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  • Birthday 12/11/1961

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  1. US classics

    Thanks Hayley - have to admit I had forgotten Last of The Mohicans (which I have indeed read before) - I'll check out the House of Mirth for sure. and thanks Cechak - good call on Huck Finn and I will investigate the others also - that will all keep me very busy.
  2. US classics

    I've realised that my reading of US 'classics' is almost nil, so this year I'm going to try and get through some of the major omissions which focus on the development of US society or moments in history - maybe then I'll understand Americans a bit more! As it stands, I'm going to read / re-read* the following - please feel free to recommend any that you think I should add. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer* Uncle Tom's Cabin Little Women The Red Badge of Courage* The Scarlet Letter The Age of Innocence The Grapes of Wrath Of Mice and Men The Great Gatsby* To Kill A Mockingbird The Catcher In The Rye Catch 22*
  3. WWI Historical Fiction

    You could try The Great Swindle by Pierre Lemaitre - grotesque, compelling, epic....
  4. Best Agatha Christie Books?

    Tommy and Tuppence for me too!
  5. Top 5 (or 10) Wednesday

    I tend to forget the details of most of the books I read! (old age) - but I'll put anything by P.G. Wodehouse forward which I seem to forget quicker than most
  6. Your Top 10 Authors!

    Today it is.... HE Bates Guy de Maupassant JRR Tolkein Thomas Hardy George Eliot Kate Atkinson Balzac Victor Hugo Emile Zola Robert Harris
  7. Another mood reader here, and one book at a time - I've countless unread books on my shelves, but very often I'll browse them and not feel inspired, so will revert to the library or worse, have to make another purchase
  8. Top 5 (or 10) Wednesday

    Hello Chrissy - yes thank you! Just relocated some of my bookshelves and thought of how I hadn't visited the forum for a while - will try to be a more regular visitor! Hope all is well with you?
  9. Top 5 (or 10) Wednesday

    Light reading........ A hot English summer - When The Green Woods Laugh, HE Bates A summer holiday - A Breath of French Air, HE Bates Travelling (holiday) - Mr Finchley Discovers His England - Victor Canning
  10. Jackson Brodie

    Currently reading Case Histories - enjoying the style, the humour and the plot - full marks so far. Also I watched the BBC series long enough ago, for it not to cloud my image of Jackson too much.
  11. I watched the TV series 'back in the day' and have relatively recently started reading the books - have just finished the Spend Game. I can't helpful visualising Ian McShane as Lovejoy, albeit as a much rougher version than the TV version. Doling out a black eye to a lady isn't exactly the way to appeal to the modern reader, but that aside, I enjoy the books and will keep going through the list.
  12. Another one - it's non-stop crime thrillers or historical fiction and then just occasionally a classic or biography to make me feel a bit more highbrow
  13. Steven Saylor - Roma Sub Rosa series

    Yes, I really like this series. Similar to Lyndsey Davis' Falco books, but with less humour and arguably more 'depth'. Well worth the read if you like historical fiction and whodunnits.
  14. The Hobbit

    Tickets booked for next week
  15. Happy Birthday! Have a lovely day.

    1. Bel-ami


      Thank you! A very nice day meandering around Salisbury.