Crabbys reading list

Discussion in 'Films, Music and All Things Artsy' started by crabby, Jul 1, 2006.

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  1. A couple of arrsers had requested my reading list and as I was moving house + cataloguing here it is.

    Any suggestions of what else I should go out and buy when I have some more money would be welcome :)


    Michael Armitage – The Royal Airforce
    Antony Beevor – The Battle For Spain
    Bill Bryson – A Short History of Nearly Everything
    Niall Ferguson – The War of the World
    Max Hastings and Simon Jenkins – The Battle For The Falklands
    Richard Holmes – Dusty Warriors
    Peter Jacobs – The Lancaster Story
    Paul Fussell – The Boy’s Crusade
    Lawrence James – The Rise And Fall Of The British Empire
    Ministry of Health – How to keep well in Wartime
    Simon Schama – At The Edge Of The World
    Simon Schama – The British Wars
    Simon Schama – The Fate of Empire
    Albert Speer – Inside The Third Reich
    Fredrick Taylor – Dresden
    Dan Van Der Vat – The Grand Scuttle
    Sandy Woodward – One Hundred Days

    Fiction etc

    Douglas Adams – The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy – The Trilogy of Four
    Douglas Adams – The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – A Trilogy in Five parts
    Lious de Bernieres – Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
    Ray Bradbury – Fahrenheit 451
    Stephen Clarke – A Year In The Merde
    Stephen Clarke – Merde Actually
    Dan Brown – Angels And Demons
    Dan Brown – The Da Vinci Code
    Dan Brown – Deception Point
    Dan Brown – Digital Fortress
    Charlie Connelly – Attention All Shipping
    Kate Fox – Watching the English
    Mike Gayle – His ‘N’ Hers
    Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time
    Robert Harris – Fatherland
    Ernest Hemingway – A Farewell To Arms
    Ernest Hemingway – For Whom The Bell Tolls
    Tom Holt – Dead Funny
    Tom Holt – Earth, Air, Fire and Custard
    Tom Holt – Falling Sideways
    Tom Holt – In Your Dreams
    Tom Holt – Tall Stories
    Tom Holt – The Portable Door
    Tom Holt – Saints and Sinners
    Nick Hornby – A Long Way Down
    Milan Kundera – The Unbearable Lightness of Being
    Harper Lee – To Kill A Mocking-Bird
    Marina Lewycka – A Short History Of Tractors In The Ukraine
    Andrea Levy – Small Island
    David Lodge – The British Museum Is Falling Down
    Yann Martel – Life of Pi
    Spike Milligan – The Essential Spike Milligan
    Michael Moore – Dude, Where’s My Country?
    Friedrich Nietzsche – Beyond Good and Evil
    John O’Farrell – May Contain Nuts
    George Orwell - 1984
    George Orwell – Burmese Days
    George Orwell – Coming Up For Air
    George Orwell – Keep the Aspidistra Flying
    George Orwell – The Road To Wigan Pier
    The Pythons – Autobiography by The Pythons
    J. D. Salinger – The Catcher In The Rye
    Ben Schott – Schott’s Original Miscellany
    Alan Sillitoe – Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
    Ali Smith – The Accidental
    Lynne Truss – Eats, shoots and leaves
    Lynne Truss – Talk to the Hand
    Evelyn Waugh – Men At Arms
    Evelyn Waugh – Officers And Gentlemen


    Bill Bryson – Down Under
    Bill Bryson – Neither Here Nor There
    Bill Bryson – Notes From A Small Island


    Jared Diamond – Collapse
    Jared Diamond – Guns, Germs and Steel
    Jared Diamond – The Third Chimpanze
    Chelsea Green – Biodiesel
    Tim Flannery – The Weather Makers
    Peter Huber – The Bottomless Well: The Twilight of Fuel, the Virtue of Waste, and Why We Will Never Run Out of Energy
    Jeremy Leggett – Half Gone
    James Lovelock – Medicine For An Ailing Planet
    James Lovelock – The Ages Of Gaia
    James Lovelock – The Revenge Of Gaia
    Meadows, Randers & Meadows – Limits To Growth – The 30 Year Update
    E. F. Scumacher – Small Is Beautiful
    Gabrielle Walker – Snowball Earth


    John Adams – Risk
    Julian E. Andrews, Peter Brimblecombe, Tim D. Jickells, Peter S. Liss, Brian J. Reid – An Introduction to Environmental Chemistry
    R. Beaglehole, R. Bonita, T. Kjellstrom – Basic Epidemiology
    M. Begon, J. L. Harper, C. R. Townsend – Ecology
    Stuart Bell and Donald McGillivary – Environmental Law
    British Energy – Intro to the PWR, Reactor Coolant System, Reactor Physics, Station Automatic Control System, Refuelling and Maintenance
    Brian Moss – Ecology Of Fresh Waters
    Norman Myers and Jennifer Kent – The New Gaia Atlas of Planet Management
    Roger Perman, Yue Ma, James McGilvray and Michael Common – Natural Resource and Environmental Economics
    Timothy O’Rierdan – Environmental Science For Environmental Management
    Michael P. Torado – Economic Development
    R. Kerry Turner, David Pearce and Ian Bateman – Environmental Economics
    Paul T. Williams – Waste Treatment and Disposal
    The Worldwatch Institute – State Of The World 2006 (China and India)
  2. Yes, I KNOW you're not socialist, but you have George Orwell on your list (which is a MUST), but you should include "The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists" by Robert Tressell, if you haven't read it.

    Edited to add:- .........and on the "fiction" list, I'd recommend anything by Ian McEwan.
  3. Sixty

    Sixty LE Moderator Book Reviewer
    1. ARRSE Cyclists and Triathletes

    He's maybe not interested in stamp collecting either?
  4. The Shadow Of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

    Amazing mystery novel set in Spain during Franco's reign. Gripping, beautifully written and a great commentary on the period as well.
  5. Auld-Yin

    Auld-Yin LE Reviewer Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    When they have been published and available on e-bay I suggest the following:

    Stumpy - Auld Sapper
    Various - Convoy-Cock
    The Travails (or Ups and Downs) of Little RTFQ - RTFQ
    The History of 49 PARA - St John Walter (Corporal, Retired)
    The Pros and Cons (mostly Cons) of MCTC - Mistersoft
    An Illustrated Tour of Army Aviation 1970s-1990s - Aviation Forum (Arrse)
  6. spike7451

    spike7451 RIP

    Here's two for you-(Both Non-Fiction)

    William Ash- Under the Wire (isbn 0-593-05408-3) "The wartime memor of a Spitfire pilot,Legendary escape artist & 'cooler king"

    Richard Doherty- The Thin Green Line,The history of the Royal Ulster Constabulary GC (isbn 1-84415058-5)

    As for fiction,Anything by Stphen Coonts (Ex-Vietnam A-6 Intruder Pilot <Hollywood butchered one of his book's 'Flight of the Intruder' when they turned it into a film!)
  7. Fiction:
    The Death of Grass by John Christopher
    The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart

    Between Silk & Cyanide by Leo Marks
  8. Oh yes Between Silk and Cyanide is very readable - wonderful book. I have an ever growing collection of books about SOE - if you are interested in that topic I will try to draw up a list
  9. Nothing by Tom Sharpe Crabby?

    I am disappointed in you.
  10. What about the new book by Flabby McAndrew? I've been waiting for that to come out as well.

    Thanks for the suggestions - I'd forogtten to add "Rachel Carson - Silent Spring" (as I am reading it at the moment). Reckon it's well worth the read just so you can see how far we've come and how far we've got to go concerning pesiticide use.

    Oh, and I don't collect stamps
  11. In the middle of a new chapter as we speak.

    I do hear that the full glorious history of 49 Para will be available soon.
    Fairly close to any good bookshop but only initially in paperback.
    You can fit more in the suitcase.
  12. Ohh just a thought Crabby when you've got some spare cash get your mits on a copy of Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell it's a fantastic read.
    I've just started Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke, it was recommended to me and so far it's great.

    ~Edited to add in the following~

    I also have these in my 'waiting to read list' :

    A Scandalous Life: A Biography of Jane Digby by Mary S. Lovell
    The Desert and the Sown: The Syrian Adventures of the Female Lawrence of Arabia by Gertrude Bell
    The Constant Gardener by John Le Carre
    Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris
    The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  13. Excellent, if lefty,

    suggestions Crabby:

    Holidays in hell/ Give war a chance - PJ O'Rourke

    Anything by George McDonald Fraser - Flashman or McAslan

    The Psychology of Military incompetance - Norman Dixon (required reading for subbies)

    Green eyed boys - cant remember

    Hollywood Babylon - Kenneth Anger

    Etc etc
  14. I tend to choose books by author. E.g. I haven't read anything bad by Beevor. Holmes is guaranteed. GM Fraser. Makes it difficult to spot a good un at the start of their writing but I find the broadsheet week-end papers Books sections give a good range. My other way to get books is to close in on a topic and then get books on that subject.
  15. Crabby you obviously like Bill Bryson - I thoroughly recommend his 'Walk in the Woods' some real laugh out loud moments that I often recall when I'm hiking.

    A classic that I never tire of re-reading and should be on every school curriculum is Nevil Shute On the Beach. Its the tale of the demise of the world thanks to a nuclear attack, told from the point of view of a small community in South Australia waiting for the fall out to reach them. Shute's refreshingly un-emotional style of writing leaves your mind free to form your own feelings. Powerful stuff that'll stay with you for a very long while.

    Good luck with the move, and remember not to pack the bottle opener :D