- I need a new book – can you recommend one please?
Just finished some £2.00 paperback from the supermarket, The bombmaker, by Stephen Leather, absolutely brilliant book and well worth 2 pounds!(Asda)
Kind of stuck with what to follow it up with now and feeling sad I finished it, (as you do after been engrossed in a book start to finish)
Any suggestions. Thriller / war type thing or factual based perhaps as I really enjoyed Vulcan 607 a few months back too.
Maybe a good SAS story?Posted 9 years agosmudgeMember
Must be honest I dont read much but last year had to go to France with work and wanted a book to read whilst on the Eurostar and was recommended a book called ‘The curious incident of the dog in the night’ by Mark Haddon, its about an autistic boy (sort of gets inside his head). Like I said I dont read much but found I had to keep reading it with lots of funny bits and a bit emotional too. In fact I could read it again. Wished I read more really,Posted 9 years agoIWHMember
Duncan Kyle ‘White Out’ (also released as ‘In Deep’).
I’m reading a draft at the moment from an ex-Army chap who got up to all sorts after leaving the Forces. I hesitate to call it enjoyable because it’s actually quite alarming in places but it’s a very good read.
Although that doesn’t help you when it’s not out yet. Sorry.Posted 9 years agoBurtsMember
I found this in the laundry room last week, and am thoroughly enjoying it so far. Very well written, lots of interesting detail:Posted 9 years ago
As above (and previously recommended), Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and more particularly, the sequel Girl Who Played With Fire.
But now I’m reading Wetlands, and I’d have thought it was pretty much essential reading for STW, dealing, as it does, with intimate and sordid details of bodily functions.Posted 9 years agoIHNMember
Good thrillers: Enigma, Archangel and Fatherland all by Robert Harris
Other books I’ve enjoyed recently(ish): A Thousand Splendid Suns (Khaled Husseini), Cold Mountain (Charles Frazier), 1984 (if you have to ask, you really need to read more books), South (Ernest Shackleton)
Favourite book ever: Lonesome Dove (Larry McMurtry).Posted 9 years agomastiles_fanylionMember
The Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck. IMO the most wonderful novel ever written.
Holes by Louis Sachar – actually a children’s book but engrossing.
Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks. Good throw-away fiction but well written and created my continuing interest in the suffering of war.
Wich brings me to…
If This is a Man – Primo Levi. A harrowing real-life account of the Auswitz Death Camps. A must-read for everyone.Posted 9 years agoCaptainFlashheartMember
Yep, my 607 thread turned up some excellent recommendations.
Also, have a look at Simon Winchester if you like factual, his work on Krakatoa reads almost like a gripping thriller as well as a superb history – it’s called “Krakatoa, the day the world exploded”Posted 9 years agomrsflashMember
quite a few good suggestions there. just finished The Road by Cormac McCarthy, enjoyed (if you can put it like that) it a lot. Also Half a Yellow Sun – can’t remember who it’s by but it’s about the Biafran War in Nigeria in the 60s, very interesting as I knew nothing about that period.
Currently reading The 19th Wife about polygamous marriage in Mormons and sects of the Mormon church. Enjoying that too. Next one lined up after that is The Kite Runner.Posted 9 years agomastiles_fanylionMember
I must try the Grapes of Wrath again. I read it when I was 19, didn’t really ‘get it’.
I did – the last page is so perfectly written that when you DO get it, you feel completely satisfied. The girl breast-feeding the old man in the barn – it just sums up the human spirit, that no matter the set-backs, life endures. Wonderful.Posted 9 years ago
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