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nikki
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Wales
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Posted - 30 Sep 2008 :  1:33:25 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add nikki to your friends list Send nikki a Private Message
another for tess, also martina cole has some excellant books out, harlan coben is very good too!

pagey
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krb
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England
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Posted - 30 Sep 2008 :  2:23:47 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add krb to your friends list Send krb a Private Message
Hi, me again..H.E. Bates still stands the test of time and I've remembared Nick Hornby; How to be Good and A Long Way Down. Ben Elton's Dead Famous was intriguing - set in a B.B. type house.

Oh, and there's always Dick Francis!
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bagface
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Wales
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Posted - 30 Sep 2008 :  2:45:40 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bagface to your friends list Send bagface a Private Message
The Road by Cormac McCarthy I read it just after I had my daughter and I couldn't stop thinking about it for months, fab book but very chilling.

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hannah28
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Posted - 30 Sep 2008 :  3:37:47 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hannah28 to your friends list Send hannah28 a Private Message
Sorry Vera, I've only just seen your question! Time Traveler's Wife is brilliant, such an original story, its mostly a love story, with a very modern twist (the time travelling part...not sci-fi at all tho!) you really need to read it to understand, but i was completely hooked, and usually i hate romances, but this was just so different. I cant say too much about it without giving the plot away, but trust me you wont be disappointed.
Must also second rosyw on the Jean M Auel books...amazing stories, but yes, must be read in order, and they are huge, bumper books too, each one, think there are five or six at least!

Han x
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lisa b
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Posted - 30 Sep 2008 :  7:29:12 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add lisa b to your friends list Send lisa b a Private Message
by reason of insanity by shane stevens... excellent... couldnt putit down..i wish you well v,hope all gos well.xx

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Anfi
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Posted - 01 Oct 2008 :  09:04:45 AM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Anfi to your friends list Send Anfi a Private Message
Hi V,

It was great to say hello at Malvern - hope you'll be back home soon!!

I second the Dick Francis books - brilliant stuff!!

I also recommend the Mary Russel books by Laurie R. King. The first one is 'The Beekeeper's Apprentice' - these books are soooo well written, intelligent, entertaining, and really good fun!!


Anne




I Do What I Can and I Am What I Am - Fay Weldon
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Pauline
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Posted - 01 Oct 2008 :  09:21:16 AM  Show Profile  Visit Pauline's Homepage  Click to see Pauline's MSN Messenger address  Send Pauline a Yahoo! Message Bookmark this reply Add Pauline to your friends list Send Pauline a Private Message
Dick Francis is good. He has just bought out a new book "Silks"

Pauline

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Totalrookie
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Posted - 01 Oct 2008 :  12:41:41 PM  Show Profile  Send Totalrookie an AOL message Bookmark this reply Add Totalrookie to your friends list Send Totalrookie a Private Message
Hi Vera, my recommendation is Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon - very interesting and thought-provoking, a bit different. Ooooh - get me trying to come over all literary and intellectual. I'm so not - which means anyone should enjoy this book!!!
Hope you're in and out of hospital like a flash and make a speedy recovery.
Oh- and I really loved your article about Dennis in the Arabian Mag. Brought a tear to my eye.
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Vera
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Posted - 01 Oct 2008 :  7:45:45 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Vera to your friends list Send Vera a Private Message
Am going to do some book shopping on ebay this evening.

I'm in hospital tomorrow for a barrage of pokings and proddings (great wedding anniversary present!) so will know a bit more about what I am in for.

Glad you like it Ros , I've had a few emails and PM's about it.


Hampshire

Edited by - Vera on 01 Oct 2008 7:53:34 PM
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krb
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Posted - 01 Oct 2008 :  9:08:13 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add krb to your friends list Send krb a Private Message
I'll second Shadow of the Wind....had forgotten it...and it has absolutely nothing to do with excess fibre...parp!
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Vera
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Posted - 01 Oct 2008 :  9:57:00 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Vera to your friends list Send Vera a Private Message
I've just bought from Amazon....

Anybody Out There - Marian Keyes

The Road - Cormac McCarthy

The Surgeon - Tess Gerritsen

The Cell - Stephen King

Pillers of the Earth - Ken Follett

The Time Travellers Wife - Audrey Hiffenegger

That lot should keep me going!!!

What I don't read in hospital I will read when I am recovering at home.


Hampshire
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Honeyb060674
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Posted - 01 Oct 2008 :  10:02:01 PM  Show Profile  Send Honeyb060674 an AOL message Bookmark this reply Add Honeyb060674 to your friends list Send Honeyb060674 a Private Message
Fab (and very varied!) choice Vera! You will have to do us a review of them all when you have finished Hope everything goes ok in hospital


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Caro23
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Posted - 02 Oct 2008 :  08:55:20 AM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Caro23 to your friends list Send Caro23 a Private Message
I'd recommened my late sister's book - it's a fantastic read! Sarah Murgatroyd 'The Dig Tree' published by Bloomsbury in the UK.

http://www.bloomsbury.com/Authors/article.aspx?tpid=669&aid=5866

I think Amazon have sold out at the moment but Borders book shop in London have juts had it featured as a recommeneded summer read. I have just come back from visiting the famous Dig Tree in outback Australia with other members of my family. My sister's wish was to have her ashes scattered at The Dig Tree. A very emotional trip but well worth the 3,000kms of off road 4wd to get there and it was worth every minute.

Caro
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Montikka
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Posted - 02 Oct 2008 :  11:48:33 AM  Show Profile  Send Montikka an AOL message Bookmark this reply Add Montikka to your friends list Send Montikka a Private Message
Anything by Minette Walters.

Liked 'Life of Pi' very spiritual and nothing to do with Maths!


Louise, Warwickshire
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Merlot
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England
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Posted - 02 Oct 2008 :  12:15:44 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Merlot to your friends list Send Merlot a Private Message
Oooooh Vera, if you've got The Surgeon (Tess Gerritsen), you'll have to get The Apprentice which is the follow on.

Looks like you have a great selection there. Hope everything goes OK for you and isn't too painful.

photo by Eric G Jones
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Montikka
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Posted - 02 Oct 2008 :  1:29:17 PM  Show Profile  Send Montikka an AOL message Bookmark this reply Add Montikka to your friends list Send Montikka a Private Message
oh err is The Surgeon a good idea considering where Vera will be :-)

Good Luck Vera


Louise, Warwickshire
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Pixie
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Posted - 02 Oct 2008 :  2:32:31 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Pixie to your friends list Send Pixie a Private Message
glad you got pillars by ken follett. when i worked in the city. everyone and i mean everyone was reading it on the train. only one not reading it was the train driver. enjoy. and good luck with the probings. bless you

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Vera
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Posted - 27 May 2009 :  10:13:49 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Vera to your friends list Send Vera a Private Message
Thought it was high time I gave you a book review! As I have been quite poorly of late I have been reading a lot.

I bought these from Amazon last October.

Anybody Out There - Marian Keyes
This was OK but have to admit it wasn't really my cup of tea. It was an easy read and very easy to follow. I guessed fairly early on what the plot was which rather spoiled it for me but if you want a light hearted bit of a no brainer read than this one is for you. 6/10

The Road - Cormac McCarthy
I couldn't put this down and read it in two days. I would like to have known what happened to make the world that way but it didn't matter as it was so gripping and darkly disturbing. I had no idea where it was going and even then you are left wondering after you've finished ready it. 9/10

The Surgeon - Tess Gerritsen
What can I say apart from BRILLIANT. In fact so brilliant I have read this one, The Apprentice, The Sinner, The Bone Garden, Body Double, Harvest, The Mephisto Club, Gravity, Bloodstream, Vanish and Life Support. Her current novel Girl Missing is just about to come out on paperback and I can't wait... 10/10
PS Don't bother with her early stuff printed as MIRA as they just don't compare to the good stuff! They are romance novels rather than medical crime.

The Cell - Stephen King
Another Stephen King classic. Very slightly corny but gripping read. Wouldn't be at all surprised if they didn't make it into a film. 8/10

Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett
Another BRILLIANT read. From the very first page to the last it held my attention even though I have never read a book like it. Despite being a very large book it was easy to read with interesting characters. You really get to know them. 10/10

The Time Travellers Wife - Audrey Hiffenegger
I tried to read this twice, I just did not get on with it and found it no to my taste at all. I gave it to my sister and she loved it! I can't give it a mark out of ten because I didn't read it!

Recently I have also read

Odd Thomas - Dean Koonz
Very readable, the plot kept you guessing what was going to happen next. Dean had written another 3 books using the same character so I shall have to get those soon. 8/10

The Last Juror - John Grisham
Enjoyed this book too, even though I sussed the plot about half way through it still holds the attention as the characters are so well defined. 7/10




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kathleen
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Posted - 28 May 2009 :  07:50:12 AM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add kathleen to your friends list Send kathleen a Private Message
I am reading, A friend like Henry, by Nuala Gardner at the moment, My step mother in law lent it to me to read when i was going though a sticky time with Jack. I loved it as its a true story about her little boy and coping with Autisum 20 years ago which i can relate to with my youngest brother Keith who is now 24.
Nuala brings a dog Henry in to their home and they use Henry to break down the communication boundaries

well that's my recommended read

http://www.jollyfryer.com/ Great British Fish & Chips
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Gerri
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Posted - 28 May 2009 :  09:16:57 AM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Gerri to your friends list Send Gerri a Private Message
Rosie by Alan Titchmarsh believe it or not, a lovely book very well written with a lovely story, I only read it because I was bored and sooo glad I did as thoroughly enjoyed it
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Bebely
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Posted - 28 May 2009 :  10:35:35 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bebely to your friends list Send Bebely a Private Message
Vera

Do try the Twilight series and The Host

I loved them and hope you will too. Details here

http://www.stepheniemeyer.com/twilightseries.html


Bev
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Grey Girl
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Posted - 29 May 2009 :  3:33:52 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Grey Girl to your friends list Send Grey Girl a Private Message
Vera: one word of warning: the later Odd books by Dean Koontz go badly downhill; very sad cos I like a lot of his stuff; but when it's bad it's terrible! The first one is the best by miles. I think his best book is Velocity.

I've just read 'The Kite Runner' by Khaled Hosseini: very well written and interesting - the film is great too (I watched the film first). Very well drawn characters and manages to avoid an over-cheesy, sentimental ending.

If you liked 'The Road' you might like 'No Country for Old Men' which I thought was incredibly good - not enjoyable but good!

Hope you're 100% soon.

Said the little eohippus, "Im going to be a HORSE"
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Pasha
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England
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Posted - 29 May 2009 :  4:10:56 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Pasha to your friends list Send Pasha a Private Message
Anything by Philippa Gregory!! She is abfab IMO! My favourite (and 1st one I read) was The Other Boleyn Girl (she tends to stick with 'historical' fiction). You seriously cannot put them down

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Pasha
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Posted - 29 May 2009 :  4:21:54 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Pasha to your friends list Send Pasha a Private Message
Oh how could I forget, my favourite book at all time (after having to study it at Uni):

ALIAS GRACE (Margaret Atwood) - Such a brilliantly written book - the storyline draws you in and deals with several different issues - in fact, most of her work is very good IMO

Also, if your like me and you like more of a historical/country scene twist (I did an english Lit degree so bit of a book nerd), you'll also love WIDEACRE by Philippa Gregory is a must read!!!


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