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Green Jay



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 8:35 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Evie wrote:
Alastair Campbell and Jeanette Winterson, two people I dislike enormously.  


Oh, goodness, me too. I do think JW says some interesting things that I agree with, but her vast self-belief and dismissiveness of people who are not her annoys me hugely. AC is also a vast walking ego, with no sense of his own lack of talent. Unfortunately a great many people get swept along in his wake (viz. him talking about his crappy novel at the South Bank).  I haven't managed to catch any of these programmes but obviously will have to try.


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Mikeharvey



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I enjoyed Dowager Duchess of Devonshire last night.  And her lovely joke volume from Evelyn Waugh.  And her choice of Alan Bennet's 'The Uncommon Reader'. And now I know how Elizabeth McGovern comes to be living in England.


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Evie
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I enjoyed last night's too - the Evelyn Waugh joke book was wonderful - I love the way she said 'He knew I wouldn't read it!'.  And I agree, the choice of the Alan Bennett was great - as was her anecdote about him refusing to stay at Chatsworth, preferring a 'crumby hotel'.  A good friend of mine is a very good friend of 'Debo', so it was good to see her in the flesh at last - have only seen photos before.  Elizabeth McGovern was very charming.  And chose Middlemarch, not just as one of her books, but as her top recommendation!  I loved her comment that it was 'a book to live your life by' - my sentiments exactly!

It really is a lovely series - great shame it's coming to an end.  I do hope they might make it a regular series - there has been lots of discussion of it on the BBC's Points of View messageboard, nearly all of it positive, despite continued reservations about Anne Robinson as host.


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Sandraseahorse



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just caught up with the episode with the Snows and I'm afraid that I must dissent with those who thought it was boring.  I found Peter Snow's choices very odd - perhaps he was trying too hard to be a "character."

But I enjoyed several of Dan Snow's choices and liked  his anecdote about listening to Derek Jacobi reading  "The Illiad" on audio while he (Dan) was at the helm on a hairy Atlantic sailing.  Although I haven't read "Dreadnought", I agree with his comment that great history writing can be as unput-downable as a novel.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought Thursday's programme with the comedienne and Larry Lamb was the weakest so far.  Her choice of books was disappointing and betrayed a lack of wide reading.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree - though I did enjoy Larry Lamb's choices.  Sarah Millican was lovely, but as you say, her reading choices were disappointing and she was the first person not to choose anything literary.  I had only been thinking how surprising it was that the choices had focused so much on classics and serious non-fiction, apart from the 'guilty pleasures' - but all of hers were very lightweight.

Last one tonight, I think - sadly!


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Apple



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sandraseahorse Wrote:
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I agree with his comment that great history writing can be as unput-downable as a novel.
So do I, a well written interesting factual history book can be riveting and is one of my favourite reads and I much prefer a factual history book to a novel.


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mike js



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 11:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've watched about half of these overall, I suppose, and have generally enjoyed them. Robert Harris was very interesting, and read well from Lucky Jim too. Hooray for Just William.

I cannot quite recall Trinny Woodall's choices, largely because I was somewhat disturbed by her lips - are they real?

Has anyone read any Robert Harris? I'd like to give Enigma a try.

p.s. Will we be trying a 'Life in Books' thread on BigReaders? I think this could be very interesting and fun, though I fear that if I were to contribute there would be nothing surprising to many regulars, in my choices.


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TheRejectAmidHair



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2011 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mike js wrote:
p.s. Will we be trying a 'Life in Books' thread on BigReaders? I think this could be very interesting and fun, though I fear that if I were to contribute there would be nothing surprising to many regulars, in my choices.


I did try starting one, but it didn't seem to take off:

http://bigreaders.myfastforum.org/about1478.html



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Evie
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2011 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mike, I did notice there was a distinct lack of SF among the choices on the TV programme - shame.  So you can redress the balance on Himadri's thread.  I am sure you can still squeeze Middlemarch in there somewhere!  ;0)  (Himadri has given us an extra choice, after all.)



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