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 I’ve just finished this fantastic book by Lawrence Durrell as part of my research for a book I’m writing about Cyprus.  It’s the story of his two years on the island in the 1950s, just when EOKA were kicking off against British rule. Very sad ending, though.

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My recommendation would be 'The Colour of Time' by Dan Jones and Marina Amaral - this is a favourite of mine to just pick up and then realise you've lost an hour or two browsing through the images.

Just started Guy Martin's book 'When you dead, you dead' . (£4.99 for the Kindle version, instead of £20 in the bookshop) I love anything this bloke does, and although only two chapters in, there have

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34 minutes ago, andyclient said:

Reading Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance, it’s a bit heavy and a job to take in but sticking with it, hopefully it will all come together 

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5 hours ago, andyclient said:

If anyone has read The tattooist of Auswitsch , then the sequel Cilkas journey is a must.  An absolutely gripping read that I found hard to put down, even bought me to tears at one stage. Highly recommended :thumbsup:

'Tis on my list, I read The Mascot last year about a wee Jewish boy some Nazis adopted as a mascot

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Our main library has been closed since the first lockdown and the library bus has also been off the road. To get her “Chick Lit” fix Big M even resorted to buying books. But to his credit out library bus driver has went above and beyond and has still been doing his rounds to his regulars in his own car dropping off carrier bags with a random selection of books.

This turned up this week, for some reason or another I’ve never read any of Andy McNab but on the basis of this one, I started it this afternoon and nearly finished it I might try and read a few more.

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"Into Thin Air", Jon Krakauer's controversial account of what happened during the disastrous storm that killed eight climbers on Mount Everest in May 1996, then Anatoli Boukreev's partial rebuff, "The Climb".

As a man for the mountains these should at least make for some gripping Tier 4 reading!

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I had three books for Christmas.Two of Robert Gooddens butterfly books and "A Single Swallow" by Horatio Clare where he really does follow swallows on their migration from South Africa to South Wales.I am looking forward to starting this one when i finish 1356 by Bernard Cornwell.

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My recommendation would be 'The Colour of Time' by Dan Jones and Marina Amaral - this is a favourite of mine to just pick up and then realise you've lost an hour or two browsing through the images.

The book is a collection of historic photographs from 1850 to 1960 that have been colourised.  For some reason, the addition of colour seems to make these images more impactful and more human.  As a warning to anyone who might buy this, some images are very blunt and show the horrors of the time period covered without apology.

I discovered this book after seeing Marina Amaral's work 'Faces of Auschwitz'.  

 

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Ooops....pressed submit too early!!  Anyway, I'd highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in history or photography, or both.

More of here work can be seen here: https://marinamaral.com/portfolio/

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2 hours ago, Melbury said:

My recommendation would be 'The Colour of Time' by Dan Jones and Marina Amaral - this is a favourite of mine to just pick up and then realise you've lost an hour or two browsing through the images.

The book is a collection of historic photographs from 1850 to 1960 that have been colourised.  For some reason, the addition of colour seems to make these images more impactful and more human.  As a warning to anyone who might buy this, some images are very blunt and show the horrors of the time period covered without apology.

I discovered this book after seeing Marina Amaral's work 'Faces of Auschwitz'.  

 

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Ooops....pressed submit too early!!  Anyway, I'd highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in history or photography, or both.

More of here work can be seen here: https://marinamaral.com/portfolio/

And more gratuitous pics of the book below....

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Do you have any idea if the softback is the same size and format?  I'm gonna score a copy of that.

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3 minutes ago, Biker said:

Do you have any idea if the softback is the same size and format?  I'm gonna score a copy of that.

Hi Biker,

According to Amazon, the paperback dimensions are 16.4 x 2.9 x 12.6 cm and the hardback I have is 25.5 x 4 x 20 cm,  So the hardback is quite a bit bigger.  Shame as paperback would be easier to handle but I think it's worth having the images as large as possible (they're great quality).

Here's some more :)

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