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  1. Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stewart . It won the Brooker prize and it’s a fantastically well written book but goodness it’s grim. Shuggie is a young boy trying to protect his mother from the alcoholism that is slowly consuming her. I could only read it a bit at a time because it’s so unrelentingly sad . I loved poor young Shuggie but I’m glad I’ve finished it .
  2. She can’t remember sorry . We are from north Wales do what on earth she was doing there I’ll never know .
  3. David Gemmells Legend is in the kindle daily deal today. I read it 28 years ago so I've bought it, i remember loving it first time round.
  4. Finished Piranesi which was excellent, I loved the world it visited and how the mystery slowly revealed itself. A brilliant book to start 2021. Might tackle Shuggie Bain next which won the Booker prize but is supposed to be very dark and grim.
  5. My wife was in the crowd when they filmed 3am eternal in a club in Nottingham . That is as tenuous a claim to fame as is possible but there it is.
  6. I read 54 in 2020 but bought many many more which are causing a backlog. I've started the year on the much acclaimed Piranesi which, halfway through, is excellent and very intriguing.
  7. Brilliant and comprehensive list. Thank you. The two Jon Ronson books are great fun also . No country for old men is obviously brilliant but I wouldn’t put it in the fun category.
  8. The dark Eden books in the deal are excellent. They are a trilogy and of course only two and three are in the sale, the first being £3.50 ish but they are all well worth it. Its about the ancestors of a group of astronauts who crash landed on a very alien planet. I've read them through twice.
  9. All of George Orwells major novels are on sale for 99p each. Obviously they all should be read and reread.
  10. Shockwave: countdown to Hiroshima by Stephen Walker The story of the first atomic test and the subsequent bombing of Japan. I’ve read a couple of books previously about the Manhattan project and they’ve been a bit heavy on the science and less about the human side of the event . This focuses as much on the people involved , including some of the residents of Hiroshima aim the run up to the day and the immediate aftermath . I flew through it. Tall oaks by Chris Whitaker. Further up this page I read We begin at the end by the same author and was extremely impressed, so I decided t
  11. One of my favourite books. It’s heart wrenchingly brilliant.
  12. Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell. The (fictitious) story of a 1960s band and their rise to fame. I may be alone in this but Mitchell’s books have been on a downwards slope since The thousand autumns of Jacob De Zoet. He’s become a bit self indulgent and utopia avenue is the best example of this. It’s full of cameos from actual rock stars , Bowie , Lennon, Zappa etc and while it seems almost as if Mitchell wanted to write the seminal music novel , it’s hard to care much about lyrics and tracks that don’t exist . There is a subplot within the book that directly links it to the thousand
  13. We begin at the end This is ostensibly a murder mystery but moreso a book about a young self styled thirteen year old outlaw called Duchess Radley. I spotted this in tesco and assumed it was just another middling crime novel. But the reviews on goodreads were excellent and I'd say that of the 43 books ive read this year its only inferior to The mirror and the light, the nickel boys and where the crawdad sings, its marvellous and its absolutely worth anyones time.
  14. I haven't but I will certainly take a look now as I've very much enjoyed everything of his that I've read so far.
  15. If boys life is his stranger things then swan song is his The Stand . It’s exceptional.
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