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A book for a man who doesn't usually read?

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Initial post: 3 Nov 2009 23:16:47 GMT
My friend often works away and complains he is bored on an evening. He doesn't usually read so it would have to be something lighthearted maybe with short chapters? He likes most sports and watching films.

Any ideas?

Posted on 4 Nov 2009 06:25:01 GMT
Furny says:
Bravo Two Zero= Andy Mc Nab.The true story of an SAS patrol behing enemy lines in Iraq.I'm recommending this because my friends hubby & mine don't read but when on holiday both have decided to try this (I'd packed it hopefully & in my hubbys case i was bullying him a little bit, ok, quite a lot! i admit!) & they both enjoyed it.Because it's a true account & action packed it seemed to held there attention. I know it doesn't maybe fit in with the description above but because all the men have the same interests i'd get him to give it a go!!
Furny x

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Posted on 4 Nov 2009 13:42:33 GMT
H. Suter says:
Many men read and enjoyed the Hornblower stories, e.g. my father and one of my sons, both normally no readers.
Otherwise have a look at books of Ken Follett and Frederick Forsyth: Thrillers and spy books of the 20th century.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Nov 2009 14:23:46 GMT
The Unknown Warriors

This book is a collection of letters from WW2 veterans about their experiences during WW2 and their thoughts on today. D Day veterans, Lancaster Bomber Crew, Ex POWs etc. Very easy read with loads of interesting stuff in it. Easy to pick up where you left off. Great for people who are not heavy readers.

Posted on 4 Nov 2009 22:29:23 GMT
Blind Lemon says:
The Road, by Cormac McCarthy. A man and his son seek refuge and travel through the murderous American wasteland after what we take to be an apocalyptic event. Not a lot happens and the plot is incredibly easy to follow. But the writing is remarkable and beautiful, with very short chapters. In fact usually no more than a page long. Often less. A wonderful story of the relationship between father and son, as the tension builds page by page to it's inevitable conclusion. An added bonus. McCarthy is often thought to be one of the greatest living American authors who has written a number of earlier books that are more "difficult" than this. And he also most recently wrote the book of the later "hit" film No Country for Old Men. All of which you friend could check out if he enjoys this one.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Nov 2009 22:45:43 GMT
Dan Quixote says:
Simpsons Comics: The Big Book of Bart Simpson

Posted on 8 Nov 2009 14:22:10 GMT
D. Walsh says:
I would suggest either the Flashman or Sharpe series of books. Both are a light and easy read. The bonus, if he likes the first then he has the rest of the series to enjoy.

Posted on 8 Nov 2009 23:24:41 GMT
Lala says:
My husband likes Jeremy Clarkson's books.

Posted on 9 Nov 2009 12:05:05 GMT
Is it allowed to throw my own book A BOY FROM NOWHERE, written in two volumes, into the pot for consideration ? Basically this is the story of a boy born in the 1920s to a poor family in the slums of London's East End Docklands, whose education was disrupted by the war-this did not matter too much because all working class lads were expected to leave school at 14 to go to work anyway. But despite the handicaps and disadvantages of his early life he manages to become a success as a businessman. The first part of the story describes old London, as it used to be, the horrors and degradation of the Great Depression and the consequent curse of unemployment, how this affected the poor, the work of the charities in the East End, how we kids tried to earn a few pennies, Saturday nights in Poplar High Street and how we kids were entertained by the street artists whilst sitting on the pavement munching chips. Being fitted for our gasmasks brought home to us that the situation was indeed serious and then followed Evacuation Day when 1.5 millions of us children were sent away from danger areas to safer places all over the UK.
Returning home in 1941 the author finds 60% of his street smashed to smithereens during The Blitz and totally uninhabitable. But the 40% that remained still proved to be the hub of a great community that once were housed in Prestage Street, Poplar. The author describes his difficulty when possessing only a poor level of education and had no skills and wonder how to get his foot on the ladder of success. The book describes how he did this and succeeded in the end to own his own successful warehouse business shipping in quantities of confectionery from abroad and distributing them in the UK.
In his early stages he comes into commercial contact with Czechoslovakia and learns a great deal about communism and it's wicked control over people and tells us of his adventures behind the Iron Curtain. But he realises that he will never achieve his ambition to become wealthy and be independent of others whilst working for employers. He decides to start his own company and succeeds enabling him to eventually secure his early ambitions for the sake of his family and self.
Tiring of the rat race he, together with his wife, decide that the good life is far more important and so they liquidate their assets, build their dream villa in the sun, and go to the Costa Blanca to live. After 9 years holidays they return to England to end their retirement. It is a book filled with nostalgia for a bygone age, with human stories - some humorous, some sad - some local history facts, some military situations during the war, about winning when it seems all the world is against you. The ex-Headmaster of our village school bought a copy of my Volume One and said he read the whole book from Page One to the end without stopping. For people who do not normally read books this could be the one that they would. I commend it to those reading this section.
Submitted by David Mitchell - but not the younger Cloud Atlas author with whom I struck up a mild form of communication - very nice man.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Nov 2009 17:53:33 GMT
katie jane says:
If he is between 30 or 40 mike gayle is light hearted and funny. (easy reading)
good luck. K

Posted on 9 Nov 2009 21:31:14 GMT
Got my husband into reading starting with Jeremy Clarkson, "The World According To" Really small bitesize pieces. From that he went onto biographies of his favourite musicians, i think his favourite was the lead singer from EELS - bizarre life! The first novel I gave him was Angels & Demons by Dan Brown (much better than Da Vinci Code). Now he's actually requested a Tom Clancy novel, "Red Storm Rising" because according to Clarkson, the dog could have eaten his liver and he wouldn't have noticed it was so gripping!

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Nov 2009 10:40:36 GMT
hatters fan says:
short chapters.. gripping plots.. james patterson... easy!

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Nov 2009 13:08:26 GMT
My husband is the same but loved reading "Things my girlfiend and I argued over"

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We Had Dreams and Songs to Sing

Yes I know its my book but I think it would be ideal for those long nights away from home. easy to pick up and hard to put down. the chapters are designed to be able to be read in small chunks, it's about sport and my life. I promise you won't be dissapointed. A number of people who have read my book match the description of your friend, they didn't read much either, but they say they couldnt put the book down. Hope this helps you and your friend

Posted on 20 Nov 2009 15:40:12 GMT
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Posted on 20 Nov 2009 16:26:07 GMT
Travelman says:
If you like African Adventure stories try my latest book The Last Bature - A policeman's tale set in 1960s post-colonial West Africa it's easy to read, has intrigue and excitement in every chapter. It encompasses the cold war, military coups and the Soviet, North Korean, Israeli, American and British secret services, giving the reader an insight into the grubby world of espionage and life in West Africa during the turbulent sixties.

Posted on 22 Nov 2009 07:24:48 GMT
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Water for Elephants: A Novel is one book that my non-reading male friends and family have all loved. Set in America during the Great Depression, it's the story of a young man who leaves veterinary school just before graduating when his parents die. He takes a job with a traveling circus. Lovely book!!

Posted on 22 Nov 2009 10:26:14 GMT
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Posted on 23 Nov 2009 02:56:16 GMT
I gave a non-reader Alan Bennett's 'The Uncommon Reader. It is a very small book, so doesn't look daunting. The Queen comes across a mobile library in the palace grounds, and to be polite, borrows a book...and then another....and another. She becomes a bookworm, to the exasperation of her courtiers, and..... Well plotted and written, deep, astute,funny, completely original, it surprised and pleased as a gift. Probably our Queen has read it, and said the modern equivalent of 'We are amused.'

Posted on 23 Nov 2009 10:46:10 GMT
my husband hates books but relented when his friend told him about a book called 'the naked trader' he has read it four times, no word of a lie. its about the ins and outs of the trading floor by a man who knows it all, he tells of the dos and donts of shares and what he got up to behind the scenes, its witty aswel as informative and gives an incite into what those blagards are really making.

Posted on 23 Nov 2009 11:30:42 GMT
J Gibson says:
It's Not About the Bike by Lance Armstrong - very compelling and short chapters or Bill Bryson's 'A Walk in the Woods' - so funny you cannot help keep reading!or one of the many books on sporting disasters - short pieces, some funny, some sad.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2009 14:40:12 GMT
Adrian Poole says:
He could try an autobiography or biography about a particular
sportsman. There are some brilliant football ones if he likes that sort of thing. Perhaps one by a player/ex-player or manager of his favorite team. I hope this helps.

Posted on 26 Nov 2009 19:06:24 GMT
I lent a Terry Pratchett to a non-reading man a few years ago, and he was completely hooked!
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