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Thom987

3,185 posts

50 months

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I remember being told to read the first chapter of Animal Farm on my first day in grammar school. I ended up reading the entire book in one night. I have probably read it at least a dozen times since and can relate it to so many different political situations, including our own.

GTIR

24,200 posts

150 months

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My travels in Sweden and their Swiss language. - Mobsta

Great book.
Loads of pictures thankfully.




freakybacon

125 posts

47 months

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Another vote for Orwell with 1984 and Animal farm.

No one mentioned this one yet though?

Johnny Got his Gun by Dalton Trumbo.

I would post the wiki link but it contains spoilers. brilliant anti war novel.

NathanJones

682 posts

97 months

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Vulcan 607 - Rowland White
The Last Templar - Raymond Khoury
and I did enjoy Angels and Demons - Dan Brown

cazzer

8,883 posts

132 months

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I read through this whole thread just so I could slag off the person who put "Catcher in the Rye", but no one did.....
Yet.
Be warned, I'm watching.


I was going to say "Three Men in a Boat" but then someone reminded me of Spike Millagan's war memoirs and would heartily recommend them.
The start of the first one is a bit too much made up milligan, but he settles down into a proper retelling of his war. It's brilliant.

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JohnnyJones

1,254 posts

62 months

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Catch 22.

That's a book.

Digger

8,120 posts

75 months

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Most perfick book evaar?

Catcher in the Rye.

cazzer

8,883 posts

132 months

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Digger said:
Most perfick book evaar?

Catcher in the Rye.
Go and sit in a corner and think about what you just did.

maxxy5

385 posts

48 months

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Ulysses. It's often talked about as one of the best books of the 20th century but I think it really is the best by a mile. Possibly a century either side as well. Very funny and a mindfk and very touching. TBH I was forced to read it at university but now nothing else comes close.

Couple of the others mentioned: American Psycho - I think this book was a big clever joke, honestly couldn't finish it and I think that was the idea. Slaughterhouse 5-loved it. But although I tried I don't like much else of Vonnegut.


Tango13

3,308 posts

60 months

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cazzer said:
Digger said:
Most perfick book evaar?

Catcher in the Rye.
Go and sit in a corner and think about what you just did.
Catcher In the Rye is waste of paper if ever there was one.

Tom Clancy = look at me, I think I'm clever and i've just written a really patronising book to prove it.

The Crow Road, Espedair Street (sp?) Day of the Jackal for the twist at the end, anything by James Herriot and The History of Radar from war to Peace, all a good investment of time and paper.

Waspy1

2,527 posts

60 months

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I have read a lot of books but if I could own only one book it would be:

The Life of Samuel Johnson by James Boswell.

Considered by many to be the best biography in the English language.

Everbody's Boswell is an easier read than the full edition and also includes their (Johnson and Boswell's) tour of Scotland and it's illustrated by E.H. Shepard.

Also, as a companion to this there is Boswell's Presumptuous Task by Adam Sisman (2001)

....and if you liked that you would like Everbody's Peyps and as a companion, Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self by Claire Tomalin (2003)

Dakkon

6,449 posts

137 months

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Dixie68 said:
Chickenhawk by Robert Mason. Biography about his time as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam. Easily the best war era book I've ever read.
Fantastic book yes

g3org3y

9,022 posts

75 months

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maxxy5 said:
Slaughterhouse 5-loved it. But although I tried I don't like much else of Vonnegut.
Mother Night is very decent and well worth a read. God Bless you Mr Rosewater is probably not worth the effort.

MrMagoo

3,005 posts

46 months

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Tuesdays with Morrie. Can't recomend it enough.

PlayersNo6

663 posts

40 months

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Lots of favourites but it would have to be 'Bomber' by Len Deighton for me.

Digger

8,120 posts

75 months

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cazzer said:
Digger said:
Most perfick book evaar?

Catcher in the Rye.
Go and sit in a corner and think about what you just did.
Can I get up now? smile

ClaphamGT3

4,275 posts

127 months

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Riddle of the Sands - Erskine Childers

Gene Vincent

4,002 posts

42 months

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The Prince by Machiavelli, read it first aged 12 and read it every couple of years ever since, it has dominated my life in Business ever since.

After that, The Spire by William Burroughs and 'Under the Eye of the Clock' by Christopher Nolan.

eskidavies

1,630 posts

43 months

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Six Seconds -Rick Moffina

The Dan SPYDER Shepard novels by Stephen Leather

Fact:-Gaz Hunter -The Shooting Gallery,good book sas guy who goes on his own delivering stingers to the afgans when the russkies were fighting them,amounst other things,also involved in the seige at Waco,he done a fair bit of stuff,recomended if you like war ,special forces and espionage.

stevemiller

235 posts

49 months

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eskidavies said:
Six Seconds -Rick Moffina

The Dan SPYDER Shepard novels by Stephen Leather

Fact:-Gaz Hunter -The Shooting Gallery,good book sas guy who goes on his own delivering stingers to the afgans when the russkies were fighting them,amounst other things,also involved in the seige at Waco,he done a fair bit of stuff,recomended if you like war ,special forces and espionage.
Read The Shooting Gallery good book. On the war subject War of the rats is pretty good also.
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