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A challenge - please suggest a book for my dh

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treacletart Tue 17-Feb-09 22:26:13

He's bookless at the moment and getting restless - apparently none of the many unread books in the house will do. He claims to not want a novel - he wants "a ripping adventure yarn based on truth" and extra points will be given for the inclusion of food and or fishing. To give you some more clues , other books he has enjoyed are everything by Mark Kurlansky, Into the Heart of Borneo by Redmond O Hanlon and Waterlog by Richard Deakin.

pillsthrillsandbellyaches Tue 17-Feb-09 22:29:25

life of pi.?

BitOfFun Tue 17-Feb-09 22:30:48

Touching The Void?

pillsthrillsandbellyaches Tue 17-Feb-09 22:31:31

a ripping adventure yarn which Yann Martell cleverly makes you think is based on truth.

fruitshootsandheaves Tue 17-Feb-09 22:31:56

five go to Smugglers Top grin

duckyfuzz Tue 17-Feb-09 22:32:14

DH says the patrick o'brian master and commander series will hit the spot

fryalot Tue 17-Feb-09 22:33:38

kitchen confidential

not sure there's much fishing in it, but food.. yep, deffo food grin

kaxter Tue 17-Feb-09 22:33:38

Blood River by Tim somebody. Butcher i think.

fryalot Tue 17-Feb-09 22:40:53

dp started to read the master & commander series and enjoyed it

treacletart Tue 17-Feb-09 22:42:25

He's read Life of Pi and Kitchen Confidential. He's seen the film of Touching the Void - will check out Master and Commander and Blood River looks promising....

crankytwanky Tue 17-Feb-09 22:44:00

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bordain is a great shout, squonk! One of the handfull of book my DP has read.

What about "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad?

JimmyMcNulty Tue 17-Feb-09 22:44:11

I second Touching the Void (a true story), absolutely brilliant, terrifying. Pretty sure it's got food in it somewhere.

JimmyMcNulty Tue 17-Feb-09 22:45:09

x-posted. If he liked Touching the Void there's also The Death Zone by Matt Dickinson (along similar lines)

fryalot Tue 17-Feb-09 22:51:42

there's a sequel to Kitchen Confidential if he enjoyed that.

"a cooks tour" I think it's called.

fryalot Tue 17-Feb-09 22:52:57

yes, it is called A Cooks Tour (don't know why I couldn't have looked for the link in my first post blush

treacletart Tue 17-Feb-09 22:55:05

Sorry Squonk - too good a call he's read that too!

choosyfloosy Tue 17-Feb-09 22:56:00

Assume he's read Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger?

has he also read The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers? (novel - but great stuff all the same).

My dh is very excitedly about to start Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household - classic thriller (sorry, another novel).

choosyfloosy Tue 17-Feb-09 22:58:25

A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby (more of a giggle than a ripping adventure but non-fiction, and good).

the White Nile and The Blue Nile are great books - erm, who by? (googles) Alan Moorehead

The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry Garrard

fryalot Tue 17-Feb-09 22:59:23

has he read the lonely sea and the sky?

TheYearOfTheCat Tue 17-Feb-09 23:01:45

DH read 'Trawler' and thought it was OK. It ticks the 'fish' box.

choosyfloosy Tue 17-Feb-09 23:04:31

Oh! Also 'The Reason Why' by Cecil Woodham Smith, about the Charge of the Light Brigade. Wonderful.

treacletart Wed 18-Feb-09 18:06:00

Thanks for these! They 're obviously right up his alley because he's read most already! But I'll be sure to check the rest and any others out.

samsonara Wed 18-Feb-09 18:22:01

This is a brilliant bookj : food writer describing foods, tastes and his adventures trying them
here

Lotster Wed 18-Feb-09 18:50:36

Hmm, was also going to suggest Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential!

Failing that, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is hilarious.

treacletart Wed 18-Feb-09 20:00:53

yup read those last 2 too, fear and loathing one of his favourites! grin

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