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      Late Autumn Supporter Giveaway   11/27/2020

      I know that winter is well on the way, but I'm sneaking the autumn giveaway in here, right at the end of the season...     I thought this giveaway seemed particularly appropriate for this year: Dear Reader: The Comfort and Joy of Books by Cathy Rentzenbrink.  I'm sure some of you will have heard of this book. It came out in September and has had brilliant reviews. It's been described as a love letter to reading and I think all of us have truly appreciated 'the comfort and joy of books' this year.  It is also a really beautiful hardback. Please excuse my picture-taking skills, it's really hard to get a good picture of something that's shiny!   As always, patreon supporters will be automatically entered into the draw. If you're not a supporter but you'd like to join our patreon you can do so here:  bookclubforum.co.uk is creating a book community | Patreon
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Sad to hear that Anita Shreve passed away just before Easter, and also Steven Bochco, who wrote two of my all time favourite US cop shows - Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue - also passed away the other day.

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"Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin passed away today at the age of 76. One of the greatest (if not the greatest) singers of all time.

May she RIP.

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I loved everything about Aretha and her music and she will be very sadly missed. There really was never a voice quite like it. 

 

Everyone has their own personal favourite song of hers, but mine will always be Angel. It just gives me goose bumps.   

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Albert Finney last week, and also author Rosamund Pilcher, who was the grand age of 94 and of course is best know for the Shell Seekers.

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Just read that Andrea Levy passed away today. She wrote Small Island and The Long Song among others. Really saddened to hear this because I enjoyed her books so much. :(

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Sad to report several recent demises:

 

Mark Hollis (singer with 80s bank Talk Talk), last week

Keith Flint (singer with the Prodigy) - yesterday

Luke Perry - Beverly Hills 90210, he was only 52, very tragic, as are the others.

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It's so sad several celebreties passed away recently :(. May they rest in peace :(.

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Vonda N. McIntyre

 

Cut my reading teeth on her Star Trek novelisations, and also read a rather lack-lustre Star Wars book she wrote, but I have never read any of her original writings. 

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Sad that Peter Mayhew, who was Chewbacca in the original Star Wars films (and part of The Force Awakens), passed away on Friday, the day before Star Wars Day.

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Clive James

 

It has been a long time coming, but I'm sad to hear that Clive James has died (for those who do not know, he was originally diagnosed with a terminal illness 10 years ago). 

 

As a presenter during the 80s and 90s he gave us a unique insight into the world he travelled and also through his Clive James on TV program but, for me, his writing - and in particular his autobiography Falling Towards England - was a joyous read. 

 

I'm genuinely sad to see him go.

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Little Richard, A legend of Rock N Roll died Saturday morning. He was one of the pioneers and stopped performing in his prime to attend a Bible College where he became a Minister. Later, he started performing again off and on.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/09/entertainment/little-richard-dead-obituary-trnd/index.html

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Carlos Ruiz Zafon, author of The Shadow of the Wind has died. I really love those books. He was only 55 :( 

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And Ian Holm has gone as well.  I had no idea he was 88.

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9 hours ago, Hayley said:

Carlos Ruiz Zafon, author of The Shadow of the Wind has died. I really love those books. He was only 55 :( 

 

I have 2 of his books on my TBR, I was sad to hear of his passing :(. And only 55 :(.

 

9 hours ago, Raven said:

And Ian Holm has gone as well.  I had no idea he was 88.

 

Me either! May he rest in peace :(.

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16 hours ago, Raven said:

And Ian Holm has gone as well.  I had no idea he was 88.

Aww :( me either!

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 I knew Ian Holm had been ill for quite a long time.  the original Hobbit!

 

 I didn't know about Carlos Ruiz Zafon, that's so tragic, I loved Shadow of the Wind and have a couple of the others in that series still to read.

 

Lots of tributes to Dame Vera, she lived to a wonderful age and luckily kept her faculties too.

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Chadwick Boseman

 

I still cannot believe I'm typing that. 

 

I only really know him from the Marvel films, but I can understand why he is so important to so many. He bought a quiet strength and dignity to the role of King T'Challa and I suspect he would have been a key player in the next sequence of films.  Gone far too soon, but I think he has left a legacy that will inspire many for years to come.

 

Edited by Raven
Missing "s"!

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