Topic: Suggestions for holiday reading.

I thought while on my hols I'd catch up with a few classics that I should have read but never got round to.

Any suggestions?  I need three paperbacks at least.  Last year I did Joseph Conrad - a very clever, yet very boring bloke - like an old Russian Will Self, without the morphine nightmares.  Apart from musing that he ripped off the plot of The Wizard of Oz when he wrote Heart of Darkness, it was a dull week.

Year before that I did the complete works of Thomas Paine in an attempt to fit in with you lefties.  (It didn't work).

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There's a good book out this year that I bought someone for Christmas - The Year of Reading Dangerously by someone Miller. It's about this bloke realising that due to the constraints of his life, work, kids etc, he'd only read one book in a year. He rectified this by reading about 50 books in a year, load of classics, must reads and should have read(s). The books about his year and the books he read. Might be worth a look.

Currently coming to the end of Three Men in a Boat, an easy read, funny in places and free to download.

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Just finished Zeitoun by Dave Eggers, reviewed (very well) somewhere below, by Zephyr Eleven.

Currently well into Eat The Rich, by PJ O'Rourke. Very funny so far.

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You read any Dickens? Got Bleak House on my list. Big list. Great Gatsby? To Kill a Mockingbird?Of Mice and Men? Loved Grapes of Wrath. If you like Orwell, Coming up For Air is a great choice also Down and Out in Paris and London. On The Road and Catcher in The Rye should be on any list I feel. The Corrections for more of a modern classic.

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I liked The Old Curiousity Shop. But was also thinking today about just how many 'classics' left me scratching my head. Moby Dick, Wuthering Heights, Great Gatsby, On the Road, Portrait of the artist as a young man....didn't get any of 'em.

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To Kill a Mockingbird - brilliant, brilliant book. Only got round to reading it a couple of years ago but once started, couldn't put it down.
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Gore's avatar - Charles Bukowski - Women, Post Office, Factotum all v good

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The Right Stuff - Tom Wolfe
In Cold Blood - Trueman Capote
That Old Ace in the Hole - Annie Proulx
Last Train to Memphis - Peter Guralnick
Wolf Hall (It really is a good book)

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The Right Stuff , good call. Going of on a tangent but this is a good article on the film

http://www.wired.com/2014/11/oral-histo … ght-stuff/

Saul Bellow - Adventures Of Augie March.

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When I go away with the kids (now 3 and 5) I don't get chance to read

Away with my mates for golf I read whichever of Today's Golfer,  Golf World,  Play Better Golf is left laying around in the shitter

Failing that:  A life too short:  The Tragedy of Robert Enke is excellent

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We Are All Completely Besides Ourselves - Karen Fowler Joy
Young Skins - Colin Barrett
Mobile Library - David Whitehouse
Beastings - Ben Myers
The Panopticon - Jenni Fagan.
The Friday Gospels - Jenn Ashworth
Animals - Emma Unsworth
Hawthorn & Child - Keith Ridgway
The Free - Willy Vlautine
Angels - Denis Wilson
Tomato Red - Daniel Woodrill
Ugly Bus - Mike Thomas
One Three One - Julian Cope
Thirst - Kerry Hudson
The Accidental Diplomat - Paul Knott (NF)
The Amateurs - John Niven
A Great Big Shining Star - Niall Griffiths

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Anything by Richard Price if you haven't read them.
Dark Trade - Lost in Boxing by Donald McCrae.  Old but a classic.

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Rudi wrote:

We Are All Completely Besides Ourselves - Karen Fowler Joy
Young Skins - Colin Barrett
Mobile Library - David Whitehouse
Beastings - Ben Myers
The Panopticon - Jenni Fagan.
The Friday Gospels - Jenn Ashworth
Animals - Emma Unsworth
Hawthorn & Child - Keith Ridgway
The Free - Willy Vlautine
Angels - Denis Wilson
Tomato Red - Daniel Woodrill
Ugly Bus - Mike Thomas
One Three One - Julian Cope
Thirst - Kerry Hudson
The Accidental Diplomat - Paul Knott (NF)
The Amateurs - John Niven
A Great Big Shining Star - Niall Griffiths

I'm hijacking this. Nice one. Waterstones on the way home I reckon.

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The Quarry - Iain Banks
Any of Willy Vlautin's books (Listen to his band Richmond Fontaine and the side project The Delines).

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James Ellroy Underworld USA Trilogy,  American Tabloid (1995), The Cold Six Thousand (2001), and Blood's a Rover (2009).

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Rudi wrote:

We Are All Completely Besides Ourselves - Karen Fowler Joy
Young Skins - Colin Barrett
Mobile Library - David Whitehouse
Beastings - Ben Myers
The Panopticon - Jenni Fagan.
The Friday Gospels - Jenn Ashworth
Animals - Emma Unsworth
Hawthorn & Child - Keith Ridgway
The Free - Willy Vlautine
Angels - Denis Wilson
Tomato Red - Daniel Woodrill
Ugly Bus - Mike Thomas
One Three One - Julian Cope
Thirst - Kerry Hudson
The Accidental Diplomat - Paul Knott (NF)
The Amateurs - John Niven
A Great Big Shining Star - Niall Griffiths

Nice one Rudi, will get hold of that Niall Griffiths one, Sheepshagger was superb. What's the name of that author you recommended from Middlesbrough, writes a lot about drug culture?

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Richard Milward. That Ten Story Love Song has a twist I never saw coming and I would recommend buying it.

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Cheers Cuts, that's the one.

Also on Iain Banks - The Wasp Factory and Complicity are great books. Player of Games n all if you like any sci fi.

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Hyjacking the thread but try this

http://www.amazon.com/Bed-A-Novel-David … 1451614233

Best thing I've read in ages. And I'm not that big on fiction.

He has another one out this week that looks good too. Rudi has already named it the book of 2015, the advance copy getting fuck that he is.

http://www.amazon.com/Mobile-Library-No … =&qid=

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Cuts wrote:

Hyjacking the thread but try this

http://www.amazon.com/Bed-A-Novel-David … 1451614233

Best thing I've read in ages. And I'm not that big on fiction.

He has another one out this week that looks good too. Rudi has already named it the book of 2015, the advance copy getting fuck that he is.

http://www.amazon.com/Mobile-Library-No … =&qid=

… and for added media whore twattery I was at the book launch last night. Good to see Dave and thewrongimpression again. Mobile Library is unlike anything I've read for ages, a sort of fairy tale for adults.

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5 more days for a real book or Kindle today?

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Real

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CBIT wrote:

James Ellroy Underworld USA Trilogy,  American Tabloid (1995), The Cold Six Thousand (2001), and Blood's a Rover (2009).

Got The Cold Six Thousand from a charity shop in Alnwick this summer. Couldn't put it down. Bought the other two when we got back. Loved all the voodoo stuff in Blood's a Rover.
All highly recommended.

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Travis Bickle wrote:

Anything by Richard Price if you haven't read them.
Dark Trade - Lost in Boxing by Donald McCrae.  Old but a classic.

The Fight by Norman Mailer is a good boxing book.

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YEADONCHAP wrote:
Travis Bickle wrote:

Anything by Richard Price if you haven't read them.
Dark Trade - Lost in Boxing by Donald McCrae.  Old but a classic.

The Fight by Norman Mailer is a good boxing book.

So it is.
That you done for another year then?
Kettles always on..feel free to call back.

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