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What should I read next? Advice Please!!

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In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jul 2012 10:18:38 BDT
Cherry Blossom Children - One Foster Parents Story. An excellent read of one family and their sibling groups spanning a few years. you will smile, laugh, feel deeply emotional and also learn of the lves and tribulations of others. Read the reviews, says it all!! Cherry Blossom Children - One Foster Parent's Story

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Aug 2012 14:01:16 BDT
Janet Holt says:
Try 'The Stranger in my Life' by Janet Holt and Helen Parker

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Aug 2012 22:06:22 BDT
Meerkat says:
Definitely recommend Salman Rushdie's "Midnight's Children"
Narziss and Goldmund and Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
Grey Souls by Philippe Claudel (stunning)
Miss Garnet's Angel by Sally Vickers
The Towers of Trebizond by Rose Macaulay
A month in the country by J L Carr

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Aug 2012 00:02:11 BDT
family affair by mary campisi. a brilliat book you will love it

Posted on 23 Aug 2012 11:57:32 BDT
I Readalot says:
Before posting more suggestion I think you should take into account that this post was started nearly 2 1/2 years ago and the OP has never returned. Think it can be safely assumed that she has forgotten about it by now, besides she is no longer an 18 year old A level student looking for a particular kind of book. To all intents and purposes this thread is redundant.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Aug 2012 12:28:03 BDT
Ellie says:
Very true, I am no longer an 18 year old a level student, I am now a 20 year University student and still read on the train regularly! Thank you all for your comments and tips. I can't pretend to have read all the suggestions but I have found your advice kind and insightful!

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Aug 2012 13:15:47 BDT
I Readalot says:
Glad to see you are still around, I did wonder if you had moved on to uni.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Aug 2012 15:28:45 BDT
Hello Ellie
May I suggest The Cruel Trade? The publisher's publicity states, 'Dr Peacock has woven his facts beautifully into the tapestry, making for a rich reading experience'. You will find details and reviews on my website. I have also published a novel on Fletcher Christian, the Bounty mutineer, on Kindle.
With best wishes, Clifford Peacock.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Aug 2012 22:36:48 BDT
Suec says:
Hello Ellie I am really pleased you are enjoying reading so much. Steinbeck, Zola are good reads and I enjoyed the Edwardian's Vita Sackville-West,The God of small things Arundhati Roy, Bird Song Sabastian Faulks, Douglas Kennedy a Special kind of relationship. But don't forget the joy of lighter reading Katie Fforde... these are usually about renovating a property, restoring House boat, opening own Gallery, Starting Gardening business. An element of romance in them, which can sometimes be a bit too gushy but usually nice friendships and supporting communities. Secret Scriptures by Barry?? I agree with other advice too, some crime writers are excellent. P James for one. Keeping a book journal can be quite useful! Happy days. Regards Sue

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Aug 2012 10:37:35 BDT
Topps2 says:
legacy - Overland Trekkers 1947 Hi Ellie, if you are looking for something light and reasonably quick to read, how about trying Legacy. A touching story about a family who trekked overland from Blackpool to Durban (South Africa) in 1947, and their experiences through the Sahara and the rest of Africa. Hope you find it interesting - Binglo

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Aug 2012 11:31:19 BDT
I Readalot says:
Promoting your own book anywhere but the MOA Forum is against Amazon regs, (see the Important Announcement), leaving a link will probably mean that Amazon will delete the post.

Posted on 29 Aug 2012 14:05:30 BDT
flamingo says:
I loved Richard Madeley's book 'Fathers and Sons'. It starts with his Grandfather, who had a dreadful life, and goes right through to Richard's own son. I was amazed at how well written it was, very clearly told.
If you can get hold of anything by Pearl Buck you might enjoy it. I enjoyed 'The Good Earth', the story of a Chinese family. Buck's father was a missionary in China in the 1930s and she lived among the Chinese people and had a good understanding of them. Also very interesting is her own biog 'Burying the Bones'.

Posted on 30 Aug 2012 11:57:35 BDT
The Railway Man by Eric Lomax, very moving story about forgiveness and reconciliation, set in Singapore and Thailand during the second world war.

Posted on 30 Aug 2012 15:24:31 BDT
B. Malde says:
Try The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman, set in biblical times it tells the story of several women who stay at home while their men go out to fight. Based on true events with some wonderful writing.

Posted on 11 Sep 2012 17:20:59 BDT
If you're into classic biographies, try Papillon by Henri Charriere, about his imprisonment and subsequent escapes from French Guiana.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Sep 2012 08:20:36 BDT
flamingo says:
I agree, fantastic story, even if one suspects a little exaggeration at times.

Posted on 12 Sep 2012 12:15:49 BDT
Matt H says:
How about trying some poetry, and challenge yourself to seek out something hidden within the poem that not everyone can see. . . "I see the wind" an " AND SO I'LL WALK, are both great reads by a poet called Jake Rawkin. Mostly he writes in free verse and is very thought provoking.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Sep 2012 21:24:47 BDT
dave rock says:
Id like to suggest Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates-its a book I have bought for many people. You may have seen the film, starring Kate Winslett, which was nowhere near as engrossing as the book. If you dont read it now, bear it in mind for the future-there is truly nothing like it!

Posted on 17 Sep 2012 05:22:31 BDT
Two from America:
MY ANTONIA by Cather and a companion volume, THE COUNTRY OF THE POINTED FIRS (Jewett). The former is my favorite American novel. You might also want to take a look at DALVA by Jim Harrison for a modern view of the milieu.
For non-fiction, Lusseyran's AND THERE WAS LIGHT--marvelous and little-known--and SOME OF MY LIVES by Bernier. There's a fascinating woman...
I'd also suggest something deeply atmospheric: THE ALEXANDRIA QUARTET by Durrell. Perfect for dreamy and 18, then THE LEVANT TRILOGY by Olivia Manning.
To begin a love of mysteries: SPIES OF THE BALKANS and THE WORLD AT NIGHT by Alan Furst...
Last but not least, SHADOWS OF THE WIND by Zafon...wonderful!

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Sep 2012 23:47:06 BDT
anne says:
I sugggest True Experiences by Raymond A Francis
This book is A deep classic read it to believe it.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Sep 2012 17:08:09 BDT
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Roy Banwell says:
Hello, I have just put my book on Kindle, I am an unknown as you put it but I don't know about a Joe Blogs. I have written about my, I feel exciting time in the Infantry (Cheshire Regiment), all post 1970. It included my time in Northern Ireland, Rhodesia and Bosnia etc. I have received good feedback from everyone but it would be nice to get some from someone who doesn't know me. Thanks for your time anyway, regards Roy.Banwell, "The Long Journey".

Posted on 25 Sep 2012 09:04:36 BDT
jillipen says:
Take a look at this book promo -

Posted on 25 Sep 2012 09:44:19 BDT
Depending what you want to read, 'Each Time My Eyes Open' is a true story and a true eye opener.

Posted on 30 Sep 2012 00:19:06 BDT
Read the book they are all talking about around the world, WRONG PLACE WRONG TIME, a true story of a mans harrowing trip to Spain where after saving 2 lifes he was wrongly arrested for arson and manslaughter! Wrong Place Wrong Time

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Sep 2012 10:56:07 BDT
Roy Chadwick says:
Read 'A Life to Live' by Roy Chadwick. It is about the Parliamentary side in the the English Civil War and does show the sympathy extended to the ordinary people of Englan, and the upholding by the New Model Army its respect for women, i.e. their punishment for rape was hanging, still far too good for the perpertrators eh. Good Luck
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