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In reply to an earlier post on 29 Nov 2011 10:17:17 GMT
Harmony Row says:
No Love Here, A Priest's Journey by Martin Gordon. My Dad at 80 years of age has self published his autobiography. "Sorry, we don't publish fiction". So said one Irish publisher on receipt of Martin Gordon's remarkable life story. However, mere fiction dims in comparison with this intriguing and compelling account of a picturesque and a life less ordinary.

No Love Here: A Priest's Journey

Posted on 30 Nov 2011 22:52:52 GMT
Rikki Wilson says:
"INSIDE OUT" by Rick Atkinson is still in the top 100 "Good Reads" best break out books. It's a fantastic account of one man's Journey through a world of crime and temptation, love and lust, fun and despair, whilst navigating his way through life growing up and living in one of Londons most notorious inner city towns. It starts with his early years in the 1970's right up to present day. On your journey through this book you will discover how circumstances and geography moulded him into the man he is today. Available in all formats including Kindle/e-book from amazon for the price of a cheap packet of ciggarettes £5.88p INSIDE OUT

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Dec 2011 02:37:34 GMT
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Posted on 7 Dec 2011 02:42:42 GMT
Phil Reed says:
My book just came out in the UK I hope you enjoy it.
Its called (A man's life where black sheep go) try it.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Dec 2011 03:17:46 GMT
Simon Palmer says:
Good luck with it!

I also have my first book out.

Posted on 7 Dec 2011 23:53:24 GMT
Rikki Wilson says:
INSIDE OUT This is a cracking new book that everyone is talking about Called "Inside Out" (you can take the boy out of Peckham...) by Rick Atkinson, It's about the authors life growing up and living in Peckham from the early 1970's to Present day. Rick Atkinson never did anything Buy the book and although a lovable rogue often found himself on the wrong side of the law and caught up in sleazy one night stands, along with powerful long term romances. Rick Atkinson rubbed shoulders with Hardened Criminals and petty crooks as he tried to navigate his way through the South London underworld and somehow come out in one piece. This book will keep you Gripped from the first page until the last as you join the author on a rollercoaster ride of Danger, Sleaze, Criminality, comedy, tragedy and despair. Now available in all formats including Kindle/e-book downloads for as little as £5.88p or $8.20 from "Inside Out" would make a great Christmas Present for 'True Crime Junkies'

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Dec 2011 00:11:36 GMT
Radiojock says:
Your second choice is an awesome book. I read it in two evenings.

Posted on 8 Dec 2011 13:36:58 GMT
The Barley Hole Chronicles 75p

Barley Hole was for my great grandfather Canaan, the land of milk and honey. For my father, it was paradise lost and for my mother, Barley Hole was a curse. It was a place that haunted her spirit and her soul throughout her life. To me, Barley Hole is a name forever etched on the map of my family's heart; it is where betrayal and injustice nearly thrust us into oblivion.
The Barley Hole Chronicles are an odyssey of the human spirit that stretch across time and geography to incorporate, diverse personalities, personal hardships, World Wars and the struggle for peace and love, in a society fallen from grace. These Chronicles document one Yorkshire family's decent into the wilderness of poverty and hunger. It is a personal record of one young man's struggle to survive the great depression, the Second World War and the hazards and wonders of life in post war Germany. The Barley Hole Chronicles are a summation of two memoirs by Harry Leslie Smith 1923 and Hamburg 1947. The Barley Hole Chronicles are a true account of a time and place when life, full of raw emotion, was never so real. It is also a social history of the 20th century at its bloodiest and deadliest time.
From the Back Cover
I don't know why but the winter rains stopped and spring came early in 1945. When Hitler committed suicide at the end of April, the flowers and trees were in full bloom and the summer birds returned to their nesting grounds. Not long after the great dictator's corpse was incinerated in a bomb crater by his few remaining acolytes, the war in Europe ended. After so much death, ruin and misery; it was remarkable to me how nature resiliently budded back to life in barns, in fields and across battlegrounds, now calm and silent. The earth said to her children; it is time to abandon your swords and harness your ploughs; the ground is ripe and this is the season to tend to the living.

I was twenty-two and ready for peace. I had spent four years in the R.A.F as a wireless operator. During the war, I was lucky; I never came close to death. While the world bled from London to Leningrad; I walked away without a scratch. Make no mistake, I did my part in this war; I played my role and I never shirked the paymaster's orders. For four years, I trained, I marched, and I saluted across the British Isles. During the final months of the conflict, I ended up in Belgium and Holland with B.A.F.U. My unit was responsible for maintaining abandoned Nazi air fields, for allied aircraft.

When Germany surrendered, to the allies in gutted Berlin, I was in Fuhlsbuttel, a northern suburb of Hamburg. Our squadron took up a comfortable residence in its undamaged aerodrome located not far from the main thoroughfare. At the time, I didn't think much about Fuhlsbuttel, I felt it was between nothing and nowhere. It was much like every other town our unit drove through during the dying days of the war. Nothing was out of place and it was, quiet, clean and as silent as a Sunday afternoon.

While I slept in my new bed, in this drowsy neighbourhood; the twentieth century's greatest and bloodiest conflict came to an end at midnight on May seventh. On the morning of the eighth, our R.A.F commander hastily arranged a victory party, for that afternoon. The festivities were held in a school gymnasium close to the airport.

No one considered or asked on that day of victory "what happens next." That was tomorrow's problem. I certainly didn't question my destiny on that spring afternoon. Instead like the Romans, I followed the edict carpe diem: I ate too much, I smoked too much and I drank too much. And, why not I reasoned, the war was over and I had survived whereas many others had been extinguished as quickly as it takes to blow out a flame on a candle

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Dec 2011 15:44:48 GMT
Phil Reed says:
Thank you I hope you do well with your book to. I put my heart in to this book. Phil Reed

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Dec 2011 15:46:42 GMT
Simon Palmer says:
We all do mate!

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Dec 2011 23:15:49 GMT
Brendan C. says:
A Long Road To Freedom: The Life of Patrick McCrystal

Posted on 17 Dec 2011 21:27:37 GMT
magman says:
Matron Knows Best: The True Story of a 1960s NHS Nurse
i found this to be a great book , if your into biographys , couldnt put it down.
she also has a new book coming out in the new year which im hoping is gonna be just as good

Posted on 20 Dec 2011 01:23:17 GMT
Spin says:
Bugger to of those who do not agree with us; but lets pretend you and and i am well... nice, appreciative persons. By the way. Bugger off...=)

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Dec 2011 02:14:48 GMT
Phil Reed says:

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Dec 2011 21:52:54 GMT
I would like to suggest my book to anybody who is looking to read a new autobiography. I am an apparently normal middle class mother who has struggled to live with a diagnosis of schizophrenia (and keep it a secret). I finally decided to come out into the open with this book: it has been cathartic for me to write and I hope that whoever reads it, especially if they have struggled with their own mental health, will feel inspired and that it will give them hope to carry on. Surviving Schizophrenia: A Tale of Sound and Fury

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Dec 2011 09:04:36 GMT
History Buff says:
Try this one, esp if you like Rose Tremain. It's the biography of Sir Richard Grenville and his wife in the 17th century, both very notorious and hugely entertaining (not that I'm biased or anything!)The Devil Comes to Dartmoor: The Haunting True Story of Mary Howard, Devon's Demon Bride

Posted on 22 Dec 2011 21:02:00 GMT
Louie says:
The Ghost Runner is the book to read. You don't have to enjoy sport to enjoy this unbelievable true story. Just look at the online reviews. LINDA

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Dec 2011 02:17:51 GMT
John Wisbone says:
From the streets to Scotland yard

Posted on 28 Dec 2011 17:41:31 GMT
M. Allani says:
Crass of me I know, but may I suggest my own book Dark Waters - Chronicle of a Story Untold?
Just to make up for that, let me also recommend an author whose wit I had forgotten - Evelyn Waugh. Currently reading his Decline and Fall which is very funny indeed!

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Dec 2011 18:14:38 GMT
I also read a very good book by Rose Tremain recently. It was about an immigrant worker, and his travails - I have met the author, briefly, on a writing course many years ago, and I am amazed by the insight that this educated and refined and lady has into the workings of a mind and a life so far removed from her own.Brilliant.The Road Home

Posted on 31 Dec 2011 11:36:01 GMT
Let This Be Our Secret by Deric Henderson. This is a very well written book by a distinguished journalist. It the story of a double murder 20 years ago and two sensational murder trials (Colin Howell and Hazel Stewart) which took place in late 2010 and early 2011. It tells the story of how these two people almost got away with it until Colin Howell had a crisis of conscience following disasters in his personal life. It beggars belief that such a horrendous crime could go undetected for so long and is a must read if you are interested in true crime. A brilliant book.

Posted on 3 Jan 2012 10:25:47 GMT
John says have a look at a new memoirs, 80 Years Gone in a Flash, the story of a photo journalist. I can recommend it as I wrote it!!

Posted on 3 Jan 2012 13:55:17 GMT
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Posted on 3 Jan 2012 20:33:18 GMT
A suggestion for a good read and a damn good laugh is new author Herbie Jackson and his admirable first book 'Any Old Life'
A humorous biography in his own words telling the lighter side of life and covering his childhood, army life, Northern ireland and thereafter.
It will make you smile, even laugh out loud and sometimes cringe.
Filled with witty ditties, songs and poetry and many pictures for the hard of reading:)
For the price of this ebook it is probably one of the better value for money ebooks out there.
Written by an ex soldier following a serious Multiple Sclerosis attack and mostly written in a very light hearted way emphasising how many of lifes hard times, fears and pressures can be overcome with humour or at least helped by it.
Certainly worth a look and has lots of positive feedback on facebook from readers.

Posted on 3 Jan 2012 22:31:48 GMT
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