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The time has come to make your suggestions for the Purple Coo Book Club Winter Read. If you have a book you would like to recommend please list Title and Author below in 'Comments' or pm me.

If you haven't yet had a chance to, nip over to Book Club on Forums, where there is an excellent discussion going on about our Autumn Read 'The Glassroom'. So far everyone seems to approve of the book, come on, let us know if you didn't like it

Posted at 21st Nov 2010 - 02:36PM   Posted by Lampworkbeader   The Time Has Come Comments: 8

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Westerwitch's Avatar Terry Pratchett The Wintersmith . . .

Posted by: Westerwitch on 21st Nov 2010 at 02:42PM

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Arosebyanyothername's Avatar 1.Any Human Heart by William Boyd. Terrific book. TV adaptation starts tonight on Channel 4.

2. The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I think Milla suggested it last time. Excellent Book, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 21st Nov 2010 at 03:29PM

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Lampworkbeader's Avatar All 3 noted, any more? Ideally we need about 8 or 9 suggestions.

Posted by: Lampworkbeader on 21st Nov 2010 at 04:16PM

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Inthemud's Avatar in a similar genre as The Glass house

"The garden of the Finzi-Continis" by Giorgio Bassani,

is excellent book i read some years ago.Set in 1930's, captures the mood and atmosphere of Italy as an aristocratic Jewish family move inevitably towards doom.
The family invite a number of young peoplr to join in with tennis at their home after city clubs banned due to racial laws. There is a love theme running through story also.

Posted by: Inthemud on 21st Nov 2010 at 04:24PM

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Milla's Avatar Any Human heart and the help are both superb. I fancy the room (bu only in hardback - I bought all Dix booker shortlisted novels in hardback fyom the book people for 30).
What I fancy as unread books are Purge by Sofi Oksanen - east European survival stuff and Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan, re-write of fairy tale Snos White & Rose Red.

Posted by: Milla on 21st Nov 2010 at 05:14PM

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Fennie's Avatar 'The Red Queen' by Phillipa Gregory is a lot of fun, though not quite as good as 'The White Queen.' As a pair they are quite superb. I've also recently read 'Napoleon's Master' - a biography of Talleyrand by David Lawday - also an excellent read but not intended as fiction. I've tried Alison Weir's biography of Eleanor of Aquitaine but there is so much detail (little of it to do with Eleanor) that I'm afraid I've given it up. It's a bit like those early chapters of the Bible. And so and so begat so and so who begat so and so and on ad infinitum.

Posted by: Fennie on 21st Nov 2010 at 05:36PM

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Blossomcottage's Avatar The following books by C.J.Sansom

Dissolution
Exciting and elegantly written, Dissolution is an utterly compelling first novel and a riveting portrayal of Tudor England. The year is 1537, and the country is divided between those faithful to the Catholic Church and those loyal to the king and the newly established Church of England. When a royal commissioner is brutally murdered in a monastery on the south coast of Eng ...more
Dark Fire
"It is 1540, and Henry VIII has been on the throne for thirty-one years when Matthew Shardlake, the lawyer renowned as "the sharpest hunchback in the courts of England," is pressed to help a friend's young niece who is charged with murder. Despite threats of torture and death by the rack, the girl is inexplicably silent. Shardlake is about to lose her case

Heartstone
Summer, 1545. England is at war. Henry VIII's invasion of France has gone badly wrong, and a massive French fleet is preparing to sail across the Channel. As the English fleet gathers at Portsmouth, the country raises the largest militia army it has ever seen.
I have yet to read Heartsone but the others are brilliant.

I hate to say I did not like The Glass Room at all I found it very heavy going SORRY!

Posted by: Blossomcottage on 21st Nov 2010 at 07:24PM

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Withy Brook's Avatar Still barely half way through the Glass Room, but enjoying it so far. Have been reading the crits and find them fascinating.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 21st Nov 2010 at 09:37PM

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