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    Question What are you reading now

    I just started the 'A Secret History of the IRA' & potential is good so far.

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    Good book, enjoyed all the more cos one of the participants lives on my road. Myself I'm currently reading the Cosa Nostra, a history on the sicilian mafia, excellent background to the whole thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pete
    I just started the 'A Secret History of the IRA' & potential is good so far.
    Richard English I think. Read it a long time back but things got bad for me so I put it away. Never got to finish it.

    I only ever read history, travel and autobiography. Just finished John B Keane's Bodhran Maker. Relatively light reading was required and now I'm reading Kaplin's Balkan Ghosts.

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    Reading "The Westies" a history about the Hells Kitchen American Irish gang. Brutal stuff carried out by all, interesting though

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    Have just finished 1st Grisham novel (only book lying around at home) i ever read & fairly easy going. Can see why popular but not very challenging.

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    Just finishing Michael Moore's "Will they ever trust us again?".About to start Bill Maher's "Does anybody have a problem with that?"

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    'The Killing Anniversary'-Ian St. James. Good read-especially if you like Geffery Archer 'Kane and Able'/'Prodical daughter' sage style. Follows 4 men in Ireland from their childhood right through. All linked in desire for revenge. Starts in 1922 so covers an especially interesting part of our history with Free state, the North, involvment in the war etc.
    Not particularly challenging but very well researched and historically accurate-good to read on the bus and before bed. The odd slower part but most keeps you wanting to pick it up again whenever you can.

    For those of you who liked 'A Secret History of the IRA' -I havn;t red it myself but recently read 'Black Operations: the Scret War Against the Real IRA'- documentarty style written by a man who lost his son in Omagh and a journalist. Not much groundbreaking stuff but covers it all in great depth. You need a head for names and a strong interest in the subject.
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    Just finished The Miracle of Castel di Sangro. Remarkable story told by a very annoying person. It speaks volumes about the story that it manages to win out over all the Americanisations in the book!

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    Yeh, P.Stu. - see it featured in last Sunday's Observer Sport Monthly as one of the top sports books. McGinnis is hard to take but what I liked about him was his almost childlike love of the game, a new convert as it were. His style was irrating though, agreed.

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    Just finished Anne Applebaum's GULAG - a history. A frightening read on the ability of humans to be cruel, careless and plain stupid. Imagine being charged, tried, convicted and sentenced to 20 years hard labour for blowing up a bridge that never actually existed....madness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pete
    I just started the 'A Secret History of the IRA' & potential is good so far.
    Excellent book.

    Don't tend to read novels, more non-fiction, but Grisham's are okay for easy reading about lawyers...

    Not really reading anything at the moment, except DIY reference books
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    Just finished 'Hells Angels' by Hunter S. Thompson. Great insight into biker culture in 60's America. Hunter S. is a bit of a lunatic himself but comes across as very likeable. Ive just started 'Shadows of the Wind' by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. So far its been excellent, unusual story based around books and set in Barcelona after WW2. Ordered 'The Miracle of Castel di Sangro' and 'Theres only One Red Army' after they were recommended in a previous thread - looking forward to both.

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    Goldfinger-Ian Fleming,easy reading,good story,better than the film.
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    Reading 'Hegemony or Survival' by Noam Chomsky.
    Basically it's a critique of American foreign policy from the late 1950s to the present, for anyone not familiar with Chomsky.

    Just finished 'Star of the Sea' by Joseph O'Connor.
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    just finished back to back harlen cobens and now reading "blowfly" by patricia cornwell.

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    I'm going on holidays soon,can anyone recommend a good read that I can take with me,something easy on the head like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dublin12
    I'm going on holidays soon,can anyone recommend a good read that I can take with me,something easy on the head like.
    Last summer i read The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night and one of Ross O'Carroll Kelly's while on holidays. Perfect for light, humourous reading.
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    I'm reading "On Another Man's Wound" by Ernie O'Malley. It's the story of his part in the Irish conflict from 1916-1921. While it paints a clear picture of the country at the time, of the mindset of the people and of what it would have been like to be around then, he tends to contradict himself sometimes when giving factual information which is a bit irritating. Also, the punctuation at times is quite poor which can mean having to reread a sentence 2 or 3 times to make sure you are interpreting it correctly. I'll stick with it for the time being though.

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    Reading "The Stone Rosses" by John Robb at the moment good book which give a detailed history of the band. Would recomend it to any Rosses fan.

    Before that I was reading "A Million little peices" by James Frey. One of the best books I read in a long time. It describes the writters struggle to get clean from several types of drug in his own way not adopting the so called 12 steps. When he was admitted to rehab at the age of 23 he was the youngest ever to enter the program with one of the longest addiction lists. The scene where he describes having to get dental work with out any anesthesia make you cringe

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