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    Recommended Reading

    Science and Sanity - by Alfred Korzybski
    Murphy - Samuel Beckett
    Dubliners - James Joyce
    The Tyranny of Words - by Stuart Chase
    1984 - George Orwell
    David Copperfield - Charles Dickens.


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    Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel
    The Untouchable - John Banville
    Rubicon - Tom Holland
    The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
    The Spartans - Paul Cartledge
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    Almost anything by Bill Bryson
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    Post Office by Charles Bukowski and Columbine by Dave Cullen have been branded into my memory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WilliamLee View Post
    Post Office by Charles Bukowski and Columbine by Dave Cullen have been branded into my memory.
    Have you read 'Ham on Rye' by Bukowski? Also superb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by controller View Post
    Almost anything by Bill Bryson
    Especially 'Made in America', no?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cruimh View Post
    Have you read 'Ham on Rye' by Bukowski? Also superb.
    Yes! That is one of his hidden gems alright. Went through the usual beatnik obsession in my teens but the only one from that group who stuck with me was Bukowski. A really fine writer.

    One more addition to the list of reading recommendations: Kinski Uncut. One of the best autobiographies I've read.
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    For P.iesters the book Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think by Peter Diamandis. Hopefully it might spark that long dormant optimist gene that seems to be missing from the many doom porn merchants here.
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    I think it would be good if we said why, instead of just listing titles.

    Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady by Florence King


    This woman really is remarkable - impossible to pigeon-hole, she had a very odd upbringing but I found she captures the paradoxes of Southern life in the USA beautifully.

    Her People by Kathleen Dayus, and all her subsequent autobiographical books

    A humbling series of books about a tough lady who grew up in the slums of Birmingham - she only died in 2003 having almost reached the age of 100.

    Twopence to Cross the Mersey by Helen Forrester, and all her subsequent autobiographical books

    Somewhat similar to the above, but all the more astonishing as the author lived an upper-middle-class lifestyle with maids before suddenly being plunged in the absolute worst poverty Livepool had to offer - her story is probably unique. Her intelligence and utter lack of self-pity astonished me. These books make me realise how lucky I am and how bad things were in the UK in living memory.

    Fanny and Stella: The Young Men Who Shocked Victorian England by Neil McKenna

    Not for the faint-hearted as it's pretty explicit, but this tale of two young drag queens who were arrested and faced a notorious sodomy trial long before Oscar Wilde is fascinating and funny - and also reminds the modern gay reader of how far we've come and how lucky we are - and what we owe to generations before us who fought for our rights.

    I am Not Myself These Days by Josh Kilmer-Purcell

    Incredible, true tale of a New York drag queen and his escort boyfriend - astonishing to think he's written a follow-up book and now lives with a new partner on a rural farm idyll in New York state! Makes my life feel rather tame.

    Stealing Jesus by Bruce Bawer


    A good read for some of the more extreme religious fundamentalists here, it deconstructs the rabid conservative version of "Christianity" still prevalent in the USA.

    Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada

    Known in Germany for some time but relatively unknown in the English-speaking world til recently I believe, this is an incredible novel - powerful and moving and very loosely based on a true story. Stayed with me for weeks afterwards.

    An Underground Life: Memoirs of a Gay Jew in Nazi Berlin by Gad Beck

    One of the few accounts of a gay survivor of Nazi Germany - Jewish and gay but he lived to tell the tale - incredible.
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    It's late, but I really think books are a personal thing.

    Nothing wrong with reccommending stuff, but I like my own books. And so does everyone else I'd say. So each to their own.

    Am reading the latest Charles Dickens biography. Can't remember the author, the book is upstairs!, but it's entertaining...and boring in parts too. Hey, like most books.

    Have to agree with controller. bill Bryson books (the travel ones anyway) are hilarious, and so true.
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