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  2. I just took delivery of The Children's War and boy is it a big book! It seems fitting to me that when I joined BGO everybody was discussing this book and how Meg had cut it up because she couldn't hold it and now, when BGO is finishing it's the book I've just taken delivery of. I won't be cutting it up but I will have to be careful with it, it's 1,168 pages long so I'll have to get creative in how I handle it when I want to read it.
  3. I must admit that I had noticed the lack of traffic recently. I have very much enjoyed my time here and I thank most profusely Admin and Mods for keeping us running for all these years and I have no doubt that it was a difficult decision to make, so thanks for that also. See you on Facebook.
  4. What a shame. I've always loved this group and have discovered lots of really good books.
  5. Yesterday
  6. The Shape of Darkness, Laura Purcell and The Desolations of Devil's Acre: Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs
  7. I don’t think this is what anybody expected. Perhaps we should have. Everything has its time. I have enjoyed being a member.
  8. Last week
  9. Thank you for all your book buying Luna, it was enough to keep us afloat this long, but unfortunately dwindling members and visits just mean that the site is no longer viable. We appreciate all the the members did using the banners and it helped for this long. Over time as well, amazon reduced the amount we received which didn’t help either. It is very sad, but this wasn’t a quick or easy decision and we hope the FB page will be a new, if different, home.
  10. Well I'm shocked! I spend a fortune on Amazon and was under the impression that I was using BGO's link. Even although it was only 5% I blindly thought I was keeping the board going all by myself. Clearly not. And I'm here several times a day. Oh well, if that's the decision then that's the decision.
  11. We appreciate that many people choose not to use Facebook however, there is no ideal platform and this is the best alternative to continue our community. Hopefully someone will be able to meet your request.
  12. 😌 I don't use Facebook. Don't intend to. Does anyone know any other book forums (preferably small but modestly active)?
  13. In 2004 the internet was still a novelty and people all over the world were finding new ways to meet and share hobbies, passions and loves. Bill set up BookGroupOnline and shortly after many of us that are still here joined. We have had births, deaths and marriages. Personally, for me, a newish mum, it was my companion during those lonely days at home when the boys were sleeping. I made friends, none greater then David, our late admin who took over when Bill relinquished the site to the members. We all remember David who embodied everything BGO was and is. It was never quite the same for me af
  14. To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day To the last syllable of recorded time, And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more: it is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing. Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act V scene v
  15. I still think of David often. He always had such wise words to impart and some of them have stayed with me and probably always will.
  16. It's the early 1990's. Edvard has been brought up by his taciturn grandfather on a Norwegian hill farm since his parents died mysteriously in a Franch wood and the 4 year old Edvard disappeared, presumed abducted, and was found 4 days later. There are things grandfather doesn't talk about, like the small copse of trees that belonged to his estranged brother, Edvard's parents, the war and after his death Edvard begins to untangle the mystery of his parents' death and his disappearance, going to Shetland and France. This makes it sound all rather like a conventional family saga but i
  17. Remembering David, and the invaluable presence he was here on BGO.
  18. Thanks for that, Tag. I love books like that and have read a few.
  19. It was the trip of the lifetime. I posted a few pictures of me on FB and people kept saying, "you look so happy." They were right. I was extremely happy. Things have been bad in the U.S. for a while and it was wonderful to get away. I am cautiously hopeful for the future.
  20. This is from the forward to Becoming Them. The fiction of The Children’s War and A Change of Regime, this book’s predecessors, was less fiction than a rewriting and weaving together of various personal histories. The characters are inventions, but in general the events are not. Some of the stories dated from the Second World War from Europe, some from the present from elsewhere. They were all united by the common thread of individuals denied basic human rights and, to a greater or lesser extent, their humanity. Of those who spoke to me personally, many imparted their tales only und
  21. I just bought this, as a result of your post. In paperback, secondhand for an all in price of £12.55.
  22. The Wild Hunt - Elizabeth Chadwick
  23. The Hunt for Red October - Tom Clancy
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