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BRITISH ISLES AUTHOR CHALLENGE 2019 - GENERAL THREAD

75 Books Challenge for 2019

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1PaulCranswick
Edited: Jan 5, 5:40am Top


2PaulCranswick
Edited: Jan 5, 6:42am Top

BRITISH ISLES AUTHOR THEME CHALLENGE 2019



January 2019 - The Natural World https://www.librarything.com/topic/296824#6632759
February 2019 - Pat Barker and Peter F. Hamilton
March 2019 - The Murderous Scots https://www.librarything.com/topic/296824#6637458
April 2019 - Rosamond Lehmann and John Boyne
May 2019 - The Edwardians https://www.librarything.com/topic/299559#6656870
June 2019 - Nicola Barker and Wilkie Collins
July 2019 - YA Fantasy Series https://www.librarything.com/topic/299559#6660927
August 2019 - Anita Brookner and Jim Crace
September 2019 - Biography and Memoir https://www.librarything.com/topic/299559#6674204
October 2019 - Rose Tremain and Louis de Bernieres
November 2019 -The Jewish Contribution https://www.librarything.com/topic/301575#6688724
December 2019 - Zadie Smith and Michael Morpurgo
WILDCARD - Back to the Beginning - LIVELY and ISHIGURO

3PaulCranswick
Jan 5, 5:42am Top



4PaulCranswick
Jan 5, 5:43am Top

OUR FINAL SELECTION FOR DECEMBER 2019 PLUS WILDCARD..................

5PaulCranswick
Edited: Jan 5, 5:47am Top

BRITISH ISLES AUTHOR THEME CHALLENGE 2019



DECEMBER 2019

Our lady?

ZADIE SMITH



6PaulCranswick
Edited: Jan 5, 5:49am Top

BRITISH ISLES AUTHOR THEME CHALLENGE 2019



DECEMBER 2019

ZADIE SMITH

White Teeth (1999)
The Autograph Man (2002)
On Beauty (2005)
NW (2012)
Swing Time (2016)

Collections
Martha and Hanwell (2005)

Novellas
The Embassy of Cambodia (2013)

7PaulCranswick
Jan 5, 5:51am Top

BRITISH ISLES AUTHOR THEME CHALLENGE 2019



DECEMBER 2019

Our gentleman........and a little bit of self-indulgence

MICHAEL MORPURGO



8PaulCranswick
Jan 5, 6:30am Top


BRITISH ISLES AUTHOR THEME CHALLENGE 2019



DECEMBER 2019

MICHAEL MORPURGO

Series
War Horse
1. War Horse (1982)
2. Farm Boy (1997)

Mudpuddle Farm
Cock-A-doodle-do (2008)
Pigs Might Fly! (2008)
Alien Invasion (omnibus) (2008)
Six Animal Adventures (omnibus) (2008)
Hee-Haw Hooray (2017)

Novels
Long Way Home (1975)
Friend or Foe (1977)
Nine Lives of Montezuma (1980)
Miss Wirtles Revenge (1981)
Twist of Gold (1983)
Little Foxes (1984)
Why the Whales Came (1985)
Tom's Sausage Lion (1986)
King of the Cloud Forests (1987)
Mossop's Last Chance (1988)
My Friend Walter (1988)
Mr. Nobody's Eyes (1989)
Waiting for Anya (1990)
The Sandman and the Turtles (1991)
The War of Jenkins' Ear (1993)
The Dancing Bear (1994)
Arthur, High King of Britain (1994)
The Wreck of the Zanzibar (1995)
The Butterfly Lion (1996)
The Ghost of Grania O'Malley (1996)
Robin of Sherwood (1996)
Gullivers Travels (1997)
Arthur, High King of Britain - Excalibur (1998)
Camelot: The Last Days (1998)
Red Eyes at Night (1998)
Escape from Shangri-La (1998)
Wartman (1998)
Joan of Arc (1998)
Kensuke's Kingdom (1999)
Black Queen (2000)
Dear Olly (2000)
Billy the Kid (2000)
Out of the Ashes (2001)
Toro! Toro! (2001)
Private Peaceful (2001)
The Sleeping Sword (2002)
Mr Skip (2002)
Cool! (2002)
The Last Wolf (2002)
Cool as a Cucumber (2003)
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (2004)
The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips (2005)
I Believe in Unicorns (2005)
Born to Run (2006)
aka Best Mates
Alone on a Wide Wide Sea (2006)
Beowulf (2006)
The Mozart Question (2007)
Kaspar (2008)
aka The Titanic Cat
Running Wild (2009)
An Elephant in the Garden (2010)
Not Bad for a Bad Lad (2010)
Shadow (2010)
Little Manfred (2011)
Outlaw (2012)
Sparrow (2012)
A Medal for Leroy (2012)
Listen to the Moon (2012)
An Eagle in the Snow (2015)
The Fox and the Ghost King (2016)
Toto (2017)
Lucky Button (2017)
Flamingo Boy (2018)
The Snowman (2018)
The Day the World Stopped Turning (2019)

9PaulCranswick
Edited: Jan 5, 6:36am Top

And the Wildcard?

Who can remember the first BAC selections?

For the wildcard it is back to the beginning.

Penelope Lively and Kazuo Ishiguro

Lively has proven possibly the most popular pick ever, whilst Ishiguro has won the Nobel Prize since we picked him.



10PaulCranswick
Jan 5, 6:42am Top

JANUARY 2019

THE NATURAL WORLD

Here is a link to the choice:

https://www.librarything.com/topic/296824#6632759

11PaulCranswick
Jan 5, 9:40am Top

WHAT I'M READING

Minimum

Findings by Kathleen Jamie

and

The Wild Places by Robert Macfarlane



12Caroline_McElwee
Edited: Jan 5, 10:05am Top

Well I'll cheat a bit, as I read this at the end of last year, but it deserves a mention.



Bob Gilbert's Ghost Trees walking in the footsteps of the author as he wanders the streets of the old borough of London in search of any remaining black Poplars that the borough takes its name from, and what he finds along the way. Some wonderful little natural history and historical nuggets. And I look more closely at the trees in our urban environment now too, though I have always enjoyed them.

I plan to read Adam Nicholson's Seabird's Cry this month.



It doesn't cover just Britain, but I'm not going to be pedantic.

13BekkaJo
Jan 5, 10:35am Top

I didn't mean to, but so, so in!!!

14thornton37814
Jan 5, 12:19pm Top

Lots of things on my radar fit the BIAC for January. I picked The Outrun by Amy Liptrot for its Orkney setting.

15EllaTim
Edited: Jan 5, 12:40pm Top

I'll be looking for either The Seabird's Cry, or The Outrun, probably. Love that puffin on the cover of the first.

16amanda4242
Jan 5, 8:40pm Top

It's here! It's here!

Will there be separate threads for each month, or just the one again?

17cbl_tn
Jan 5, 11:13pm Top



I read Rain: Four Walks in English Weather by Melissa Harrison. It's a lovely, poetic book that takes considerably less time to read than the walks that it describes. I've spent time in all four counties where Harrison walked, and her descriptions are so vividly detailed that I could easily imagine myself there with her. It reminded me of walks of my own.

18SandDune
Jan 6, 7:27am Top

>14 thornton37814: >15 EllaTim: I read The Outrun last year and can strongly recommend it.

19Morphidae
Edited: Jan 7, 5:04pm Top

I've ordered Findings by Kathleen Jamie from the library.

Hey, Paul! We'll be reading the same book! *gasps, holds the back of her hand to her forehead then gracefully faints onto the chaise longue*

20amanda4242
Jan 7, 6:06pm Top

Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine

My first BIAC read of the year is an old favorite. Written with typical Adams humor, Last Chance to See is a record of Adams' and Carwardine's trip around the globe to visit and bring attention to various critically endangered species. It's been nearly thirty years since the book was published and in that time two of the species visited, the Yangtze River Dolphin and the northern white rhino, are almost certainly extinct. But the news isn't all bad: through dedicated conservation work and captive breeding programs a number of the species discussed have been brought back from the brink and, while their numbers are still alarmingly small, there is still hope for them.

21PaulCranswick
Jan 11, 1:51am Top



Findings by Kathleen Jamie

Date of Publication : 2005 (1 of 150)
Pages : 190 (190 total)
Author Origin : UK (1 of 80)
British Isles Author Challenge (January 1 book total)

Very rich writing mainly concentrating on the natural world of the far north of Scotland.

Jamie is a poet and this shines through in evocative prose:

"it was a weakling light, stealing into the world like a thief through a window someone forgot to close."

Recommended

22PaulCranswick
Jan 11, 1:52am Top

>16 amanda4242: I'll probably keep one thread, Amanda, but I hope it will be busier than last year. xx

23PaulCranswick
Jan 11, 1:52am Top

>19 Morphidae: Gazooks!

Can't wait to see whether you like it or not, Morphy.

24PawsforThought
Jan 11, 4:59am Top

>20 amanda4242: Ooh, that sounds like a good read. I love Douglas Adams, and endangered species is a topic very close to my heart. It's somewhat heartening to know that despite the age of the book, "only" two of the species have gone functionally extinct.

25thornton37814
Jan 11, 9:00am Top

>21 PaulCranswick: I added that one to a wishlist when I saw it as a suggestion on the January post. Hopefully I'll eventually get to it.

26cbl_tn
Jan 11, 10:56pm Top



I read a second book for January - The Bafut Beagles by Gerald Durrell. This book is an account of a trip Durrell made to Cameroon to collect animal specimens. Durrell's popularity has been renewed thanks to the ITV/PBS series based on his Corfu trilogy. This book is, however, a product of its time, and I cringed at the dialogue in pidgin English with Africans addressing Durrell as Masa.

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