Thought this would be a good place to share your taste in literature! What books have you read recently, what are you reading now and how would rate them? Would you recommend anything to a fellow Silverhairs friend? Do you use a Kindle or similar or do you prefer a real book to hold? I have just finished reading the Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, which my youngest daughter is studying for ‘A’ Level. It is a devastating, masterful and painfully honest story … it tells the gripping account of a boyhood friendship destroyed by jealousy, fear, and ruthless evil. The Kite Runner is an astonishing, powerful book that had me riveted from the first to the last page. It is a story of fierce cruelty and yet redeeming love, as well as of an intimate account of family and friendship. I found it compelling and disturbing and opened my eyes to how evil reigns in the Middle East. Next on my list is A Thousand Splendid Suns written by the same author. How about you?
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Hi everybody. I’m new, and delighted to be here. I hear that you are all keen readers; I’m Chris and I’m a keen writer. In fact I have just completed my fifth novel and have been editing it to death. It’s awaiting a cover design and will then be ready to go to my publisher. But before it goes off it needs a few reader “test drives”, two or three. Um…maybe four? With the kind permission of Admin, I would like to ask if any of you would like to be a “beta” reader. Someone who may be defined as a kind, tolerant, voracious reader who is prepared to – well, read it and give me an opinion as to how it can be improved. I’m afraid that all I can offer in exchange for that torture is to send you a copy of the manuscript with my compliments. And to give you my sincere thanks. I am proud to admit that all of my books have benefitted from reader input. I believe that nothing ever written was so good that it could not have been better. Except of course, the Bible. But considering who the Author is, it will always be the exception. If you are interested, please let me know. The book is a work of fiction called GROWING APART. It is 77,000 words long and here is a very brief description: Growing Apart is about twin boys born in 1937 in India, of a clandestine relationship between an English civil servant and a vivacious Anglo-Indian woman. She dies in childbirth. One boy is adopted and raised in India. The other is taken by his natural father to England, where he enjoys a privileged middle-class English upbringing. The story builds to a climax when the twins finally meet again in a scene where the life of one is in imminent danger. Thank you for reading this and allowing me to take up your time.
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Most books are now available to download … do you have a Kindle or similar or do you tend to read an actual book? Do you have a preference?
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I have written, in some form, all my life...travel articles (not very well paid), poems (unsold), a long saga novel (refused by many publishers), academic essays, (completely unpaid) translations from Italian and French (paid in kind by hotels and restaurants) and FINALLY I retired and returned to live in England and began to write books that actually sell. I now give creative writing courses in Cambridge and Norwich (almost unpaid) and recently online only. I have two bylines often attached to my pen name Kate Fitzroy 1 'escape with a book' 2 Everyone has a book to write. I shall end with a quote from P.G. Wodehouse "I know I was writing stories when I was five. I don't know what I did before that. Just loafed, I suppose."
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Having recently read Life After Life and A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson.....both are brilliant books, by the way..... I am enjoying this one too. She is such an intelligent writer and Big Sky is a crime novel featuring her PImJackson Brodie. I'm loving it.
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Have you actually written your own book and had it published? What hints and tips can you share with fellow Silversurfers about self-publishing your own work?
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I am reading at present a classic novel that I have in the bookcase for some time--Joseph Conrad's "Lord Jim"- concerning life on the sea and the main character's failure to deal properly with life and death decisions on board an old steamer carrying pilgrims to Mecca. Jim fails morally when called upon but I have to ask would we make the same decision? Jim, the son of a vicar is to be questioned in court. The first chapters are the most lyrical, poetic and artistic I have read in English and Conrad was Polish. Conrad had himself served on the sea for 20yrs.
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Hello to all, I am new here. I did notice a book club where you pick the book of your choosing (options given), read then discuss. I did pick my book selection but before I purchase it, I'm a little unclear about how this club works. For example, is there a time limit on reading ? Or is a specific date set aside for discussion? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Sincerely, Robbie
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I was in my local library recently and the librarian was telling me about an app that allows you to borrow books through the local library. The app is called OVERDRIVE. She said the app is available to all tablets ...android, iPad, kindle, nook, etc. The only requirement was to have a valid library card. I am in the US, but I assume it is available there in the UK. I do NOT work for overdrive or the Library. I am just trying to share info I think will be useful to those of you with readers. Books are available to be borrowed for up to 21 days. Since you are doing this online, books are available 24/7, there are no overdue books or fines and it is FREE! Bottom line is check with your local library/librarian and see what they have to offer or recommend. Happy reading!
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Set on the Costa del Sol, a really gripping crime thriller
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