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      Something Wicked This Way Comes...   10/09/2019

      The Autumn Supporter Giveaway!       Welcome to the very first of the seasonal BCF supporter giveaways! This month also marks one year since I took on the forum, so I want to say an extra huge thank you to all of you for keeping this place going. I have a little bit more to say about that later but, for now, let's get to the giveaway!     The Autumn Giveaway winner will be getting two Penguin Little Black Classics, The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe and To Be Read At Dusk by Charles Dickens. Both of these little books contain three atmospheric short stories, perfect for autumnal evenings. The winner will also get Mary Shelley tea (a lavender and vanilla black tea) from Rosie Lea Tea's Literary Tea Collection (https://www.rosieleatea.co.uk/collections/literary-tea-collection) and a chocolate skull, to really get that spooky atmosphere .   and...   A special treat for a special month. The winner will choose one of the following recent paperback releases from the independent bookshop Big Green Bookshop:       The Wych Elm by Tana French A House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan Melmoth by Sarah Perry The Familiars by Stacey Halls  The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White   The winner will be chosen via the usual random selection process in one week. Patreon supporters are entered automatically. If you aren't a patreon supporter but you'd like to join in with this giveaway, you can support here: https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum.   I really hope you're all going to like this introduction to the seasonal giveaways. It's been a lot of fun to put together. Other chocolate skulls may have been harmed during the selection process…     


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  1. Travel writing

    I like to travel whenever I get the chance. Which isn't very often at the moment. I also like reading about people's adventures whilst on whatever journey they decide to embark on. Especially the physical feats such as long distance walking/cycling/rowing. I seem to add their stories to a mental list with the hope of one day doing similar.
  2. Travel writing

    That is some great recommendations. I have just finished reading mark wallingtons 'boogie up the river'. Not bad but not as good as his '500 mile walkies'. Most of your recommendations are either on my library reservation list or on order from amazon. I look forward to a winter of reading them all.
  3. Travel writing

    I have read all of Brysons books and they never fail to make me laugh rather loudly in public places. I would be interested to hear of any books you might want to recommend. They don't just have to be from UK. I am starting to get through some of the other folks recommendations and I can add all of them to my library list.
  4. I grabbed 'Sweet Thames runs softly' from my local library yesterday. They had to go down to the basement and fetch it up from county reserves. It hasn't been booked out since 2003. Looks like it will be a great read.

  5. First Person Crime/Thriller books

    If you are liking Andy McNab then you will probably love anything by Lee Child
  6. Fluorescent waves

    Sounds like you are talking about phosphorescence, a faint blue-green light emitted from the sea at night, either as a continuous glow or a series of tiny flashes. This light is produced by the bioluminescence of living organisms ranging from bacteria to the many species of plankton, including phytoplankton, especially dinoflagellates. On moonless nights in late summer, flashes of light in the surf breaking on sandy beaches are often produced by the appropriately named dinoflagellate Noctiluca. Bioluminescence is produced by a chemical reaction and serves a wide range of functions. Deep in the ocean where there is little or no daylight, almost every species has some light-producing capability. The wavelength of the blue-green light emitted is the same as the residual daylight that penetrates to the greatest depths in the ocean. Not my own words. Copied from encyclopedia.com. I live on the coast in the UK and see it here from time to time.
  7. Travel writing

    I have read all of Brysons books and had many instances of uncontrollable laughing out loud in public. Sadly he seems to be moving away from travel writing. His new books although very entertaining as well as informative they just seem to lack something from his earlier days.
  8. A guy at my work raves over Simon Scarrow's Rome series. Looks quite good.
  9. Travel writing

    Just read on amazon that these guys come from Lowestoft. 10 miles up the road.
  10. Travel writing

    Stuart Maconie? Isn't he the djay from BBC 6music? Should be a good read.
  11. Travel writing

    Thanks for that recommendation I will check it out. Keep them coming as I have a large bookshelf to fill.
  12. My vote goes to Attention all shipping by Charlie Connelly. It's a travel book of the authors experiences whilst attempting to visit every area in the shipping forecast. A great read.
  13. I have recently been working my way through a few travel books and I am finding that I am really enjoying them. Turning to the Internet for inspiration I have so far been unable to find anything new to tempt me in. That is I hope until now when I chance apon this forum. What I have been enjoying so far is travel accounts form mostly around the UK with one exception. They have all captivated me from very early on with either the authers wit or by creating a nostalgic sense of pride for the country I live in and making me want to head out and travel to all the same places. So far my favourites have been 500 mile walkies by Mark Wallington, Notes from a small island by Bill Bryson also A walk in the woods by the same author, Attention all shipping by Charlie Connelly and Adrift in Caledonia: Boat-hitching for the Unenlightened by Nick Thorpe. If anyone has any recommendations for what I could read next then I would be most thankful. I have just started Penguins Stopped Play: Eleven Village Cricketers Take on the World by Harry Thompson and I can already see this is going to be another good read. So add this to my list above.