What are you reading at the moment?

Discussion in 'Books, Films, TV, Radio' started by Gage, Mar 12, 2006.

  1. Wobbler

    Wobbler Well-Known Member

    My wife had to do the ordering as mum-in-law doesn’t do the internet and I know it’s just arrived as I took it in. Not allowed to touch the parcel anymore though - so near and yet so far...
     
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  2. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Looking through, rather than reading the book Wingate's Men, which is a pictorial history of the two Chindit campaigns. Many of the images used are familiar to me, but with the odd fresh one thrown in to enjoy. Sadly, the author has not worked very hard to explain some of the photographs employed and has simply made captions up to suit his timeline in the book. Rather disappointing.

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  3. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

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    Finally reading this book which I've seen referenced a lot.
    Jason Gurney - Wikipedia

    While Gurney fought in the International Brigades, he is very even handed in his writing and is not blind to the faults on the Republican side. Some great snapshots of noted historical figures from the era including an unflattering episode with Hemingway.
     
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  4. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    I have recently come into a stash of Chindit related books and other paperwork. I'm reading this little booklet at the moment:

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  5. Waddell

    Waddell Well-Known Member

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    Having a bit of a short rest from Tobruk books at the moment. Just read ‘Safety Last’ by Captain George Eyston. It was published in 1975, which made him 78 years old when it was released. He describes it as an autobiography but it really is a series of vignettes and character descriptions, along with an odd chapter towards the end describing the formation of MG Car Clubs in North America. Not a rewarding book to read and a lot of his career left out. Maybe he needed a hand writing the book by that stage of his life.

    He describes quite a lot about his time in the Royal Artillery in WW1 but only briefly mentions his role as a Regional Controller at the Ministry of Production in WW2. The best section of the book is his description of taking the 100MPH in the Hour record in MG EX120 in the early 1930s. He took the record, crossed the finish line and the car burst into flames before he jumped out. He beat Austins though. The British motoring industry were well advanced in the development of small capacity engines at that time.

    I should track down his earlier books.

    Scott
     
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