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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've read some of her books too, easy reading and not too taxing on the brain :)

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I have read some of hers too, they're a bit predictable but quite enjoyable and easy

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Any John le Carre readers out there. I thought it was time I delved into one or two his books and thought I would try The Russia House and maybe Smiley's people. Just wondered what opinions of his works were?

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Any John le Carre readers out there. I thought it was time I delved into one or two his books and thought I would try The Russia House and maybe Smiley's people. Just wondered what opinions of his works were?

 

I've read one or two, and really enjoyed them. They are excellent thrillers, and I recall enjoying his early 'The Spy Who Came In From The Cold' as a great introduction of sorts to a world of which I had little literary knowledge.

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I've read one or two, and really enjoyed them. They are excellent thrillers, and I recall enjoying his early 'The Spy Who Came In From The Cold' as a great introduction of sorts to a world of which I had little literary knowledge.

 

good to know....I have one on my shelf that I haven't read yet

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I've read one or two, and really enjoyed them. They are excellent thrillers, and I recall enjoying his early 'The Spy Who Came In From The Cold' as a great introduction of sorts to a world of which I had little literary knowledge.

 

 

good to know....I have one on my shelf that I haven't read yet

 

Thank you ladies! I might well treat myself to one then (as if I didn't have enough other stuff to wade through :blush: )

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Interesting opinions on John La Carré as I was browsing the book-store the other day and some of his titles caught my eye; think I'll grab one next time I'm in there now.

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Interesting opinions on John La Carré as I was browsing the book-store the other day and some of his titles caught my eye; think I'll grab one next time I'm in there now.

 

Let's know which one you decide on Ben and what you think of it.

 

I've decided to go for The Russia House and I will download it later - my Kindle has gone from slimline to quite fat with the amount of stuff going on it. :D

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Has anyone read James Robertson The Testament of Gideon Mack.? Do you need to believe in God to read?

 

I read this a couple of years ago; no, it makes no difference whether or not you believe in God, to enjoy the book. :)

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I have recently come across some books by Cormack McCarthy which look extremely interesting. I appreciate that American Literature might be lightweight but these books look really good. Anybody tried them the one I am looking at is " All The Pretty Horses" but he did write "No Country for Old Men"

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I have recently come across some books by Cormack McCarthy which look extremely interesting. I appreciate that American Literature might be lightweight but these books look really good. Anybody tried them the one I am looking at is " All The Pretty Horses" but he did write "No Country for Old Men"

 

Neither one but I read The Road and it was very depressing.

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I remember reading a book called Beyond the Stump by Neville Shute where a nuclear attack had destroyed the world and a few survivors struggled on until the inevitable end. The Road is about a father and son who have survived a holocaust but try to live through the resulting devastation in America. I understand that both books are somewhat depressing and I offer wonder why these stories are written

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I remember reading a book called Beyond the Stump by Neville Shute where a nuclear attack had destroyed the world and a few survivors struggled on until the inevitable end. The Road is about a father and son who have survived a holocaust but try to live through the resulting devastation in America. I understand that both books are somewhat depressing and I offer wonder why these stories are written

 

Wasn't that On the Beach? I like his books though - especially A Town Like Alice

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Wasn't that On the Beach? I like his books though - especially A Town Like Alice

 

Yes, I thought it was On the Beach also. It has been made into a movie with Gregory Peck and also a mini-series.

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Well spotted the book was called On the Beach by Neville Norway Shute but it was still post apocalyptic and depressing. He also wrote a book called the Pied Piper about a world war 2 fighter pilot. If I recall that was much better. Don't know where I got "Beyond the Stump " from !sorry for being so misleading.

 

Well spotted the book was called On the Beach by Neville Norway Shute but it was still post apocalyptic and depressing. He also wrote a book called the Pied Piper about a world war 2 fighter pilot. If I recall that was much better. Don't know where I got "Beyond the Stump " from !sorry for being so misleading.

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Well spotted the book was called On the Beach by Neville Norway Shute but it was still post apocalyptic and depressing. He also wrote a book called the Pied Piper about a world war 2 fighter pilot. If I recall that was much better. Don't know where I got "Beyond the Stump " from !sorry for being so misleading.

 

Well spotted the book was called On the Beach by Neville Norway Shute but it was still post apocalyptic and depressing. He also wrote a book called the Pied Piper about a world war 2 fighter pilot. If I recall that was much better. Don't know where I got "Beyond the Stump " from !sorry for being so misleading.

 

Neville Shute did also write Beyond the Stump - haven't read it though. :)

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Actually it was"Beyond the Black Stump" available at Amazon with 5 stars. It is 45 years since I last read it and am a bit mixed up will have todo some re-reads. Does anyone recall authors such as Pearl Buck or Frank Yearby hot favourites in the fifties.

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Actually it was"Beyond the Black Stump" available at Amazon with 5 stars. It is 45 years since I last read it and am a bit mixed up will have todo some re-reads. Does anyone recall authors such as Pearl Buck or Frank Yearby hot favourites in the fifties.

 

I certainly remember reading The Good Earth by Pearl Buck and I'm sure I've read some Frank Yearby but can't remember which ones.

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I think the Frank Yerby books were romantic novels based on the relationships of a handsome doctor who also had some challenging patients to look after. I can almost feel a Mills and Boon moment overpowering me. Pearl Buck did indeed write the "good Earth" sadly no longer available as are the fantastic books written by Dennis Wheatley such as the "haunting of Toby Jug" and the Duc de Richleau stories. After some research I have found that almost the whole of the novels by Neville Shute Norway are available

On Amazon at modest charge.

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Have any of you read The Radleys by Matt Haig? Or know someone who has? I just wondered - I was just going through some old mags and I saw it featured from December 2010.

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The Radleys is a story about a dysfunctional family who have a dark secret. They are vampires! 56 good reviews on Amazon 4 stars a bargain at £3.79

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Great, thanks Chesil and Aralia! I've asked Weave about it and will check it out on Amazon too :D.

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Great, thanks Chesil and Aralia! I've asked Weave about it and will check it out on Amazon too :D.

 

Hey peace, how are you? I have read 'Meet the Radleys', I am very biased when it comes to Matt Haig, I think he is a brilliant writer, I did enjoy 'Meet the Radleys' , it was a good story. :)

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