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Caro



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Location: Owaka, New Zealand

PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2009 12:54 am    Post subject: Books for Christmas  Reply with quote

Books for Christmas.

Although it wasn’t a big books Christmas for me, it was for others in the family.  My husband gave me a book of food memories and recipes gathered in the national Sunday paper here; the author was a girl he taught some journalism to at school which makes it particularly interesting. She called it social history.  The only other book I got came in a package of goodie bits – it was by Louise Penny, a Canadian whodunnit writer who I don’t know.

My husband got a haul of books.  From me a memoir by Bruce Ansley of New Brighton, my husband’s area when he was growing up.  He also got Ben Elton’s Meltdown and Terry Pratchett’s Unseen Academicals, and Michael Palin’s Halfway to Hollywood, the 1980s.  

My son, interested in political memoirs and ideas, got from Santa (aka his partner) The Prince, Marx’s Communist Manifesto, something by Nietzche and Sun Tsu’s The Art of War.  He was also excited to get The Little Red School Book, described by wikipedia as “The Little Red Schoolbook (Danish: Den Lille Røde Bog For Skoleelever [English: The Little Red Book For Students]) is a book written by two Danish schoolteachers, Søren Hansen (b. 28 Mar 1940) and Jesper Jensen in 1969, which was controversial upon its publication. The book was translated into many languages in the early 1970s.[1]

The book encourages young people to question societal norms and instructs them in how to do this. Out of 200 pages, it includes 20 pages on sex and 30 on drugs, including alcohol and tobacco. Other topics included adults as paper tigers, the duties of teachers, discipline, examinations, intelligence, and different schools.[1]”

He had tried to buy this earlier but it  cost over $90 in a Trade Me online auction, so he pulled out.  My husband has this book but wouldn’t give it to him.  We also have  version called The Little White School Book which is a Christian response to it, but very hard to find much about on the internet except that it was by Australian Roger Bush.  And he also got a book called New Zealanders at War.  

So any exciting book presents for you?

Cheers, Caro.


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MikeAlx



Joined: 17 Nov 2008
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Location: Seaford, East Sussex

PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2009 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Santa obviously read my wishlist very carefully, as I got everything I asked for!

Fiction
The Children's Book - A.S. Byatt
The Wilderness - Samantha Harvey
Berg - Ann Quin
Three - Ann Quin

History
The Great Silence, 1918-1920, Living in the Shadow of the Great War - Juliet Nicolson
A Crisis of Brilliance, five young British artists and the Great War - David Boyd Haycock

With my birthday books from last week, I have a lot to get through in 2010!



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Evie
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2009 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No books for me, but then I almost never get books. Idon't really get many presents - my sister is taking me to the theatre in January, so that's nice, and a lovely friend sent me a DVD and a CD of recordings of authors, which looks wonderful.  We failed to meet up with my brother and his family, owing to the weather, so I don't know what they will give me, but it's very unlikely to be a book.

Mike, that's a lovely list, I am quite jealous!  I try to push my family in the direction of my Amazon wishlist, but it doesn't work.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2009 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PS - have not read Ann Quin, but really want to!  Definitely need to get down to some serious reading this coming year.


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MikeAlx



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2009 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Evie, I am fortunate in having very generous in-laws who never know what to get me, so ask for a list! On my side of the family we've given up doing Christmas gifts for the adults as my brothers and I have 6 children between us now, so it was getting ridiculously expensive for my parents, who are retired and of limited means.

Of course, having my birthday so close to Christmas helps as well.

The other present I was very pleased to get this year is the DVD of 'Ghost Story', a 1974 British horror film featuring, amongst others, Marianne Faithfull, Barbara Shelley and Vivian MacKerrell (the real-life Withnail, no less).



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Mikeharvey



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2009 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I acquire such a lot of books during the year that my friends and relations are wary of giving them as presents, so I don't get any.  Unless I hint at a specific title.  But my sister gave me a very nice CD anthology of poetry.  
I often give books as gifts.  Whether their recipients read them or not I almost never get to discover.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2009 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I give books as gifts wherever possible - they are easy to wrap, which is an extra advantage!  But like you, Mike, I rarely discover if people have read them; my sister is very good at telling me if she enjoyed something I have given her (fortunately she usually does!), but my brother is not a great communicator at the best of times...  I do like giving books, though, and always feel slightly stumped with presents for people who don't read!


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Ann



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2009 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only bookish thing I got was a set of Jane Austen, illustrated, in beautiful wrapping. It is a nice thing to have but I'm rather fond of my tatty and well thumbed paperbacks.
My Husband, who never, cooks, got two cookbooks by James Martin so I will enjoy exploring those. He is not a 'cook' I know, so can anyone tell me if he is an exciting cook? Some of the recipes look interesting


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2009 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From my brother a brand new hardback copy of Richard Whiteley's biography by Kathryn Apanowicz found in an Help the Aged charity shop.
My husband also searched the charity shops and bought me MoonDust by Andrew Smith, P G Wodehouse's The Inimitable Jeeves and A mysterious Affair of Style by Gilbert Adair, all in pristine conition.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2009 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've read those last three and they are good.  Moondust is fantastic if you are interested in the Apollo project.  

And A Mysterious Affair.... is funny if you are a fan of Agatha Christie.  You can also have a good game of 'spot the novel'!




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