Holiday Books

Mr PuffyMr Puffy ✭✭✭

I've got 

Sweet Tooth by Ian McKewan

How England Made the English

i like the look of

Girl on the Stairs by Louse Welch

and Running with the Kenyans.

any more?



  • I think fifty shades of grey might be your thing.

  • Mr PuffyMr Puffy ✭✭✭

    That's so last year, keep up.

    Perhaps you could dig me up something by Julie Burchill?

  • The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson 

    The Cicero books by Robert Harris and the Cromwell books by Hilary Mantel

  • And the Babylon series (Hotel, Hospital, Wedding etc ) are good beach reading ... 

  • Mr PuffyMr Puffy ✭✭✭

    I've read the Cromwell books, fascinating, I saw the hundred year old man today ill look again tomorrow at the airport. 


  • I really enjoyed it, I bought it in the kindle sale not expecting much and ended up tearing through it in one sitting image

    I'm looking forward to the third Cromwell book, even though I now feel so invested in the character I don't want to see him executed. 

  • Mr PuffyMr Puffy ✭✭✭


    whenever I'm in London with an hour to spare I take a quick walk through the Tudor section in the National Portrait Gallery, she really has brought those people to life.

  • I still think you need to be looking at chic lit

  • Which part of Torremolinos are you going?

  • LS21LS21 ✭✭✭

    I read Running with the Kenyans - quite enjoyed that.

    Not sure if you're into your cycling but the Tyler Hamilton book is very good.

    And one that I'm not sure I class as 'holiday reading', and something that's not normally my thing. But I can very strongly recommend 'Boy in the River' by Richard Hoskins. Said author is 'Home Run' on the sub 3 thread (hence why i bought it, supporting a mate etc), But it is very VERY good. As the reviews on Amazon will testify -

    It's actually quite disturbing in places (quite a lot of places actually), but is one of those books that I genuinely couldn't put down. It would be fair comment to say I'm biased based on who's written it, but I genuinely would say the same things if I'd read it and had no idea who the author was.

  • "Chic" or "chick" SR?  Big difference.

  • I think if you want have a dig at Puffy it will have more impact if you use the correct word.

  • booktrunkbooktrunk ✭✭✭

    Iain m banks, Peter f Hamilton, Alastair Reynolds .. Oops a bit sci-fi orientatedimage 

  • Nope the addition of the two extra words does nothing to improve the comic value - I suggest you employ a script writer rather than relying on your own material.

  • You wish.

  • Mr PuffyMr Puffy ✭✭✭

    This is what happens when mummy leaves the top off the gin bottle.

  • Me or him? image

  • It just so happens that my mood is influenced by Bombay Saphire

  • How about  The Humans by Matt Haig. Sounds an interesting read Puffy image

  • Mr BoatMr Boat ✭✭✭

    LS21: I'm currently halfway through the Tyler Hamilton book. Never really paid much attention to doping in cycling before but this is amazing stuff to read.

    Another sport related book I've just finished is 'The Ghost Runner: The Trajedy of the Man they Couldn't Stop'. This is a really open, sad account of a boxer turned ultra-runner battling for his amateur status (check out on line reviews as I can't link for some reason).

    Other books of note I've recently finished and would reccommend are 'Remains of the Day' by Kazuo Ishiguro. 'Wonder' by R.J. Palacio: this'll make you cry for sure; should be compulsary reading in schools. 'The Road' by Cormac McCarthy: very depressing but in an epic way; brilliantly written. 'Never Let Me Go' by Kazuo Ishiguro.

    These are all definitely worth checking out on line reviews. I used to read loads but kind of slowed right down to a crawl when running took over but since I got a Kindle for Christmas I've really got going again.

  • If you like chunky books I'd recommend anything by Edward Rutherfurd - he writes historical sagas based on different locations e.g. London, Dublin, New York etc. I love them all, am just finishing Russka now.

    A second vote for Kazua Ishiguro, my OH loves these books.

    Any Human Heart by William Boyd is also near the top of my list. A bit lighter reading than the other suggestions!

  • Just cleaning this thread up a bit so it's actually about books...

  • Mr BoatMr Boat ✭✭✭

    Annie RW: What about the rest of the forum then. Surely it wouldn't be too difficult to merge all the multiple threads we have on exactly the same topic; like every other forum I use does. It looks like some people think of something and start a new thread without even bothering to see if it's been brought up before.

  • I'm not sure that's quite what Annie means.

    Being one of the guilty parties (not that I started it!) I know what she means by "cleaning up".

    Having said that, I would have thought she'd been impresssed by the way it veered somewhat obscenely off-topic but then got right back on track - I was image

  • Good work Annieimage

  • Lay off the Bombay Sapphire eh SR? image

  • Another vote for Running With The Kenyans.

    It's worth having a look on Project Gutenburg, they've got loads of out of copyright books you can download for free.

  • Mr PuffyMr Puffy ✭✭✭

    The funny thing is one of my books, sweet tooth by Ian Mcewan is set partly in Brighton and features a shocking reference to the enlarged female organ that SR so subtly alluded to. 

  • Might have to check that one out this summer. 

  • Spooky Mr. P!

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