What are we all reading?


Just ordered "I wanna be yours " John Cooper Clarke and "A life in football " John Sitton.
Is Mel Small still on here ? Will there be another Holmes book ?


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Just ordered "I wanna be yours " John Cooper Clarke and "A life in football " John Sitton.
Is Mel Small still on here ? Will there be another Holmes book ?
I wanna be yours is excellent, quite an eye opener as to how he lived, even when moderately famous/successful.

I'm making my way (slowly) through "The Man with the Golden Arm" by Nelson Algren. Enjoying it but the Chicago street-talk of the 50s was fairly impenetrable at first.


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About to start the Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman.
Change of plan as Mrs Flash didn’t bring it back from the Canaríes with us. So ‘Black Gold‘ by Jeremy Paxman. Basically the history of coal, which hasn’t really been documented in a proper way, and how it enabled us to have an industrial empire, which enabled us to make the machines that we could use to make the wars etc.

or as George Orwell said “The machines that keep us alive, and the machines that make machines, are all directly or indirectly dependent upon coal. In the metabolism of the western world the coal miner is second only to the man who ploughs the soil. He is a sort of caryatid upon whose shoulders nearly everything that is not grimy is supported.

The owld feller was a coal miner and I’m excited to read it.


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Alan Clark Diaries 82 - 90, in power.
I'd forgotten what an odious, misogynistic, homophobic racist he was, and thats on a good day,
Very interesting to see his take on the whole inside the Tory party, and I doubt they will have changed.
He also had one of the largest private collections of nazi memorabilia in the country. In his castle.


Nothing too mentally challenging but currently reading Jack Reacher - Make Me by Lee Child. I’ve always found the Jack Reacher novels easy to get in to if sometimes a little repetitive.


Just Ignore Him - autobiography from Alan Davies, was recommended to me. Very moving recollection of a 6 year old growing up after his mother's death with a seriously 'unpleasant' father and disjointed siblings. Halfway through so no spoilers please.


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Having read Max Porter's Lanny, I went back to his first book, Grief Is The Thing With Feathers, which I went through in a couple of days. It's a very short but beautifully written story of a bereaved father of two boys and their journey through the process and out the other side.


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Dead Ground my MW (Mike) Craven.

4th in a series of crime novels. Lad's from Carlisle and the books are mainly based in the Lakes. Great read.


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Re-reading 'Belching out the devil' by Mark Thomas. A look at the history of the Coca Cola company and some of its dubious engagements around the world.