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Hi It's time to choose the Purple Coo Book Club Summer read. Any suggestions to put on the list? I'll start if off with 'A Woman's Europe,' as suggested by UPL, well not exactly suggested, but as I know she's got the book it might encourage the old girl to join in.
No WW Not Terry Pratchet, NO one ever votes for him, not even you, and you suggested...(sigh) (Ouch!)
All other ideas VERY welcome and if you are new and haven't been invited to join, my apologies, everyone is an automatic member.
We choose a few titles then have a vote. The most popular book is the Summer Read, we make our comments via Forums.

There are some very divergent comments on our Spring Read, if you haven't had time to post your comment yet, just drop in when you can.

Looking forward to your book suggestions, just jot them down in comments or PM me if you prefer
love Lampworkbeader aka Purple Book prefect

Posted at 18th Apr 2008 - 10:12AM   Posted by Lampworkbeader   Purple Coo Book Club, New and Old Comments: 8

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Westerwitch's Avatar Evil or Very Mad Pooooooooo

Posted by: Westerwitch on 18th Apr 2008 at 10:15AM

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Ivy's Avatar is that a book WW ? probably a book by Jane living with some extremely difficult dogs I'd suppose?

Posted by: Ivy on 18th Apr 2008 at 10:27AM

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Exmoorjane's Avatar Very Happy What a great idea, Ivy......sends email to agent immediately!

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 18th Apr 2008 at 10:46AM

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Blossomcottage's Avatar 'Galloper Jack" would be my choice inspiring read about a real person.

Jack Seely, Brough Scott's grandfather, was at the heart of some of the most important events of the first part of the twentieth century. His early life was one of adventure, sailing to the antipodes, saving the crew of a French ship wrecked off the coast of the Isle of Wight and later raising a squadron and joining the Boer War, where he was awarded the DSO for his bravery.

On his return to England he was elected Conservative MP for the Isle of Wight, but just like his close friend Winston Churchill, later crossed over to the Liberal party. There he became a member of Asquith's War Council and proved a success. However, disaster struck in the shape of the Curragh mutiny. Though Seely had little choice in his actions he was made a scapegoat. Forced to resign, Jack was sent to the Western Front and there made his name as a humane and innovative leader.
However, it was this experience that changed his entire world. His insistence that there should never be another Great War, led him to embrace appeasement without questioning the Nazi regime. It was a decision that would haunt him for the rest of his life. Written with honesty and wit, this is an exciting, unusual and thought-provoking biography of a man who has been unfairly treated by history.

‘Brough Scott's odyssey is truly an engaging one. . . the story is all energy, with a journalist's eye for the evidence, and told with obvious affection and honesty’ Allan Mallinson, The Times

Posted by: Blossomcottage on 18th Apr 2008 at 10:50AM

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Inthemud's Avatar I recently bought , but have not read yet:
Two Caravans by Marina Lewycka,
which really appeals to me as it's about a gropu of people from all over Europe Strawberry picking In Kent....... This is very close to my heart as i spent my youth Strawberry Picking and fruit picking in Norfolk and met people from all over the world.

I think this might be a more light hearted book after the horrific tragic book we've just finished.

Posted by: Inthemud on 18th Apr 2008 at 11:34AM

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Westerwitch's Avatar Ah now I have Two Caravans given to me by EJ . . . so I could vote for that purely because I have got it.

Am also going to vote for Terry Pratchett - whether his books are on the list or not and yes Pooooooo by EJ and Milla . . .with excerpts from Arnie and WW

Posted by: Westerwitch on 18th Apr 2008 at 12:33PM

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Milla's Avatar Incidentally, I have tried a new regime on Lolly which, whisper it quietly, seems to be working. We tie her up at night. The crate she hated, but I thought about what people said about dogs not wishing to crap near themselves (bless) and noticed how she always popped herself round the corner in the hall, as far from her Raft Of Dreams as she could stagger. So now she is tied so she can sleep happily, can stand up and walk a pace or two from her Raft, with the lead high so she can't strangle herself. And she hasn't crapped since, hoorah. I'm sure it was just a habit, she can hold on perfectly well because one of us is always late to bed and one always early up so she never had to go more than 7 hours, and this just discourages her. hoorah! It could be the Happily Ever After chapter in our book, Jane.
As for books, have just started 2 Caravans which is meant to be much better than Tractors which I, personally, found rather disappointing.
Others I fancy include Engleby by Sebastian Faulks or When We Were Bad by Charlotte Mendlesson (sp??)

Posted by: Milla on 18th Apr 2008 at 04:16PM

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Pipany's Avatar I found Tractors a let down - tad slow and dull to plough through (geddit!!). The characters drove me round the bend too and the plot was tiresome to fallow (follow!!!). It's been a long day....

What about Passion which is a stonking good read about the lives and loves of Byron, Shelley (Percy and Mary) and a few others? Not light-hearted but I really loved it and would happily read it again - and I do realise I have never commented on the Book Club choice before, but other choices would be Memoirs of a Geisha or what about a classic - say To Kill a Mocking Bird?

Posted by: Pipany on 18th Apr 2008 at 07:28PM

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