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Any more comments on our Purple Coo Summer Read?

Very mixed opinions on Every Eye by Isobel English. If you haven't yet made your comment, now's the time to do so.
Also, what titles do you suggest for next time? I've had hints about a couple and have noted them down, but any more ideas are very welcome.
When I've had about 5 or 6 suggestions I'll do the usual - write a bit about them - and then we can all vote
Love Lampie, the Purple Coo Book prefect..

Posted at 29th Aug 2012 - 02:32PM   Posted by Lampworkbeader   Any more comments on our Purple Coo Summer Read? Comments: 4

Camilla's Avatar Thank you Lampie, will come back later with my suggestions for next novel.

Posted by: Camilla on 29th Aug 2012 at 03:45PM

Fennie's Avatar I have read two interesting books that I would be happy to recommend - 'The Madonnas of Leningrad' by Debra Dean - actually recommended to me by Pondside. It's all about a former curator of the Hermitage Museum who lived though the siege and has now succumbed to Alzheimer's. Actually it's quite an uplifting book. Then there is 'Chocolate Wars,' by Deborah Cadbury, which traces the history of chocolate making from the early civilisations of Central America, through to the takeover of Cadbury by Kraft. Along the way you learn more about chocolate and chocolate companies and the fascinating people (Quakers mostly) who ran them than you ever wanted to ask and you will be able to impress your friends by knowing what a conching machine is and where it was invented.

Otherwise, I do know that Rose Tremain has a new novel coming out on 6 September called 'Merivel: A Man of His Time.' It is the long-awaited sequel to 'Restoration.' I shall certainly be reading it at some point, being a RT fan.

Posted by: Fennie on 29th Aug 2012 at 06:25PM

Lampworkbeader's Avatar Thanks Fennie, certainly a couple to think about - anyone else any ideas>

Posted by: Lampworkbeader on 29th Aug 2012 at 07:54PM

Arosebyanyothername's Avatar I want to suggest (I already have done informally) the books of Terry Darlington.
If you like dogs - especially Whippets - these are the books for you. If you enjoy boating - particularly on narrow boats - you will enjoy these tales and if you have sense of adventure combined with humour and insight look no further. Terry has written three books all involving his travels on his boat The Phyllis May with his wife Monica and his whippet Jim and latterly joined by another whippet Jess. The first booknnNarrow Boat to Carcassonne is described below -
'We could bore ourselves to death, drink ourselves to death, or have a bit of an adventure...' When they retired, Terry and Monica Darlington decided to sail their canal narrow boat across the Channel and down to the Mediterranean, together with their whippet Jim. They took advice from experts, who said they would die, together with their whippet Jim. On the Phyllis May, you dive through six-foot waves in the Channel, are swept down the terrible Rhone, and fight for your life in a storm among the flamingos of the Camargue. You meet the French nobody meets - poets, captains, historians, drunks, bargees, men with guns, scholars, madmen - they all want to know the people on the painted boat and their narrow dog. You visit the France nobody knows - the backwaters of Flanders, the canals beneath Paris, the heavenly Yonne, the lost Burgundy Canal, the islands of the Saone, and the forbidden ways to the Mediterranean. Aliens, dicks, trolls, vandals, gongoozlers, killer fish and the walking dead all stand between our three innocents and their goal - many-towered Carcassonne.
The second book Narrow Boat to Indian River recounts their journey down the east side of America and the most recent Narrow Dog to Wigan Pier explores the canals and rivers of Northern England. They are all a delight - full of anecdotes, information and laugh out loud moments. There is tragedy in there too but mostly overcome with the same good humour and fortitude. Terry is in his seventies but I hope there is yet more good writing to come from him.

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 30th Aug 2012 at 11:08AM

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