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Just finished reading It's Lovely To Be Here: The touring diaries of a Scottish gent by James Yorkston. A very funny insight into the tedium / excitement of being a touring musician.

Also read How I Escaped My Certain Fate by Stewart Lee last week. Effectively the scripts from some of his recent stand-up performances with a very detailed critique as to why he said things in certain ways. The script is interspersed with extremely entertaining footnotes and asides. An excellent book!

These elections have put me in the mind to dig out the Chris Mullins diaries which I bought but never started - so will crack on with them after lunch.

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Just finished Warsaw Anagrams by Richard Zimler - a murder mystery set in the Jewish ghetto of Warsaw in WWII. Really good.

Now reading: Beyond Evil about Ian Huntely. A bit tabloidy. That Maxine Carr was/is a right slapper.

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Currently re-reading The Black Cloud by IDS Thomson.

Subtitled " Scottish Mountaineering Misadventures 1928-1966" it begins with a fascinating history of British weather forecasting, before going on to detail some fatal incidents in the Scottish mountains, how they occurred, and the effect weather played on their outcome. An absolutely riveting book.

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Looking forward to reading Paul Barber's(Denzil) short autobiography, got it last week but left it down in Yorkshire.

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If you like the Fantasy/Tolkien style stuff, then you might enjoy the following as some summer reading..there are a few books involved. but here goes:

The author of this series is a guy called Stephen Donaldson and the stories are in sequence, beginning with..

The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever.

1. Lord Foul's Bane.

2. The Illearth War.

3. The Power that Preserves.

The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.

1. The Wounded Land.

2. The one Tree.

3. White Gold Wielder.

The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.

1. The Runes of the Earth.

2. Fatal Revenant.

3. Against All Things Ending.(2010)

4. The Last Dark.

Quite a bit of reading but, if you like this type of stuff, you'll enjoy it.;)

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down and out in paris and london - george orwell

brilliant orwell again. Not his best but still very good.

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Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction

Read the last two in this series in the wrong order, but it isn't really all that necessary to strictly follow the chronological order. Another enjoyable read.

Now reading The Fort by Bernard Cornwell. Pretty good so far.

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NILEISM [THE STRANGE COURSE OF THE BLUE NILE] by ALLAN BROWN

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Thankfully I came across this book in my local library as I would have been pretty pissed off if I had spent my hard earned cash on it. With very little input from the band itself and full of typos this book really isn't vital even for the most hardcore Blue Nile fan.

3 out of 10

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The church in Falkirk High St had a book sale last Saturday (just noticed as I was walking past)

Got loads of paperbacks for £3, (25p or some were 50p) some of them were brand new! :)

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The Dirt, by Neil Strauss and Mötley Crüe. If half the stuff they claim is true then I'm in the wrong business. Their music's still pish though

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Just finished reading Always Leave Them Laughing which is a Biography by John Fisher of the great Tommy Cooper.

Fantastic read which I would recommend to anyone who has an interest in comedy legends.

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i started reading it like any normal book.

you're meant to read it from the back to the front.

But you read it the wrong way round, right?

If so, surely the fact that the first page you read began in mid-sentence as a continuation from the previous page was a bit of a give-away?

Edit: apologies, didn't realise this was posted more than two months ago.

Edited by Muggy

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I'm still in the midst of a bit of a Cormac McCarthy infatuation, more specifically regarding those books classed as his Western novels. Having almost finished re-reading The Crossing, my intention is then to read All The Pretty Horses again, in advance of tackling Cities Of The Plain, which is the final part of his Border Trilogy. I've never yet read the latter, which seems to be pretty much universally regarded as the weakest of the three, but I'm now champing at the bit to find out what becomes of Billy Parham and John Grady Cole though.

I have however broken all this up a bit by reading Just Kids, Patti Smith's biography of her friendship with risque, man friendly photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, which I found really quite moving. I'm a bit of a sucker for an early to mid 70's New York setting, possibly because it reminds me so much of the late 80's Arbroath where I spent my formative years.

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The Brookyln Follies - Paul Auster.

8/10.

Very good book. About a mid 50s man who moves to the suburbs of Brooklyn after a messy divorce, he's on non-speaking terms with his daughter and a lung cancer battle.

He meets some people there and if I say anymore, I'll give it away.

Really enjoyed it and the ending was superb.

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Have recently read a few. First being The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. Has amazing reviews, my brother gave it to me saying it was in his top five of all time but it left me a bit cold - 5/10.

Picked up Roy Keane's autobiography in a charity shop for 75p. Raced through it, and found it pretty interesting - 7/10

Also, just read Snakes and Earrings by Hitomi Kanehara. Written when she was just 21, it's about a young woman who gets into a relationship with a man who has a forked tongue and she follows by going through the splitting process. However, she gets involved with the tattoo artist who helps her do this and gets into a violent love triangle. Read it in a day, enjoyed it a lot - 8/10.

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The Silver Fob Watch by Andrew Cowie

Cracking read. Shame it's not available for public sale at the moment.

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Young Stalin by Simon Sebag Montefiore

A very interesting book and well worth reading.

Now on to In the court of the red Tsar biggrin.gif

Finished reading in the court of the red tsar not long ago and it's a great book, well worth reading if you enjoy historical biographies.

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