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Posted on 16 Mar 2011 17:51:26 GMT
You want short chapters? This has got short chapters and is the sort of book that you can pick up and put down whenever you want. Plus it's funny! Steady Past Your Granny's

Posted on 16 Mar 2011 22:55:42 GMT
Liz says:
i second sharpe and terry pratchett; also Bill Bryson is hilarious. Notes from a Big Country is my favourite, and is in small chunks (originally done as newspaper columns).

Posted on 17 Mar 2011 07:37:58 GMT
Yet another author recommending their own work but hey why not? If it's sport and travel he is after check out my book 'We had dreams and songs to sing'. Whilst the subject matter may be Liverpool Football Club I assure you it is not about he football alone. It is a life story taking in the highs and lows of life, the highs of Istanbul and lows of Hillsborough through my own eyes.

Part travelogue, part football wholly life! A lot of feedback from people who dont normally read but couldnt put it down. All true and no hooliganism. On thousands of bookshelves from Liverpool to Los Angeles its worth a look.

"a football book as it should be, devotion with humour" Billy Butler BBC Radio Merseyside.

Hopefully you agreee its worth a try, on both Kindle and paperback.

regards

Keith Salmon

Posted on 19 Mar 2011 15:06:10 GMT
From one of the reviewers in Amazon USA: "In the middle of hundreds of biographies of "celebrities" that owe their careers to a lucky break it is refreshing to read the biography of somebody whose life is truly inspiring and deserving of admiration. Also it is rare to read a biographical book that is hard to put down because an almost magical combination of a great story and outstanding writing.

Although I suspect that women, particularly young women, will find this book specially motivating, as a middle-aged men I totally enjoyed being transported to the old Korea and feeling, like I was witnessing first person, the triumph of hard work and determination of a little girl that overcame the most crushing adversity to become a Martial Arts Master. I highly recommend "The Iron Butterfly: Memoir of a Martial Arts Master. The True Story of a Mermaid's Daughter.""The Iron Butterfly: Memoir of a Martial Arts Master: The True Story of a Mermaid's Daughter

Posted on 21 Mar 2011 14:54:32 GMT
kim says:
I have 2 suggestions, having tried them both ,with success on 'non-reading' males. The first is 'touching the void' by by Joe Simpson, recounting his and Simon Yates's disastrous and nearly fatal climb of the 6,344-metre (20,813 foot) Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985. A gripping read. And the second is Sebastian Faulks' 'Birdsong'. 'Birdsong' has often been named Sebastian Faulks' best work of fiction- it received an 'also mentioned' credit in The Observer's 2005 poll of critics and writers to find the Best British book of the last 25 years (1980-2005). Birdsong has been one of the most consistent selling books of the last decade, continuously in the top 5,000 sales figures. An excellent book set in the first world war. Hope that helps :)

Posted on 13 Apr 2011 07:56:11 BDT
For a lighthearted read and short chapters try my books Just Us Two:Ned and Rosie's GoldWing Discovery in Print ASIN: 1438929366 and e-book ASIN: B004HW6D80 (whichever takes your fancy)and the sequel Chasing Rainbows with Just Us Two. Both travel/biking/discovery/adventure and fun in Europe and finding lost family in Ireland.Chasing Rainbows on Kindle now. ASIN: B004MYH0J4 Print out May 1st. go to http://www.discover-rosalie.com where ther are some good reviews.

Posted on 14 Apr 2011 19:27:18 BDT
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Posted on 18 Apr 2011 17:12:44 BDT
I. Reinhards says:
I'd suggest a biography of a politician he likes (if he likes any) or the biography of a football manager or a football player if he likes football.

Posted on 9 Sep 2011 23:51:06 BDT
I'd suggest a John Grisham as a light read. I first started with the Brethren - on holiday 15 yrs ago - and couldn't put it down, but I was new to both Grisham and his genre.
Another more recent Grisham type is Mark Gimenez, he has 4, the first and last are best.
Good reading!

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Sep 2011 01:24:34 BDT
the book "gypsies" by brian o'donnell or the larger "you'd better believe it" would be perfect!

Posted on 12 Sep 2011 20:13:26 BDT
Chris says:
DADDY KNOWS BEST

Posted on 12 Sep 2011 22:20:58 BDT
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You could try "Amongst The Marines" by Steven Preece. Its an easy read and side splitting at times. Sadly, no pictures though.Amongst the Marines: The Untold Story

Posted on 15 Sep 2011 09:08:25 BDT
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Posted on 15 Sep 2011 10:49:00 BDT
Chris Thrall says:
Eating Smoke: One Man's Descent into Drug Psychosis in Hong Kong's Triad Heartland - by Chris Thrall

. . . exemplary pacing, completely engaging tone, wealth of winning detail. Thrall uses such verve, enthusiasm and faultless comic timing that it is hard not to be swept along. China Morning Post

Eating Smoke: One Man's Descent into Drug Psychosis in Hong Kong's Triad Heartland

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Sep 2011 11:41:17 BDT
katieloo says:
You could try Ashley Blake, Shining Bright Lights in Dark Places. Its a fascinating read about a former TV presenter who went to prison for defending his home and property and how a moment of madness destroyed his life, it also charts his life behind bars and asks the question 'what would you do' Its a light read but one that keeps you reading until the end wanting to know how it all turns out.

Posted on 16 Sep 2011 18:52:21 BDT
Pete__S says:
Anything by Danny King. They are top books. I don't normally read and they all grabbed me!

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Sep 2011 00:16:35 BDT
P. Martin says:
Watch My Back: The Geoff Thompson Story

Posted on 18 Sep 2011 02:44:19 BDT
Chris says:
DADDY KNOWS BEST

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Sep 2011 04:05:23 BDT
Sorry, David, but if your book is written in the same way as this comment is written, then you're screwed. Break up the paragraphs for a start. Most first-time readers won't consider this attractive. Instead they'll throw your book into the ocean and continue their crapping, eating, and holidaying.

Best of luck.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Sep 2011 04:08:39 BDT
Sorry, David, but if your book is written in the same way as this comment is written, then you're screwed. Break up the paragraphs for a start. Most first-time readers won't consider this attractive. Instead they'll throw your book into the ocean and continue their crapping, eating, and holidaying.

Best of luck.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Sep 2011 05:22:32 BDT
D.E. McCourt says:
What about To Hell and Back - the Audie Murphy story. His heroics are incredible. A poor baby faced, under-sized infantryman becomes the most decorated American soldier of WW2. As you read the book you realize that he takes no credit for his amazing deeds and his humility in telling the story is remarkable.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Sep 2011 04:32:45 BDT
D.E. McCourt says:
Notes from the Firehouse by D.E.McCourt has quite a few human interest stories. One describes removing a vagrant bat from a house(very funny), another involves a dog that somehow gets trapped in a snowblower. The book has a nice flow and covers quite a few interesting situations.

Posted on 22 Sep 2011 05:54:20 BDT
Chris says:
DADDY KNOWS BEST

Posted on 23 Sep 2011 11:41:40 BDT
JnL says:
Autobiography -
Engage: The Fall and Rise of Matt Hampson [Hardcover]
Paul Kimmage (Author)

Not sure it's lighthearted but...
I am an avid reader, of every genre and this book, has to be the best book I've read in years and years and years - if not ever.
It's about a rugby player, but seriously, you do not have to like rugby to enjoy the book!


Autobiography Engage, a hellish, inspiring and often hilarious account of his struggle. The sections where Hampson's formidable mother, Anne, takes on the NHS and the Rugby Football Union (RFU) to get proper treatment for her son are a sorry indictment of bad attitudes and practices in both institutions and a humbling example of mother courage'
--Daily Telegraph

'dominated by Hampson's incisive, often hilarious voice, this is the enthralling tale of two lives - one lived before March 15 2005, one after... Engage's honest and unblinking approach to the scale of his disaster makes this book much bleaker (and better) than just an uplifting triumph-over-adversity tale' --Sunday Times

'Hampson has been to the darkest places and been brought back time and time again by the response of those around him and his own inner strength...a genuine must read' --Sport Magazine

'A hellish, inspiring and often hilarious account of his struggle' --Daily Telegraph

'the quality and the ingenuity of the narrative takes your breath away' --Rugby World September Issue

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Sep 2011 21:53:15 BDT
Alison says:
Mike Carter's "Uneasy Rider" is a fantastic book. It's laugh out loud funny, and is very easy to read.
Carter is a travel writer extraordinaire and has a a writing style which is so descriptive that it makes you feel as though you're there with him. This book is about a journey which he made as a way of helping him deal with what is commonly known as a mid-life crisis.
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