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      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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I thought I'd start a thread where we can commemorate authors and other admired celebrities who have passed away (rather than starting a separate thread for each).

 

I'm sad to report that Colleen McCullough, the well-known Australian author of The Thorn Birds and many other books, has passed away at the age of 77. :(

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I was extraordinarily young when I read The Thorn Birds, having stole my mom's copy and eagerly devoured it  :smile:  It still remains one of our favorite books. 

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RIP Colleen :(

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I'm so sorry to hear this, may she rest in peace :(.

 

I have The Thorn Birds and Masters of Rome 1: The First Man in Rome on my TBR.

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It's a shame, but I expected it because I saw George Takei mention the other day that Nimoy had been taken into hospital with chest pains.

 

RIP Mr. Nimoy.

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This has been coming for a while now; his announcement last year that he had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease was the warning shot across the bows, but it's none the less a very sad day.

 

I stopped off for a pint on my way home tonight (as I usually do on a Friday) and I had to stop reading Twitter a couple of times because a 40+ man shouldn't start crying in a pub (people get concerned for their safety, and start thinking someone is about to go postal . . .).

 

To a point I have Nimoy, along with the rest of the Star Trek cast and crew, to thank for getting me into reading.  When I was growing up I barely read anything, but I got interested in Star Trek in my mid-teens and in those days, at the dawn of home video and with no iPlayer etc. the only way to experience Star Trek was to read the novels that Titan were busily turning out.  Spock was a huge part of that, and it was Nimoy's performance that made the character and I'm glad that in his later years he came to view Spock as being more of a blessing than a curse.  To a point, I'm not sure how much I am mourning the passing of Nimoy and how much I am mourning the passing of Spock, but I can think of worse legacies for someone to leave.  He was a part of something that inspired many to be better and do better and for his influence on my life I thank him.

 

LLAP, Mr. Nimoy.

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As the man himself might have said: Bugger.

 

I did wonder if something was up the other day, when I noticed his Twitter account has been silent since Christmas (there were also some comments on his daughter's feed as well).

 

This sucks.

 

Lots.

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