble with this amazing series is that by the  time  I finish Vol.4 I''ll need to go back to Vol 1 to refresh.  Unless the final Vol 5 is published.  They tend to come along every 5 years or so.  

 

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Books 99 and 100 for the year are The Gratitude Diaries and Why We Sleep. Both are really good but the latter in particular, although it is also a very alarming book. Both have actually resulted in behaviour change too!

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On 26/10/2019 at 16:20, Bearman said:

Bill Bryson.... The Body. Fascinating 

Keep us updated on that one. I love Bill bryson but got a few too many other books lined up at the moment to get to this anytime soon. 

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52 minutes ago, The Hallucinating Goose said:

Keep us updated on that one. I love Bill bryson but got a few too many other books lined up at the moment to get to this anytime soon. 

I have finished it and it really is worth reading.

My daughter is reading it now and keeps phoning to say " What about....."


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On 28/10/2019 at 19:43, Bedfordshire Bronco said:

Hard going from memory that one

Starts a bit hard but great story. 

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On 26/10/2019 at 21:13, Saint 1 said:

Books 99 and 100 for the year are The Gratitude Diaries and Why We Sleep. Both are really good but the latter in particular, although it is also a very alarming book. Both have actually resulted in behaviour change too!

Seconded. "Why we sleep" felt like it could have done with a bit more editing. I guess we all know that exercise, diet and sleep are important for good physical and mental health, but the data seems to pretty strongly say that sleep is the most important of the three. Probably not a good book to read if you don't have any choice about shiftwork or frequent jetlag though...

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2 hours ago, JonM said:

Seconded. "Why we sleep" felt like it could have done with a bit more editing. I guess we all know that exercise, diet and sleep are important for good physical and mental health, but the data seems to pretty strongly say that sleep is the most important of the three. Probably not a good book to read if you don't have any choice about shiftwork or frequent jetlag though...

Yeah I think I took more out of it on my second reading. I was surprised by the extent of the consequences, with 7 hours of sleep for a week being comparable with an all nighter for example. Yeah I would find it a scary book in that case, and would probably be looking for other jobs!

I'd have liked a bigger section on practical implementation but I suppose that's available elsewhere. I've bought a daylight lamp and red glasses as a result anyway. 

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100 Novels That Shaped the World..........

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/494P41NCbVYHlY319VwGbxp/explore-the-list-of-100-novels-that-shaped-our-world

The only ones I have read are Discworld series, V for Vendetta, To Kill a Mockingbird & 1/2 of Dune


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1 hour ago, Bleep1673 said:

100 Novels That Shaped the World..........

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/494P41NCbVYHlY319VwGbxp/explore-the-list-of-100-novels-that-shaped-our-world

The only ones I have read are Discworld series, V for Vendetta, To Kill a Mockingbird & 1/2 of Dune

Bridget Jones' Diary "shaped our world"  ?@?#?$?%?^?&?*?(

I've read 1984, The Quiet American, Pride and Prejudice, I think I read Tales of the City by Amistead Maupin, Lord of the Flies, Brave New World. I've read other books by some of those writers, like Wodehouse and Ursula Le Guin.

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Nearly finished re-reading the first 'Flashman' book. I'm thinking of doing the lot in sequence, but not uninterrupted by other books for contrast.


"Men will be proud to say 'I am a European'. We hope to see a day when men of every country will think as much of being a European as of being from their native land." (Winston Churchill)

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15 hours ago, Futtocks said:

Nearly finished re-reading the first 'Flashman' book. I'm thinking of doing the lot in sequence, but not uninterrupted by other books for contrast.

Loved the flashman books that I have read so far will have to seek out a couple more,getting back into reading as the weather changes and just finished Stephen frys Heroesand Lonely Boy by ex pistol Steve Jones and half way through All Together Now covering the 1981 people's march for jobs

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34 minutes ago, Route66 said:

Loved the flashman books that I have read so far will have to seek out a couple more,getting back into reading as the weather changes and just finished Stephen frys Heroesand Lonely Boy by ex pistol Steve Jones and half way through All Together Now covering the 1981 people's march for jobs

If you get the complete Flashman collection on Kindle, not only do you save a bit of money, but you can tap between the main text and the extensive historical footnotes/appendices easily. The best way to read them, I find.

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"Men will be proud to say 'I am a European'. We hope to see a day when men of every country will think as much of being a European as of being from their native land." (Winston Churchill)

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First Flashman movie finished, so a change of pace with George Orwell's Down and out in Paris and London, a book I haven't read in about 30 years.

I am currently kicking myself for taking so long to revisit it.

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On 06/11/2019 at 13:24, Bleep1673 said:

100 Novels That Shaped the World..........

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/494P41NCbVYHlY319VwGbxp/explore-the-list-of-100-novels-that-shaped-our-world

The only ones I have read are Discworld series, V for Vendetta, To Kill a Mockingbird & 1/2 of Dune

I've read 54 of them. Very different set of books from the usual lists.

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43 minutes ago, JonM said:

I've read 54 of them. Very different set of books from the usual lists.

It's an interesting list. Quick count, I've read 30 of them. But it's prompted me to plan to read a few more.


Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life. (Terry Pratchett)

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On 06/11/2019 at 13:24, Bleep1673 said:

100 Novels That Shaped the World..........

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/494P41NCbVYHlY319VwGbxp/explore-the-list-of-100-novels-that-shaped-our-world

The only ones I have read are Discworld series, V for Vendetta, To Kill a Mockingbird & 1/2 of Dune

I scored 20. Some interesting choices in that list.


"Men will be proud to say 'I am a European'. We hope to see a day when men of every country will think as much of being a European as of being from their native land." (Winston Churchill)

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On 07/11/2019 at 19:22, Futtocks said:

First Flashman movie finished, so a change of pace with George Orwell's Down and out in Paris and London, a book I haven't read in about 30 years.

I am currently kicking myself for taking so long to revisit it.

My favourite Orwell book, followed by Homeage to Catalonia and Keep the Aspidistra Flying (though I haven't read any of them for years). I'm consigant of my stance as an Orwell hipster! 

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