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Posted on 23 May 2011 09:29:09 BDT
I thouroughly recommend Unfinished Journey- big things in a small green suitcase by Dorys Lemus Valiente. A new author, a wonderfully insiprational book. The story starts in El salvador the authors native country and appeals to any interested in El Salvador, politics, customs and traditions. It takes us on a very personal and moving journey from her life in El Salvador to a new life in Britain in 1970s. It follows her life from her wonderful childhood to her adult life through loves and great tragedy. This book is a wonderful read. Hard to put down and most insipring. The author makes you feel very much a part of her world and you laugh and you cry with her. I loved it.

Posted on 27 May 2011 14:04:24 BDT
butterflies and feathers is a moving tribute to a son, who died in afganistan 2009 in the tour of duty, he died as he tried to evacute his true friend and commanding officer, it tells of his life from birth to his tragic death, its written from a mother who will never learn to live with the loss of her brave boy.


Posted on 30 May 2011 11:22:40 BDT
Kate says:
'Clockwise from Home ' by samantha Cochrane. Autobio from a woman widowed at 27 and what happened next. You wouldn't believe it! Amazing. Check it out.

Posted on 1 Jun 2011 12:31:22 BDT
K. Taylor says:
At the book launch of [Tied with an Easy Thread ISBN 978-0755213283] people were incredibly moved by readings from my book. They all wanted to know more...

Posted on 1 Jun 2011 15:29:48 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jun 2011 17:31:35 BDT
Hallo Wombat - If you are interested in autobiographies try A BOY FROM NOWHERE - a vivid picture of how the poor lived in the hard days of the 1930s but especially how one boy had a brief taste of the better life and became determined to live in a similar manner. His education was ruined by the war and he had no skills - just the strong feelings and detrmination to be a somebody in this world and not a nobody. The story shows how he did this and that boy was ME !! It is written in two volumes available from Amazon and they are on Kindle too. Please log on to my website on: for more info - there is a link on the website if you want to contact me..........................David

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jun 2011 00:32:09 BDT
Jill Schaefer's Up The Wooden Hill: Up The Wooden Hill is a 180-page historical memoir about the author growing up in London's Blitz and her husband in Nazi Germany before, during and after World War II, featuring two tales seen through different spectacles. Stories of love and war, tears and laughter, families, friends and foes. From school days fraught with sibling rivalry and controversies with parents, lives are rebuilt, the Deutsche mark revalued and a father de-nazified. Both the young people mentioned in the book learn apprenticeships, experience calf love and the beginning of a postwar world. Amazon, CreateSpace, Kindle e-book

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jun 2011 20:50:59 BDT
'The Little House' is fantastic! I just could not put it down and felt such intense loathing towards Elizabeth, but also was ashamed at Ruth's weakness. I don't suppose you know of any other similar books to these?


In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jun 2011 18:52:00 BDT
Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds a biog of the american poet Emily Dickinson is unputdownable. Sex and vicious family feuds. Not what you expect from the biog of a poet who spent most of her 50 odd year life in her bedroom!

Posted on 9 Jun 2011 20:16:46 BDT
Rikki Wilson says:
'INSIDE OUT' by Rick Atkinson is a Gripping and very Absorbing Crime Biography. It has everything from Danger to Romance, Crime to Comedy, Desperation to depravity, and will take you on a journey through every emotion imaginable. I could not put this book down, and often found myself up reading all night, and waking up late for work. This cleverly written book dragged me straight into the story from the first page. I felt I was by the authors side sharing his every experience and that's what I like about a good book that can do that. Well worth a read..

Posted on 11 Jun 2011 11:47:38 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Jun 2011 11:48:09 BDT
Pammie says:
May I recommended this. Six Cats In My Kitchen A great Kindle read by Lyn Horner for only 70 pence.

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As I say on the first page, very first line, this is not a "cute kitty" book. I started out to create just that, but my cast of characters swiftly dug in their claws, insisting I tell their true story. Consequently, this comedy/drama turned out to be a very personal memoir. Six special cats are still the headline-grabbing stars of the show, but their human companions (my family) fill pivotal supporting roles.

ISubjects touched upon include grieving the loss of human and four-footed loved ones, moving cross-country with kids and pets, and living with a disabling genetic illness. I have tried to lighten the heavy stuff with smatterings of humor, but you still might want a tissue or two.

Most of all, this is a love story about the deep, unbreakable bonds I have shared with my adopted feline children.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jun 2011 13:51:03 BDT
I found all of Barbara Erskine's books unputdownable....creepy, romantic and intriguing

Posted on 11 Jun 2011 15:02:54 BDT
Rose Howie says:
Death on Small Wings is a great biographical book. Written by Neville Atkinson - now deceased. The book focusses in on the young Colonel Gaddaffi, whom Atkinson piloted around. He was also a pilot with Carlos the Jackal on board. A very rich read, as you can well imagine. I would recommend this book for sure.

Posted on 25 Jun 2011 20:21:54 BDT
Aditya says:
Onsite Opportunity: Tryst of an Indian Software Engineer with the World

This is biography of a boy coming from Indian middle class who joins the software bandbagon and travels around the world.

Posted on 26 Jun 2011 14:45:16 BDT
Sidney Vish' says:
Id like to suggest Hybrid: the Rh-factor, by Claudia B. Modie.

It is a beautifully wriiten novel, based around alien abduction, and the fact that there could be "Hybrids", living among us.
Entwine this subject into a modern day love story, and you're sure to be pleased with the result.Hybrid the Rh- Factor

Posted on 30 Jun 2011 11:28:30 BDT
KnightKnight says:
Universal Office Diary by Joe Hebden is an original and funny account of office life. Available for Kindle or in paperback.

A real change from The Office of Ricky Gervais !

Posted on 30 Jun 2011 16:53:44 BDT
Rikki Wilson says:
Inside Out: You can take the boy out of Peckham... A must read book for any True Crime Junkie, I bought this Cracking highly rated new book on Kindle for 6.12p from amazon and really got my moneys worth. I discovered INSIDE OUT whilst browsing through GOODREADS.COM, It was voted 32 in the top 100 books, so seeing as I like the true crime/biography Genre, I decided to give it a bash. I'm so glad I did.. here is the link incase you are interested: INSIDE OUT

Posted on 1 Jul 2011 03:09:27 BDT
An American Odyssey is the story of a very brave thing by 6 ordinary blokes:
When you think of the sheer size of North America, it's not surprising that those who live on the east coast think of the UK as being `just across the pond' compared to the west coast of the USA that is such an unimaginable distance that it might as well be on the moon, at least in so far as road or rail travel is concerned, and no ordinary American would ever dream of attempting such a journey.
Well, you know what they say about Mad Dogs and Englishmen... 6 of these middle-aged and inexperienced `lads' undertook a 4,000 mile, coast-to-coast journey from Washington DC to Los Angeles, on Harley Davidson bikes, no less, riding for the most part in the hottest time of day, and following wherever possible the old Mother road: Route 66. Why not tag along on the highs and lows of their epic journey?

Posted on 1 Jul 2011 08:09:22 BDT
MJ Hammond says:
Beautiful Bad Girl
Beautiful Bad Girl by Gordon Basichis

Posted on 1 Jul 2011 09:50:01 BDT
Last edited by the author on 1 Jul 2011 10:03:06 BDT
Try "Rivers Canals And A Young Lad" By Mike Routledge. It will cheer you up.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jul 2011 11:04:45 BDT
You could read mine....suicidal state by Sammy Jo Dancey, its just been published and is getting 5* reviews. Sammy Jo

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jul 2011 19:03:20 BDT
Mary says:
Try a new release.
A Long Road To Freedom
The Life of Patrick McCrystal
By Mary Mc Cartan
An Irish Soldier's Battle Cry for Peace

Most men returning from World War 2 never spoke about their experiences. Still in their youth they simply closed the book on the past and started a new life. The young Irish fellas returning, especially to the North were forced to bury their history even further down and completely deny it for their own safety.

Patrick Mc Crystal was one of those men who arrived home alive with a story of horror. But he locked that story inside for fifty-three years before being forced to tell it.

This is his story. A first hand experience of a life time of war through the eyes of one Peace-loving man who has seen the devastation of some of the most gruesome attacks on civilian populations in the 20th Century.

Patrick found himself in Malta in 1940 trapped in the most bombed place in world history. After surviving the Siege of Malta he ended up in the frontline as the Germans slaughtered British Troops on Leros. As a POW Patrick helped bury the tens of thousands of German civilians killed in Dresden by Allied attacks.
Returning home to peaceful normality, war found him again in 1969. Raising a family through the Northern Ireland Troubles was difficult and Patrick suffered the loss of his daughter in the bombing of his hometown of Omagh in 1998.

This is the survival story of a man who has seen the best and worst of human nature and truly understands the sacrifice of travelling the long road to freedom

Posted on 28 Jul 2011 01:51:02 BDT
Well there's always Agony of Lies if you want the sad truth.
Or Pack Your Bags and Get Out! if you want a story within a story,
Or An American Odyssey if you want a plain, down-to-earth experience.
I also recommend Tainted Tree even though I haven't read it yet
In the Blood (A genealogical crime mystery) (hope I've got the right one)
and You're My Henry Allbones
Enjoy all...

Posted on 28 Jul 2011 11:40:10 BDT
K. O'Brien says:
I have recently wrote a book which I have also had published called NEVER TRUST ANYONE, It's a unique true story, down to earth, hard hitting, harrowing but also humorous and tells how I was left after my mum's suspicious death to suffer physical, mental, sexual and cruel abuse at the hands of my Dad and others I thought I could trust, After 20 years of being forced to keep silent by my Dad I finally found the courage to break my silence after he passed away , These are the chapter listings from my book to give you an insight of what my past was about,

1. Six of Us Trapped In A Bedroom Fire.
2. Mum leaves Dad but pays a deadly price.
3. Why can't I see mum in hospital.
4. I can't stand you and I wish you was dead.
5. Were out of control.
6. A haunted house.
7. Do you want me to tell your kids who really killed their mother?
8. The house is engulfed in flames.
9. Dad drags Marcus and Shaun down to the Social Services.
10. "No Dad please don't I'm sorry"
11. You're a liar and I wish I was dead.
12. Have you ever seen a dead body?
13. Wake up Dad please, I love you.
14. Dad puts me and Ryan in care.
15. Dad comes home, but not to stay.
16. Dad is physically, mentally and cruelly abusive.
17. Dad deliberately burns down the house.
18. Run Ryan He's Got A Knife.
19. Dad sexually abuses me.
20. Someone reports Dad to the NSPCC.
21. I have brought you all a new mother.
22. Have I been drugged?
23. I've lost all respect and now I'm out of control.
24. Dad puts me in care.
25. Dad forces me to have an abortion.
26. "Just tell the police he raped you".
27. Dad finds out I'm expecting again.
28. Carl is physically abusive.
29. I'm expecting again and suffer severe panic attacks.
30. The police arrest me.
31. Dad, Ryan, Carl and I are all remanded in custody.
32. The trial.
33. I'm expecting again, but find it hard to bond with the baby.
34. Torn between two lovers.
35. Dad confesses about sexually abusing me.
36. It was me who killed your Mother.
37. Dads' got lung cancer.
38. Please don't force me to see Dad

Posted on 28 Jul 2011 14:22:12 BDT
KnightKnight says:
Universal Office Diary by Joe Hebden

A unique account of office life, and beyond !
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