Six feet to Lands End.! by Ken Ward
1 Posts Last Activity 29/06/2017
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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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A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
1 Posts Last Activity 04/06/2017
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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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Queen Victoria
3 Posts Last Activity 08/01/2017
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We are watching Victoria on ITV at the moment and would like to read about her life. I don't want the book to be all facts and heavy going... any recommendations?
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Borrowing books from your local library
7 Posts Last Activity 17/05/2017
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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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Do you read with a critic's eye?
3 Posts Last Activity 21/10/2015
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All my friends are, like me, readers. I read between 90 and 100 books a year, and with the exception of a handful which I review for the Romantic novel of the Year award, I don't critique the books, but read purely for pleasure. Not to mentally take the book apart. But a few of my friends, when discussing books I/we have read, do so in great detail... 'It had a great sense of place', 'Some of the characters were flawed', and so on. That's not for me, I either enjoyed a book and can say why briefly, or I didn't get on with it - which would mean I didn't get past the first 20 or so pages. How about you? Read for pleasure, escapism or to pick the book to pieces?
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Current Affairs
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I read a lot of current affairs books. The one I am currently reading is On China by Henry Kissinger. He has a huge amount of experience with China and I went there a few years ago having also been there in 1989. Its an amazing country and changing so fast. We went to Shanghai and Beijing which are stunning in both their sizes and the buildings a mixture of the very old and the most fabulous modern architecture. On China charts the rise again of China and gives a lot of very thought provoking details about this amazing country.
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Have you written your own book?
20 Posts Last Activity 06/10/2017
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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?
Historical Fiction
3 Posts Last Activity 18/01/2016
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Hello everyone. I have recently retired so am enjoying having all the time to read without interruption. Someone who was visiting left a Victoria Hislop book about Crete and I loved it! That led to finding another of her books and the second one I read was about Grenada during the civil war. (The Return). I then read “The Thread” which was about Greece in the second world war. Timely, considering what is happening there right now. Now that I am living on a pension, I find I put money into my gardens rather than into travel, so love reading the history of some of the places I visited in my younger days. I just moved to a small community and order my books on line from my local library rather than go to Chapters ( the closest one is 1 1/2 hours away ) to enjoy a latte while I browse. It’s much less expensive this way as well. I would love to chat with other seniors who like history and have traveled to some of the places they are reading about. It will take me a while to navigate this site but I have lots of time.
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I'm Currently Reading
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I’m currently reading “The Book of Barely Imagined Beings” by Casper Henderson. For those interested in natural history and strange animal forms this is the book for you. The hard back edition of the book is far superior than the paperback. The many sketches, art work, and margin quotes are not nearly as finished off as in the hardback. Not only is this a professional masterpiece but is interesting and easy to read. The Guardian quote: ‘A spellbinding book … [Henderson] fuses zoology, literature, mythology, history, palacontology, anecdote and art … Extraordinary’ 8-)
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Ken Follett
1 Posts Last Activity 17/03/2015
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Discovered Ken Follett about six months ago and have been working my way through the Century trilogy. It is about 5 families and their fortunes and failures over the period from before world war one through to modern day. I have just got into book 3 and am just reading about an East German family trying to get across to Western Germany the day they started building the Berlin wall. :-D
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