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    Book Thread

    We have a film thread thats decent. Time for a book thread.

    Personally i'm looking for non fiction.


    Just finished friday night lights and Unbroken, both brilliant (unbroken is better)



    Go!!!!!!

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    I read this recently an excellent book but very depressing shed a few tears whilst reading it. The author was seemingly friends with Enke and his wife so it's dark in places not one to read if your feeling down.

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    Presume you dont want sport books in this thread?

    I like to read history books especially those on European history pre-Napoleonic times.Some history books that I enjoyed are The Enemy at the Gate by Andrew Wheatcroft which is about the Ottomans siege of Vienna in 1683 and gives a decent account of the siege itself and the aftermath. Roger Crawley books are also worth a read. Constantinople on the siege in 1453 and the fall of the Byzantium empire, Empires of the Sea which is about the siege of Malta and Battle of Lepanto and City of Fortune How Venice Won and Lost a Naval Empire are all fascinating books and easy to read which can be tricky balance to achieve in history books.

    There are also some interesting books on the crusades especially Thomas Asbridge's The First Crusade and The Fourth Crusade and the Sack Of Constantinople by Jonathan Phillips.

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    Yeah sports books too, throw them all up.

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    Roman history for me. Anything by the brilliant Simon Scarrow or Ben Kane. John Stack as an Irish writer about the Carthaginian sea battles 256BC is brilliant too.
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    Now THAT's the definition of a family club ...... having supporters who can READ!!
    I like it!

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    A few I read while on holidays:

    Not as blow-your-own-trumpet as you might fear from a former band member and given the explosive nature of the New Order break-up, he's very generous about the one-time bandmates he later fell out with:


    I know Saintly asked for non-fiction, but these two were absolute crackers, probably the two best books I've read all year.

    The Virgin Mary tells her side of things - not my cup of tea either, or so I thought but Toibin is such a good writer I gave it a chance. Only a 100 pages long, beautifully written and you'll never look at a painting or sculpture of the Pieta the same way again:


    This one's a real hoot, think Forrest Gump only taken to more ridiculous lengths. A 100-year old geezer decides to leg it from the nursing home, nicks a shitload of money from a not very competent criminal gang, goes on the run and in between times, reminisces on his lifetime spent blowing things up on behalf of, and/or spying for, and/or escaping from captivity at the hands of Franco, Truman, Chiang Kai-Shek, Mao Tse-Tung, Stalin, the Shah of Iran, Lyndon B.Johnson and Charles de Gaulle. Totally ludicrous but totally enjoyable.

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    I know you said Non fiction but for anyone who watches the Walking Dead, pick up 'The Rise of the Governer' and 'The Road to Woodbury' novels... €12 in Easons when i got them a few weeks back, There's two more scheduled for release, Third is the 'The fall of the governer' and its out in September

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    Elmore Leonard just passed away. My favourite author. Loads of his stuff made into films but read anything by him if you like crime caper types. Really, really easy to read because of his brilliant use of dialogue. Always enjoyable
    "We've seen you come, we'll see you go"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dodge View Post
    Elmore Leonard just passed away. My favourite author. Loads of his stuff made into films but read anything by him if you like crime caper types. Really, really easy to read because of his brilliant use of dialogue. Always enjoyable
    RIP a great writer and gave me many hours of pleasurable reading.

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    Anyone read the casual vacancy by JK Rowling it was very slow at the start so I gave up wondering is it worth sticking with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Nightdub View Post
    This one's a real hoot, think Forrest Gump only taken to more ridiculous lengths. A 100-year old geezer decides to leg it from the nursing home, nicks a shitload of money from a not very competent criminal gang, goes on the run and in between times, reminisces on his lifetime spent blowing things up on behalf of, and/or spying for, and/or escaping from captivity at the hands of Franco, Truman, Chiang Kai-Shek, Mao Tse-Tung, Stalin, the Shah of Iran, Lyndon B.Johnson and Charles de Gaulle. Totally ludicrous but totally enjoyable.
    Read this last week, couldn't put it down, really enjoyed it. Cheers Doc.

    I don't know if anyone has read this, a few years old now, but a really good read, about an Indian guy writing a letter to the Chinese Premier, relating his lifes story.

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