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I've just finished Ron Rash's "The Cove", and found it excellent. Based in the Appalachian mountains during the WW1 years, it's a wonderful exploration of prejudice and politics. I'd thoroughly recommend it - thsi is my second Rash (after "Serena") and I think he's a very powerful stylist.

"The Cities Of Salt" (Five-part) by Abdul-Rahman Mounif

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Hi Scott,
The book I have read so far is Stoner,by John Williams. Late to the party I know,but 4 out of 5 for me.

A Man in Love, by Karl Ove Knausgaard, but Jawbone Lake runs it a close second. I've already got my copy, so don't include me in the mix, I just wanted to put my tuppence-ha'pennny-worth in.

The Gigantic Beard that was Evil by Stephen Collins. In terms of books with more then a couple of hundred words - probably A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki.

The Book of Barely Imagined Beings by Caspar Henderson. 'A 21st century bestiary' — terrific readable science book.

Best book I've read this year is By Blood by Ellen Ullman on Pushkin Press. It's by turns intriguing, shocking, disturbing, maddening and amusing. I still think about it a few weeks later and want to read more of her work, which speaks for itself.

I'm about halfway through The Luminaries (Wilkie Collins meets Neal Stephenson) and would love something great to read afterwards.

I've finally gotten around to reading the Virgin Suicides and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Wake by Anna Hope. A great WW1 story.

The Red Men by Matthew de Abaitua. Glitchy fucked up psychedelic near future sci fi (in the loosest sense of the term)

Ahhhh the best book i have read this year..is....Short Nights of the Shadow Catchers....TIMOTHY EGAN..it is fantastic...

The Impostor - Damon Galgut.

I'm about half way through Big Rock Candy Mountain by Wallace Stegner, and already it's the best book I've read this year.
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MacBeth by William Shakespeare. Sleep no more....

Comfort Zone by Brian Aldiss - not kidding

I am not a big reader and I have to admit I haven't read a book yet this year so wouldn't it be great if I could actually say that my first book I read this year was "Jawbone Lake" by the amazing "Ray Robinson" :) xx

White and Red - dirty realism by Dorota Masłowska when she was still a teenager. But it's the only book I've read this year (I'm utterly ashamed to admit).

Third Strike - Zoe Sharp. Picked up on a whim but loved the strong female lead. Louise.

AND THE WINNER IS LEV, CONGRATULATIONS!

(Although we are all winners as we have a bunch of new book recommendations)

(Apart from the losers)

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Books Read: 2015

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  • Ian Holding: Unfeeling

    Ian Holding: Unfeeling
    Unforgettable novel told from the point of view of the son of a white Zimbabwean farmer whose land is reclaimed by an armed mob. I thought it was an oustanding debut and am surprised the author didn't go on to bigger and better things.

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  • Albertine Sarrazin: Astragal

    Albertine Sarrazin: Astragal
    A few pages into some of the most overwrought and pretentious writing I have come across for a while I realised I was reading the intro by Patti Smith rather than the novel itself. Only a few pages of the novel are included in this sample and they are better than the intro. (***)

  • Peter Stanford: Judas: The troubling history of the renegade apostle

    Peter Stanford: Judas: The troubling history of the renegade apostle
    I heard this chap interviewed on Australian radio so checked out his book. His premise is that Judas wasn't necessarily the chap who shopped Jesus and that that bit of the story was made up later. I suspect the whole bloody Bible was made up later, but that's another matter. Enjoyed the sample of this and will read the rest. (****)

  • M. D. Lachlan: Wolfsangel

    M. D. Lachlan: Wolfsangel
    I was quickly sucked in to this Viking novel. Very keen to read on. (****)

  • Eva Stachniak: The Winter Palace

    Eva Stachniak: The Winter Palace
    A novel based on the early life of Catherine the Great. Having read a lengthy biography of her last year I was impressed by how well Stachniak stuck to the facts while also bringing to life. (****)

  • Phillip Adams: Bedtime Stories: 21 Years Behind the Mike at RN's Late Night Live

    Phillip Adams: Bedtime Stories: 21 Years Behind the Mike at RN's Late Night Live
    Thanks to the wonders of the internet, I listen to this chap's Australian radio show and always find him to be a measured and intriguing presenter and interviewer. I am equally enamoured with his memoir. (****)

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  • : Dallas Buyers Club

    Dallas Buyers Club
    Great performances and I appreciated the fact that it never took the sentimental route. (****)

  • : The Fighter

    The Fighter
    Great performances all round. (****)

  • : Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road
    Confused. Terrible dialogue. And what little CGI they did use looked rubbish. A huge disappointment. (**)

  • : Jiro Dreams Of Sushi

    Jiro Dreams Of Sushi
    Documentary about the best sushi chef in the world. Made me really want some eel nigiri. (****)

  • : Me Without You

    Me Without You
    Second time I've seen this. It was the film that made me realise Michelle Williams was amazing. (****)

  • : Meteora

    Meteora
    Beautifully shot. Not enough plot. (***)

  • : Untouchable

    Untouchable
    One of the most successful French movies of all time. I can see why. (****)

  • : Involuntary

    Involuntary
    Swedish film that cleverly looks at group dynamics and how they influence the actions of the individual. Sort of cinema verite in style, the shots of often framed as if you are a voyeur looking on. (****)

  • : The Fall

    The Fall
    What a great movie. Amazed I had never heard of it before. Stunning cinematography. Loved it. (*****)

  • : Where the Truth Lies

    Where the Truth Lies
    Interesting thriller. Not a classic, by any means, but worth a look if it's on the telly. (***)

  • : Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy
    Good fun, I thought. Not the best film in the world but a cut above the usual superhero stuff. (****)

  • : The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya

    The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya
    Unlike any animation I have seen. Quite stunning. (****)

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  • Ricky Ponting: At the Close of Play

    Ricky Ponting: At the Close of Play
    With the latest Ashes series underway I felt it was a good time to read this whopper of a memoir which has been sitting on my shelf for a while.