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We love books. Tell us about your favourite books and authors, and why they are so good. And while you're at it - having dined out for years on the time I threw Dan Brown out of a train window - tell us who to avoid.

(, Thu 5 Jan 2012, 13:40)
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Biography and Autobiography
Part 10

Carl Este- Patton a Genius For War

Enormous. Worth it. All that stuff in the George C Scott portrayal which you may have presumed to be exaggerated or poetic license. Nope, if anything the truth was stranger.

Graham Mc Cain- Bounder

The biography of Terry-Thomas. Hugely entertaining account of everyone's favourite cad (and cousin of Richard Briers surprisingly)

Harpo Marx with Roland Barber- Harpo Speaks

The most entertaining of any Marx brothers writing. Harpo really got to hang out with some fascinating people and seems also to have been a tremendously nice guy

Ian Hunter- Diary of a Rock and Roll Star

Autobiographical if not actually an autobiography and one of the best books on music by the Mott the Hoople front man.

T.E Lawrence- Seven Pillars of Wisdom

Passing time and revisionists have compromised the reputation of Lawrence but this is still a fascinating self-portrait of a singular man
(, Wed 11 Jan 2012, 7:06, 2 replies)
The Seven Pillars -
extraordinary man, extraordinary intellect, extremely sensitive, brilliant tactician, marvellously dry wit; a dangerous man put in a volatile situation - overall a fantastic book!

'The Mint' - rather sad.
(, Wed 11 Jan 2012, 9:37, closed)
Seconded for the TE Lawrence.
Excellent read, especially the bit with the bumming.
(, Wed 11 Jan 2012, 11:13, closed)

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