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Acting on my son's recommendation I'm reading Dark Star Safari:Overland from Cairo to Cape Town by Paul Theroux. I'm already totally engaged by it.

 

I read this not long after it was first published. I enjoyed it so much that I was inspired to read all of Theroux's previous travel books. Hope you like it as much as I did.

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A charity shop spree this morning:

 

Faith Fox - Jane Gardam

A Long Long Way - Sebastian Barry (replacement copy)

Every Dead Thing - John Connolly

The Private Patient - P.D. James

Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter - Mario Vargas Llosa

A Fraction of the Whole - Steve Toltz

Patrimony - Philip Roth

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I read this not long after it was first published. I enjoyed it so much that I was inspired to read all of Theroux's previous travel books. Hope you like it as much as I did.

 

 

So far enjoying it very much. Which others of his travel books would you put in a top three so that I can 'explore' further?

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Went slightly mad today:

 

American Wife - Curtis Sittenfield

Mary Reilly - Valerie Martin

The Spare Room - Helen Garner

The Other Hand - Chris Cleave

Immortality - Milan Kundera

The Understudy - David Nicholls

American Appetites - Joyce Carol Oates

Pegasus Decending - James Lee Burke

The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch - Anne Enright

Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami

Passing On - Penelope Lively

Blind Date - Frances Fyfield

The Convenient Marriage - Georgette Heyer

Love Over Scotland - Alexander McCall Smith

Lady of Quality - Georgette Heyer

number9dream - David Mitchell

Blue Shoes and Happiness - Alexander McCall Smith

How Many Miles to Babylon? - Jennifer Johnston

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pciked up a few books recently using book vouchers i had got at christmas

 

local book shop voucher:

 

the three emperors - miranda carter (about the russian, british and german emperors in world war I)

ship of fools - fintan o'toole (about the financial crisis we are now)

the kite runner - khaled hossini

world history with atlas - webster reference library (to finish off the voucher :))

 

Easons:

roberto bolano - the savage detectives

John Steinbeck - cannery row

Ian McEwen - Solar

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This month's book purchases:

 

Band of Brothers -Alexander Kent

Heart of Oak - Alexander Kent

The Double Comfort Safari Club - Alexander McCall Smith

Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel

The Oak and The Calf - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

The First Circle - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Cancer Ward - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

 

A mixture of new and second-hand.

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So far enjoying it very much. Which others of his travel books would you put in a top three so that I can 'explore' further?

 

My personal favourite was 'The Pillars of Hercules' - a trip around the Mediterranean coast from Gibraltar to Morocco. So much of the book has stayed with me, not least some of the characters he meets on his way.

 

'The Old Patagonian Express' was a slightly dated, but memorable account of a trip from Massachusetts to Patagonia. The bits in Central America were especially interesting as was his encounter with Borges in Buenos Aires.

 

'The Happy Isles of Oceania' was a departure from his usual type of journey, it being a canoe based journey around the Pacific islands. Some of the islands he visits can feel a bit repetitive, but it was nice to read about places I'd never heard of before.

 

They would probably be my top three. The last few chapters of 'Riding the Iron Rooster' was good as well - a terrifying car journey through the Himalayas to Tibet - although the book as a whole wasn't the greatest.

 

I've not as yet had a chance to read his latest - 'Ghost Train To The Eastern Star'.

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My personal favourite was 'The Pillars of Hercules' - a trip around the Mediterranean coast from Gibraltar to Morocco. So much of the book has stayed with me, not least some of the characters he meets on his way.

Oh, I liked that, too - especially the chapter on Albania, which seems to stick with a lot of readers.

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In the last week and a half I have purchased:

 

Reading Group - Elizabeth Nobel

The Little Friend - Donna Tartt

Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel

2x Dick Francis

1x The saint

The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins

Fingersmith - Sarah Waters

I am Cat - Soeski

The Rebel Angels - Robertson Davies

Thud - Terry Pratchett

Confessions of a Shopperholic - Sophie Kinsella

Secrets - Freya North

Moonfleet - John Meade Falkner

An Instance of the Fingerpost - Ian Pearson

Waterland - Graham Swift

 

I now have over 50 books on my TBR and should seriously hand over my bank card to someone more responsible!

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In the last week and a half I have purchased:

 

I now have over 50 books on my TBR and should seriously hand over my bank card to someone more responsible!

 

Only 50, that's not much! I've got a whole bookcase... and I've just ordered (to pick up in the UK when I go there at the end of the month):

 

True Blood Box set of 8 books,

Dead and Gone (both for my daughters but I'll read them too)

A Table in the Tarn - Orlando Murrin

Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel

Sacred Hearts - Sarah Dunnant

DVD of Miss Pettigrew Lives for a day

The King's Touch - Jude Morgan

The Ulimate Recipe Book - Angela Nilsen

Unseen - Mari Jungsted

Molly Fox's Birthday - Deidre Madden

 

and I'm also being given by someone who is clearing out her bookcase

The Little Stranger - Sarah Walters

Arthur and George - Julian Barnes

Twenties Girl - Sophie Kinsella

Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts - Lucy Dillon

Somewhere Towards the End - Diana Athill.

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Just found “Nomade auf vier Kontinenten. Auf den Spuren von Sir Richard Francis Burton” by Ilija Trojanow, a non-fiction addition to the Richard Francis Burton biography "The Collector of Worlds", our present RL book club read.

and

"War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoi. Always wanted to read it, so this is the chance!

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My favourite charity bookshop is doing 3 for 2 on all fiction! :banana:

 

I bought:

 

Jamaica Inn - Daphne du Maurier

The Godfather - Mario Puzo

The Children's Book - A.S Byatt

The Other Boleyn Girl - Philippa Gregory

The Gargoyle - Andrew Davidson

Pigs in Heaven - Barbara Kingsolver

 

and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland for my children's book group.

 

All in excellent condition, £4.50 the lot! :)

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From that there Amazon:

 

Tickling the English - Dara O'Briain

Vroom by the Sea - Peter Moore

Italian Shoes - Henning Mankell

Maps and Legends - Michael Chabon

The Shrinking Man - Richard Matheson

Sum - David Eagleman

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