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  1. I've just started Berlin by Rory MacLean. It's been sitting on my shelf since September (only!), I was sadly prompted to start it because I knew there was a chapter about David Bowie's time in that city.
  2. My last book for 2015, and for me too probably one of the best. I think you certainly have to be in the right frame of mind to read it. It lingered on my bookshelf for some time before I was tempted to take it up even though I knew I wanted to read it. The writing is deeply evocative, I could see and smell the ooze and stench of life in the camps as if I was there myself. I admire the way Flanagan can use his writing to such effect in describing this hellish death camp but equally in detailing his life with and without Amy, (amy, amante, amour, not sure why but that got me every time!) and then his descriptions of the terrifying flight from the bush fire. When I arrived at the end I felt I had seen Dorrigo Evans in the round, his good and bad sides, just as I had see different aspects of the Japanese guards. Excellent book worth a re-read. I'm not sure if everyone can access this, available now BBC Radio 4 Open Book with Richard Flanagan http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0495r3z Also this Sunday's Book of the Month on Book Club, available from 2nd Jan 2016 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06tq9r6
  3. Hi Everyone & Happy New Year, I haven't been around for some time, will try to do better this year but in the meantime I have been reading! I have just finished The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan. I intend reading The Moor's Account by Laila Lalami next but I might need something light and easy in between as The Narrow Road while excellent was harrowing.
  4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03mclqh For David Sedaris fans, not long left to Iisten, I'm afraid. Hope you catch it.
  5. I have had this on my bookshelf for some time, thanks for the introduction Grammath, I really must get around to it.
  6. I've enjoyed many of the longer books mentioned above. Content rather than length is the defining factor for me.
  7. I listened on audio and loved it, even the battle bits!
  8. I do hope you enjoy it Ting, it took me awhile to get around to it but when i did I loved it.
  9. This I can relate to 100%! The only upside of ebooks that I covet is the ability to cross-reference easily.
  10. Like meg, I tend to be on the 'harrowing' side! I've read How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran and really disliked it! I know some people who loved it
  11. I did like Tom Sharp a lot but that was way back in the seventies, I wonder what I would make of them today? Can you second more than one book?
  12. Last movieIi saw was a few weeks ago. Good Will Hunting
  13. I'm racking my brains to come up with a funny book! I know I'm a bit sad
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