Crabbys reading list

#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 :)

History

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

Travel

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

Science

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

Textbooks

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.
 

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#3
bovvyblonde said:
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.


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.
 

Auld-Yin

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#5
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
Crabby,
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!)
 
#8
PsyWar.Org said:
Fiction:
The Death of Grass by John Christopher
The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart

History
Between Silk & Cyanide by Leo Marks
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
Auld-Yin said:
When they have been published and available on e-bay I suggest the following:

Stumpy - Auld Sapper
Various - Convoy-c***
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)
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
crabby said:
Auld-Yin said:
When they have been published and available on e-bay I suggest the following

Stumpy - Auld Sapper
Various - Convoy-c***
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)
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
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
bovvyblonde said:
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.
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
 
#16
History
The Peloponnesian War - Donald Kagan
Redcoat – Richard Holmes
Sahib – Richard Holmes
Tommy – Richard Holmes
Last Days of the Reich – James Lucas

Biography
Genghis Khan – John Man
Kublai Khan – John Man
Tamerlane – Justin Marozzi
Peter the Great - Robert K. Massie
Stalin – Robert Service

Fiction
Waterland – Graham Swift
The Tin Drum – Günther Grass
The Trial – Franz Kafka
The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
Perfume – Patrick Suskind
Steppenwolf – Herman Hesse
Virgin Soil Upturned - Mikhail Sholokhov
Gates of Fire – Steven Pressfield
Winged Victory – VM Yeates
 

chrisg46

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#17
Recommend two books by Eric L Harry, both Fiction.

Protect & Defend
Invasion.

Both list a future war between China and USA, although they are unconnected. First set in a Siberian Winter in the very near future, the second about a chinese invasion of USA after Asia, Mid East and Africa are overrun, and Europe blockaded in prob about 50 years or so. Very Very good battle scenes...
 
#19
Ice_and_a_Slice said:
Didn't see it on your list

Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks.


Set in the trenches in the First World War. I couldn't put it down. Absolutely amazing. :judge:
Ahh, I have read that but it belongs to my mother - so not in my book catalogue. Also at some point am reading her huge book on the Somme - my mother is more obsessed with reading than I am.

Re. The constant gardner; absolute fcuking rubbish. OK, a bit harsh but quite honestly in amongst the good writing and a reasonable plot is some very very lefty, very biased viewpoint. Fine some drugs companies are a bit nasty but it just seems to jump on the anti-globalisation bandwagon a bit.

Re. leftyness - know your enemy :D
 

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