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  1. Wilding by Isabella Tree - about moving away from intensive farming. Defending Beef by Nicolette Hahn Niman - cattle farming can be sustainable.
  2. Peter Temple. Wrote four brilliant novels featuring Jack Irish.
  3. I've just finished watching this documentary series on BBC. It's an interesting series which really does make you think about Hemingway the person vs Hemingway the author. And perhaps change your mind a few times while watching. Has anyone else seen this?
  4. I have a love/hate relationship with summer. I love the fact that I get woken up by the light and the birds at 3:30. And, as long as none of the nighbours are socialising in their gardens, I love that it doesn't get dark until after 10:30. I don't mind the heat if I am walking or relaxing. But I can't sit in the sun or do anything strenuous. I do miss living on the coast where there is usually a breeze. I don't mind being cold in the winter and long as I am wrapped up well. However, I suffer badly with SAD due to the short days and lack of sunlight.
  5. The Dead Heart - Douglas Kennedy
  6. Michael Palin's diaries are great. A fascinating insight into Monty Python, films and travelling. Also Alan Brooke's (later Viscount Alanbrooke) war diaries. He was Chief of the Imperial General Staff (CIGS), the professional head of the British Army, during the Second World War.
  7. I have paid the fees for the next 12 months. So let's go for it!
  8. The middle-of-the-road reviews are often more interesting...
  9. I've read it hux. It's semi-autbiographical if I remember correctly. It's very good.
  10. I've never got round to reading anything by China MiƩville. Perhaps I should because I really enjoyed The CIty and The City on TV.
  11. I think the problem with this novel, and some others by Dickens, is the way he wrote his monthly parts. Dickens would often delivery chapters at the last minute, would introduce new characters and then drop them if they didn't develop, and didn't edit the final collected novel to improve the flow and remove redundant story arcs. This, also was his first work and so suffers the most from these faults.
  12. I did see this advertised. Like you I wasn't sure. But now I'll give it a go.
  13. I am glad to announce that Luna has agreed to join the moderator team (and do all the hard work). I'm sure everyone will agree she is the obvious choice.
  14. The discworld series is one of my favourites. It was something new when it started. Unfortunatley for those arriving fresh to the series, the first few two books are not the steongest. However, I would not start at Guards Gurards! I think Wyrd Sisters is a good starting point. However it really is best to start right at the beginning - as long as you accept that the stories get better and better. See https://www.fantasticfiction.com/p/terry-pratchett/
  15. You are right, Timothy West is a very good narrator. Paul Daneman reading Len Deighton's Harry Palmer books is worth a listen. Michael Palin reading his own books. Robert Powell, Anna Friels, Steven Pacey and John McDonough. And all of the Regency and VIctorian classics work really well. As Tay said, the language is so rich it deserves to be "performed."
  16. I agree. I have always had a problem with this. There are a lot of historical romance (or romace'ish) novels. And they are obviously a vaild genre. But there are a lot of novels set in historical times - albeit with varying degrees of modern sensibilities. There are the historial naval/military books e.g. Honblower, Sharpe. And there are the historical crime novels e.g. Cadfael. I guess there is a type of book that is set in the past (50+ years ago) but written in or times that makes these books some sort of historical-modern literature - some of them might even be a sort of histiography.
  17. Oh wow! I would love to read it. And I want it to stay unpublished...
  18. That's interesting. I prefer to read long books on my Kindle. Might be as simple as the weight.
  19. I must also admit to not realising how "big a deal" it was for Hazel to step up and keep the forum going. Sorry for not appreciating how hard that must have been Hazel.
  20. There may be a thread about some of the books in this series but I failed to find any. David Downing has written seven books featuring John Russell and Effi Koenen. Zoo Station, Silesian Station, Stetting Station, Potsdam Station, Lehrter Station, Masaryk Station and a prequel Wedding Station. The series starts in Berlin the days leading up to WWII and continues through the war up to the Berlin blockade. John is an English journalist with a German ex-wife and son. Effi is a German actress. The stories tell of the compromises and sacrifices the two have to make (together and separately) to survive Nazi Germany, the war and post war intrigues with Soviet and American intelligence services. I have now read the whole series three or four times. It is easy reading but immensely enjoyable.
  21. I stumbled across this thread while looking for something. It brought a few tears to my eyes... again.
  22. Gimson's Prime Ministers - Brief Lives from Walople to Johnson. A great easy read. Each prime minister gets at least two pages, soemtime as many as eight. These brief biographies are just enough to pique your interest and if I hadn't been reading the hardback would probably have spent longer on Wikipedia. As a quick reference to all of the British PMs so far this isn't bad.
  23. Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada. I'm only on page 24 and already hooked.
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