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As there is a film thread and i'm more of a book person I thought this may be a good topic.

 

Fiction

 

The Pickwick Papers, great expectations, nicolas nickelby-Charles Dickens

Jane Erye-Charlotte Bronte

The Book of ultimate Truths-Robert Rankin

The Erye Affair (and the Sequels) -Jasper Fforde

Going solo, boy-Roald Dahl

the time travellers wife-the niffenwotsit woman (i can't spell her name)

the paddington books by micheal bond

the steps up the chimmney - william corlett (plus sequels)

Emma, mansfield park, northanger abbey-jane Austen

IT, desperation,the regulators, misery-stephen king

The neverending story-micheal ende

The woman in white- wilkie collins

 

Anyone else? I'm always looking for a good book, and i haven't even touched on the great non-fiction books i've read

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Go to e-bay, do a search for Jane Duncan, the "My Friends..." series. In the 60/70s, she was one of the top sellers in the UK, but sadly, she is fast being forgotten and I try to encourage as many people as I can to discover her absolutely wonderful books.

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Nabakov: Lolita

Voltaire: Candide

All of Jane Austen

Douglas Adams: Hitchhiker's Guide - all of them

Terry Pratchett - the whole lot

Louis Carroll - everything

Spike Milligan: Silly Verse for Kids

Vera Brittain: Testament of Youth

 

And that's just some of my favourite fiction.

 

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Hi HC, The Spike Milligan silly verse for kids. This is one of my most treasured possesions. My teacher gave me her copy when I was 9 cos I loved his poems soooo much. I receite his poetry all the time. I am currently reading 'The Bible according to Spike Milligan' His version of 'Lady Chatterleys Lover' was amusing.

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I can't find my copy.

 

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Also Hilaire Belloc: Selected Cautionary Tales

Edward Lear

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George Orwell - 1984 - my favourite book!

Firestarter - Stephen King (before he got all 'posh' and poo)

The Spear - James Herbert

Lightning - Koontz

Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown (it might be poorly written, but it's a good fast read - same goes for the other 3 of his too)

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And everything else by Orwell as well

 

Ian Rankin: all the Rebus books.

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Oh - and my Bible:

 

Lynne Truss: Eats Shoots and Leaves. I've read the rest of her books, but they're not as good, imo.

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Jane Eyre

Harry Potter Series (I'm now trying to read this in Japanese.....)

Lion Witch and Wardrobe series by CS Lewis

Wild Swans by Jung Chang

Chalet School series (might be a bit dated but pure escapism)

Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy

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Oh - and my Bible:

 

Lynne Truss: Eats Shoots and Leaves. I've read the rest of her books, but they're not as good, imo.

Indeed. That reminds me of another one: Watching the English, by Kate Fox. Anthropology has never been more entertaining. :-D
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I'll have to put that one on my wish list. Another of my favourites for dipping into is Schott's Original Miscellany. Great for reading in the bath - and for quiz ideas.

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vera brittain - testament of youth...just got the shivers when i saw that - boy did i struggle with that one for my A level. and that was years ago!!!!!

 

 

Oh - I love it - such a statement of feminism. And all those brilliant lives lost due to the great war. It makes me cry, even now.

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You should! And the TV adaptation was not bad, either.

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Ringworld - Larry Niven

 

The Nights Dawn Trilogy - Peter F Hamilton

 

Everything by Tom Sharpe, but especially Wilt (so much better than the TV adaptation)

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Tom Sharpe - agreed! Very funny books - don't agree with Wilt being the best one though, for me it was Porterhouse Blues.

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George Orwell - 1984

Vladimir Nabokov - Lolita

Harper Lee - To kill a mockingbird

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Oh - I love it - such a statement of feminism. And all those brilliant lives lost due to the great war. It makes me cry, even now.

 

Yes, a great book .. and have you read Vera Britten's Testament of Friendship? Very very moving ...

'Fortune favours the brave.'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oh yes, and Testament of Experience as well.

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LOL wino

 

Virginia Woolf: A Room of One's Own

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