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PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2015 6:15 pm 
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I am trying with little success or interest to plough through The Book Thief.

So far this summer I have read: Life After Life (Kate Atkinson), Clothes Music Boys (Viv Albertine), Fallout (Sadie Jones) and the best by far that I 've read is Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel. It is utterly brilliant IMO.

What is everyone else reading? is there an elevenplusforum book club?


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2015 10:00 am 
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Am reading Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell.
Great book, very well written (I tend to skip over description that are too detailed, but with this book it's a delight to read the description of this magical Georgian England and soak in the atmosphere) :)


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2015 1:09 pm 
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I struggled with The Book Thief, finished it but didn't enjoy it.

Currently reading The Forbidden Queen by Anne O'Brien but also read The Queen's Head by Edward Marston , The Bretheren by Robert Merle and The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2015 3:41 pm 
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I haven't read any of those! I read 'Restoration' by Rose Tremain earlier in the year. If you like historical novels you'll love that. Set in the reign of Charles II. Obviously!!


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2015 4:13 pm 
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ConfusedFather wrote:
Am reading Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell.
Great book, very well written (I tend to skip over description that are too detailed, but with this book it's a delight to read the description of this magical Georgian England and soak in the atmosphere) :)



Just finished this, loved it. It combines the best sort of Dickens language and humour, without the wordiness of, say, Hardy.

I've taken solace in a couple of Sophie Kinsellas lately, total froth but Twenties Firl was quite fun and interesting. Now reading The Hothouse Flower, can't remember who by.

For historical I love Barbara Erskine, writing fiction based on history long before Philippa Gregory, also love Kate Mosse Labyrinth series.

As I said in a similar thread lately, I forced myself to finish Goldfinch, can't think why, I hated it, soooooooo depressing. Think I kept hoping it would get better but it never did.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2015 8:42 pm 
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I have just finished: The Pearl that broke its shell by Nadia Hashimi

A very good read especially for anyone who enjoyed 'A Thousand Splendid Suns.'

http://www.tripfiction.com/pearl-broke- ... ghanistan/


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2015 10:38 pm 
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I have just read Satnam Sanghera's book "Marriage Material" which I found to be an excellent read with much with which I could identify.I have began Haruki Murakami's "Norwegian Wood" not yet really got into it but since it is a look back in time to amongst other things his first love will get back to it but have decided temporarily to dwell into man's most evil recesses by reading a very short penguin classic by Elie Wiesel called "Night" about his experiences as a child in Auschwitz and Buchenwald.A story of survival which we see being portrayed in different ways today by the survival e.g. of some of the Yazdi sex slaves.

I am looking forward to Robert Harris's new book "Dictator" in his Roman fiction Cicero trilogy series in October.Its been a long time coming for the final part. I also look forward to Con Iggulden's third book on the "War of the Roses" titled "Bloodline".Both are two of my favourite authors of historical fiction.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2015 7:02 am 
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I thought the Goldfinch was a work of total genius and adored it - amazing how people's reactions can vary so widely :D


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2015 8:44 am 
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"White Fire" - Preston&Child. Really good.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 06, 2015 8:15 pm 
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Anyone read Richard Flanagan's Narrow Road to the Deep North? It's a hard read about the POW's on the Burma Railway - but an interesting exploration of public heroism, private flaws and lives of wasted opportunities. Then read Alan GArner's The Owl Service (good concept - but confusingly written - couldn't see how it would would Carnegie prize now) and I Coriander ( a lovely, resonant fairy tale). Have just started Station 11


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