Best Commonwealth books during QE2's reign

Auld-Yin

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The BBC have produced a real luvvies list of books from the 7 decades of QE2 and ignored the likes of JK Rowling, GMF, and many others.

Here is a starter for the Arrse list of readable books, please add your favs or even non fav but good
The article asked for an alternate list so to start:

1950s
Nevil Shute novels
Winston Churchill, History of WW2, just to remind people that actually, we won that one!
1960s
Ian Fleming
James Bond or Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
1970s
Max Hastings, before he went into writing by committee and actually wrote some decent history . If Hastings sticks in the craw then Nigel Hamilton's trilogy bio of Monty (warts and all)
1980s
Lyndsey Davies - the start of the Roman historical fiction series featuring Falco and detailing life in Roman times - several writers have followed her lead.
1990s
Notes from a Small Island Bill Bryson
Delia Smith's cookbook - nearly every house had a copy!
2000s
JK Rowling - brought actual book reading back to kids (an absolute anathema to the BBC!!!!)
2010s
50 Shades of Grey E L James (one for the laydees)
2020s
How about, just to finish off "The subtle art of not giving a F*CK" by Mark Mason.

Many left out, deliberately as, this is to get you lot to produce a full list! :)
 
We could all do with a bit of cheering up, so i give you"The goon show scripts" just as a reminder of what real comedy is, and the 7 book trilogy* (?) of war memoirs of spike milliton, that well known typing error. :salut:

* He was quoted as saying that he was only asked to write three!!o_O
 
The BBC have produced a real luvvies list of books from the 7 decades of QE2 and ignored the likes of JK Rowling, GMF, and many others.

Here is a starter for the Arrse list of readable books, please add your favs or even non fav but good
The article asked for an alternate list so to start:

1950s
Nevil Shute novels
Winston Churchill, History of WW2, just to remind people that actually, we won that one!
1960s
Ian Fleming
James Bond or Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
1970s
Max Hastings, before he went into writing by committee and actually wrote some decent history . If Hastings sticks in the craw then Nigel Hamilton's trilogy bio of Monty (warts and all)
1980s
Lyndsey Davies - the start of the Roman historical fiction series featuring Falco and detailing life in Roman times - several writers have followed her lead.
1990s
Notes from a Small Island Bill Bryson
Delia Smith's cookbook - nearly every house had a copy!
2000s
JK Rowling - brought actual book reading back to kids (an absolute anathema to the BBC!!!!)
2010s
50 Shades of Grey E L James (one for the laydees)
2020s
How about, just to finish off "The subtle art of not giving a F*CK" by Mark Mason.

Many left out, deliberately as, this is to get you lot to produce a full list! :)
And the worst books are listed here

 

Auld-Yin

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Most boring book.


Lady Chatterly’s Brother
Lady Chatterley's Lover was boring - in fact there was lots of boring in it!
 
Puckoon!



Edited to add; that this book was a great help to me in my formative years by realising an understanding that nobody in this life knows what the eff is going on anyway, so why worry?! It's okay to try on the underwear of people you live with when they go out. I mean everyone does it, right?
 
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lets not forget, or perhaps should, the pot boilers by Ex con Jeffery Archer ;)
Archer's books recall that phrase about Jacqueline Susann "this isn't writing, this is typing"

How about Douglas Adams?
 

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From the Commonwealth, Clive James's autobiographical books from 'Unreliable Memoirs' onwards.
 

Auld-Yin

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From the Commonwealth, Clive James's autobiographical books from 'Unreliable Memoirs' onwards.
Funny guy.
 

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