Books for Christmas

wedge_cadman

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#1
When asked what I wanted to unwrap this season I retorted with the usual "nothing". When pressed I then replied "books", not holding out hope for anything decent. But this year I am nearly all impressed with the book selection I have been given.

Tom Clancy -Dead or alive
Stephen Fry - the Fry Chronicles
Lloyd and Mitchinson - the book of general ignorance
Andy McNab - Zero Hour (yes I know)
Rachel Hewitt - Map of a Nation

The last one looks very interesting. So what has Santa left for any fellow arrsers?
 
#2
The making of the British landscape (how we have transformed the landscape from prehistory to today) - Francic Prior
The Time Team guide to the History of Britain - Tim Taylor
 
#4
George MacDonald Fraser - Quartered Safe Out Here
Peter White - With The Jocks
Doug Beattie - An Ordinary Soldier

It helps when you're told to buy yourself books that you can be given for Christmas. I'm looking forward to getting started on them, given what I've read about them on here.
 

Auld-Yin

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#5
George MacDonald Fraser - Quartered Safe Out Here
Peter White - With The Jocks
Doug Beattie - An Ordinary Soldier

It helps when you're told to buy yourself books that you can be given for Christmas. I'm looking forward to getting started on them, given what I've read about them on here.
QSOH is a great book, plenty been said about it before.

WTJ is another great book but is strange as Peter White writes the book as his biography but almost as though he was an observer looking on at events. A bit weird in parts, but a compelling story of an infantry pl comd from Normandy to the war's end

Doug Beattie's book is on my to read list.

I hope you enjoy them.
 
#7
Only two books this year, but both of them good'uns (I hope):

War Without Garlands - Robert Kershaw
Surface Detail - Iain M. Banks
 
#8
#9
Got the new Tom Clancy too, 120 pages in already. Grew up reading him so quite good to get a new one!

Got McNabbs latest offering....

And Ross Kemps one, forget the title now but it looks pretty good, chronicling medal winners across the three services over last century.
 
#10
Lloyd and Mitchinson - the book of general ignorance


The last one looks very interesting. So what has Santa left for any fellow arrsers?
I got that too! As well as-

Utah Beach by Joseph Balkoski. Don't know anything about it.

50 People Who Stuffed Up South Africa by Alexander Parker. Both bloody funny and pretty scary so far.

The Latest Answers to the Oldest Questions by Nicholas Fearn.
 

Ventress

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#11
Just read Gulf War One by Hugh McManners, one of the forgotten voices types. Hoped it would stir some memories but it failed.

Found about 10 Other Rank's recollections and the remainder, the likes of Denaro, Cordingley, Smith and politicians spounting off.

Not worth buying- get it from a library- atleast you can take it back.
 
#13
Well, I've finished "Quartered Safe Out Here" and "With The Jocks". Both terrific reads and I'd recommend both to anyone who hasn't read them yet. QSOH had been on my "to read" list for a while, I just hadn't quite got round to it but I hadn't heard about WTJ until I read some posts on here - I'm thankful that I did, it's a fascinating book. Thanks Arrsers.

I haven't started on "An Ordinary Soldier" yet because I was distracted by Ed Macy's "Apache".

Though it's not relevant to this thread, "The Complete McAuslan" is inbound.:-D
 

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