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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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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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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Set on the Costa del Sol, a really gripping crime thriller
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Recently self published my first novel on Amazon. It's semi biographical about my parents. My father had served in the British Army for 30 years when he was posted to Germany in 1953. My mother was a German national and a secretary in Tax House, Lübbecke, Germany where my father was based. Dad literally bumped into mum in a corridor and for him, it was love at first sight. He pursued her by way of astonishingly wonderful love letters. Eventually, mum succumbed. It was not an easy journey for them. It was only a few short years after WW2 when both their countries were at war. The Nazis had performed numerous atrocities that were still fresh in people’s minds. But their absolute love for one another endured through adversity. This is semi-biographical, written from the point of view of my mother but actually by me as I wanted others to know about the truly remarkable love letters between my parents. I inherited a box of 60+ letters when my mother died in 1989. The story covers from 1900 to 1964. It recounts my mother’s life far and beyond her relationship with my father, to paint a frank social history of Germany as Hitler rose to power – and the bitter feelings my mother had toward Germany in the aftermath of the Nazi atrocities. Paralleled to this is the chronicling of my father’s three-decade Army career, which included moving my mother to the UK for them to settle in the late 1950s. This all started as a project for me to document their lives for my own daughter, who sadly never knew them. It’s amazing how much they packed into their short marriage; unfortunately, my father died in 1964 when I was just seven years old. But their story is a bold chapter in the wider history books and deserves to be preserved. I’m so pleased my parents carefully kept so many documents, because today they paint a vivid picture of their unique and tumultuous lives.
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I have just joined, so: hello! At the moment I am writing my life story so that my children and grandchildren know about my background. I would love to hear from someone who might be possibly doing the same thing in a view that we could give each other support and advice. I very much looking forward to hearing from whoever would be interested in doing so. I am posting this here as I have been reading a great deals of autobiographies and will share some of my experiences when I have made a short list.
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Hi , I hope wherever you are in the world you’re having fun... My wife Helene and I have recently returned from a 10 month around the world trip visiting 15 countries. This was not backpacking, far too old! The wonderful experience prompted me to write a book ‘Turning Left Around the World’ which I hope will inspire other like minded adventurers to leave the safe harbour and explore, dream and discover. ‘Turning Left Around the World’ is published by Mirador for those of a certain age who have rid themselves of the ‘cash-rich time-poor’ restraint and seek adventure. But prefer to turn left when boarding, choose a one-to-one specialist guide rather than a bus full, and enjoy a room with a sea view rather than a room with a share loo. If you would like to know more please visit my website davidcmoore-author.com or search the book's title on Amazon Happy travels David
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This is the best book I have read in years, wonderfully descriptive of the English countryside, with its out of the way places, and footpaths. Its also a story of comradeship, compassion, romance, and adventure, with two old ex army guys, and one younger stone mason. who walk from the Cotswolds to Lands End, on some of the England's finest footpaths. It's also a story of endurance, and bygone values, and above all, it shows that just because you are old, you needn't be written off,.. well done to Ken Ward, I eagerly await a follow up to this book..( Stab ! ) The book only has five star reviews, and in my opinion, ....well deserved !
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I am trying to get into the book " A Suitable Boy" by Vikram Seth, there are so many intermingling family members, one needs a pen and paper to keep track of them all. This book has had rave reviews and is almost as thick as War and Peace. Just need total silence, a nook and a coffee to settle into this. Is anyone else reading it?
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