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    don't need fiction all are true stories
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    Just finished reading this - thought it was excellent.

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    Just finished Outsider by Stephen King. A 350 page novel crammed into 475.

    Used to like his books, but not so sure about this one.

    Now on Many Rivers To Cross by Peter Robinson.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pubsignman View Post
    Just finished reading this - thought it was excellent.
    As i said who needs Dick Francis with true stories like that. Horseracing, drugs, sex, class, gangsters, dodgy bookies and the monarchy all mixed up in it.
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    Mrs Phat loves racing and has read many fiction and the odd factual book on it, John Francome being a favourite until he stopped writing.

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    John Cowper Powys-Wolf Solent
    I've had a copy of it on my bookshelf for nigh on 40 years! Still haven't read it. Will add it to the pile next to my bedside table.

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    Fiction

    I'll take any of the Stuart McBride books. Murder, gangsters and laugh-out-loud black humour.

    Henning Mankell's Wallander books are also a good read. I've only read one Rebus, which I enjoyed, and hopefully will read a few more soon.

    Aside from crime novels, I really love the James Herriot books.

    I was a massive fan of the Alienist by Caleb Carr when I was in my early teens, it was one of the first proper 'grown up' books I ever purchased. One where by judging the book by its cover was an unqualified success. The TV dramatisation on Netflix caught the essence of the writing rather well.

    Non-fiction

    May I recommend Do No Harm by Henry Marsh. It's a book about the rials and tribulations of being a brain surgeon.

    Defending the Guilty: Truth and Lies in the Criminal Courtroom by Alex McBride is also an eye-opener.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldboots View Post
    No Dick Francis?
    ...or Anna Sewell.

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    Non-fiction:

    The Ascent of Man - Jacob Browski
    Guns, Germs and Steel - Jared Diamond
    The Doors of Perception - Aldous Huxley
    Homage to Catalonia - George Orwell
    The Kon-Tiki Expedition - Thor Heyerdahl
    London: The Biography - Peter Ackroyd
    Nairn's London - Ian Nairn
    The Road to Wigan Pier - George Orwell

    Fiction:

    The Beach - Alex Garland
    A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
    Far from the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
    Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
    Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
    The Hitchhiker's Guide(s) to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
    The Honorary Consul - Graham Greene
    The Mayor of Casterbridge - Thomas Hardy
    Reunion - Fred Uhlman
    The Thirty-Nine Steps - John Buchan
    Typhoon - Joseph Conrad

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