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You may recall a quip about Portnoy's Complaint along the lines of, "I'd like to meet the author but I wouldn't want to shake his hand."

That could also be applied to Nicholson Baker, author of 'The Fermata' which is actually even more onanistic.

"We are easily breakable, by illness or falling, or a million other ways of leaving this earthly life. We are just so much mashed potato."  Don Estelle

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American Gods by Neil Gaiman

The old gods still walk the earth but are living obscure poverty ridden lives. The mysterious Mr Wednesday (Odin?) tries to lead them in a war against the new up and coming gods, Media, Telivision, Internet etc with the help of Shadow an ex con he travels the USA gathering his forces

I couldn't put it down

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American Gods by Neil Gaiman

The old gods still walk the earth but are living obscure poverty ridden lives. The mysterious Mr Wednesday (Odin?) tries to lead them in a war against the new up and coming gods, Media, Telivision, Internet etc with the help of Shadow an ex con he travels the USA gathering his forces

I couldn't put it down

I used to have that, but lost it a few years ago. I thought it was very good too.

"We are easily breakable, by illness or falling, or a million other ways of leaving this earthly life. We are just so much mashed potato."  Don Estelle

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From The Arctic To Angola - The Adventures Of A Hull Skipper by Danny Platten.

 

A very interesting life story which Skipper Platten punctuates with anecdotes about the Hull trawlers and men that were lost at given times in his life. Some of them evoke very vivid memories for me. I remember Christmas 1966 and the news reaching Hull that the St Finbarr was in trouble off the coast of Labrador. She had caught fire and the skipper had sent out a May Day message on Christmas morning. The father of one of the lads we 'larked out' with was on board and I can still remember being able to feel the anxiety and tension in the local community as we waited for news. We heard later that he had been one of the fortunate ones and had made it into a liferaft (the crew couldn't launch the lifeboat because an electrical fault had caused the davits to become live). He was rescued by another Hull trawler, the Orsino, which was in the area and had picked up the May Day. Sadly, twelve of his crewmates lost their lives that Christmas Day.

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I don't think I've read a book for about twenty years but, if this woman's written an autobiography, I'd make the effort.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cathy_Smith

That could be interesting!

 

I am currently reading The Spanish Ambassador's Suitcase, a collection of Foreign Office 'funnies' compiled by Matthew Parris.

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I've just finished reading Jimmy Greaves' biography. I didn't realise how bad his drinking was. He states that he knows he was a good player cos he's got a load of medals and he's seen old video footage but he can't remember the biggest part of his playing days. He's got a blank of about ten years.

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I've just finished reading Jimmy Greaves' biography. I didn't realise how bad his drinking was. He states that he knows he was a good player cos he's got a load of medals and he's seen old video footage but he can't remember the biggest part of his playing days. He's got a blank of about ten years.

He was a serious boozehound.

 

That post about the blanks reminds me of the anecdote Clarissa Dickson-Wright told about seeing a big parade in London and asking what it was all about. When told "the Falklands War victory", she realised she had no awareness that any of it had happened, which turned her off alcohol for the rest of her days.

"We are easily breakable, by illness or falling, or a million other ways of leaving this earthly life. We are just so much mashed potato."  Don Estelle

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I've just started 'XIII Inspirations', but have also given into the hype and downloaded the first book in the 'A Game of Thrones' series, to see what the fuss is all about. So that's next on the readig list.

"We are easily breakable, by illness or falling, or a million other ways of leaving this earthly life. We are just so much mashed potato."  Don Estelle

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John Le Carre: The Spy Who Came In From the Cold

 

probably the fourth time I've read this but nevertheless its an excellent read

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Just finished ‘Murder on the Orient Express’. Never read it before, and never read any Agatha Christie before actually but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it  - funny and well paced. I was a bit annoyed as I realised halfway through I’d heard the solution before as it’s quite a famous one but it was still impressive how it all came together.

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I have just finished Mansour Bahrami's autobiography 'The Court Jester'. A fascinating life, and magnificently indiscreet about his fellow tennis stars. Like French Rugby League players of the past, he was also the victim of a state-backed sporting ban. If you don't know who he is, this might give you the beginning of a clue.

 

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On the third of Stieg Larsson's "Millennium Trilogy".

 

Lisbeth Salander doesn't sound like the sort of girl to try taking advantage of... :ohmy:  :wacko:

Sky Sports Jenna Brooks to Jake Connor regarding England selection : "Shaun Wane has said that he's spoken to you about why you were left out, he's also said he's told you what you needed to do more of, I'm interested, what do you need to do more of and did you do it tonight?"

Jake Connor : "I don't know, to be honest I haven't spoken to him."

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Ian Rankin's Strip Jack, half way through, not bad so far....just finished Mark Rippetoe's Starting Strength as my new years resolution was to join a gym, not so much to "get buff" but certainly to sort myself out with a view to maybe having another bash at low level, amateur RL again one day

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