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    Don't worry, it'll soon be over
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lang Spoon View Post
    Oh yeah his travel books were great. Waspish but never dull. That whole genre seems about dead now, travel writing if done at all is often combined with fairly sketchy popular history or trying too hard “characters” filling the pages with wacky drivel, 10th rate Bryson stuff (and I don’t like Bryson to start with).
    Maybe not, see my post above (not quite "travel" but generates the same excitement.)

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    I'm reading Paul Merton's autobiography at the moment, it's an easy read and quite good once I was able to stop reading it in his voice.

    I have also recently read another one of the Freakonomics books, it was ok but nothing new from their podcasts or other theories.

    I'm enjoying using the local library as I'm accessing books I'd not normally pay for.

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    Tim Moore is not bad, but light. He is less full of himself than Stuart Maconie, in that he is capable of self-deprecation and seems to actually do some proper location research, like actually staying in the worst hotels, etc in his badly titled You are Awful (But I Like You): Travels in Unloved Britain

    Nul Points is good on the Eurovision Song Contest, including some decent research and a fair amount of empathy. Again I think he puts more effort into it than Maconie would have done.

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    That’s quite a story alright Amor, exactly what I’d like to read on the freezing Sunday to come.
    Last edited by Lang Spoon; Yesterday at 01:38.

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    Just read a Mick Herron book - “Slow Horses”. There were 5 or 6 by him in the same Chester-leStreet charity shop but I only bought 2.
    He has local connections but now Oxford-based.

    Entertaining and nicely-toned spy thriller.

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    Tim Moore’s cycling journey books are all great. I remember the Santiago pilgrimage with donkey one very fondly, too.

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    The Berlin 1936 book by Oliver Hilmes just showed up on my kindle so I guess it;s out in English now.

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