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  1. 1. Your favourite book. Grapes of Wrath 2. Saddest book you ever read. Right now the one that comes to mind is A Short Walk from Harrods by Dirk Bogarde. He has had to leave his home in France and move back to London, watched his partner die and now waits to die himself. The end of a life, a well lived life, but an end all the same. Lots of Holocaust books and similar life changing event type books would fall into this category as well. 3. Book you read a paragraph or two from every now and then. Like Luna and JFP from poetry books rather than novels, Ma
  2. This is Us, a family drama on Amazon Prime. It's a circular drama, in one episode you can have the same characters at different times of their lives. Reminds me of Thirtysomething, produced by one of the actors from that series, but even before I knew that I felt the connection. Has that great ability to tune in to moments in life and expand on them. One of most addictive TV series I've ever watched. I know a family drama just sounds like 'it's all been done before' but this one is different. One of the best novels never written.
  3. Absolutely loved this book Luna. Hope you're enjoying it?
  4. Greetings and felicitations. BGO gone .Stay friends?

  5. Well I am as guilty as others for not posting as much as I should/could have. But I always checked in and read the reviews and when I had something to say about a book I would contribute. Like Clavain I would have been willing to consider a monthly payment to keep the site going but fully understand the reasons for shutting it down. I hope it is still available as an archive for reference and if that isn't possible could someone let us know ASAP as I think there are some things I'd like to save for myself. I have enjoyed the site, like all I felt a change after David was no longer
  6. I would recommend the detective series starting with Mr Mercedes. Also 11.22.63, Lisey's Story and Duma Key. Personally I think his writing improved after his accident. I have been reading King since the release of Carrie and a few years ago I started re reading his books in chronological order (in between other books) and some have not stood the test of time. They aren't bad just not as good as I remembered them.
  7. I couldn't finish this. I found the first story about the playwright ok but when it moved onto her daughter it all got too much for me. Felt like I was being lectured to about the black lives experience. Which me makes me sound uncaring. I have read many books from all over the world, diverse peoples filling my mind with how they live and how no matter the difference of their surroundings we are all basically the same. I have read the first volume and am halfway through the second volume of Reporting Civil Rights so I am not immune to the black cause and would consider as far as a white middle
  8. Well following your review I finally got round to reading this Mr HG. I read it on audio and the individual lines of conversation you found difficult to read in their Kindle art form were very affective in an audio format. Voiced by different actors they spread out like radio stations constantly being re tuned. At first a bit confusing and then they fell into place. These thoughts ethereally escaped and were allowed to wander in and out of the airwaves. I was completely immersed in the village world Porter created, reminded me of H. E. Bates, perhaps the Uncle Silas books, the char
  9. I tried listening to this on Audio and gave up. I don't know if it was the narrator or the book but I didn't care about the people. Especially the owner of the property. It all seemed cliched to me, the PC wishing she was off arresting hard line villains, the day time drinking etc.
  10. They talked about this on Between The Covers, the new BBC book programme. I added it to my list then but good to hear another vote in favour of this.
  11. I hope you do give it a chance and enjoy it Viccie. It did that thing good books do, left me wanting more and missing spending time with the characters.
  12. I'm a fan of the Who's music but not of Mr Daltrey's politics so I was giving this book a miss but your review has confirmed that decision.
  13. From the blurb on Amazon - "'One of the most brilliantly inventive writers of this, or any country' (Independent) turns his unique eye on the dark end of the 1960s in his enthralling new novel, a story of music, dreams, drugs and madness, love and grief, stardom's wobbly ladder and fame's Faustian pact." In the beginning there is desperation, the searching for sustenance for the body and the soul. There are trials and tribulations, soaring ethereal moments of musical connection, personal growth, awakenings and chemical enhanced imaginings. All fairly standard fare for a ban
  14. Take one family of six, four brothers and two sisters. Add in a history of service within the fading Empire, a sprinkle of entitlement and a whole barrel load of dedication and personal fortitude. Introduce a World War and send them off to fight, to heal, to survive. From Devon to India, Burma, Malaya, Italy and the hospitals of London this fast paced, biography reads like a cross between a thrilling action novel and a thoroughly researched family history. They are of course all dead now, but when, in the epilogue, the author lists the nature and the times of their deaths I felt sa
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