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About meI live in Melbourne, where I work in internal communications for a global company. My 24 year-old daughter, Lucy, has just moved to London, but I still have three dependent dogs to keep amused. Although I have never made the target, I am a keen member of the 75 Books Challenge and recommend anyone to join this lively and engaging group. Beware though, your book-buying will increase dramatically!

About my libraryThis is probably my third or fourth library - with other collections culled or left behind in moves between countries, between relationships and between my mother's mania for not holding on to anything. If cookbooks are your thing, you might be interested in visiting my separate Cookbook collection.

Here is my current thread on the 75 Book challenge for 2014:

Groups75 Books Challenge for 2011, August Is Modern Fiction Month, Australian LibraryThingers, Fifty States Fiction (or Nonfiction) Challenge, Tropic of Ideas, What Are You Reading Now?

Favorite authorsBill Bryson, Willa Cather, Raymond Chandler, Richard Ford, John Fowles, William Golding, Joseph Heller, Iris Murdoch, George Orwell, John Steinbeck, Graham Swift, Anne Tyler, John Updike, Tom Wolfe (Shared favorites)

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Currently readingHow the West Was Worn: Bustles and Buckskins on the Wild Frontier by Chris Enss
Old Filth (Abacus 40th Anniversary Editio) by Jane Gardham
Flaubert's Parrot by Julian Barnes
Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
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The guest library at Tandjung Sari in Sanur, Bali
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Ok it's upside down - but it's the view from the hotel poolside
Hi Prue,

I'm afraid that I haven't quite got to Questions of Travel yet, I just picked it up from the library this week. I've just finished The Cuckoo's Calling and I'd really recommend that if you haven't read it already.


Can't find your thread quickly, but I saw your post on Lit Chick's thread -and yes do try The Rosie Project! Just like you I hesitated over it, thinking it would be too lightweight, but it has been one of my favourite reads this year! It's not a " heavy weight" but it's most definitely not chick lit or fluff either, the perfect enjoyable and fun read!


Hi Prue, a very funny review of [A Severed Head]. I have never read [[Iris Murdoch]] and now I am tempted...You plug on Megan's thread worked - I read your review and enjoyed. Thank you.
Hey thanks for the friend invite. Of course! I haven't read Train Dreams, not yet, but I've read four other novels by Denis Johnson (love the guy) so this one will get read shortly.
Beautiful review of Train Dreams.
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Kyran didn't do a bad job Prue; shame I wasn't pulling the tummy in a bit more.
Prue - missing you immensely in the group. Hope everything is ok and that you have recovered from your "geriatric tour"! Seen pictures of your place on FB and must say I would swap. Don't be a stranger and I never did get to see your photos from our meet-up and your hols.
I am loving Olive Kitteridge so far, but was a bit disappointed to see that it is actually short stories? When I added it, I went to the book page and saw the tags. I hope its not so much short stories, as chapters from the perspective of a different character.... :)
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If you want to compare with a previous picture in the gallery, you can see that the place is looking rather lovely and all dressed-up to sell - oh, and it is shades of grey - not the blue that it appears to be in the photo
Hi Prue, thanks for dropping by my profile page! glad your secret santa has made contact, I hope you get a good book!
Hi. Didn't notice your message until just now.

So, responding late to say that I enjoyed The Pregnant Widow much more than I had expected. Something of a return to form after a series of dull books by Martin Amis, in my opinion. As usual, the brilliance of the writing isn't matched by any great narrative drive and there's a fairly pointless final twist. But if you enjoyed Money or London Fields, then this is more of that sort of thing from Amis.
Hi Prue, are you interested in doing a Christmas book swap? Amongst NZ, Aus, and SE Asian dwellers from the 75 group. I know you dip in and out of LT, but thought you might be keen too.
My idea is for names to be drawn out of who is interested and whoever is designated the giver, makes a list of 10 books they are willing to part with, and the receiver picks the one most to their liking. All done through private messaging once I have drawn and allocated the people involved.
Me (megan)
Cushla (cushlareads)
Lisa (KiwiFlowa)
Paul (PaulCranswick)
Leonie (kiwinyx)
Kerry (Avatiak)
Alex (roundballnz)
OK, now I need help. Who else have we got out there in the region?
Your are reading one of my favourite books atm, and one I really enjoyed (though Stewart seems like... a bit of a character).
Prue - the concept of The Woman's Decameron is fascinating. A group of ten ladies sitting around and telling the stories of their lives. Ten LT ladies to be nominated to tell their stories - wow - Ms. Gallagher of course, Ilana, Caro, Suzanne, Megan, Liz, Morphy, Cee, Mamie and Ellen would probably be my list but I could easily substitute a dozen or two more and still have it equally (well almost) as fascinating.
Hi Prue! I actually haven't read it yet, but I added to my WL after seeing a great review of it on LT (probably from someone in our 75 group), but I don't remember who specifically. You will probably read it before I do since it's already on your shelves of shame and I yet to add it to my collection. Will look forward to seeing what you think of it! :)
Rock Springs is my favourite Ford book, you know. The short stories are so beautiful.
Hi Prue, here is the link to my current thread

I can see that you like George Orwell. I recently read The Road to Wigan Pier Revisited which has reminded me that I haven't read anything by him for some time - I need to remedy that. I also like Bill Bryson and have most of his books but I've realised that I've never actually finished cataloging the bookshelf where they are so they 're not actually listed.
Hi, Prue. Thank you for your visit, for finding my library interesting, and for adding my thread to your already huge group! I had wandered over here earlier when I didn't have time to browse, but now I have. I love our common books too! In fact, I see that I've read a greater proportion of these than I have of my library as a whole - 101 of the 245 I see in common. I see that you're a great Bill Bryson fan, and I need to remedy my ignorance. Wonder how John Fowles slipped from prominence and Joe Heller......
Well met! I'm glad you're back, and when we chat, maybe we can see whether our musical tastes overlap......I basically have 19th century ears, and have spent the last 4 or 5 years loving chamber music.
Hi Prue,

I'm sorry to hear about your mother. I guess we had the same kind of Christmas. My husband's father passed away in December after a year-long battle with cancer. We're just starting to feel normal again.

Yes, we do have a lot of books in common. That always tells me a lot about a person, what they like to read. Like you, I didn't expect to like "The Help". I have been avoiding popular fiction for years now. I just find the writing to be so ordinary and the stories tend to be uninteresting and the characters poorly developed. I was pleasantly surprised by "The Help".

I don't think I have read anything by Golding other than "Lord of the Flies". I'll have to look out for his other books.

My latest fiction read, which I just finished today, was "Middlesex", which I highly recommend. It won the Pulitzer in 2003.

I did come to Australia for love. My husband and I were pen pals. He came to visit me in 1996 and I moved to Australia at the end of the same year and we were married in June of 1997.

I will enjoy looking through your library as well. I'm always looking for new ideas for books. I do find my reading picks have improved since joining LT.

I'll send you a friend request so I keep up-to-date with your book activity.


Hi Prue,

I just wandered by and noticed you are in Victoria. Your farm looks beautiful. Where in Victoria is it? My husband and I live near Bendigo. We are originally from Melbourne (Glenroy).
Hi Prue, Finally wandered over here to say hello :) Have a good trip in Vietnam!! A close friend of mine has just been there (she went with her partner and 9 year old daughter) all her photo's looked like they came straight out of a travel brochure - amazing very beautiful country - and she said very friendly too!
Prue, just had a look at your pics and have to say the farm looks idyllic. I'd invite myself over if it wasn't for that—what is it?—20 hour flight. Missy is quite the cutie too I must say.

Hugs to you darling,

Prue your bittersweet response makes me want to wish you and your hubby even more the best of holidays. Nowadays the care of our parents is invariably passed on to others and your selflessness in this regard is something greatly to be esteemed. The prognocis on my Dad was actually good - he saw his specialist on Friday and does not need immediate treatment merely has to go for check-ups every six weeks for the foreseeable future so that they can check the progression of the disease.
Prue - like your photos. The farm looks idylic and just the place for some quiet reading (there doesn't seem much else!). Your not too far from Melbourne right? when you want to put on your glad rags and let your hair down.
Prue the two pictures are of the Santara beach resort in Krabi, Thailand.
Hi Prue! I'm quite amazed we haven't really run into each other on LT before, given our overlapping book tastes. I like the 75 group, but it's far too noisy and chatty for regular visiting, I just star a thread (or six) and read them at my leisure. The 100 book group is quieter, but that suits me better.

"Flowers for Algernon" is something I was introduced to back in High School - I have a memory of our teacher reading it out loud (and the inevitable comprehension questions). But when I did find the book recently, I was taken aback because it's not a short story! Maybe she just did a selection of passages. At any rate, this is a bit of fuzzy memory I'm hoping will clarify once I've read the book. :)
Prue some time ago we mentioned a spell reading Nobel winners. I,ve started a thread for this and would love it if you could join in my struggles.
Dear Prue please note that I have a new thread for my overloaded 75 book challenge group. Hope you will look it up (I've posted it on the old one for you to link)
Thanks for adding me to "interesting libraries." I've got a ton of odd-ball stuff on here.
Will keep rising Prue - there is a warehouse season now on in KL where all books are about $1!!! I'm about to make an absolute pig of myself.
No Prue suprisingly Julia Glass is a Bostonian now living in New York. She won the National Book Award for Three Junes which is by far and away her most successful work (her debut I think) - would guess that you would like her.
Have started my August Modern Literature Slugfest and polished off the Bainbridge already. Review pending (but Tyler is better!)
Prue of the several French writer's of the early 20th c I probably would choose Camus as my favourite with Gide a close second. More accessible than Sartre and simply a better writer than Anatole France with a fuller body of work than Francoise Sagan or Antoine-Expury. Read the Counterfeiters some time ago and enjoyed it very much. I love the Emile Zola novels from an earlier era with their doomed, characters and wonderful sense of place. I have my 100 favourite books (I need to revise this with TomRob Smith, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and, of course, Anne Tyler books meriting inclusion recently) with one entry per author. For Zola I struggled to choose between several with La Bete Humaine, La Terre, Germinal and La Debacle almost dead heating.
Almost all the other shots are of the group eating in the various establishments there - the food is wonderful too! Skin peeling as I write - my Cambodia trip may be put off for a week or two as the office needs a little TLC at the moment.
Prue, I have uploaded a couple of shots from our trip to Krabi which are on my profile page.
Don't know why I forgot to list Neil Perry, I only have one of his books 'The Food I Love' but it is great. Maggie Beer I must get more of, I know she's wonderful. Wjen I already have so many cookbooks, why do I still want more??
Still too overloaded to do regular check-ins on LT! Some of my favorite Aussie cookbook authors are Donna Hay, Bill Granger, Jill Dupleix (her crash-hot potatoes are the best potato recipe EVER), Stephanie Alexander. I want to catch up with some of the newer writers like Luke Mangan, Belinda Jeffrey, Karen Martini. Who are your favorites?
Prue I've got two unread Bainbridge's but [An Awfully Big Adventure] is the one on the list.
Prue I have made a group for the August Modern Fiction the thread is
Prue, almost finished logging my college books - I understand now why I got grey hair (distinguishing marks anyhow!) and poor eyesight upon leaving uni - and that's just the political philosophy claptrap - I daren't get around to all the technical and legal boks from my Const Management & Law courses.
Onto August as 20 th Century Fiction month - I have gone post war and commonwealth and have Bainbridge, Bragg, Brink, Carter, Coupland, Desai, De Bernieres, Galgut, Hensher, Nicholls, Parks, Quinn, Toibin, Trevor and Waters in the hopeful expectation of managing 15 in a month.
September being serial detection month I have Akunin, Billingham, Fossum, Hewson, Hurley, Indridason, James (Peter), Leon, Nadel, Nesbo, Nesser, O'Brien, Rankin, Russell, Wingfield as a more realistic 15 for the month.
Game on!

Dear Prue, Must admit I have not read any Steve Hamilton books nor to be honest have I heard of him. Will definitely put him on my radar now though. John Cheever the male Ann Tyler?
Just read all your posts to Paul (it's odd on LT how you have to go to someone else's profile to read your posts). So in addition to cookbooks in common we have a lot of music in common - as well as a ridiculous number of books and cookbooks I also have far too many CDs (still buy them and upload to iTunes rather than downloading). I'd support Paul in adding The Feeling and Kaiser Chiefs (just got tickets to see them live in Boston in September, so looking forward to it). As well as Gomez, The Thrills, Snow Patrol, Adele, Carolina Liar and the great Elvis Costello.
I'm going to try to check in at LT more regularly.
Thanks for the info on your cookbooks. Great collection (we have a lot in common) and you will find that most of them are indexed on EYB.
Wow! Got all those too! Will definitely check out Feinstein. My youngest is entering a dancing competition today and insisted that I drop everything last evening and take her to buy appropriate footwear (7 years old and already a puppeteer of the first order) I managed to sneak into the CD store whilst Mother and Daughter were arguing over the relative merits of umpteen pairs of seemingly identical shoes and buy the new Kaiser Chiefs and The Feeling CDs. In addition I managed to get a 2 in 1 of Frank Sinatra Duets and Duets II. I had not bought CDs for more than a month so maybe we shouldn't have mentioned....

Quickly made my first order with Book Depository yesterday (6 books for about $60) and I'll let you know on progress.
Prue, So music and literary tastes seem to intertwine. Got everyone on your list except Sufian Stevens and Michael Feinstein the latter of whom I am not familiar with. Will look him up certainly. Classics pretty much agree although the Russkies are probably my favourite here Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky especially.
Prue I've been reading your 75 books thread:

1) If you like Newfoundland you must read The Lost Salt Gift of Blood by Alistair Macleod. I know I've recommended it before!

2) Philip Marlowe, I can't believe you forgot!

3)The Simarillion _was_ unfinished, Tolkien's son put it together with a lawyer/radio producer called Guy Gavriel Kay - who has written a tonne of kind of alternative history books himself. I read one this year, and it got a rare five stars from me, I thought it was terrific!

Your friend Paul has good and interesting tastes in Books. Germinal is one of my favourite books of all time, and he seems to like classic American lit like us! Kudos, Paul!

Prue, you can see a partial view of my study on my profile page. The two overwhelmed bookcases are not in view as they are in something of an alcove to the right of the picture and it is too dark to see clearly when photographed.

Thanks for the info regarding Book Depository. Looked it up and I will definitely give it a go.
Took a couple of snaps of my study on my handphone but they have not come out great. Finding a way to upload them onto the computer and then I'll put them in my profile shots.

On musical taste I would be struggling to give a very organised list of what I like. It is easier to say that I dont like very heavy rock, hate techno and dense R&B / rap. An ABC of some of my faves - Abba, Joan Armatrading, Ryan Adams, Beatles, Bee Gees, Beautiful South, Johnny Cash, Eva Cassidy, Coldplay, Dubliners, Bob Dylan, Electric Light Orchestra, Embrace, Fairport Convention, Fleetwood Mac, Nanci Griffith, David Gray, Hard-Fi, Richard Hawley, Jethro Tull, Norah Jones, Kinks, John Lennon, Ralp McTell, Van Morrison, Harry Nilssen, Ocean Colour Scene, Pulp, Queen, Gerry Rafferty, Smiths, Frank Sinatra, Traveling Wilburys, U2, Paul Weller, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Warren Zevon.....oh dear this doesn't clear anything up does it?!

Prue what are your hobbies other than readin....and keeping warm.
Thanks Prue. No need to state really that the recent adds are work related stuff in my office. Went down to Johor Bahru this weekend to my mother-in-laws for a friends wedding and managed to snaffle a couple of books from my sister-in-law that she had read alread: [The Time Traveller's Wife] and [The Silmarrilion] (not sure about the spelling!). The Tolkein books The Hobbit and LOTR are among my favourites but this book has always seemed too dense and imposing for me when I had tried to tackle it earlier - let's see.

Noticed also that you were busy adding a very eclectic selection to your growing list. I noticed that Book Depository states that deliveries are free - is the service reliable?

Btw I should get some photos this week of the clutter in my study!
hi Prue

i think the covers confusion is more down to my it incompetence (ie not realising you could change the covers to the right ones) and laziness (once i eventually figured out how to do it) than a globe trotting existence.

i live in London town - well as the leafy suburbs of Teddington

Just about to start trout opera
Hi Prue - many apologies for how long it has taken me to respond to you. My LT catalog has been rather neglected recently - I own a cookbook indexing site which is all consuming. We have a lot of Australian members and have indexed quite a few Aus authors including those you mentioned. I lived in Sydney until I was 5 so have a great affection for the place. I want to get back next year when we officially launch Eat Your Books in Australia.

I do own a ridiculous number of cookbooks but somehow still want more - it was my birthday yesterday and my parents gave me a cookbook! Hence coming on LT to add it, and all the other ones I haven't cataloged for over a month.

I've added you to my interesting libraries too though I couldn't see how to access your separate cookbook catalogue.
Hi Prue I am currently reading a book I picked up at the library for my book club this month it is called Flights of Love by Bernhard Schlink it is a collection of short stories the are thought provoking but I enjoyed his other book the reader better. Been a cold couple of days makes for good reading though
Country girl
Prue noticed you are already busy planning your trip in October. Will recce for you in July and try to give you some on the ground insights! Happy planning!
Sorry Prue missed your last message. Ironically given the subject matter I cam down with a flu virus on Friday morning and spent a day moping around the office and house. Fully recovered and sympathetic to your travails with a lack of heating. We recently had this in reverse as our master room air-con was kaput for a good while. The sublime relief of the cool air filling the room again was certainly something to experience. Suffer now actually in the cold weather thrown up by a Yorkshire December but the kids do like to get back at that time of year to experience a trad christmas. Hani at such times has four layers on ok and that is just the underwear!
Prue how are you finding Winesburg and Packing For Mars? I don't know how you read multiple books like that. I am book monogamous! A one-book man!
Unfortunately I don't work from home Prue. I have an office off a main road leading into KL. I have a small team of 10 staff, all of whom are Malay (we do project management of construction and engineering projects; as well as providing support services to law firms in construction disputes) I studied Construction Management and then Construction Law at University which doesn't tell the full story as I started out at Warwick University studying English Politics and History only realising after one full year that I was heading towards the dole-queue by following my passion rather thinking of my future. I spent the summer holidays working in a Quantity Surveying office, liked the environment and the argumentative atmosphere, went back and changed course in mid-stream so to speak by moving across the city to Coventry Polytechnic for my new course. To be honest my office is quite close knit and we have managed to develop quite a family atmosphere. I have a driver so I am able to sit in the traffic and read on my way to and from meetings or the office. As I am writing to you at 18.45 local time I still have four staff in the office who show no signs of wanting to go home so I guess they enjoy my company as much as I do theirs as I'm still here too. Looking forward however to continuing the Anne Tyler in the car - I'm at the part where they are helping the old guy with his tyre- great fun thus far!
btw just had chappatis for lunch with southern indian curried chicken. Lunch I normally get to choose myself as the kids are safely at school!
Love your analysis of Nigella's gastronomic perversions and I must admit she does not adhere to the "eating for fuel" camp for sure. I have a french friend in KL who has gluten issues but he does relapse once every month or so as he cannot do without his bread and pasta occasionally - do you slip from time to time or are you able to stick to your diet? Agree with you on the french food by the way - how they managed to convince everyone that they reigned supreme in the kitchen I'll never know.
You might try out Gordon Ramsay's wife Tana - her cook books are quite good and invariable the plate resembles the picture.
Prue I am more a NIGELLA than a JAMIE for more obvious rather than culinary reasons! Your place sounds quite happening when it comes to cuisine but I would guess that KL takes a fair bit of beating. Despite favouring italian food, spices appeal to me too and malay and thai food would probably get my choice more often than not. We have a rule on Sundays that the five of us Hani, I and the three kids take it in turns to choose the cuisine for the day when we eat out. My son Kyran will invariably choose Japanese, the youngest Belle will often go for Nyonya style food (chinese with malay spices originating from Penang and Melaka), Yasmyne my eldest will go for Korean, Hani will normally prevaricate until someone else chooses just in case the food is less than perfect (someone else would be blamed) and I am usually outvoted by Belle (who will inform me what food I really wanted after all). Typical family we agree on nothing but enjoy almost everything!
Hi Prue, the Jeeves have been there a while to be honest and I am slowly getting around to putting all my stuff into the library. Read The Small Bachelor a good while ago and thought it was quite dated but hopefully I'll enjoy the Jeeves books more. Liked the first volumes of The Forsyte Saga but the second volume got a bit repetitive.
You'll be pleased to know that I started Breathing Lessons in earnest yesterday and have given it the honour of being the only book "currently reading" - must say so far so good very much so. Btw got some of my bosses cookbooks logged yesterday and noticed that your own collection is much more impressive! Favourite type of cuisine?
No, not necessarily. but the difference in perspectives from different cultures always makes for diversity.
And thank you for the return compliment. I particularly enjoy looking at libraries and following the reading from folks in other countries.
Hello! Thanks for the Interesting Libraries add! :-)
Prue, noticed btw that you added Shriver's latest!!! Guilt or genuine curiousity as to whether see writes better than see speaks?
Prue - Went to Cambodia at the end of last year - Pnomn Penh was certainly not a beach holiday destination but interesting in its own way too. There is a resort called Sihanoukville south of Pnomn Penh that is well worth a visit to soak up the sun. I have friends coming over from England in July and we are expecting to go to Vietnam then - I will keep you updated as to which is better. Of course (I am however biased) the resorts in Malaysia have everything plus better infrastructure, an english speaking population (well sort of)and, of course, all the wonderful book stores I told you about. If you and your husband are waylaid in Kuala Lumpur in October let me know and I'll be sure to show you where to buy your books!
Thanks for visiting my thead! I'll visit yours soon - just having a busy evening! I chuckled at Nancy's - lit chick's 1 star review ! Good for her! :)

As for Henning Mankell - I'd say start with the first of the series as there is character devolopment of the main protaganist,Kurt Wallender through out each book. I enjoyed the second book more than the first - but I've enjoyed all 5 of his books.

Chat with you more soon!

Enjoying your comments tremendously - thanks for dropping by my thread! Nice to "meet" you.

So far so good Prue. History the way it should be written (blatantly one-sided, witty and extremely anecdotal). Found out for instance that the Guillotine was invented in Halifax and it catalogues merrily a millenium of Francophone screw-ups and missed opportunities. Should be finished with it tomorrow. After my latest currently reading it will be Anne Tyler's Breathing Lessons.
Hi, actually, it's on my "want to read" list, which is really my largest category of tagged books and I haven't gotten to it yet! Just finished and loved "Cutting For Stone" and am now reading "The Lacuna"
Did you like Brooks' People of the Book?
I will be *so* interested to see what you think of Winesburg Ohio, I really rated it - so, progressive, and so influential on a lot of the authors you and I both love!

And also, If On A Winter's Night A Traveler, I usually hate that kind of postmodern trickery but I actually found it completely charming and lovely. It would be a good one for your challenge; you can knock it off quite quickly - as you can for The Places In Between. Would be really interested to hear your thoughts on that one. I enjoyed it a lot, it made me ask a lot of questions. Not sure what I think about him personally, though. It was interesting that way!
just noticed you have added visit form the good squad - how are you finding it. I was a bit unsure (chapter as a powerpoint presentation all felt a bit to clever) but half way through and I'm loving it
Thanks Prue - another two writers added to my shopping list. Over the last few days I have been cashing in my vouchers etc in different book shops around town and realised my passion for reading is costing me lots of money and severely limiting floor space in my study.
27/5/11 bought:
[Juan in America] by Eric Linklater
[Middlemarch] by George Eliot
[The White Guard] by Mikhail Bulgakov
[Zoo Station] by David Downing
[The Business of Dying] by Simon Kernick
[Die Twice] by Andrew Grant (Lee Child's brother apparently.
29/5/11 bought:
[Revolutionaries] by Eric Hobsbawm
[1000 Years of Annoying the French] by Stephen Clarke
[At Home] by Bill Bryson (I note you have read most of his.
[Our Ancestors] by Italo Calvino
[Mercy] by Jussi Adler-Olsen
30/5/11 bought:
[Eye of the Red Tsar] by Sam Eastland
[Greybeard] by Brian Aldiss
[Magic Kingdom for Sale/Sold!] by Terry Brooks
[Ark] by Stephen Baxter
[Paul Clifford] by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

I really must take a break from buying books as my bank manager will be calling me shortly - 30 books bought in the last month and I am feeling guilty but strangely satisfied!
Yep you could be right about the Famous Five. There were two boys, a girl, a tom-boy and a dog! Not sure if there was any innuendo in all that my pre-pubescent self failed to pick up on! Btw your library is also a heck of a good mix of stuff. Dave Eggers and William Gibson are both on my to do list. Are they worth reading?
The Doctor Who books stem originally from hiding behind the sofa on a Saturday afternoon. I used to hoard my pennies and go to Wakefield on the bus with my Gran on a Saturday afternoon to buy the latest Dr. Who. The first one I bought was The Giant Robot and this was also Tom Baker's first as Dr. Who on the TV. Collected all of them at one time and used to read one in a day. Certainly not literature but as a teen I absolutely loved them. The Edge books came about as my Auntie Shelia's then husband Uncle Frank had a couple in his house that he let me take home. It was good at that age (15 or so) to read books about cowboys where the hero is just as bad as the villains). I managed to get the first seven from a second hand retailer a few years ago and I enjoyed re-reading them. These two writers, Hammond Innes, Alistair MacLean and the Famous Fives were my starting point along with Walter Scott, RL Stevenson and Charles Dickens growing up. What books defined your growing up?
Interesting Prue. Read that one too and not a bad one as it goes for a debut album. Yep I would have thought that "introspective" would have been on the mark given his writing style.
Think I've read all of Graham Swift's books Prue. My favourite would be Waterland closely followed by Last Orders. The style of writing employed in Last Orders with several narrators all telling the same story from their own perspective is compulsive. A Maggot is on the TBR list. Read French Lieutenant's Woman a few years ago and thought it was pastiche Hardy but well done all the same. Looking forward to reading the rest of his works.
Prue thread as requested is Still plodding on with my cataloguing. Guess I am about a third or so through!
Prue looking forward to both Independence Day and The Lay of the Land. Read The Sportswriter about 10 years ago and it would be close to making my top 100 (1 book per writer of course - ((see my collections)) ). Haven't read the Berendt book yet but the reviews are good. Agree with you on the 1001 books bit. The selection is perverse. The original collection included basically anything written by Paul Auster and everything by Wyndham-Lewis. Paul Auster's New York Trilogy is as dull as ditchwater for me. Sorry but I prefer a well plotter story with believable and sometimes sympathetic characters. Too much bias on the 1990's in the collection and I feel that a lot of them will have been forgotten in 30 years. Main bug-bear for me is the omission of I Claudius by Robert Graves. This book has everything - humour, history, sex in abundance, violence and brilliant prose.
Thank you, Prue! I hope you enjoy Stoner. I appreciate your thoughtful comment. Hope you had a great weekend.
If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things... read it. Worth reading but didn't leave a huge lasting impression if I'm honest. I guess I must come into the exceptionally anal category then Prue as the covers shown are indeed (wherever possible) the covers I own!
Gravity's Rainbow is a bit daunting to be honest Prue. I have looked at the first few pages and gulped so far. Manhattan Transfer is on my list for this year - you may notice these are still on my "to read" list. Updike I find a little bit dry to be honest. His Rabbit series didn't really do it for me. Preferred Memories of the Ford Administration to those even though it is less well regarded. Da Vinci Code is what it is hyped to be I suppose. Wouldn't class it in the same league as people like Eric Ambler as I like the idea of a fairly ordinary fellow being ditched into events beyond his control. Dan Brown's professor is a bit too smart to be thoroughly engaging but the plotting is excellent.
Did not perceive any pressure either Prue! Must admit I am having a whale of a time getting all my stuff catalogued, but I will get round a soon as I can to some ratings - the odd one may get my 1/10 criminal rating too! Any writers specifically you would like to see reviewed first?
Will get round to reviewing and rating all my library eventually but I have got a long way to go to get it all on there first.
Thanks for the advice Prue. Breathing Lessons will indeed be my first Anne Tyler then.
Hello Prue,

Thanks for leaving me a message, I'm never sure what to say to people here so I tend to stay quiet but I do appreciate, and look forward to:-) all messages. We seem to share quite a few books and a love of cookery books and hopefully cooking. Please keep in touch.

Oh and on the Tudors. There's always more to learn. That counts for everything in life though:-).
Hi Prue,

Your fiction list made interesting reading. I have read 76 of your 406 books to date but no Anne Tyler yet (even though I have three on my shelves quietly screaming for my attention). I have [A Slipping-Down Life], [Noah's Compass] and [Breathing Lessons]. Which one would you start with?
Hi Prue
We're always amazed what a small world this is - you meet people from Manchester in all corners of the world. I'll try and get hold of A Fortunate Life and travel to Australia in my head - thank you for the recommendation. I have read some Peter Carey; I enjoyed Oscar and Lucinda very much, but then had to abandon the Tax Inspector as I found it too traumatic and I have avoided his novels every since. Maybe one day I will be brave enough to revisit him.
Very good wishes Tifi
Hi Pru,

Yep - huge fan: although maybe her later ones haven't been QUITE as fantastic as the ones from the Accidental Tourist / Homesick Restaurant / Breathing Lessons days...

Hi Prue.
Thank you so much for getting in touch.
Anne Tyler - where do I start - she is a huge favourite of mine and never lets me down.
Jim Crace is another favourite and I always look forward to starting one of his.
I've just finished Blindness by Jose Saramago - a fantastic, but traumatic read. I enjoy reading novels from different parts of the world - is there a novelist from Melbourne you would recommend? We live in Manchester - home of Val McDermid - a very engaging thriller / detective novelist.
How lovely to be able to work from home, but it must be hard being away from your family at the moment.
Good wishes
Yeah I've read several of his books - he's okay, very popular with the geek crowd, but somewhat over-rated by them, too. Avoid American Gods and Anansi Boys, and pick up Good Omens if you want to try anything; he wrote it with Terry Pratchett, and in my opinion it's his best. This said, in my opinions, there are other authors that do what he does better (that statement is sacrilege to some!).
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