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Evie
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 8:29 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

She was talking about the kind of books you get at airports, with the lettering embossed in gold, etc.  She did go and talk to Dick Francis's son, and talked to someone - James Patterson, I think - who said something utterly ridiculous about literary fiction that I now forget but which made him look a fool.  I think she also talked to Jilly Cooper (who is of course a very intelligent woman and no fool!).  

Wodehouse is light, but he is highbrow really, compared with current chicklit, etc.  I understand - from Stephen Fry on Twitter - that Terry Wogan is currently making a TV programme about Wodehouse - sounds interesting!


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Didn't pick up James Patterson was quoted. He would been the best argument against popular fiction. The one book of his I read is the worst book I've ever read. A friend I respect said his book are usually better, but that's put me off.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anybody any thoughts about the books selected for the 2012 World Book Night (they are currently on the WBN website)?

Last year some of the elderly people I gave the Alan Bennett biography to said that they found it depressing with his description of his mother's dementia, etc. I put on the WBN's Facebook page that many of the recipients are likely to be elderly people living alone and the feedback was that they wanted a read that was light-hearted and life affirming.  Such were my powers of persuasion that WBN has responded with a list that includes the dystopian "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy and Stephen King's "Misery".  (Actually I rather enjoyed "Misery" but it's not exactly a light read.)




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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it's a pretty good list. I haven't compared them like for like with the 2011 books, but my instinct is that it's an improvement. Hard to cover all the bases, but plenty of books I wouldn't mind giving a go. Though I have nightmares of ending up with The Alchemist.

Here's the list:

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Vintage)
The Player of Games by Iain M Banks (Little, Brown)
Sleepyhead by Mark Billingham (Little, Brown)
Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson (Transworld)
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (HarperCollins)
The Take by Martina Cole (Headline)
Harlequin by Bernard Cornwell (HarperCollins)
Someone Like You by Roald Dahl (Penguin)
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (Penguin)
Room by Emma Donoghue (Pan Macmillan)
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier (Little, Brown)
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (Faber)
Misery by Stephen King (Hodder)
The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella (Transworld)
Small Island by Andrea Levy (Headline)
Let the Right One In by John Ajvde Lindqvist (Quercus)
The Road by Cormac McCarthy (Pan Macmillan)
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (Vintage)
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell (Headline)
The Damned Utd by David Peace (Faber)
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman (Transworld)
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff (Penguin)
Touching the Void by Joe Simpson (Vintage)
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (Vintage)
The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak (Transworld)


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not a bad list, I'm so glad to see 'Good Omens' is there. Wink
  In 2011 hubby was given the Alan Bennett which we both enjoyed even though I already owned the full edition in hardback. This year the book by Iain M Banks interests me as I think the only thing I've read of his was a random(?) short story.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read 'Room' this year and found it excellent. It is one of those books I would like to read again which may mean I will buy it  sunny



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