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Posted 12 April 2016 - 11:29 PM

  :birthday:  Beverly Cleary. 100 today!
 
Maybe someone for next years DL, she is famous enough for an obit.


Are Beverly Cleary's works popular in the UK? I think they are mostly an American thing, meaning the committee likely hasn't heard of her.

Scraggy Taters

Posted 12 April 2016 - 11:04 PM

 

 

However Lark Rise is the dullest book ever.

 

Have you ever tried 'War & Peace' ? Perfect for insomniacs ! 


Bibliogryphon

Posted 12 April 2016 - 12:57 PM

  :birthday:  Beverly Cleary. 100 today!

 

Maybe someone for next years DL, she is famous enough for an obit.

 

She has just taken Howard Marks' place on my long list.


TomTomTelekom

Posted 12 April 2016 - 12:38 PM

  :birthday:  Beverly Cleary. 100 today!

 

Maybe someone for next years DL, she is famous enough for an obit.


YoungWillz

Posted 27 March 2016 - 05:21 PM

Legends Of The Fall author, Jim Harrison dies at 78 with a UK obit: http://www.mirror.co...arrison-7638744

 

Not picked for anything though...


Phantom

Posted 22 March 2016 - 04:17 PM

 

I had him on my long list as I was going through the books I remember reading while at school. Most of the authors were already dead, apart from authors like Harper Lee and Barry Hines. Oh well

 

I cannot express how much I loathe Kes. We had to study it at school and we were shown the equally squalid Ken Loach film. It is a grotesque dysfunctional representation of northern British Life which almost verges on poverty porn. I hate it. I hate it. I hate it.

 

This is not just because I had to study it at school I also read The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Billy Liar which are good books.

 

However Lark Rise is the dullest book ever.

 

 

Only reason I liked Kes was because Brian Glover was in the film. It was an ok-ish book. Preferred to read it for fun rather than when I had to at school.

Never read Billy Liar, may pick it up at some point. I have a pile of books to read at the moment.


Toast

Posted 22 March 2016 - 03:23 PM

I never liked Kes either.  I can't separate The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie from the film.

 

Billy Liar is a book that made me actually laugh out loud.  I've re-read it many times, but not for ages so I hardly dare revisit it.

 

Lark Rise is difficult to classify, as it's not really fiction, more social history.  It's very interesting in a family history context, especially if you have rural ancestors.  I learned a lot from it, including not to assume that people who signed documents with a mark instead of a signature were illiterate. 


Bibliogryphon

Posted 22 March 2016 - 01:52 PM

I had him on my long list as I was going through the books I remember reading while at school. Most of the authors were already dead, apart from authors like Harper Lee and Barry Hines. Oh well

 

I cannot express how much I loathe Kes. We had to study it at school and we were shown the equally squalid Ken Loach film. It is a grotesque dysfunctional representation of northern British Life which almost verges on poverty porn. I hate it. I hate it. I hate it.

 

This is not just because I had to study it at school I also read The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Billy Liar which are good books.

 

However Lark Rise is the dullest book ever.


Bibliogryphon

Posted 21 March 2016 - 12:10 PM

I had him on my long list as I was going through the books I remember reading while at school. Most of the authors were already dead, apart from authors like Harper Lee and Barry Hines. Oh well

 

He was penciled in as a theme team sub for next year.

 

Damn another miss.


Toast

Posted 20 March 2016 - 03:45 PM

 

 


I remember that book well ...

 

Hands off cocks, on socks!

 

I never fully understood that line.

Did it mean "put on your socks" or "put your hands on your socks"?

 

Surely one doesn't need to be male?

Assuming you aren't taking the michael.....

 

Young man, morning glory, being told to stop what comes naturally to young men, and put on their socks instead.

i.e. stop wanking, start dressing. But I still think you're messing about.... :)

 

 

Oh I knew it was about wanking, obviously.  Just wasn't sure about the socks bit, especially as socks often play a part - I think I'd better leave it there. :unsure:


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