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    Reading "Jane Eyre" on the Kindle.
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    Freddie Mercury: his Life in His Own Words
    If you're not living on the edge then you're taking up too much space!

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    N/F: Walking the Trail Jerry Ellis

    Just finished N/F: The Executioner's Song Norman Mailer

    Will read some fiction next.

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    Just finishing By Tank by Ken Tout. It's only a slim volume but it has taken me a while to read it for the simple reason that I am relishing every single word. He paints the most fantastic pictures with words, so much so that I have savoured every single paragraph. Deserves to become a classic. That's the downstairs book.

    Upstairs I am reading One Day in September by Simon Reeve which is a study of the Munich Olympic terror attack in 1972.

    Next in the Queue is War in the Wilderness which is all about the Chindits.

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    Just finishing "Charlotte Gray" by Sebastian Faulks. Found some of the scenes towards the end rather harrowing, but another superb book by the author.
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    'A Fall of Moondust', Arthur C Clarke. Have the 'Book Thief' by Marcus Zusak lined up. I bought my first graphic novel last month. I was wandering around Salts Mill in Bradford and came across a marvelous book by Shaun Tan called 'The Arrival', a surreal book about emigration. Not a word in it.

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    Have just finished (for the second time) The Upside of Trouble by Commander Anthony Shaw.
    A fascinating story of his adventures in the RAF during the war and later as a Kings Messenger. An excellent book.
    Have just started Loud and Clear by Iftach Spector, the memoirs of an Israeli fighter pilot. Lots of flying experiences during the Six day War of 68 and Yom Kippur war of 73.

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    From Freddie on to Soldier I, SAS.
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    One of the Led - Alan Oates

    Given to me by a friend, this is her granddad's memoirs of being an RAF Spitfire pilot over the Med.

    Amazingly, her granddad also flew Spitfire IX MJ730 at one point, which is still flying today!
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    The book I am reading.

    I have just finished Legion of The Damned, by Sven Hassel. (George Allen and Unwin) A story of the sheer waste of German youth and man power towards the end of the war. Frightening!

    Ken

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    reading on kindle

    reading kittyhawk pilot. a real eye opener about flying in the dessert .well worth reading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heslop01 View Post
    [B]For my free time:
    Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
    I'm reading Nicholas Nickleby right now because my elderly neighbour lent it to me.

    I have never read such an overly long, convoluted and tedious novel. There is one plot involving an odious school proprietor who treats everyone aged under twenty like s**t, but also, a complex web of sub-plots and asides written because, I believe, the more Dickens wrote, the more money he made.

    This certainly shows and the novel is, by all accounts, appalling. I will finish it because I never let a book defeat me, but I will never be touching Dickens again.

    Part of our national heritage? Perhaps in a socio-historical sense, yes, but as a literary work, not by any stretch of the imagination.
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    At school, we had an annual "set book" to read, which was always a Dickens, and it's left me with a healthy dislike for all of the man's works; 55 years on, and I've never opened one of his books since.
    Just finished "Hell on Earth," by Mel Rolfe (aircrew stories of wwII.) Queueing up, for their turn in the bathroom, are "Gun Button to Fire," by Tom Neill, "Siege Malta," by Ernle Bradford, and "Victory Fighters," by Stephen Darlow; one of the joys (though not for my bank manager) of visits to Kew, is the chance to go through the shop, and their "remainders" shelves; "The Many not the Few" is in there, at full price, but, when it drops to around a fiver, I might be tempted.

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    Just finished 'Behind the Glory' by Ted Barris. A probable little known title which is subtitled 'The plan that won the Allied Air War' which after reading has a lot of truth in it. The plan more fully known at the British Coomonwealth Air Training Plan finally produced almost 200,000 airmen, this inludes ground crew as well.
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    Trying to read The Drowned World by J G Ballard but keep getting distracted!
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    I don't usually read books as they tend to give me eye strain but I made an exception with First Light by Geoffrey Wellum. I could not put it down until I had read it cover to cover!
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    Farm Boy - Michael Morpurgo

    Flying Fury - Five Years in the Royal Flying Corps - James McCudden VC
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    Just finished "The Bell Jar" by Sylvia Plath, and now on "Hallelujah!" a biography of Leonard Cohen.
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    Monty Python autobiography. Fascinating reading about how the TV series originated, early problems in the US when the programmes were edited out of all recognition, problems filming The Holy Grail, etc.
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    " Classic Kits " by Arthur Ward " Collecting the greatest model kits in the world , from Airfix to Tamiya .

    Reduced from £20.00 to £5.99 from " The Works "

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    Shy Boy - Monty Roberts

    The story of how world-renowned horse trainer Roberts tries out his "Join Up" techniques on a completely wild Mustang in California.
    There is nothing to fear but fear itself. And spiders. F**k spiders.

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    Wolf Pack Air Ace picture library No472

    "The giant Fortresses were easy prey for the Nazi hunters"

    Not great if I'm honest.

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    Aces Falling: The War above the Trenches, 1918.

    Excellent...I'm finally getting around to learning more about WWI in the air.
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    God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens.
    A frightening book about the illogicality of religion and the hold it has on people.

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    El James's '50 shades of Grey'. I want to be a Kinky Dominant.;-))

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    Dipping in and out of the bible that is David Vincent's The RAAF Hudson Story - Book Two with the intention to review it eventually (don't really need to, it's the most comprehensive thing you could ever read and wonderfully illustrated) and just starting John Clements' Coastal Strike which is about his time as an SAAF Beaufighter pilot in the Med (shot down, became a POW and escaped to return to Beaus).

    Also reading Jack Du Brul's The Pandora Curse for a bit of light relief.

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    Learn Malayalam in a month.

    Bit of misrepresentation there, been reading it for nearly a year, still can't hold a conversation.

    I can ask for a cup of tea and tell a dog to go away though.

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    .........thats rough.............

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    I'm currently reading 'Dracula' on the Kindle, I was curious to see what the connection was with Whitby. From Sunday though I'll be reading a 'Secret Army' novel, which I bought to take away on holiday
    2009 - the first year without any flights, the first year I lost a holiday, the first and last year I book the bloody Eurostar
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    Just started "Miracle in the Andes" by Nando Parrado, about the 1972 Uruguay AF plane crash-

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