I know there used to be a book club thread, but it disappeared a while back. And I realised that we could do with a thread for discussing good reads, favourite authors etc.
My name is SVT and I like reading. I have very little knowledge of literature (I took English Language instead at A-Level) but I am semi-literate and enjoy a well-constructed book. I particularly like historical novels and well-written factual history.
My most recent read (okay, re-read for the third or fourth time) is 'Stalingrad' by Antony Beevor. It's a superb piece of historical writing, going from the start of Hitler's war against Stalin up to the end and aftermath of the battle of Stalingrad. What could be quite dry (but still interesting) is turned into a gripping read by the focus on the human aspects of the battle. Every page has an anecdote from someone involved in the campaign (from military archives) or focusses on one fo the German or Russian senior officers. Beevor creates real people that you can identify with, if not empathise with, and the historical becomes much more personal. A superb book that even those with little interest in the era would find riveting.
Over to you...
This isn't a joke - I've just ordered 'Mein Kampf' from Amazon.
I just finished Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks and read Charlotte Gray over Xmas - great author to really get a good perspective on the wars.
Also the inevitable Coast to Coast was good.
Am now starting on the Long Walk to Freedom by Mandela, and for a bit of heavier, but definitely awesome reading, try "Cry, the Beloved Country" by Alan Paton (we had to read it in school, so not really a recent read, but an awesome book anyway)
PO - I'm not normally one for autobiographies but did enjoy Mandela's book.
The author I've enjoyed the most in the last few years, having picked up a cheap collection of some of his novels and short stories, is John Steinbeck. Fantastic writer.
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