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Anna Kett



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2005 7:43 pm    Post subject: wanted: books to dispel post Christmas blues! Reply with quote

Hello, has anyone got any recommendations for books which will cheer me up. I've got a bad case of post Christmas darkness!
All suggestions of funny, escapist, transporting, heartwarming but not stupid books gratefully received.
Ta everso
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charlie



Joined: 14 Jan 2005
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2005 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bestw ay to beat the blues is to read about someone worse off than you - how about Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels or House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus - that'll put it all in perspective.
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clare



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2005 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good advice Charlie. On the other hand, it just might send her over the edge. I reread Cold Comfort Farm the other day and it cheered me up.
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Anna Kett



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2005 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've read Fugitive Pieces and House of Sand and Fog and I've recommended them many times to others, not, however to cheer them up.
Any really funny reads out there?
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Anna Kett



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2005 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've read Fugitive Pieces and House of Sand and Fog and I've recommended them many times to others, not, however to cheer them up.
Any really funny reads out there?
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Anna Kett



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2005 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blimey I haven't got the hang of this posting malarkey. must be the hypothermia setting in.
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charlie



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 15, 2005 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yellow Dog by Martin Amis made me laugh.
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Anna Kett



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 15, 2005 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Charlie, I'll give it a go.
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Bella



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 16, 2005 12:11 am    Post subject: Feel good and cheer up! Reply with quote

My recommended book to beat post-Christmas blues would be The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (I think).
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gerrydunlop



Joined: 16 Jan 2005
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 16, 2005 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Anna Kett,
3 suggestions for post-Christmas gloom: Tom Sharpe's "The Thowback" for being repulsive, funny and tender; the beeb's cassette of "Cold Comfort Farm", in case you'd like it beautifully read to you; to get your misery into a geological time perspective, Michael Boulter's "Extinction: The end of Man".
Cheer-up soon, Gerry.
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jay



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 16, 2005 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

New to this, hope it works!
Highly recommend Frankie and Stankie by Barbara Trapido.
Gentle, well observed and beautifully written account of growing up in South Africa in the 1950's. A gentle chortle effect rather than a belly laugh.
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darceybabe



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 16, 2005 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i agree with bella the curious incident of the dog is laugh out loud funny icon_lol.gif
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Claire



Joined: 16 Jan 2005
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 16, 2005 5:47 pm    Post subject: True stories Reply with quote

Have a look at "Chicken Soup for the Women's soul" or "Chicken Soup for the Mother's soul" or "Chicken Soup for the Man's soul" or "Chicken Soup for the Father's soul".

Hope you enjoy them icon_smile.gif

Try the Bible also icon_smile.gif
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If you're looking for a book that can give a wide range of stories for every taste, I recommend you find The Book (The Bible = The Book).
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Anna Kett



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2005 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks everyone. Lots of recommendations here. I feel better already.
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Isabelle



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2005 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen or anything else by him.
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