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Old Feb 6th 2021, 3:11 pm
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Talking of schooldays, probably time to reread Hornblower!
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Old Feb 6th 2021, 3:12 pm
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Originally Posted by spouse of scouse View Post
Scouse and I got Kindles a few years ago, we persevered with them for a few months then gave them away. I love physical books too, although probably unlike you Lion I treat mine atrociously. I read while I eat, when I'm in the bath, by the pool. For that reason I buy second-hand paperbacks, and I still have favourites from years ago. Battered and splattered, but still readable. Scouse's books are always in perfect condition, he's my polar opposite when it comes to neatness and order.

I do those things with common or garden paperbacks too ( but not old orange or green Penguins). Owing to American baths beings sized for children, I mostly have showers these days but in England having paperbacks drying out on a towel was a regular feature.
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Talking of schooldays, probably time to reread Hornblower!
Read them all, multiple times. So did Little Lion. He also had Sharpe's Rifles, which he devoured. All of them.
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For years I had a hard copy of Jan T. Gross "Neighbours" but I could not bring myself to read this awfulk tale of ebvnts in a Polish village in the summer of 1941. I got it as an audiobook and listened yesterday. A truly dreadful story and a reminder that awful events took place within living memory.
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I remember the drawings in the Sutcliff books, because they were different from the usual sanitised, wholesome drawings in children's books. I didn't know anything about him though. Interesting life.

https://spitalfieldslife.com/2018/07...illustrator-x/
Brilliant piece, and superb illustrations. Thanks for finding it. That one of the coal man with the sack of coal on his back - that takes me right back to watching the coal men deliver to us, mid 1950s I suppose.

I read somewhere that at first, Sutcliff was not happy with the choice of Keeping to illustrate her books; he was a quirky modernist, she was very traditional. Whether she grew to value his contribution, I don’t know.
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"Empireland" by Sathnam Sanghera. I am doing it as an audiobook. Sanghera is a Sikh born and brought up in Powell's Wolverhampton. No holds barred !.
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Surviving Hiroshima: A Young Woman's Story
Anthony Drago, Douglas Wellman
I am going to put this book in my top 5 best reads. Very easy good read! with a great story 5*****
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Originally Posted by Lion in Winter View Post
Read them all, multiple times. So did Little Lion. He also had Sharpe's Rifles, which he devoured. All of them.
Respect to Little Lion! There's a lot of Sharpe stories.
I've finally got the last of Uhtred's long saga, so naturally I had to start at book 1 & reread the whole bally lot of them.
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"Empireland" by Sathnam Sanghera. I am doing it as an audiobook. Sanghera is a Sikh born and brought up in Powell's Wolverhampton. No holds barred !.
I would be interested in this.
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Medieval Civilization by Aryeh Grabois. Bought for €0.50 in a charity shop. A fact filled reference work on all the practices and social norms of the Middle Ages.
Since our 21st Cent. culture seems to be going backwards these days, there are some very interesting parallels Our Betters may want to bring back ...
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Facing the Bear : Scotland and the Cold War.



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He said that it proves he is still alive and kicking.




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Facing the Bear : Scotland and the Cold War.



as Reviewed by Scot 47
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He said that it proves he is still alive and kicking.
I like the sound of that book. Especially the fact that apparently it’s full of intriguing historical anecdotes. Gotta have anecdotes in a book, otherwise I’m in danger of falling asleep..
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I have just finished reading Rifleman. A memoir by Victor Gregg.
I bought it for MrBEVS but was moved to read it myself.
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