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odyssey06

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Also Empire of Booze by Henry Jeffreys. An episodic book on how the British empire influenced the development of sherry port rum wine and whiskey. I like that you could dip in and out and read a chapter every now and then.
 

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I've just run out of books to read and I cant find the old thread with book recommendations so I'm just looking for some thoughts from other posters.

I don't like chick-lit and in this case I don't want non fiction. Previous books that I've loved for A thousand Splendid Suns or the Bookseller of Kabul and although they're not particularly good books, I love the pageturner quality of crime or suspense like Dan Brown. Any thoughts?
The Whitest Flower - Brendan Graham
The Day of the Jakal - Frederick Forsyth
 

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The Clifton Chronicles by Jeffrey Archer. Am currently on book 3 in the series, very enjoyable reads to date.
 

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Tiger Woods
Well researched & written and provides a good insight into the man himself, but nothing much new
8/10

Bad Blood
Interesting but it could have been written in 50 pages
6/10

The Traitor and the Spy
Excellent book. A real eye opener to Cold War espionage. Russia was pretty messed up thanks to communism.
10/10

I also bought Operation Mincemeat and am nearly finished- also by Ben Macintyre. Fascinating story of trying to deceive the Germans in WW11. A bit slower than The Traitor and the Spy but fantastic all the same.
10/10

Ben Macintyre has a great way with words and I'll probably read more from him soon.
 

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So, I'm going on my holibobs soon.

So far I have:

The new Tiger Woods book
Michelle Obama "Becoming"
The Spy and the Traitor
Bad Blood

I usually get through 5 books so looking for a recommendation!

I also bought The Second World War by A. Beevor. I've started reading this and it's very good but it's a bit big to be lugging around..
Just finished Bad Blood by John Carreyrou. Wow! What a book! It is captioned Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup. That put me off but the duchess insisted I read it. Okay I am always a bit sceptical about a non fiction book with clear good guys and bad guys. The bad guys are launching a Unicorn set-up which claims to have a machine to do blood tests fast and using pin pricks with a view to ultimately being as ubiquitous as the iPhone. The good guys are ex employees who say the claims are mostly bogus. I get sceptical when we are told the good guys were motivated by concern for patients.
Nonetheless the exposee by the journalist is a fascinating insight. For those who want to know the facts of the story beforehand Google Elizabeth Holmes but you might prefer to do what I did and read the book as a page turner.
 

odyssey06

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The End is Nigh (British Politics, Power, and the Road to the Second World War) by Robert Crowcroft, about how British domestic politics influenced their response to Germany, Italy and Japan.
I've read a lot of books about World War Two and the 1930s, usually if they are discussion say, the British response to Italy's invasion of Abyssinia, it is framed from the perspective of what would come next.
This book does a great job of staying 'in the moment', almost more like opinion journalism, explaining politicians actions and policy decisions from their perspective.
It is only in the conclusion that he switches into 'hindsight' mode.

Financial Times review here: https://www.ft.com/content/40781cfe-6a72-11e9-9ff9-8c855179f1c4

There's some copies in the Irish library system, mine is just about to be returned :)
 

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Judge & Jury by James Patterson is a god-awful written book readable in a day. It's full of Americanisms and everything that turns me off continuing. Effectively, it is a comic without pictures and reminds me of the Zane Grey books of the 1960's which promoted my reading from comics Victor, Hotspur, Commando-64-page to real reading.

However Judge & Jury has a terrific story which is fast moving, entertaining and ideal on a warm beach under a parasol where you can shut out the real world while simultaneously improving your sun-tan. The hero always gets his man and of course the girl. I'll be reading more of James Patterson until mid September.

If you don't read a James Patterson book might be a good place to start. Exclude reality and embrace escapism.
 

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For anyone with even a passing interest in Cyber-Security, WIRED writer/author Andy Greenberg has a new book coming out next month called Sandworm about the Russian hacking group of the same name. It promises to be a great book and there's a fascinating excerpt online at wired.com:

 
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