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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubmum View Post
    The Border Trilogy - Cormac McCarthy.

    Just simply some of the most beautiful language ever written.
    Thanks Bubmum, I will google them, I love rich sumptuous language, it makes escapism easier.

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    He writes in prose like Steinbeck. His novels recieve a lot of attention because they can be unbelievably violent, but the Border Trilogy books are the safest in terms of an introduction.

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    I can't pick one favourite, they're all so good in different ways! I think Manufacturing Consent by Noam Chomsky changed my thinking forever. Feminist texts would include Intercourse by Andrea Dworkin and Princesses and Porn Stars by Emily Maguire. I also found Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon totally transformed my understanding of health.

    As far as fiction goes, my shortlist would include:
    The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
    Titus Groan and Gormenghast - Mervyn Peake
    Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontรซ
    The Red Tent - Anita Diamont
    The Road - Cormac McCarthy
    My Brilliant Career - Miles Franklin
    Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
    A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
    Atonement - Ian McEwan
    The Catcher in the Rye - J D Salinger
    Into the Forest - Jean Hegland
    The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy

    ...and absolutely anything and everything penned by Douglas Adams.

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    Thanks Phyllis, I have had the Red Tent sitting on my bedside table for weeks, it is next on my list.
    I liked Atonement too, infact I like most things by Ian McEwan.

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    The Flowers in the Attic series by Virginia Andrews - bit depressing I suppose but I absolutely love those books and I've read all 5 many many times!!

    Also Bella Mafia by Linda LaPlante.

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    The queen of the damned-ann rice, all time fave.

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    The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (all 3) are my best picks for the year by far.

    Just fantastic !

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    Hmmm some of my favourites are

    Jane Eyre (read it a gazillion times)
    Treasure Island (AWESOME, so exciting)
    Memoirs of a Geisha
    The Harry Potter series (seriously, such good writing)
    Night Over Water by Ken Follet (SO exciting!)
    I also love Ken Follets cathedral series

    For light entertainment I can't go past Georgette's Heyers historical romances. They are the BOMB. And Twilight was an entertaining B grade read for the first 3 books.

    I think I must be the only person in the world who didn't like the Dragon Tattoo book! Not to mention the Da Vinci code ()!

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    I couldn't possibly pick a favourite book but if you are looking for things of different genres the Peter Temple crime novels are amazing. They aren't really crime novels IMO. They are about people and relationships (as all good crime novels really are) The Broken Shore is right up there with some if the best Australian writing of any genre IMO. Warning though, totally addictive. You will neglect motherly and other duties tonkerp reading.
    Daniel Perlman is also a brilliant modern Australian writer.

    There are a couple outside the 'usual' list.

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    Oh, I HATED that stupid dragon tatoo book too emyn. Didn't get past p 100 of the first. Better ways to spend my time ! And I love crime and i love scandinavian writers so it should have been right up my alley.


 

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