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Fiction. Non-fiction. Any language. Anything.

But it has to have been first published no earlier than 1970. Feel free to break the rules -- you will anyway!

My three:

The Life & Times of Michael K (JM Coetzee)

The Scramble for Africa (Thomas Pakenham)

Bad Behavior (Mary Gaitskill)

 

 

 

 

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Off the top of my head (the list would probably change daily)

The Age of Capital - Eric Hobsbawn - one of a very small number I will read and read again and go to as a sort of reference book

He Kills Coppers - Jake Arnott - just a good old retro pulp 60's stylee british gangster caper (see also The Long Firm)

Perfume- Patrick Suskind - just really enjoyed it

I have no discernible taste when it comes to books, other than a love of disposable brit pulp (Colin MacInnes - absolute hero) I like to keep it varied. Don't really do much horror, war or sci fi. Though having said that, I have had flings with Sven Hassel and Isaac Asimov. I guess they were an easy entry into books for someone that started a bit late.  

Next weekend we are having one of 'our' paperback culls.

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So that doesn't include anything by my favourite author. 

For me then its 

micro Michael Crichton
The day of the Jackal - Frederick Forsyth
Papillon - Henri Charriere which just gets in

 

Maybe theres better ones i forgot but haven't read for a few years and the only authors i read were Crichton, Chris Cleeve and Grisham so no really a current expert.

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Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

Teatro Grottesco by Thomas Ligotti

Filth by Irvine Welsh

Been meaning to read more Irvine Welsh. Really dug Glue and I bought Acid House. The movie adaptation of Filth was great ^^.

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So that doesn't include anything by my favourite author. 

For me then its 

micro Michael Crichton
The day of the Jackal - Frederick Forsyth
Papillon - Henri Charriere which just gets in

 

Maybe theres better ones i forgot but haven't read for a few years and the only authors i read were Crichton, Chris Cleeve and Grisham so no really a current expert.

I quite liked Micro, it's a bit like Honey I Shrunk The Kids meets Jurassic Park.  I believe Crichton died before he finished it though.  Up until a few years ago I barely read at all, then one day I picked up The Ghost by Robert Harris and it sparked my interest in reading.  It's got such a great twist in it.  I don't read any high-end stuff, mainly detective series/novels and it's hard to choose one over the other.

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Oh go on I'll play but I had to check the published date on one of them and ruled lots of others out from the previous 2 decades

Gravity's Rainbow - Thomas Pynchon

Wasp Factory - Iain Banks

Boiling a Frog - Christopher Brookmyre

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