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Old 20th July 2015, 13:14
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Recommended Holiday Reading

A Spy Among Friends - by Ben McIntyre

An authoritative and fulsome account of the activities of Kim Philby and the Cambridge Spy Ring. Possibly the largest and worst deception ever uncovered. An account of what, why and how everything happened.

Unputdownable.
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Old 20th July 2015, 13:55
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Any "Rebus/Malcolm Fox" novel by Ian Rankin.

Any James Clavell novel ("Tai-Pan, Noble House, Shogun! etc.).

Depending on the length of one's holiday - the trilogy "Loss of Eden" made up of "Now God Be Thanked", "Heart of War" and "By The Green of The Spring" by John Masters (if you can find copies). Excellent novel about WW1 and its effect on just about all walks of life from 1914 to 1919. Would have made a great TV drama during these centenary years.
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Old 20th July 2015, 14:02
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"The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency" Light hearted, a little different and short enough to entertain through one or two flights or days on the beach.
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Old 20th July 2015, 18:57
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After retirement, life is one long holiday, so I read all the time. That's when a Kindle becomes indispensible. To help things along, all my family now know to buy me Amazon vouchers for birthday, Christmas, father's day etc.
Currently reading Patrick Leigh Fermor 'A Time of Gifts'
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Same with me Pat,I must have bought Amazon a couple of times over.
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Me no savvy? Bank Line? Bank line bums didn't read, they "did it World Wide" (got the t shirt).
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Old 21st July 2015, 18:55
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Castles of Steel - Britain , Germany and the winning of the great war at sea.

As the cover says - "A mighty Story ", have read it 3 times on various summer holidays.
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A favourite of mine is the Author Bryce Courtney.
He has written many books but alas he passed on a year ago.
"The Potato Factory" is a good place to start as it is the first of a series.
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Old 21st July 2015, 22:48
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'Spycatcher' the explosive autobiography that the British Government tried to ban.
Written while he lived in Tasmania by Peter Wright, former Assistant Director of MI5 about his time as a senior intelligence officer, it is a real eye-opener into the world spying and the best account that I have ever read. Background on Wikipedia.

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Two medical books: "the Naked Surgeon" and "Do No Harm" (written by a brain surgeon). I read these on both legs of transatlantic flights last month. Both books were a great read. From the first book........ask your surgeon when he's going on holiday and if it is the day after your op is scheduled, cancel the op!
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If anyone's into the American Civil War then the following two books are excellent:

Memoirs of General William Tecumseh Sherman first published in 1875 but republished in 2013.

From Manasses to Appomattox by General James Longstreet, first published in 1895 but republished in 1992. Still available by searching online.

If you read these then there are many more books on that war should the interest take you. And for me, reading these books, what comes over clearly is how good the education system in America was at that time; they were very eloquent.
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"In and out in Port Said" by Daisy the Donkey. Published by J McGreggor & Sons.
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Is this still in print?
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Is this still in print?
Och aye the noo.

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Still don't understand what this has to do with Bank Line.
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Old 25th July 2015, 15:45
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Still don't understand what this has to do with Bank Line.
Since working on Bank Boats was such a holiday then we're discussing books we might like to read while doing such!

Actually the best time to read, for me, was when I was 2nd mate and had done morning sights and the medical locker bit; lay on bunk and read until 1145.
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"Live and let Spy. BRIXMIS, The Last Cold War Mission". By Steve Gibson. Available from Amazon.

A real eye opener about stuff we never heard about.

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Old 25th July 2015, 22:59
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The Churchill Factor (how one man made history) by Boris Johnson and is half price at Waterstones its a cracking read for a fiver.
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Biographies are my favourite, I have just re-read the biography of Heydrich what a piece of work!!, it is a good job he didn't last too long...

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Old 26th July 2015, 09:21
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For some little known Naval history, try "The Hand me down Ships" by Ken Reed. Available on Amazon.

The story of 10 U.S.C.G cutters that served in the RN during WWII under lend - lease.

Ken served in HMS Totland (USCG Cayuga).

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French Liners

Here is a book that might interest the liner buffs. It is a collection of articles on “paquebots” from the now defunct French magazine L’Illustration in the period 1843-1944. A magazine much like the Illustrated London News. To be had from Amazon or any French bookstore. "Les Grands Dossiers de L'Illustration: Les Paquebots." 190 pages, ISBN 294310-89-4.
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Readers Digest condensed books.
Four condensed books in one hefty tome.
They seemed to be very common in Australian charity shops. The four books might be made up of a couple of novels, a biography, and something of general interest.
Only cost a few bob, and the shop I went into had loads of them to choose from.
I didn't notice where they were condensed.
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For those who have not 'discovered' him yet, may I recommend DEON MEYER. His detective novels about South Africa are great 'page turners' and his characters of all races very true to life.

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Been reading a couple of that Australian author Colleen McCullough.
A book I really enjoyed was "The Touch"
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For some military humour, look for "The Wipers Times". This was a periodical published in the trenches in WWI. Troops found a printing press in Ypres, and decided to put it to good use. It's great to dip into for some light reading. Reprints are available. It is said that it inspired some of the humour in the last series of Blackadder.

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