Go Back  British Expats > General > The Lounge
Reload this Page >

Book corner - What are you reading, and Why?

Book corner - What are you reading, and Why?

Old Mar 17th 2020, 2:36 pm
  #121  
Resident Cynic
 
macliam's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2013
Location: Suffolk,UK; Alentejo, Portugal
Posts: 7,831
macliam has a reputation beyond reputemacliam has a reputation beyond reputemacliam has a reputation beyond reputemacliam has a reputation beyond reputemacliam has a reputation beyond reputemacliam has a reputation beyond reputemacliam has a reputation beyond reputemacliam has a reputation beyond reputemacliam has a reputation beyond reputemacliam has a reputation beyond reputemacliam has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Book corner - What are you reading, and Why?

Originally Posted by robin1234 View Post
I am reading about the Second World War, but for one specific reason. I’m reading about my father’s campaign. He served in the 15th (Scottish) Division. More widely though, I’ve been fascinated by the historiography of WWII for quite a few years.

Apart from that, most of my reading is novels. I’d have to say that two of my all-time favourites are Amos Oz and Jane Austen.
A personal interest always adds something..... I've done a fair bit of research on the Royal Welch Fusiliers in WW1, because that's the regiment to which my Grandad was assigned when he volunteered in 1914 and in which he served until he was demobbed in Limerick in 1919. The "butty" he joined up with was killed serving in the Royal West Surreys in 1915 - it almost seems that they were purposely sent in deifferent directions. Trying to work out his migration between batallions, from the bits of information I have about him (Redmondite volunteer, Gassed on the Western Front, Malaria, Dysentry and "Yellow Fever" (Hepatitis) at Gallipoli, demobbed in Limerick almost 5 years later) is like playing snakes and ladders blindfold!
macliam is offline  
Old Mar 23rd 2020, 1:21 pm
  #122  
BE Forum Addict
 
el collado kid's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2019
Location: jalon valley costa Blanca
Posts: 3,002
el collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Book corner - What are you reading, and Why?

The book i am 3/4 the way through is. Sagittarius Rising by Cecil Lewis.The true story of a boy who left school to join the RAF at 17 years old and turned in to skilled pilot who survived the war a very interesting read and if this is a subject you would like it is well worth it
el collado kid is offline  
Old Mar 24th 2020, 4:31 am
  #123  
Just Joined
 
Joined: Mar 2020
Posts: 4
Anna07 is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: Book corner - What are you reading, and Why?

I'm reading "All the Light We Cannot See" - By Anthony Doerr. This 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner novel was really a great read so far.
Anna07 is offline  
Old Apr 1st 2020, 2:38 pm
  #124  
BE Forum Addict
 
el collado kid's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2019
Location: jalon valley costa Blanca
Posts: 3,002
el collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Book corner - What are you reading, and Why?

This book was a brilliant read it is called.One of the family.The englishman and the mafia.By John Pearson.An ease read and well written about a villian and violent man who was a gangster in the usa and uk, became involved in the music industry and film business.Who also new the kray brothers a very good read
el collado kid is offline  
Old Apr 3rd 2020, 7:49 am
  #125  
BE Forum Addict
 
el collado kid's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2019
Location: jalon valley costa Blanca
Posts: 3,002
el collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Book corner - What are you reading, and Why?

A maids tale.A revealing memoir of a life below stairs BYTom Quinn and Rose Plummer.This book starts in the early 1900s and finishes in 1980s.from birth to roses death and tell of her life through the years in service, marriage and ending in an old peoples home.This is a well written book and very ease read which i did read the book in 4 nights.I would highly recommend this book.Brought on my kindle for 99p.by the way kindle books seem to have gone up in price since the lockdown
el collado kid is offline  
Old Apr 3rd 2020, 8:16 am
  #126  
Heading for Poppyland
 
robin1234's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Location: North Norfolk and northern New York State
Posts: 11,570
robin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Book corner - What are you reading, and Why?

I hope everyone remembers, millions of books are available free from public libraries, the National Emergency Library, and lots of other places. Read them on your kindle or other internet device.

https://archive.org/details/nationalemergencylibrary
robin1234 is offline  
Old Apr 3rd 2020, 12:52 pm
  #127  
BE Forum Addict
 
el collado kid's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2019
Location: jalon valley costa Blanca
Posts: 3,002
el collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Book corner - What are you reading, and Why?

I have just bought 3 more books for 99p each on kindle.So they are still there if you are interested
el collado kid is offline  
Old Apr 4th 2020, 4:14 am
  #128  
Somewhere
 
BEVS's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2003
Location: Below
Posts: 35,687
BEVS has a reputation beyond reputeBEVS has a reputation beyond reputeBEVS has a reputation beyond reputeBEVS has a reputation beyond reputeBEVS has a reputation beyond reputeBEVS has a reputation beyond reputeBEVS has a reputation beyond reputeBEVS has a reputation beyond reputeBEVS has a reputation beyond reputeBEVS has a reputation beyond reputeBEVS has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Book corner - What are you reading, and Why?

Snowing in Bali.
Because it was on the shelf here. One of MrBEV's
BEVS is offline  
Old Apr 7th 2020, 7:30 am
  #129  
Heading for Poppyland
 
robin1234's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Location: North Norfolk and northern New York State
Posts: 11,570
robin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Book corner - What are you reading, and Why?

Further to my earlier message about millions of free books, HathiTrust is another place. All their out-of-copyright material is free for everyone to read online, and if you have credentials from a member library, you can also read in-copyright books that your library has on the shelf in tangible format.

https://www.hathitrust.org/
robin1234 is offline  
Old Apr 8th 2020, 7:59 am
  #130  
BE Forum Addict
 
el collado kid's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2019
Location: jalon valley costa Blanca
Posts: 3,002
el collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Book corner - What are you reading, and Why?

I finished this book last night which i read in 5 nights.Into thin air (a personal account of the everest disaster)I nearly did not buy this book as i did not think it was for me.From start to finish i found this a good easy read and it was quite fascinating that such first class mountaineers made so many mistakes.Never realy been interested in the subject,but this book was informative and i would say hard to put down.
el collado kid is offline  
Old Apr 8th 2020, 8:52 am
  #131  
Heading for Poppyland
 
robin1234's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Location: North Norfolk and northern New York State
Posts: 11,570
robin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Book corner - What are you reading, and Why?

I’m about halfway through this book now.

Robert Woollcombe
Lion Rampant
The Memoirs of an Infantry Officer from D-Day to the Rhineland.

Max Hastings blurb on the cover of the book;
”One of the most vivid personal memoirs of the Second World War. Few writers have bettered his description of the experiences of front line infantrymen under the stress of battle.”

I’d agree with the above, it’s breathtakingly immediate and shocking. The author was in his early twenties, and lived for many years, but I can’t see that he ever published anything else. He should have, he’s a great writer! But I guess he just had one book in him ..

I’m reading it for this particular reason. He was in the same division as my father, the Fifteenth Scottish Division. (“The Lion Rampant.”) They were in different battalions, but within a few miles of each other (or closer) for the whole campaign. In researching my father’s campaign, I have available the divisional history, the regimental history, and the battalion war diaries - all of which are dry and laconic. This personal memoir covers the same, familiar, battles, villages, river crossings etc, but fleshes it out in a readable & shocking fashion.
robin1234 is offline  
Old Apr 8th 2020, 12:33 pm
  #132  
BE Forum Addict
 
el collado kid's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2019
Location: jalon valley costa Blanca
Posts: 3,002
el collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond reputeel collado kid has a reputation beyond repute
Smile Re: Book corner - What are you reading, and Why?

Originally Posted by robin1234 View Post
I’m about halfway through this book now.

Robert Woollcombe
Lion Rampant
The Memoirs of an Infantry Officer from D-Day to the Rhineland.

Max Hastings blurb on the cover of the book;
”One of the most vivid personal memoirs of the Second World War. Few writers have bettered his description of the experiences of front line infantrymen under the stress of battle.”

I’d agree with the above, it’s breathtakingly immediate and shocking. The author was in his early twenties, and lived for many years, but I can’t see that he ever published anything else. He should have, he’s a great writer! But I guess he just had one book in him ..

I’m reading it for this particular reason. He was in the same division as my father, the Fifteenth Scottish Division. (“The Lion Rampant.”) They were in different battalions, but within a few miles of each other (or closer) for the whole campaign. In researching my father’s campaign, I have available the divisional history, the regimental history, and the battalion war diaries - all of which are dry and laconic. This personal memoir covers the same, familiar, battles, villages, river crossings etc, but fleshes it out in a readable & shocking fashion.
Sounds a good book robin just looked it up on amazon.They do not have it.I have just started this book Cheerful sacrifice the battle of arras 1917 By Jonathan Nicholls.A good start i will let you know how it goes
el collado kid is offline  
Old Apr 8th 2020, 2:27 pm
  #133  
Forum Regular
 
Joined: Jul 2010
Posts: 128
MtbbikeVanlife has a reputation beyond reputeMtbbikeVanlife has a reputation beyond reputeMtbbikeVanlife has a reputation beyond reputeMtbbikeVanlife has a reputation beyond reputeMtbbikeVanlife has a reputation beyond reputeMtbbikeVanlife has a reputation beyond reputeMtbbikeVanlife has a reputation beyond reputeMtbbikeVanlife has a reputation beyond reputeMtbbikeVanlife has a reputation beyond reputeMtbbikeVanlife has a reputation beyond reputeMtbbikeVanlife has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Book corner - What are you reading, and Why?

Originally Posted by el collado kid View Post
I finished this book last night which i read in 5 nights.Into thin air (a personal account of the everest disaster)I nearly did not buy this book as i did not think it was for me.From start to finish i found this a good easy read and it was quite fascinating that such first class mountaineers made so many mistakes.Never realy been interested in the subject,but this book was informative and i would say hard to put down.
As you enjoyed that, you might like "The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest". It gives the above story from the perspective of the Russian climber Anatoli Boukreev.

Then, once you are hooked into climbing stories, there is the classic "Touching the Void" by Joe Simpson.

Carl.
MtbbikeVanlife is offline  
Old Apr 8th 2020, 4:08 pm
  #134  
Heading for Poppyland
 
robin1234's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Location: North Norfolk and northern New York State
Posts: 11,570
robin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Book corner - What are you reading, and Why?

Originally Posted by el collado kid View Post
Sounds a good book robin just looked it up on amazon.They do not have it.I have just started this book Cheerful sacrifice the battle of arras 1917 By Jonathan Nicholls.A good start i will let you know how it goes
Relying on Amazon is a mistake. I got my copy from World of Books (they had several copies.) ABEbooks also listed several copies. I think the best way to find books to buy is to use specialist book shops & book shop aggregators.
robin1234 is offline  
Old Apr 8th 2020, 4:16 pm
  #135  
Heading for Poppyland
 
robin1234's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Location: North Norfolk and northern New York State
Posts: 11,570
robin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond reputerobin1234 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Book corner - What are you reading, and Why?

Actually I just looked in Amazon.co.uk, and they do have Lion Rampant, twelve copies of it !
robin1234 is offline  

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.