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andrew61

andrew61

Joined January 2017

I'm on GR at https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/11281092 and welcome litsy friends
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No Surrender | Constance Maud
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'A soldier to the death' wrote a suffragette to Emmeline pankhurst in 1912 who herself in 1913 in a speech called herself a soldier temporarily left the field. For my autumn #booked2019 'soldiers story' i am going left field with this fascinating bk written in 1911 abt 2 suffragettes from different classes fighting for votes. V readable i can't stop turning the pages on this persephone edition.
@4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen Nice choice!! Glad you‘re “engaged” 2d
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Bloodline. Mark Billingham | Mark Billingham
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When a book is so gripping you just have to finish it before you go into work you know that a series has grabbed you hook line and sinker! The Tom thorne series gets better and better ( think i said that last time) and here tom distracts himself from domestic trauma by investigating a serial killer whose crimes echo a historic murderer. Nasty villain though how Thorne copes lord alone knows!!

TrishB I agree👍🏻 love this series. 3d
Cathythoughts I loved the first two.... must get back to this series 👍🏻 3d
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My 4th and last b4 the winner is announced tomorrow and i enjyd this story of how leila a Istanbul prostitute ends up murdered in a bin, using the idea that there is a period of time after death when the mind recalls memories of a life we learn of childhood abuse, treatment of sex workers, love and frienship. The finale sees her loyal friends on a hunt to rescue her body which allows the reader to realise how a life impacts on those it touches. 👇

andrew61 I have to say that of the 4 bks I've managed this year they have been diverse and interesting reads. I didn't get to 'ducks' or Atwood so ill wait until tomorrow before deciding whether to try either of those. 6d
Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻I have this one stacked already 6d
youneverarrived I was a bit unsure about this one but your review makes me want to read it 👌 5d
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Sixth in the very good tony McLean series and whilst i like supernatural fiction and i love crime fiction usually i don't like the combine but James oswald does this perfectly. Here a pair of very sinister twins arrive in Edinburgh leaving bodies in their wake whilst a suspected brothel raid doesn't turn out as it should causing pressure in the department. The ending suggests a interesting turn his personal life + also wanting me to read bk 7 soon

RachelAmphlett Love this series! 6d
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Murmur | Will Eaves
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A remarkable piece of writing as the author imagines the effect of chemical castration upon the genius mind of alec Pryor (Alan turing). Using his theory of AI, dreams, mirrors and memory the prose is poetic, challenging, + letters to ex fiance, it is rewarding & heartbreaking that the state chose to destroy a man whose contribution to the war effort and science cannot be quantified. I will reread this bk as i feel i will benefit rdg again.

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Quichotte | Salman Rushdie
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Im in 2 minds about this bk, i struggled at 1st to get into the stories of an author + his character which explore many of the issues that preoccupy modern society from racism and family to TV, celebrity and designer drugs. Definitely imaginative and very relevant but something didn't click for me. Once i felt it had a Vonnegut style i couldn't get away from that and also the rd trip from lolita. Still interesting as I've not rd rushdie 4 a bit.

Aims42 I gave this a “so-so”, definitely not my least favorite read but not a favorite either. I did enjoy how relevant it was 👍🏻 2w
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This was a rdg grp selection for Oct + it certainly made for interesting reading. It is the story of lorena hickok, journalist and lover of Eleanor Roosevelt, from her childhood through to Eleanor's death in 62. The Roosevelt marriage was fascinating as i knew nothing about the couple beyond the basic history. I enjyd the bk itself + found parts such as lorena's early life absorbing & the portrait of a love affair told with sensitivity.

Anna40 I started reading a book about Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok, can't remember the author's name, but it was a bit dull. The love story, the relationship between Roosevelt and Eleanor, Eleanor and her own writings are fascinating topics. Is this book mainly about Eleanor and Lorena? 3w
andrew61 @Anna40 i would say it's mainly lorena and its narrated by her. For a short book it dies fluctuate and at times i lost a bit of interest but overall I was glad i read it. 3w
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Second in series about police officer ben devlin who is investigating a murder of a young woman as well as the return to his town of an old criminal apparently intent on bringing to account the men responsible for his imprisonment.
A really enjoyable series with a convincing lead character who struggles with devotion to a job that threatens his family life with an interesting picture of life on the Irish border.

tpixie Great review! 3w
Cathythoughts Great review... I had a look & have stacked the first one 3w
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An Orchestra of Minorities | Chigozie Obioma
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This is a book which drew me into the story of a Nigerian man Chinoso whose chance encountee with a woman who is about to throw herself of a bridge changes the course of life completely. I was captured by his trials and tribulations which are narrated by his igbo spirit who has visited many lives over centuries. I loved the folklore and culture and feel that if it won the booker it would show that the prize is not purely American/ British centric

Cinfhen I agree!! There was something very unique to this story and the storytelling was SO GOOD 4w
Tamra Yesterday I downloaded the audio! 😀 4w
rwmg I don't think the Booker is US/UK centric. There have been winners from Trinidad, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, India and Jamaica. 4w
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andrew61 @Tamra look forward to seeing your comments. 4w
andrew61 @rwmg you may be right but certainly the strange decision to introduce America to the competition has reduced the ability to have a more nationally diverse competition with 2 of the last 3 winners being from US. Thus spaces on the longlist and shortlist are taken up by American novels which historically might have gone to other areas. Certainly the last indian winner was a while ago and african even longer. My impression, and i may be wrong. 4w
rwmg @andrew61 Does including Americans reduce diversity because Americans write better books or have better publicists or a larger publishing industry with more authors or what? 4w
andrew61 Not sure about the better books. But it does reduce the opportunity for authors from countries which otherwise may have made the list from gaining recognition. The mbi for example does allow exploration of new writers, id have never have read a book in translation from oman otherwise. Im sure ultimately the booker may be more about the power of publishers but an interesting debate. I'll look forward to the result. 4w
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The BBC National Short Story Award 2018 | Sarah Hall, Nell Stevens, Kerry Andrew, Kiare Ladner, Ingrid Persaud
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https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05ftsd3/episodes/downloads
I just listened to the first two in the 5 shortlisted stories which were completely different but great.
Anyway i thought I'd share the link as the winners and past nominated stories are worth listening to.

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An Orchestra of Minorities | Chigozie Obioma
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#booked2019 21newin2019
@Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft
#manbooker2019
My second of the shortlist and i have 2 others in reserve at library. Im halfway through and i am living every misfortune that falls upon poor Chinoso so this scene where a group of children mob him mistaking him for Ronaldinho and he then is overwhelmed by sadness just floored me.
So far i am enjoying it a lot.

LeahBergen Lovely bookmark! 1mo
andrew61 @LeahBergen thanks, i keep finding them down the side of settees! ☺ 1mo
Cinfhen I really liked this book a lot and I‘m really glad it made the shortlist however I‘m halfway through the Shafak novel and I have to admit, I think it‘s better 4w
andrew61 @Cinfhen oh great as that book is waiting for me at the library so hopefully ill pick it up Monday. 4w
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A Modern Family | Helga Flatland
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A Norwegian cple married 40 yrs arrange a holiday in Italy for their family to celebrate the husbands 70th birthday but anounce instead their divorce. The bk then thru the eyes of their adult children explores the impact , with reflections on different memories, infertility, depression, sibing rivalries, and the complexity of relationships. This was a very readable book, told well, and with affection for her characters in difficult situations.

saresmoore This sounds really good! 1mo
andrew61 @saresmoore it was sara, if you get to it I'll look forward your thoughts ☺ 1mo
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The Cartel | Don Winslow
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Gosh this was a tough rd with an unrelenting catalogue of dreadful atrocities which was inflicted upon the people of Mexico because of the drug wars. This bk however is compelling as dea agent art keller continues his battle against adnan berrara and the drug cartels. Shocking i put it down exhausted and with an ending that left me wondering where the next bk wd go. Plus an easter egg bk i plan to try. A tough read but impressive writing.

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The Cartel | Don Winslow
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It's Friday night and i am now well into the second part of this impressive series of novels about the drug war on the Mexican /American border.
I am provisionally going to put this down for my first autumn #booked2019 'book about addiction' unless i read something else but gosh it is so good.

Christine Love this series! So brutal but so good. 1mo
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#readingenvysummerchallenge @ReadingEnvy
I suspect that i may not get many more in this challenge & it is getting a bit nippy now so a timely return to the louisiana swamps with a favourite detective seems apt. James lee burke describes the scenery and culture with skill whilst combining great plots. A film crew are in town, an old adversary now tough criminal, and a nasty killer. As Dave starts seeing soldiers in the mist can he sort it all out.

ReadingEnvy Snakey wisps sure sounds swampy! 1mo
Cathythoughts Nice one 👍🏻swampy 1mo
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Noughts and Crosses | Malorie Blackman
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#booked2019 18-diverse middle grade
@BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft
An astonishing book sees me finish summer with a high and wishing books like this had existed when i was a teen. It reverses the race issue with the oppressed group noughts being white people. The bk focusses on callum a nought and sephy a cross & their love story amid a race struggle into which the families are drawn. A great book & im so glad i've now rd it.

Cinfhen So glad u discovered a new book/ genre 2mo
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#booked2019 ya diverse - A bk i haven't read but have always wanted to and was sat in tbr pile. So far im overwhelmed by the ideas + this quote ' But how many individuals does it take before it's not the individuals who are prejudiced but society itself? ' I will finish tomorrow but wonder why i haven't rd it b4 now. Not sure that YA label necessarily does favours to bks that shld be read by adults yet are incredibly important for yng readers.

Lindy I remember when my YA book club read this. We had a great discussion. 2mo
andrew61 @Lindy my book club did it a few years ago and bizarrely it was one of tue the very few I've missed! I can well imagine it must make a great discussion and oddly i listened to a podcast today saying that a Netflix adaptation is coming up. 2mo
Lindy @andrew61 Could be an interesting adaptation. I don‘t watch a lot of movies but this one might be worthwhile. 2mo
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youneverarrived I remember loving this book when I was younger. It opened my eyes a bit. 2mo
andrew61 @youneverarrived yes i have just finished it and it is a very intense read. I know we have the other two in the trilogy as someone gave them to my daughters at some point so i will definitely try them soon. 2mo
youneverarrived You‘ll have to let me know if you read the other books, be interested to see if you think they are worth the read as I‘ve not read them 👍 2mo
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Rivers of London | Ben Aaronovitch
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#booked2019 13genrebusting
@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage
Another bk that's been sat in a pile for some time and i think it qualifies as it's a police procedural with wizards and ghosts. It was a real romp which i enjoyed even though supernatural crime isn't normally my cup of tea. Despite owing a lot to harry p i think i will read more and certainly im glad i eventually picked it up.

Liatrek I really enjoyed this one too! I‘m looking forward to reading the rest of the series. 2mo
Cinfhen Cool concept for a novel but don‘t think this will be my cup of tea at all 😉 2mo
batsy This has been on my radar but I've been putting it off because supernatural crime doesn't sound like my cup of tea, as well! But as always, your picks always intrigue me so I'm tempted to give this a try 🙂 2mo
andrew61 @batsy yes id probably only recommend it if you are missing the world of harry potter. It definitely owed muc to that and other such books and i probably wouldn't have read it but couldn't for life of me think of another genre busting!! 2mo
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#booked2019 17 'gifted to you'
The joy of this challenge so far is picking up books i have left languishing for years and finding a gem. This was a story set in the early 1980s in American heartland in a town decimated by the decline of traditional industry. The central character bill is a young reporter on the local paper who gets drawn into the disappearance of a local man and the seedier side of the community. Really interesting read.

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Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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My first of the booker longlist and absolutely loved this story of 12 women whose lives all are linked in various ways but predominantly by an African heritage. The diverse stories explore sexuality and race and i was totally absorbed by the individual tales which cover every facet of women's lives lived in all ways. It would take me pages to talk abt each individual portrait and I put this book down in awe of a brilliantly crafted book.

Nute I‘m intrigued by the title alone! 2mo
kathedron Glad you enjoyed it: I'm waiting for my library reservation to come in. 2mo
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#booked2019
@4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage
17 book gifted to you
Home from our week away and back on the summer challenge using it as an opportunity to dig into the huge pile of unread books sitting unloved in the spare bedroom and i cdn't believe this was a present for my 40th birthday (aargh) in 2001!!! And so far really enjoying plus daughter arrived home today with this brill book mark with a bit of Berlin Wall attached.

Smrloomis Sometimes I think I should write in every book when I buy or receive it...and then I think better of that idea. I‘d rather not know! 2mo
TrishB But they never go off so it‘s fine 😁 they just wait for us. 2mo
Cinfhen So great you kept the note!!!! And fabulous bookmark ❤️Hope the book like wine, ages to perfection 😉 2mo
Cathythoughts Lovely to have the birthday note! Memories 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Aww. Nice. ♥️📚👊🏻 2mo
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Death Message | Mark Billingham
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my final hol book was a tom thorne and v readable it was as the grumpy detective investigates a crime which brings two skeletons from his past into the story. This series is getting better and better as was our second trip to the lyme regis micro brewery which was just around the corner. Apologies to jane austen fans as the weather was so bad today i couldn't get to the cob to photograph the infamous steps from persuasion so another trip required

TrishB Love Tom Thorne 👍🏻 great series. 2mo
Lindy 😁I prefer seeing photos of beer over Austen locales. 2mo
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Cathythoughts I‘ve read 2 Toms ... must get back to them , very good 👍🏻 2mo
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Insidious Intent | Val McDermid
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Penultimate holiday read is the latest hill/Jordan story and they are easy read crime novels in which the formula is well established and the characters such that it's like putting an old sock on. This one finished on a bit of a cliffhanger and i know a new one is due so will have to read the next.
Our holiday rental has some great bookcases which included these agathas.

Andrew65 Like you waiting for the new one to see how this is taken forward. (edited) 2mo
andrew61 @Andrew65 yes not sure how she will get out of that ending, hope it makes sense!! 2mo
Andrew65 @andrew61 I did wonder given the ending if we would see more but surely can‘t end it like like that, but like you not sure how she‘ll get out of that ending. Time will tell. 2mo
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Sunburn | Laura Lippman
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Another holiday read and i really enjoyed this noir feeling thriller. It definitely had that feel of b/w movies with definite nods to Barbara stanwyk in double indemnity or Kathleen turner in the 1980s. An investigator has to follow a woman on the run polly costello + in a delaware bar he gets more than he bargained for. A great page turner, perfect for a rainy summer holiday read. Can't wait to try more by the author.

batsy I really enjoyed this one, too. 2mo
BarbaraBB Me too! 2mo
Anna40 I looked for this book in my public library catalog after reading your review and found another one by the same author, the story is set in Howard County. I live 5 mins from Howard County, my son goes to preschool there! So, I placed a hold on that one. Curious to see if she writes much about the place. Didn't know the author. Will keep you posted :) 2mo
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andrew61 @Anna40 i will definitely be interested to see your thoughts. In the back of my head, and i may be wrong but im sure i heard them interviwed together, i think she may be married to david simon or someone to do with The Wire. 2mo
Anna40 Huh! You're right! She's married to one of the Wire writers! They must be living in the area. Most of her books are set in Baltimore and vicinity. The one you read is set in Delaware isn't it? Will definitely let you know if I like the Lady in the Lake, the one set in Howard County... 2mo
Anna40 Sorry not Lady in the Lake, that one is set in Bmore. I'm going to read Wilde Lake 2mo
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Lamentation | C.J. Sansom
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I weigh my holidays on the number of books read so this 700 page monster which as 6th in the wonderful shardlake series has been sat on my shelf for a while due to its size + guess what I finished it really quickly as i was totally thrown back into his tudor world. Here Catherine parr asks for the lawyers help to find a piece of writing on religion that could have her head. Brilliant research about the period adds to the joy of these books.

Crazeedi I do have to get back to this series! I think I'm on book 3 or 4 . This one looks good! 2mo
Cathythoughts That‘s a great picture 👍🏻 2mo
Melissa_J I just started this series this year, although I‘ve had a copy of Dissolution since it was published. I shouldn‘t have waited so long! I now own all but the latest book, and plan to read book two very soon. 2mo
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andrew61 @Crazeedi yes i left this one a while but now fancy reading the latest soon. 2mo
andrew61 @Melissa_J i look forward to seeing your reviews. 2mo
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I'd forgotten how readable this series was when i picked up the last book which sees lena and lila move towards their later years amidst deteriorating relationships, children, aging parents, career changes and most of all changes in their friendship. This has been a wonderful series and i was so sorry to finish but oh lila, lila, lila....

Crazeedi I thought the same, a great series, very intense 2mo
Cathythoughts Loved this too. It is very readable I agree 2mo
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#readingenvysummerchallenge @ReadingEnvy I'm off this week and next and we are heading to lyme regis Saturday so as im the only one in the house on a Thursday afternoon i thought id combine something blue on cd player with something translated as i start again on the challenge ( i am loving being back in lena and lilas world for last time) with a Belgian beer my daughter bought back from interrail 12 months ago! Bliss 😁

Cathythoughts That‘s the life 👍🏻 2mo
ReadingEnvy 🤸 2mo
youneverarrived Perfect 👌 2mo
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TrishB A beer lasted 12 months in your fridge 😱 2mo
andrew61 @TrishB i know the beer gods will be frowning. 2mo
TrishB At least it would have been very cold 👍🏻 2mo
Lindy ❤️ Trappist 🍺 and Elena Ferrante. 2mo
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Ibrahim mahama created this fascinating piece of art for manchester's Whitworth art gallery which uses reclaimed train seats and rescued objects to reflect on the colonial era. Called Parliament of ghosts i thought I'd share the images. Not sure if it will travel but id recommend it if u can get to see it. As many of my litsy pals njy translated and African fiction i felt i was transported to the pages of a book as i sat in these seats.

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The Likeness: A Novel | Tana French
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Once i had accepted the premise of this the 2nd murder squad story i was totally absorbed in great characters and plotting (although i did feel it owed a lot to the secret history). Tana french has created a great series which i look fwd to continuing and hope that the characters link up at some point as there are vague references back to rob from 'in the woods' but it is very much a unique book.

Itchyfeetreader Yup this one on paper is really out there and yet still kind of captivating! 2mo
Ncostell I felt the main premise was rather far fetched but once I decided to just go with it I ended up enjoying this book. 2mo
Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this & yes , I thought there was a Secret History feel to this one too 2mo
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14 muslim author/character #booked2019 @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen
It never ceases to amaze me how brave some writers are as they create prose that exposes the inequity of patriarchal and religiously dominated societies.this bk is the story of a woman on the eve of her execution telling the story,to a psychiatrist, of a lifetime of abuse by men. Based on the writer's own research it is a brutal story but very important.

BarbaraTheBibliophage Wow. Sounds intense. 2mo
Cinfhen Sounds like a must read!! 2mo
batsy Sounds good and on my TBR. I loved her 2mo
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Anna40 @batsy Thanks for the memoir title. 2mo
andrew61 @Anna40 @batsy yes thanks, she is definitely a writer id like to explore. 2mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 This looks really good. Just watched KamilReads review it on Booktube. 2mo
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The Last Coyote | Michael Connelly
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Last week i had a busy week at work so i immersed myself in slowly reading the 4th harry bosch story as connelly's wonderfully irascible detective, suspended from duty, delves into a very personal historic crime. Perfect antidote to brain oveload.

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I picked this from my shelves for #readingenvysummerchallenge @ReadingEnvy for something true and have put it down having read one of my books of the year but emotionally a wreck. The writer tells how as a 17 yr old her 16 yr old br is knocked down in a hit and run + is in a psv for 7 yrs b4 feeding id withdrawn after a crt hearing. Told with tenderness and visceral honesty it deals with grief, guilt, and loss and is heart breaking. A stunning bk.

Cathythoughts Great review ♥️💔 3mo
ReadingEnvy Phew sounds like a difficult situation. (But also yay you met the challenge!) 3mo
andrew61 @ReadingEnvy thanks jenny, if i can manage another round before September i will be chuffed. 3mo
Reggie Omg, this sounds tough!!! Great review!! 3mo
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You Will Be Safe Here | Damian Barr
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I couldn't put this book down today as the author told two stories a century apart. In one set in 1901 a boer mother and child are interred in british concentration camps and treated as little more than animals. Then as apartheid changes into anc government a vulnerable yng man is sent to an extreme right wing training camp for young men. The book touches on race as well as family and is fascinating, well told, and absorbing.

Clare_Riley I really loved this book - it‘s really high up on my books of the year! 3mo
Cathythoughts Sounds interesting 👍🏻 3mo
Anna40 Ha! Just borrowed it, read a few pages and returned it. But if you recommend it, I'll give it another try. 3mo
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andrew61 @Anna40 sometimes books don't initially grab you. I'll be interested to see if you get into it eventually ☺ 3mo
andrew61 @Cathythoughts yes I think you might like it cathy ☺ 3mo
andrew61 @Clare_Riley yes i reserved it thinking id steal a march expecting to see it on the booker longlist. 3mo
Clare_Riley @andrew61 I don‘t understand why it hasn‘t made any of the awards lists🤷🏼‍♀️ 3mo
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Tu: A Novel | Patricia Grace
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With much thanks to @Centique + @ReadingEnvy for an incredible read which is definitely 5*. The story of 3 maori brothers who as part of the NZ regiment are deeply involved in the harrowing Italian front in ww2 was told from the perspective of yngr br Tu as a narrative of the war and a reflection on their early life for his niece and nephew. Capturing the voice of a soldier it is a wonderful book and I am so glad i could discover this author. 👇

andrew61 Reminded me a little of the booker winner A narrow road to the deep north and like that story it is a stark reminder of the horror of war. 3mo
Centique Yay! So glad that someone else enjoyed it as much as I did 😍👍 3mo
andrew61 @Centique its one of those books that you put down but want to pick up again. Looked at the authors history and she wrote it with her father's story in mind. Thanks again and I'll be looking for some more of her books soon. ☺ 3mo
ReadingEnvy Awesome I'd like to read this one too 3mo
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Birdy | William Wharton
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bk to movie -a film i saw when it came out @ cinema + loved but haven't seen since and picked this bk from tbr for the challenge. It is a moving story of childhood friendships and what war does to men. The honesty in a later chapter was moving as Al admits to fear whilst birdy has sunk into trauma induced illness. loved the bk despite a chapter that dog lovers shd avoid & 👇

andrew61 A bit too much abt the intricacies of canary breeding. Now i really want to watch the film again. 3mo
rretzler What a great movie - how could I not have realized it was a book! 3mo
andrew61 @rretzler yes and i don't know why I've not watched since the 80's - i don't even recall seeing it coming up on tv or as a dvd. 3mo
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rretzler I haven‘t either. It‘s time! 3mo
Cinfhen I‘m not familiar with book or movie 🙈 3mo
andrew61 @Cinfhen a very young nicholas cage and Matthew modine, early 80's. 3mo
rretzler @Cinfhen Its definitely worth a watch if you can find it. 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Unique pick for this prompt. I remember this movie! 3mo
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Tu: A Novel | Patricia Grace
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I'd never heard of this book until @Centique and @ReadingEnvy disused it on jenny's podcast recently. I'll finish it tomorrow and review it but i keep reading bits i want to share and this stood out. It is an incredible story which captures the voice of a soldier experiencing horrors which seem alarmingly routine with astonishing skill.

Centique I‘m so glad you‘re enjoying it! 3mo
ReadingEnvy Wow that is vivid indeed 3mo
Cathythoughts Very good. I might read for #soldiersStory ... beautiful writing 3mo
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#readingenvysummerchallenge @ReadingEnvy
Something translated from my tbr was Remarkably prescient in a speculative story about Dagestan imagining what cd happen if Russia built a wall dividing the 2 areas. In a culturally mixed country this sparks islamic radicalism. Told from a yng mans perspective it explores folk tales, poetry, and a proud history fighting ottoman and Soviet. A bk that had me confused but astonished at its brilliance.

TrishB A great description! 3mo
ReadingEnvy Sounds good! 3mo
Anna40 Great review! 3mo
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5th in the series about a grp of washed up mi5 agents under the leadership of grotesque but brilliant Jackson lamb finds them investigating the attempted murder of one of their number whilst terrorist rocks the country. I love this series, very dark humour and cracking writing.
I couldn't resist my library's latest display and the obvious photo opportunity.

TrishB Cool pic 👍🏻 3mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Whilst and cracking make me want to be English😀great words! 3mo
batsy Love the photo! 3mo
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Cathythoughts Love the pic too 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
Cathythoughts I investigated & I see the first one Slow Horses is 1.77 on kindle... just got it 👍🏻 @TrishB (edited) 3mo
andrew61 @JanuarieTimewalker13 i suspect i adopted cracking from Wallace and gromit 'cracking toast gromit ' ☺ 3mo
andrew61 @Cathythoughts look forward to seeing your comments ☺ 3mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Ok, all of that is over my head, but I‘ll take your word for it! 🙃 3mo
andrew61 @JanuarieTimewalker13 oops i thought everyone knew Wallace and gromit, its an animated plasticine Yorkshire inventor and his loyal dog. I'm sure it would reward viewing on you tube 😂 3mo
CarolynM I love the sound of this series. Unfortunately the first one isn't so cheap on kindle here @Cathythoughts I'm going to look out for it in the discount shops. In the meantime, stacking this one. (edited) 3mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 I will check it out!! You‘re talking to someone who is just viewing the 1st season of Supernatural, so I‘m usually years behind in most things!! 3mo
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Final post of the night and apologies for the fruity language but mick herron is a brilliant writer of modern spy fiction. Within a few chapters i encountered two pieces of brilliant writing, one a stunning evocation of rain and the other simply had me laughing out loud. If you've not read the series id highly recommend.

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2nd review is another genre i love, middle class English families in crisis and tessa Hadley does this style of book with skill. Here the sudden death of a man in his 50's triggers the story of two couples from the 1980's where they all meet until the present day. Galleries, wine, london apartments, affairs, difficult children general middle class tropes, it should make all my hackles rise but do you know what it's a secret pleasure ☺

Ncostell Just stacked this-that‘s a genre I enjoy as well for some reason! 3mo
Cathythoughts Great review! I think I would like this one 👍🏻stacked 3mo
youneverarrived Stacking. Sounds good 👌 3mo
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The Time to Kill | Mason Cross
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Friday, phew, so after a busy week catching up on litsy, liking posts, and reviwing my weeks reading. I love relaxing into a page turning thriller and this series is perfect, in this book carter blake finds his past catching up with him with some nasty villains trying to eliminate him. And what's not to like about a fight in a train carriage!

Crazeedi Sounds good!! 3mo
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The Dry | Jane Harper
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Aaron falk may become a favourite detective, and whilst not battling with the Scandinavian cold, he certainly has personal demons to battle as well as big spiders as he returns to his childhood home for the funeral of the halder family killed at the hands of the father luke, aarons old friend. A cracking story which i couldn't put down.

jillannjohn I really liked this one! 3mo
Crazeedi I've read both books and totally enjoyed them!! 3mo
CarolynM I loved this one, it's very authentic and I liked that Falk's involvement was so believable. I didn't enjoy the second one as much, I was much less convinced. 3mo
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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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How a young couple cope with 5 yrs enforced separation as roy is imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit created a tension as i was on one hand distraught at the injustice roy suffers and his loss of a life,whilst understanding the dilemma of his wife celestial. The book then reflects on ideas of feminine autonomy and pulled me left right and centre with my sympathies. An absorbing book which gave me much to reflect on after i put it down.

AnneCecilie Great review. You said what I tried to in my review 3mo
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Alone | Christophe Chabout
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#booked2019 i looked at this list i uncertain abt graphic novel category but in the library i was drawn to this bk + loved the storytelling and the skill of the drawings. A simple tale about a hermit on a lighthouse who uses his dictionary to imagine the meaning in words, a fisherman in a small gesture engages with him. Definitely a genre i will try again and a bk that defied my knee jerk ideas.
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Cinfhen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review. That's the cool thing about book challenges. Sometimes we discover a genre we wouldn't have tried otherwise. 4mo
batsy This sounds so good! 4mo
Cathythoughts This does sound lovely ✨ 4mo
Lindy This sounds great! I love his 4mo
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The Break | Katherena Vermette
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#booked2019 from top left clockwise, indigenous, musician, drink on cover social media, night, clifi.
I really enjoyed this spring challenge which combined 3 books sat on my shelves unloved for a while but were hits, two that I'd no knowledge of but were 5*, and the jon Ronson which was bit scary.
Thanks again for hosting, i hope to finish my 1st summer rd today @4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage

4thhouseontheleft Sounds like a great quarter. Way to go!! 4mo
Cathythoughts Well done. And thankyou for The Break 👍🏻one of the best reads this year 4mo
Cinfhen Yes, I owe The Break to you as well. Haven‘t read it yet but I‘m looking forward 4mo
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This book is definitely preaching to the converted but it's reassuring to read a voice that flys in the face of the current idea prevalent that the louder you shout without any supporting facts it will still be taken as true. Hence chapters on brexit, lgbtq rights, feminism, nanny state, trump et al as he pierces the right wing bubble. An absorbing easy enlightening read, but as i say it's probably not me who should be reading this book.

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A book that slowly pulls you into the lives of people to the point that the final chapter i found v moving. This is a book that relishes the diversity of city life but doesnt shy away from the conflicts that brings due to intolerance as 3 friends and 2 adults tell their story against a background of the murder of a British soldier on a London Street + subsequent racist backlash echoes 2 other historic stories. I loved this so was sorry to finish.

Nute Great review! This sounds like a story that I would want to know. 4mo
youneverarrived I really liked this too 👍 4mo
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Waterland | Graham Swift
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#readingenvysummerchallenge Why did i leave it so long to read this wonderful story about the English fenland (definitely a place i want to visit). Mixing history of the area with an intimate story of a man, a teacher, from his childhood with his widower lock keeper father and damaged br as he explores sexual feelings to his later years as tragic events in those early yrs impact on his and his wife's life. Beautifully written and fascinating.

Centique I must read this as I really loved the movie with Jeremy Irons. Very old movie now though! 4mo
andrew61 @Centique i didn't know there was a film, hard to imagine how it would work but ill look out for it, thanks. 4mo
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Eyrie: A Novel | Tim Winton
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Review 2 today is a real life bk club selection + my 1st tim winton. Loved it, as we meet in the opening chapter a man living in a fremantle high rise who we know is in bad place, disgraced divorced drunk incontinent, who then meets a childhood friend with her grandson. The remaining absorbing story tells how his life changes with the interaction, and an ending which i think will make for an interesting discussion. Can't wait to rd more.

MrsMalaprop I am a massive Winton fan. I love seeing him around town at various events. I have a cool anecdote about this book that you can read if you scroll through the posts about Eyrie. 😊 4mo
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I seem to be saving reviews to do in one batch so this is 1st of 3 and 7th of the inspector van veeteren series. More grumpy scandi police drama and it's definitely a genre in which i feel totally at home, not sure what that says 😂 Anyway a road accident triggers a string of crimes which need investigating. Our hero still semi retired gets drawn in to the hunt for the criminal. Very satisfying.