Books & music by people I know/have met (one each!)

A Listmania! list by Dr. R. E. Swanepoel "Eric the Read" (Edinburgh, Scotland)
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The Republic of Ted
1.  The Republic of Ted by Eddie Gibbons
The list author says:
  "Witty and profound. This book used by professionals to help grief counselling.  Also writes about football. Search his name on Amazon!"
£6.46   Used & New from: £5.89
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Naked And Bare
2.  Naked And Bare by Fiddlers' Bid
The list author says:
  "I interviewed Catriona for a magazine I used to run in Aberdeen. Chris recently crashed on my Edinburgh settee!  Wonderful stuff."
£11.55   Used & New from: £5.98
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Saving the World and Being Happy (the Computer Ager)
3.  Saving the World and Being Happy (the Computer Ager) by R. Eric Swanepoel
The list author says:
  "Fascinating, disturbing, funny.  (OK, I wrote this!)"
Used & New from: £0.01
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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40,000 Things
4.  40,000 Things by Steve Brookstein
The list author says:
  "A friend of mine, met through his super-talented wife, Eileen Hunter.  Now he's broken free from X-Factor packaging he can fly!  Listen with an open mind and be impressed!"
£1.00   Used & New from: £0.24
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

The Holy Woman
5.  The Holy Woman by Qaisra Shahraz
The list author says:
  "Moving, enthralling.  I taught English alongside Qaisra in Hulme, Manchester."
Used & New from: £0.71
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)

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Fire & Grace
6.  Fire & Grace by Alasdair Fraser
The list author says:
  "A spell-binding mix of Scottish traditional music, virtuosity and traditional, jazz and classical sensibility!"
£12.55   Used & New from: £4.53
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

Where are You?
7.  Where are You? by Kevin Boniface
The list author says:
  "This is an utterly wonderful and extremely entertaining book by three wonderful and highly talented people:  Kevin Boniface and Joanna and Christoph Shaw.  Buy it now!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

The Machine Doctor
8.  The Machine Doctor by Peter Burnett
The list author says:
  "Unlike anything else I've read!  I met Peter many years ago in Aberdeen.  He's a multi-faceted and entertaining character, rather like his books!"
£9.48   Used & New from: £0.01
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Steady Diet of Decline
9.  Steady Diet of Decline by No Hope in New Jersey
The list author says:
  "Andy Garratt was my downstairs neighbour in West Didsbury and is now a friend.  Such a pity this band split up.  I think Andy might well re-emerge one day as he is amazingly talented and hard-working."
£2.19   Used & New from: £0.11
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Who Sleeps with Katz
10.  Who Sleeps with Katz by Todd McEwen
The list author says:
  "New York's Ulysses?  I met Todd many years ago when he ran the Lemon Tree Writers in Aberdeen."
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2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Beginning to Read Music for Traditional Musicians
11.  Beginning to Read Music for Traditional Musicians by Sarah Northcott
The list author says:
  "Sarh taught me fiddle at Edinburgh's Scots Music Group.  A wonderful talent."
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Over the Sky to See
12.  Over the Sky to See by Amy Geddes/Sandy Wright
The list author says:
  "Amy is my current teacher.  Like Sarah a great and inspiring teacher as well as an exceptional musician."
£10.21   Used & New from: £5.02

The Good Doctor
13.  The Good Doctor by Damon Galgut
The list author says:
  "I met Damon in 1981 when we were both in our final years at school in South Africa.  This disturbing book conjures up the feelings of some white people in post-apartheid SA."
£6.96   Used & New from: £0.01
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

Pet Hates: The Shocking Truth About Pets and Vets
14.  Pet Hates: The Shocking Truth About Pets and Vets by Josh Artmeier
The list author says:
  "A very funny yet shocking book by a veterinary colleague.  Will put you off becoming a vet, that's for sure!"
Used & New from: £0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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No Logo
15.  No Logo by Naomi Klein
The list author says:
  "I spoke to Naomi at the Edinburgh International Book Festival some years ago.  She offered to review "Saving the World and Being Happy" but her secretary fobbed me off a couple of years later!  Grrr!"
Used & New from: £0.01
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)

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Sweet Desserts
16.  Sweet Desserts by Lucy Ellmann
The list author says:
  "A genius.  I met Lucy through her husband, Todd McEwen."
Used & New from: £0.01

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Lanark: Life in Four Books: A Life in 4 Books (Canongate Classics)
17.  Lanark: Life in Four Books: A Life in 4 Books (Canongate Classics) by Alasdair Gray
The list author says:
  "I met Alasdair at the Thirsty Lunch events as part of the 2006 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. I read Lanark when much younger and absolutely loved it!"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Born Up a Close: Memoirs of a Brigton Boy
18.  Born Up a Close: Memoirs of a Brigton Boy by Hugh Savage
The list author says:
  "I met James Kelman as above, and am currently reading this book for which he wrote the introduction."
£10.05   Used & New from: £0.01
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Hamish McHaggis and the Edinburgh Adventure
19.  Hamish McHaggis and the Edinburgh Adventure by Linda Strachan
The list author says:
  "I met Linda through the Society of Authors and have ordered a couple of her books for some young relatives!"
£4.94   Used & New from: £0.01
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

From the Life and Other Stories
20.  From the Life and Other Stories by Siān Preece
The list author says:
  "Wonderfully observed, warm and well-written.  I met Sian through Aberdeen's Lemon Tree Writers many years ago."
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Minaret
21.  Minaret by Leila Aboulela
The list author says:
  "I met Leila the same way I met Sian.  She is a truly great writer and it's a privilege to have met her."
£7.55   Used & New from: £0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

Parecon: Life After Capitalism
22.  Parecon: Life After Capitalism by Michael Albert
The list author says:
  "I met Michael at the Radical Book Fair organised by Word Power books. He has great ideas!"
£11.63   Used & New from: £2.21
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Heat: How to Stop the Planet Burning
23.  Heat: How to Stop the Planet Burning by George Monbiot
The list author says:
  "I chatted to George after his talk at the above event. I have long admired his writings for the Guardian."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Magnificent Seven
24.  Magnificent Seven by Blazin' Fiddles
The list author says:
  "Great people and terrific music!  I've been to Blazin' in Beauly and hope to go again."
£12.64   Used & New from: £6.98
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Drugs and the Party Line ("Rebel Inc")
25.  Drugs and the Party Line ("Rebel Inc") by Kevin Williamson
The list author says:
  "I read this long before I met Kevin. If you're at all interested in the issue of illegal drugs (approx. 1/5 of world trade) then this highly readable book is a must!"
Used & New from: £0.99
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Dr. R. E. Swanepoel "Eric the Read" (Edinburgh, Scotland)
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Qualifications: writer, amateur musician, political activist, veterinarian
Last updated: 11/12/2006
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