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Posted on 22 Nov 2009 21:11:55 GMT
Last edited by the author on 22 Nov 2009 21:14:27 GMT
Always a Marine: The Return to Civvy Street

Steven Preece's - Always A Marine. It is a very interesting and at times, emotional story as he fights to move on from the beligerant mentality that he had developed in the marines. It was an interesting account that I could relate to.

Posted on 23 Nov 2009 11:31:49 GMT
J Gibson says:
'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' by Steig Larsson

Posted on 2 Dec 2009 16:40:27 GMT
May I be permitted, as other new authors have done, to recommend my own book? Although it tells of some fairly horrific treatment by some of the female staff in Barnardo's, I also treat the reader to lots of laughs about how I 'beat the system". And if you don't close the book without LOVING Aunrie Dodd and Uncle Tom...well I'd despair!!!
Sue Martin author "No Way Home"

Posted on 3 Dec 2009 17:31:15 GMT
Seb says:
Try A Glimpse of Eternal Snows for a memoir set in the Himalyas

Posted on 5 Dec 2009 18:02:12 GMT
S. KENNARD says:
Just finished Jimmy Jones by John and Susan Emerald. What a read. I couldnt put it down. it has a mixture of conspiracy as it looks at the passing of Diana and Dodi told by two mediums, fascinating. Also stuff you would never believe until you read this with the name Jimmy JOnes becoming significant at the end. I wont spoil it as it is a fab read.

Posted on 6 Dec 2009 04:22:28 GMT
Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong. This is phenomenal.

Posted on 7 Dec 2009 14:45:30 GMT
Nix says:
Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools

This book will make you roar with laughter and is definitely unputdownable! It's only just been released and described as James Herriott meets Driving over Lemons.

Posted on 16 Dec 2009 21:17:40 GMT
Try "The Gargoyle" by Andrew Davidson, very original

Posted on 18 Dec 2009 19:29:29 GMT
Noir Fan says:
If you love crime, you won't go wrong reading crime writer, Sam Millar's book, especially his award-winning Karl Kane series.

Posted on 31 Dec 2009 21:35:58 GMT
Digger Dave says:
Check out Walking My Walworth: A Sixties Childhood A trip down memory lane for those big on nostalgia, Cockney-style! Read about the nit nurse, the bed bugs and how to keep those baggy drawers from falling round your ankles! It's all there and more, take a look at the reviews...

Posted on 1 Jan 2010 15:15:42 GMT
Travelman says:
Try my book The Up-Country Man - A personal account of the first one hundred days inside secessionist Biafra it's a great story for those of you old enough to remember the Biafran War in Nigeria (and good reading for those not old enough to remember this devastating conflict)
You can read excerpts on my web page http://africantales.wordpress.com

Posted on 2 Jan 2010 13:33:41 GMT
B. Morris says:
Oh Yes Dear - A Personal account of a friendship with the late Johnny Morris.

Its a great read and gives an insight into the man unlike any other

Posted on 2 Jan 2010 20:01:30 GMT
Little M says:
Single Mother on the Verge if you bought my book, I'd be very happy ;-) lol I also love Maggie O xx

Posted on 3 Jan 2010 05:21:44 GMT
P. Nelson says:
I recommend 2 biographies by Selina Hastings: "The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham", and "Evelyn Waugh - A Biography". They are both very readable, and fascinating too.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jan 2010 18:19:12 GMT
C. A. Wright says:
Hi Gilly

Have you read I DID TELL, I DID by Casie Harte? Brilliant and honest.

Posted on 5 Jan 2010 22:50:28 GMT
G. Roberts says:
Seven For A Secret by Christopher T Massey

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2010 20:50:50 GMT
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the following 2 books. You won't put them down!

Posted on 11 Jan 2010 15:42:17 GMT
A. Ferguson says:
The Lemons trilogy (driving over lemons, etc) by Chris Stewart. Evocative descriptions of moving to and living in Andalucia. Very funny in places, but always very readable. "The Steel Bonnets" by George MacDonald Fraser - the stories of the border reivers. Beautifully written and fascinating stories of the continuous conflict on the Scotland0England border area.

Posted on 12 Jan 2010 04:52:30 GMT
Songs of Blood and Sword was previewed as a 2010 book to read by the Telegraph - I'm pre ordering it along with the Oxtales books

Posted on 17 Jan 2010 10:06:47 GMT
Ian Walthew says:
I had this same question the other day, and I was curious to know what Amazon customers rate as good books. What I did was to search on all categories of books, ranking them not by best-sellers, but by average customer review. I tagged all the books I could find that (a) had a five star average (not four and a half) and (b) had more than 50 Amazon customer reviews. I was quite surprised to see that this produced a list of only about a hundred books, from children's books to self-help to fiction and non-fiction. I gave them the tag 5 star 50 reviews. If you do a search on that tag, using the Amazon tag tool search (that you'll find on any book's page) you'll be able to pull up this list of books and have a good browse. Some of the books may not be of a genre that you like, but some will, and may encourage you to read books from genres that you wouldn't normally think of. Anyway, good luck. It certainly brought some books to my attention that I hadn't heard of and I ordered three of the ones I hadn't read. It was interesting to see that all the ones I had already read were ones I would give a 5 star rating to, so there's something there that I think is worth exploring.

Posted on 17 Jan 2010 10:18:41 GMT
Disruptive: How I Triumphed Over Years of Abuse from Those Who Were Supposed to Protect Me Its a fantastic read and I read it in 2 sittings. Unlike alot of survival stories this gives clear messages all the way through. So well written and deserves its 5 stars

Posted on 17 Jan 2010 20:46:03 GMT
Insigne says:
It is not a new book, but it is thought provoking and makes real some of those thoughts that we who are English have been unable to conceptualise. It is Roger Scrutons, England an Elegy.

Posted on 21 Mar 2010 01:15:14 GMT
Gypsy Boy: One Boy's Struggle to Escape from a Secret World
without a doubt, GYPSY BOY BY MIKEY WALSH....
the absolute best one i have read in a long time, and i mean years...
incredible, hilarious, heartbreaking, beautiful and, number one sunday times best seller this week.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Apr 2010 20:32:10 BDT
Travels of the Mind
I suggest you "Travels of the Mind" by Ettore Grillo. It is a spiritual book. It contains plenty of information. From the rare Japanese Martial Arts to African burials, Vedanta, Buddhism and so on.
"Travels of the Mind" is a way for healing anxiety, phobias, hypochondria and psychic disorders. It cannot be assimilated to a manual. It contains tips for resolving inner problems, but it leaves to the reader the choice of the way for self-healing. A chick cannot hatch out if the hen does not peck the egg-shell. "Travels of the Mind" is like that, it pecks softly your shell for helping you to get out of your own mental prison.
Ettore Grillo

Posted on 7 Apr 2010 19:01:24 BDT
Cormac Mac says:
On The Brinks by crime writer Sam Millar (if you can buy a copy for less that Amazon prices of between £120-150. No, not a misprint). This is easily one of the most fascinating memoirs I have ever read, and I have read my fair share.
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