The majority of my favourite reads are listed and
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Thrilling story, great characters, a lovely read.
I've read this book so many times and made so many notes in the margin and on bits of paper! A must read for all writers.
Frank, honest, informative, revealing. A must read for all writers.
Germany & Japan won the Second World War. The Nazis occupy
the east of the USA and the Japanese occupy the West. How easily people adapt to such a way of life. A chilling and well written classic.
A kind and generous man persecuted by the attack dogs of the State. Anger and frustration builds in this astonishing account of Paul's year under the Yewtree.
Ever felt very low? Depressed, lonely? Suicidal? You must read this. But then everyone should read it. You are not alone.
Why do the so-called Islamic State want Sharia Law across the world? What is Sharia Law? Why do they hate the Jews and Israel so much? Why does Sunni Islam appear to despise Shia Islam? It is clear organisations such as Islamic State cannot be bombed into destruction. You cannot kill an idea.The solution to 'radical' Islam may therefore be a change to Islam itself, as Christianity had its own Reformation. This brilliant book by Ms Ali offers a solution.
The first of Bogarde's seven volumes of autobiography. The writing is superb, and includes wonderful, highly descriptive detail from his childhood.
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A history book like no other. It reads like a fast-paced novel. Thrilling and detailed. It contains descriptions of the deep human suffering experienced on both sides of the tragic conflict. Superb.
Simply the greatest love story ever written.
As a fanatical diary writer myself, I found this book incredibly moving. Each night the teenage author made an entry in his diary and hid it from the Nazis in a secret hole in the wall. The last entry ended abruptly, mid-sentence. It was discovered in the wall after the war.
The London Daily Telegraph once described this book as: 'Desperately moving...'
One of very few books in existence about kibbutz life written by an ex-volunteer, and a British one at that! It provided part of my inspiration for writing my own book on the subject: 'Kibbutz Virgin'.
The anatomy of a writer. A brilliant and revealing book.
A great little book. A wonderful story, much copied.
A collection of some of Roger McGough's best poetry.
It is believed that Emily Bronte wrote this passionate book entirely from her imagination. 'Wuthering Heights' was published in 1847. She died a spinster the next year at the age of 30.
Pubished in 2012 this is a well written and deeply honest account of an Irishman's stint on a kibbutz in the dry heat of the Negev Desert in 1990. It's a great read and any ex-volunteer would love it, as would anyone else curious about kibbutz life.
Entertaining, amusing, revealing, thought-provoking. A great read. Mr Hitchens is already missed.
Dennis Potter's 1986 masterpiece. Vivid, powerful, and supremely well-written. The story of a crime writer's struggle between fact and fiction. Brilliant.
Captured by the Japanese Imperial Army in 1942 this is the harrowing true story of Alistair Urquhart's subsequent three year captivity. He describes the extreme brutality inflicted on his comrades including random beheadings and bayonetings, and his own beatings when he refused the sexual advances of his Japanese and Korean guards. A brilliant book from this unassuming octogenarian. Not for the faint hearted.
Not a book, but a weekly magazine. Some brilliant writing by some equally brilliant writers. I wait excitedly for the postman to deliver it every week like a child waiting for his favourite comic book to arrive.