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Readers Club

If you enjoy my books, there’s every chance you may enjoy the books I enjoy reading, and that I may enjoy the books you read. So here’s where we can share our favourites and explain what makes them special.

Readers Club

If you enjoy my books, there’s every chance you may enjoy the books I enjoy reading, and that I may enjoy the books you read. So here’s where we can share our favourites and explain what makes them special.

Stephen King – Christine

Stephen King – Christine

Horror isn’t my favourite genre, but you won’t need reminding what a genius Stephen King is. I still have nightmares about that possessed 1958 Plymouth Fury car, Christine. How many books have been written about haunted houses? I have no idea, but I only know one...

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Where I discovered Sir Anthony Standen

Where I discovered Sir Anthony Standen

I can’t ignore the book that has had such an important influence on my recent life. It’s another biography, sorry about that. Sir Francis Drake by George Malcolm Thomson. It’s certainly a fast paced, fact packed book. It was this passage that changed my life. “The...

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Revelation

Revelation

Veering away from biography, C.J. Sansom is a brilliant writer of historical fiction. My wife introduced me to his books. In my opinion Revelation is his finest. It’s the fourth book in the Matthew Shardlake Mysteries. Matthew is a barrister during Henry VIII’s reign....

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The Tao of Physics

The Tao of Physics

I read The Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra in the late 1980’s after a friend recommended it. It draws parallels between quantum physics and eastern philosophy. Immediately after reading it, I woke up in the middle of the night feeling that I understood the universe....

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The Last Enemy

The Last Enemy

To get Book Club going, my favourite book is The Last Enemy by Richard Hillary. It was published as Falling Through Space in the US. I first read it at Oxford, and Hillary’s story begins during his time at Oxford immediately before WWII. He is determined to become a...

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A great autobiography – Seven Pillars of Wisdom

A great autobiography – Seven Pillars of Wisdom

My next favourite book is Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E Lawrence. My father fought in WWII, firstly in the Western Desert. His officers had told him that it was the greatest book written about desert warfare. One day I must get around to recording my father’s...

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Cabaret

Cabaret

OK, Cabaret is a musical and film, rather that a book, so I’m approaching this book review rather tangentially. It’s just that Claire took me to see Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club in London last week. Cabaret is, of course, based on the book Goodbye to Berlin by...

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The Man Who Died Twice

The Man Who Died Twice

I must have heard Richard Osman advertising his second book on ClassicFM dozens of times. I can’t remember exactly how it went. Something like: there are murders, mafia and Colombian drug barons, diamonds, drugs, spies, laughter and tears. I didn’t doubt the laughter....

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You Never Can Tell

You Never Can Tell

No, not the Chuck Berry song, the play by George Bernard Shaw. Claire and I went to see it years ago. It was probably at the Theatre Royal in Bath, but could have been London. Edward Fox was playing the waiter, William. He was brilliant, of course. What Shaw does with...

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