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The best book you ever read was...

The best book you ever read was...

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Thom987

3,185 posts

74 months

Saturday 27th August 2011
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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

24,741 posts

174 months

Saturday 27th August 2011
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My travels in Sweden and their Swiss language. - Mobsta

Great book.
Loads of pictures thankfully.




freakybacon

205 posts

71 months

Saturday 27th August 2011
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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

708 posts

121 months

Saturday 27th August 2011
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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

156 months

Saturday 27th August 2011
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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

1,265 posts

86 months

Saturday 27th August 2011
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Catch 22.

That's a book.

Digger

9,468 posts

99 months

Sunday 28th August 2011
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Most perfick book evaar?

Catcher in the Rye.

cazzer

8,883 posts

156 months

Sunday 28th August 2011
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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

662 posts

72 months

Sunday 28th August 2011
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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

4,192 posts

84 months

Sunday 28th August 2011
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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

2,682 posts

84 months

Sunday 28th August 2011
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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

6,778 posts

161 months

Sunday 28th August 2011
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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

10,728 posts

99 months

Sunday 28th August 2011
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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

3,208 posts

70 months

Sunday 28th August 2011
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Tuesdays with Morrie. Can't recomend it enough.

PlayersNo6

1,102 posts

64 months

Sunday 28th August 2011
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Lots of favourites but it would have to be 'Bomber' by Len Deighton for me.

Digger

9,468 posts

99 months

Sunday 28th August 2011
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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

5,278 posts

151 months

Sunday 28th August 2011
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Riddle of the Sands - Erskine Childers

Gene Vincent

4,002 posts

66 months

Sunday 28th August 2011
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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

2,321 posts

67 months

Sunday 28th August 2011
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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

328 posts

73 months

Sunday 28th August 2011
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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.