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I finished book No 8 in Matthew Harffys Bernicia Chronicles and needed a new series to follow.I am now about halfway through The Morning and The Evening from Ken Follet.Set in the late 900s its just what i was looking for.It is a prequel to his Pillars of the Earth which has just arrived.Very enjoyable imo if you like historical fiction of the period.

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On 24/07/2021 at 17:05, Caller. said:

If you do read  it, I'd be interested in your thoughts. 

I, too, have read this and whilst I found it to be fairly well balanced in it’s arguments I do have to question some of the examples given. As far as I am concerned the electorate voted and the result found in favour of Brexit. Living in a democracy people therefore should acknowledge the result, however, I was disappointed with some of the arguments raised around the “proroging” of Parliament. If one is to accept the constitutional vote result of Brexit how can the constitutional decision of the Supreme Court be challenged as being unconstitutional? I guess that is for another debate but generally book was well balanced and made interesting reading

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On 04/10/2021 at 21:13, Welsh Wizard said:

If one is to accept the constitutional vote result of Brexit how can the constitutional decision of the Supreme Court be challenged as being unconstitutional? I guess that is for another debate but generally book was well balanced and made interesting reading

I would leave that one to the constitutional experts, many of whom condemned the ruling. Especially Finnis. 

The-unconstitutionality-of-the-Supreme-Courts-prorogation-judgment.pdf (policyexchange.org.uk)

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On 03/10/2021 at 19:48, champ said:

I finished book No 8 in Matthew Harffys Bernicia Chronicles and needed a new series to follow.I am now about halfway through The Morning and The Evening from Ken Follet.Set in the late 900s its just what i was looking for.It is a prequel to his Pillars of the Earth which has just arrived.Very enjoyable imo if you like historical fiction of the period.

Haven’t read the whole thread and late to the party here, but Robert Harris has a few really good ones on the historical fiction/alternative history front. The obvious one is Fatherland, but his Cicero trilogy are three of the limited number of books I’ve read twice.

Never really got into Ken Follet. Have read some of CJ Sansom - again not really got into those too much but the Shardlake mystery ones aren’t bad.

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18 hours ago, Bobby123 said:

Haven’t read the whole thread and late to the party here, but Robert Harris has a few really good ones on the historical fiction/alternative history front. The obvious one is Fatherland, but his Cicero trilogy are three of the limited number of books I’ve read twice.

Never really got into Ken Follet. Have read some of CJ Sansom - again not really got into those too much but the Shardlake mystery ones aren’t bad.

Thanks i will check them out :thumbsup:.

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On 18/10/2021 at 22:09, Bobby123 said:

Haven’t read the whole thread and late to the party here, but Robert Harris has a few really good ones on the historical fiction/alternative history front. The obvious one is Fatherland, but his Cicero trilogy are three of the limited number of books I’ve read twice.

Never really got into Ken Follet. Have read some of CJ Sansom - again not really got into those too much but the Shardlake mystery ones aren’t bad.

Read a lot of Robert Harris, I also thought that Pillars was an excellent read, I have also enjoyed a lot of Bernared Cornwell who write great stuff in this genre.

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On 26/07/2021 at 13:14, BondandBigM said:

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I saw this in Smith's the other day and it piqued my curiosity so ordered it from the library. Sound like it might be right up my street. 

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I recently read this book . It was an interesting read and on occasions was quite comical. Unfortunately, from my perspective, I tend to view these "reads" with an element of cynicism . It's all very well challenging established beliefs and behaviours but sadly the authors of these books have never or rarely been in circumstances whereby "team" behaviour needs to take precedence over individual choice. I have also studied and practised the "way of the Tao" and again some of these authors fail to understand the link between the philosophy and the daily way of life. The title- somewhat questionable . Almost done for "shock" /advertising purposes.

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This is the first book of a trilogy that I have read recently which is based around the actions/activities of one of Franco’s henchmen during and after the Spanish Civil War. Once I started to read it I couldn’t put it down until I had read all three books. This was a fabulous read for this time of year

 

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Currently reading Rob Burrows autobiography Too Many Reasons to Live re his career and battle with MND. Sometimes sad, sometimes funny but also a tear jerker and an eye opener to the disease.

A brilliant rugby league player who defied the odds to succeed in the sport and was dealt the cruel blow of MND post retirement. I loved watching his explosive pace and footwork. A huge player for Leeds despite his diminutive size.

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Haven't had much reading time lately so have a few lined up already this year

A couple of Hornblower paperbacks

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Not sure if my maths will be able to cope with these by Sir Roger Penrose but I will give them a go

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