I am just reading “stuff I’ve been reading” and I have 2 recommendations for Nick. Firstly, Philip Pullman has written a wonderful YA series beginning with “The Ruby in the Smoke.” You need to read all 4 books, which is no hardship, to reach the most romantic moment in all the books i have read. In the first book there is also the most effective murder scene i have read.
I also have a candidate for his campaign to read history year by year. It is a self published book about the South Adelaide Australian Football clubs last premiership in 1964. It is entitled “1964” and encapsulates the football league and the state’s character in that year. Cheers.
I took the book ” Ten Years in the Tub” out of the library after
reading about it in the Guardian. After reading it for about an hour
I knew I had to buy it. I ordered it from Amazon and it arrived yesterday.
I don’t often laugh out loud when reading a book, but I found myself
doing this fairly regularly. It’s a fairly lengthy book so I plan to read it slowly and savour it.
This is my year of reading Dickens. In between reading the great man’s books, I’ll take in a chapter or two of Nick’s book. I laughed out loud quite a bit while reading Pickwick Papers despite the fact that Jane Smiley pronounced in her book about Dickens that this novel had little to offer the modern reader.
I mention this now because I know that Nick loves Dickens and that he will perhaps share my outrage about this ludicrous statement.
Oh, I’ve also ordered Fever Pitch despite my lack of knowledge about football.