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Caro



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 11:47 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Well, I loved Anansi Boys but I wouldn't thank you for The Golden Bowl!  

Castorboy, I have read a couple of Sarah-Kate Lynch's books - they are hugely entertaining.  I suppose they fit under the genre of chick lit but as I haven't read much of this, I am not sure if the humour of Lynch's books are typical or not.  Very funny, food-oriented, sort of romances.  Though the romance seems to be very secondary to the themes of sexual tolerance, food enjoyment, and feminine solidarity (makes them sound 'worthy' but they are anything but!).  My husband has really enjoyed them too.  Nothing wrong with her writing either.

Cheers, Caro.


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Sandraseahorse



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My suggestions are:
The Diary of a Nobody - George and Weedon Grossmith
or a classic P.G. Wodehouse
"Cider with Rosie" Laurie Lee
"An Equal Music" Vikram Seth

BTW I see that a letter of protest has been sent to the BBC over its coverage of World Book Night.  Authors, including Iain M. Banks and crime writer S.J. Bolton, say that the programmes "The Books We Really Read" and "New Novelists" were sneering and counter-productive to the aim of the campaign to get people reading more.

I didn't see either of the programmes but I know people have complained on this board about Sue Perkins' irritating presentation.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sandraseahorse wrote:
BTW I see that a letter of protest has been sent to the BBC over its coverage of World Book Night.  Authors, including Iain M. Banks and crime writer S.J. Bolton, say that the programmes "The Books We Really Read" and "New Novelists" were sneering and counter-productive to the aim of the campaign to get people reading more.


Is that what the programme was called? Books We Really Read? What a curious title! I wonder what the books are that we don't really read!  Smile



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Rebecca



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's the BBC item:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-13128769



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TristansGhost



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone dislike the Sue Perking program on books?

I see it was covered in the media a bit at the time but thought she was a bit pretentious talking down on best sellers. Not exactly like she a cultural heavy weight hereself (e.g. voice over for Don't Scare the Hare!?) and given and after her sneering tones (as it was reported) it turns out she likes a lot of popular fiction.

I lean more to popular fiction but do read literary books and think her program was a real waste and missed opportunity to encourage people to read.

Edit: Reading back I see a few comments


I did enjoy the Anne Robinson series in which Sue Perkins did come across  much better.


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Evie
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think Sue Perkins was taking a stance - that many people *do* look down on popular fiction, and yet it's....popular!  She had her own prejudice, and was trying to find out why certain books and authors are so popular - and she gave the authors she interviewed plenty of time and space to talk about their work.  And in one or two cases to shoot themselves in the foot...

She is not one of my favourite presenters, and I didn't like everything about the programme, but I thought it was much more interesting to take the stance she did, and be a bit provocative, rather than just try to give some neutral overview.

On the subject of the Anne Robinson programmes - AR was on the radio the other day, on Chris Evans' show I think, and said they are making ten more of those programmes for the autumn, which is great news - I really enjoyed that series, and am glad it might become a regular thing.


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TristansGhost



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wouldn't mind the Sue Perkins programme so much if it was out on it's own rather than part of the day to try and encourage people to read books when that programme could have done the exact opposite for people whose curiosity had been raised.

Great news that the AR book program will be back, and so soon.


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Ann



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I missed the Sue Perkins programme. Can anyone kindly give me a link to it? Was it on the Beeb?


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was part of the World Book Night programmes - not sure it is still linkable!


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Ann



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry I asumed it was something new I'd missed this week. Don't worry about it.
I was interested as I think there is something interesting  to discuss of the  importance of popular fiction - not all of which is rubbish. I have an enormous respect for well written light fiction, like Wodehouse for example, which I suspect is much harder to write than it looks.



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