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A Good Read?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by BertieBassett2, Jun 24, 2019.

  1. smoothnewt

    smoothnewt Star commenter

    Having read Rebecca years ago, I've been reading some more Daphne du Maurier this year: Jamaica Inn, Frenchmen's Creek and My Cousin Rachel. I'd recommend all of them.
     
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  2. SammyBear2016

    SammyBear2016 Occasional commenter

    If you like crime i can highly recommend books by Harlan Coben, Michael Connelly and Kathy Reichs.
     
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  3. smoothnewt

    smoothnewt Star commenter

    A best-seller and a real page-turner: I really enjoyed The Woman in the Window by AJ Finn recently.
     
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  4. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Ben H Winters: Golden State

    Hugh Howey: Wool

    Helen Smith: The Miracle Inspector

    Anything by Luke Smitherd
     
  5. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    I am getting Bitter Orange from the library later. Checked out the recommendations from the ST Culture. Some I have read, some I tried and rejected and some make up a ‘long list ‘ ;)
     
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  6. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Rude Kids by Chris Donald

    It's the inside story of Viz Comic - fnarr fnarr. Made me laugh a lot because he is of a similar age to me, so his pop culture references were all very familiar. His thoughts on the various 'celebrities' and media movers and shakers he rubbed shoulders with are also highly amusing. At one point Viz was one of the best-selling publications in the UK, much to the disappointment of the literary establishment I'm sure.

    For undemanding stiff upper lipped adventurous tosh I quite like the old Biggles books by Capt. W E Johns.
     
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  7. Laphroig

    Laphroig Lead commenter

    Malcolm Pryce for the Aberystwyth noir series - genuinely witty and surreal. Also Jasper Fforde.
     
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  8. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    Stuart Maconie ? Huge fan . Social history / social conscience and massive wit - what’s not to like? Currently working on his latest about the NHS
     
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  9. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Nothing like a few local noir novels to get the tourists rolling in eh? Every where you go these days there's a set of locally set mystery novels on the souvenir shop shelves. :)
     
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  10. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    "Skulduggery in Skegness"

    "Dark Days in Droitwich"

    "What Went On In Wisbech"
     
  11. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Shortest novel in the English language?
     
  12. towncryer

    towncryer Lead commenter

    If you like futuristic post apocalyptic dystopian novels try Margaret Atwood. THe Oryx and Crake trilogy.
    Interesing, humorous in places and with content to make you think.
     
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  13. BertieBassett2

    BertieBassett2 Star commenter

    Yes, I've read and enjoyed those - I quite like a bit of dystopia!
     
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  14. BertieBassett2

    BertieBassett2 Star commenter

    I read 'The Eyre Affair' and didn't really enjoy it.
     
  15. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    "Ennui in extremis in Exeter"
     
  16. BertieBassett2

    BertieBassett2 Star commenter

    That has been recommended to me by a friend, so another endorsement is good!
     
  17. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    "My gerbil and other animals" by Richard Gere.
     
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  18. BertieBassett2

    BertieBassett2 Star commenter

    Yes, I've read a few of hers. I liked The Paying Guests.
     
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  19. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Public Winking... that's what went on... so much winking.
     
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  20. BertieBassett2

    BertieBassett2 Star commenter

    Having a degree in English and French Literature, I feel I've 'done' the Classics (shameful attitude, I know!) I have re-read (in English, mind) a lot of the French novels I enjoyed the first time around - Madame Bovary, Nana, Les Miserables, Eugenie Grandet and some short Stories by de Maupassant. I'm at the point where I just want a book to wash over me, without the analysis the Classics deserve.
     
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