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TaggieCampbellBlack Sun 11-Nov-12 19:29:42

I am in need of something new.

Recommendations please!

Kindke, less than a fiver if poss.


MissBoPeep Sun 25-Nov-12 08:20:44

I am working my way through some of Elizabeth Taylor's novels ( no not the film star.)

I heard an extract on Radio 4 Book Club a while back when she was described as the most underrated novelist of the 20th century- and I agree. it's very Jane Austen in terms of social observations and depiction of class- in a very subtle way. And her sparse use of langauge is superb.

I started with Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont.

hackmum Sun 25-Nov-12 10:11:13

Oh yes, Elizabeth Taylor is v good. I regarded her as my own personal secret for a long time!

Cold Comfort Farm is one of my all-time favourites.

Londonista1975 Sun 25-Nov-12 10:15:19

Lucky Break, by Esther Freud. Very slow to begin with but getting better.

quirrelquarrel Sun 25-Nov-12 10:24:56

Notnow grin how lovely to find a fellow fan! I was discussing her with my history teacher ages ago and she said she didn't like her at all, "but I can imagine you would" hmm also snap about Frederica at 17!

Ah, get yourself to Minster Gate books York, they seemed to have loads of copies floating around! (that's also where I got what looked liked a brand new copy of The Children's Book for £1- impulse buy because I liked the cover blush)

RichManPoorManBeggarmanThief Sun 25-Nov-12 10:30:15

Before I Go to Sleep

Utter, utter trash but if it's wrong, I don't want to be right grin. Dont start reading it if you've got anything pressing to attend to though.

I didn't enjoy before I go to sleep, I found contrived and painfully predicatble

Have you read Incendiary by Chris Cleave OP, I really liked that.

ScienceOfSellingYouselfShort Sun 25-Nov-12 10:51:37

I've just finished The Twelve, the second book of The Passage trilogy. I love them! My favourite dystopian/apocalyptic book.

nightcat I read Perfect People a couple of months ago and my opinion greatly changed by the end. How are you finding it?

RichManPoorManBeggarmanThief Sun 25-Nov-12 10:54:47

Dances I did have to stop myself thinking about it too much, and you're right- it was contrived. I think if you just read it really fast so that you dont have time to mull over the plot holes, it sort of works (bit like The Killing). On the other hand, DD is waking up 4 times a night, so maybe I am just too brain addled to work out its flaws grin

Feenie Sun 25-Nov-12 10:56:58

Just read The Generation Game on my kindle - £1.49. Really enjoyed it.

AppleOgies Sun 25-Nov-12 10:57:58

The land of the long white cloud... I wouldn't have bought it normally but it was a kindle daily deal. It's not bad, it's quite readable on a long commute but I'm almost finished and am wondering a bit what the point of the whole story is... I expected to read more about the Maoris and the impact the settlers had on them, but it's quite glossed over so far, it hints at it and then goes off on a tangent.

But not bad at all for 99p.

Tis fair comment Richman

elkiedee Sun 25-Nov-12 11:15:51

I must reread the early Frederica books and then read the newer ones. I've been reading Elizabeth Taylor this year - I only have Blaming and most of her Collected Stories left to read though.

hackmum Sun 25-Nov-12 14:49:06

Currently reading JM Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians, because when Zoe Williams did her webchat she said it was her favourite book! Although it's short, it's not a light read though.

If you enjoy psychological thrillers, Sister by Rosamond Lupton is good - I read it one sitting, couldn't put it down, though as often happens with these things, I found the ending rather implausible. The journey was better than the arrival, iyswim.

UptoapointLordCopper Sun 25-Nov-12 21:43:31

I've just read The Children's Books and Ragnarok by AS Byatt. Now taking a break and reading Enid Blyton's the Burnt Cottage - the first of the five find-outer books that I'm hoping to persuade DSs to try but thought I should look through it first to see if it's reasonable ...

hackmum Mon 26-Nov-12 09:36:11

Oh, I used to love the Five Findouters. Much preferred them to the famous five!

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