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About meI am a tree man for the county... - living in south Wales. Avid book reader and buyer of cheap overlooked books that I find in neglected nooks and crannies, I love discovering new writers and good book shops, as well as sharing good reading recommendations.

I grew up in 1970s/80s south London and yearning for some clean and warm air moved to Israel when I was 19. 7 years of growing fruit and turning brown in the desert later, I returned to London in the late '90s. After stints at Victoria Station, Soho co-op 'Tomato', and translation work, I went back to working with trees and became an arborist; climbing and pruning trees in the gardens, parks, and streets of west London. Several great views later, I worked as a municipal Tree Officer (AKA 'urban forester') in the same area, and in 2008 I became an independent consultant when I moved with my family to Wales. Since 2013 I've been attempting to manage the arboriculture for a neighbouring county.

Outside of books and my vocation for trees, my interests include football and cycling, walking in the beautiful Welsh countryside and getting lost in London whenever I get the chance. I play percussion and love music from all around the world - especially jazz, blues, klezmer and flamenco. I also like to write short stories and wish I could be more disciplined about doing it because I can be a lazy git.

Please check out my latest reading and miscellaneous ramblings over at my 2015 Club Read here - it'd be great to hear from you!

CURRENTLY READING

 

The Prone Gunman by Jean-Patrick Manchette
Nearly Reach The Sky: A Farewell to Upton Park by Brian Williams

PAUSED



Larry Brown: A Writer's Life by Jean W. Cash (Paused as I'm SLOWLY progressing (tryna make them last!) through LB's works in publishing order, and don't want to get ahead of this excellent biography.)

About my libraryI like all kinds of good books. Often I read two or three at a time depending on my mood or place, typically at least one fiction and one non-fiction, but not religiously.

I go for short fiction from all around the world, 20th century classics, American, Israeli, and European fiction, memoirs/biographies, history - lots of history - American, British, Jewish, Middle Eastern, European, medieval history, colonial matters, exploration, military history, music and recording, social history, anthropology and ancient history now and then, war correspondence, Americana, Australiana, 'Beat' writing, psychogeography, London writers, historical fiction, quality sports writing, photobooks, film & broadcasting, spies and espionage, and all sorts of quirky items that catch my eye...

2015 books read: (bold type = 5 STARS; most recent books first)

The Seventh Day: Soldiers Talk About the Six-Day War edited by Avraham Shapira
The Shepherd by Frederick Forsyth
Suttree by Cormac McCarthy
Sharpe's Tiger by Bernard Cornwell
The Richard Burton Diaries by Richard Burton (ed. Chris Williams)
Winter King by Thomas Penn
Writing Blue Highways: The Story of How a Book Happened by William Least Heat-Moon
Burning Bright: Stories by Ron Rash
Arcadia by Lauren Groff
Rambles and Studies in Old South Wales by Wirt Sikes
Fatherland by Robert Harris
Galveston by Nic Pizzolatto
In Our Time by Ernest Hemningway
Going to Sea in a Sieve by Danny Baker
Minotaur by Benjamin Tammuz
1776 by David McCullough
The Best of Sholom Aleichem by Sholom Aleichem (ed. Irving Howe & Ruth R. Wisse)
The Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sajer

2014 favourites: (2014 Club Read is here)

FICTION -
Journey Through a Small Planet by Emanuel Litvinoff
Joe by Larry Brown
Big Bad Love by Larry Brown
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Sunset Limited by Cormac McCarthy
No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

NON-FICTION -
As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning by Laurie Lee
Berlin: The Downfall 1945 by Anthony Beevor
A Fortunate Life by A. B. Facey
Street People by Helga Dudman
Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life by Alex Bellos

2013 favourites: (2013 Club Read is here)

FICTION -
Between Friends by Amos Oz
Facing The Music by Larry Brown
All That Is by James Salter
Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas (Read by Richard Burton & BBC cast)
Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck
Crazy Heart by Thomas Cobb

NON-FICTION -
The World From My Porch by Larry Towell
Jerusalem: A Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi
Katherine Avenue by Larry Sultan
1948: A Soldier's Tale - The Bloody Road to Jerusalem by Uri Avnery
Road to Valor: A True Story of WWII Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation by Aili McConnon & Andres McConnon

2012 favourites:

FICTION -
Only Yesterday by S Y Agnon
The Spy Who Came In From The Cold by John Le Carré
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt
Scenes From Village Life by Amos Oz
Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories by Tobias Wolff
Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Zuckerman Unbound by Philip Roth
Exit Wounds by Rutu Modan
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
Suddenly, A Knock On The Door by Etgar Keret
But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz by Geoff Dyer

NON-FICTION -
My Father and Other Working-Class Football Heroes by Gary Imlach
A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo

2011 favourites:

FICTION -
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

NON-FICTION -
Carrying The Fire: An Astronaut's Journeys by Michael Collins
Flight Of Passage by Rinker Buck
1967: Israel, the War, and the Year that Transformed the Middle East by Tom Segev
The Long Gray Line by Rick Atkinson
On Fire by Larry Brown
Red Wolves And Black Bears by Edward Hoagland


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GroupsAerial Warfare, Ancient History, Author Theme Reads, BBC Radio 3 Listeners, BBC Radio 4 Listeners, Beautiful Game, Brits, Club Read 2013, Club Read 2014, Club Read 2015show all groups

Favorite authorsShmuel Yosef Agnon, Sholem Aleichem, Sherman Alexie, Larry Brown, William S. Burroughs, John le Carré, Joseph Conrad, Sam Harris, William Least Heat-Moon, Etgar Keret, Etgar Keret, Jack Kerouac, Jon Krakauer, Primo Levi, Sven Lindqvist, Jack London, Barry Lopez, Cormac McCarthy, Amos Oz, James Salter, Simon Schama, Tom Segev, Tobias Wolff (Shared favorites)

VenuesFavorites | Visited

Favorite bookstoresAndrew Morton Books, Book and Comic Exchange, C. Arden bookseller, Daunt Books - Holland Park, Daunt Books - Marylebone, Foyles (old Charing Cross branch), Hay Castle Bookshop, Hay Cinema Bookshop, Joseph's Bookstore, Richard Booth's Bookshop, Soho's Original Bookshop, Square Books, Stanfords, The Travel Bookshop, Tmol Shilshom - תמול שלשום

Favorite librariesBrecon Library, British Library, Llantrisant Library, Norbury Library

Other favoritesThe British Museum, Jewish Book Week, Hay Festival of Literature & the Arts

Favorite listsBest Israeli Reading, The Emergence of the Modern Middle East, Man Booker Prize Longlist 2014

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Real namePaul Harris

LocationLlantrisant, Glamorgan. Wales.

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceJan 23, 2011

Currently readingLarry Brown: A Writer's Life (Willie Morris Books in Memoir and Biography) by Jean W. Cash
New Orleans, Mon Amour: Twenty Years of Writings from the City by Andrei Codrescu
With Nails: The Film Diaries of Richard E. Grant by Richard E. Grant
Joel Sternfeld: Sweet Earth- Experimental Utopias in America by Joel Sternfeld

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