More about Ben Aaronovitch

Posted by Guy Pringle, 17th May 2013

I'm proof-reading the next issue and was pleased to concur with this letter from Diana Barnes which will be in Write Back!   "I was rather intrigued by the Ben Aaronovitch sample extract in nb72, and decided to start at the beginning of the series, so I have now read Rivers of London view...

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And our first poem

Posted by Guy Pringle, 3rd July 2012

Mandy is first again with her choice of poem:   The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost   Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveller, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth;   Then view...

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Our first book nomination is in!

Posted by Guy Pringle, 29th June 2012

Mandy Jenkinson is joining us again (her third visit to le Rieu) and ventures the first book for us to consider in September:   'My book is Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa. Since visiting Israel earlier this year, I've become very interested in the Palestinian problem, and this book is view...

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May 2012: And this is what the rest thought

Posted by Guy Pringle, 7th June 2012

Peter Sides, Warminster Apart from Guy I was the other token male - "husband of "- and I did wonder how I would fit in, having only read one of the books (The Book Thief). But with the poetry, quizzes & general discussions and the open atmosphere of friendliness (plus red wine and beer) I view...

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MAY 2012: DAY TWO

Posted by Guy Pringle, 6th June 2012

Book Thief wasn't our first adventure. That was the meeting ups: Angela at Portsmouth ferry terminal all according to plan; Wilma and Elaine on the catamaran in a flurry of hugs of recognition and Fran with a firm handshake and a thousand yard stare. Plan A continued when we picked up the foot view...

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May 2012: The first verdict is in!

Posted by Guy Pringle, 1st June 2012

This just in from Gilly Wood:   "Do you like reading and discussing books with like minded people? Do you like the idea of shrugging of the stresses and strains of everyday life? Would you like to relax in beautiful, peaceful surroundings? Well I did so I went to Guy's French Retreat to view...

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May 2012: DAY ONE

Posted by Guy Pringle, 29th May 2012

We're all back in the UK now but I thought I'd post for a few days how things went. There are also some lovely photos coming in from the others which we'll upload onto the website as soon as we can.   "So, the first proper day after we all travelled in has just ended and the house is quiet. view...

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Little Boy Lost by Marghanita Laski

Posted by Guy Pringle, 21st March 2012

This is one of those books that will take a while to sink in and the chances are my opinion is going to shift back and forth. Which is why it’s going to be such a good book to discuss at the French Readers Gathering in May.   There’s a distinct shift when the little French view...

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Lotus Eaters part two

Posted by Guy Pringle, 16th January 2012

Isn’t it great when ambivalence about a book shifts into genuine engagement? The shift from 1975 in chapter one back to 1963 in two and then ’65 in three annoyed but I’ve got over myself as the characters have filled out. Helen Adams’ arrival in Vietnam as a war view...

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The Lotus Eaters

Posted by Guy Pringle, 10th January 2012

After a Christmas of urns on mantelpieces, I'm back to the reading for our upcoming Readers Gathering this May. The tally so far looks like this:   READ with my personal ratings Room by Emma Donoghue 5/5 Dark Matter by Michelle Paver 4/4 The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls view...

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Glass Castle part 2

Posted by Guy Pringle, 6th December 2011

I'm feeling a little guilty after my last posting on this book where I commented on Jeannette Walls' 'mouth full of teeth'. That's because I've just reached the bit where, aged about 12 or 13, she confesses that she has buck teeth. Since their way of living hasn't improved, she realises that the view...

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Is this a childhood I would have loved or hated?

Posted by Guy Pringle, 2nd December 2011

I’ve begun my reading for the next Readers Gathering in May 2012 and been lucky enough to choose an easy one to start. I don’t think any of our choices are going to be heavy chores but when you set out on something like this it’s nice to feel positive from day view...

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The next one - May 19-26, 2012

Posted by Guy Pringle, 1st November 2011

I'm planning the next one and thought I might as well post some info here as anywhere. Several people have picked up on an earlier announcement and this is what I've circulated to date:   As yet, no one has booked and it’s not my intention to rush anyone into doing so. Instead, to help view...

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The book selection for our next get together

Posted by Guy Pringle, 5th November 2010

As you may have seen from previous blogs about le Rieu, our very first Readers Gathering was an outstanding success – for which I am mightily relieved. Bringing together - for the very first time – a disparate group of people as a ‘reading group’ to engage on a view...

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