Summer Reads

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    Hi All

    So what books,plays are we reading at the moment.

    Just finished reading 'The Curious incident of the dog in the night time' by Mark Hadon

    Funny read

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  • Jason Haigh

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    I have been on tour for almost a year now but in between the usual drinking sessions have managed to read a few great books.The stand out novel by far is a book called 'Shantaram' by David Gregory Roberts or Gregory David Roberts,not totally sure as passed it sraight onto a friend.A mesmerising story of a fugitive who escapes a brutal prison in Australia and begins a new existence in the Bombay slums of India.It really is sensational,READ IT NOW!

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  • Keith Hill

    Actor

    ou could try Haddon's second, A Spot of Bother, but you'll need a strong stomach..

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    I've read both of the Haddon's and thoroughly enjoyed them both.

    Back to chick lit now. I don't suppose you boys would be much interested.

    But I love Marian Keys and Ian Rankin. Both very different genres, but occassionaly I have to have a break fom boy meets girl, girl hates boy, boy gets off with girls best mate, then discovers he's gay, girl meets boys brother, fall in love and live happily ever after.

    Although books like this are great for me with two kids I only get to read about a page a day. lol

    • 7th Jun 2008
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    The Curious Incident is an amazing read and one I would recommend to anyone working with Children. Similarly, I am reading some Gervase Phinn at the moment and these are a must read if you have ever worked with children, simply due to the way he describes some of the things these children say!

    Other than that I must say I will read anything and everything. The only book I have not yet succeeded with (despite trying about six times) is Lord of The Rings. In fact, I may just try again soon because I really want to see the films but am one of these people that likes to read the book first!

    Happy reading everyone! Li xx

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  • Alice Brockway

    Actor

    Having seen the film I am now reading 'P.S. I Love You' and I'm loving it. I just keep having to put it down cause I don't want to cry in public ;-)

    I had a great surprise not long ago when I read Russell Brand's 'Booky Wook'. I hadn't expected to finish the first chapter but ended up loving it. It certainly explains a lot!

    • 7th Jun 2008
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  • Nathan Head

    Actor

    im in the middle of "the rats" lol

    its taking me ages to get through, nothing to do with the book being uninteresting- its far from it. its just i only read when I'm on a train or waiting on set etc. so I'm only up to chapter 6. . .

    • 8th Jun 2008
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  • Keith Hill

    Actor

    Further thoughts (especially with a view to fitting invisibly into a pocket on set, and thus avoiding the episode of the Highland officer at Culloden Who dropped a copy of War and Peace out of his ammuniton pouch - never lived that down)Susan Hill - Strange Meeting;Fatty Batter (or, if you're not into cricket, What's my Motivation)-both Michael Simkins; On Chesil Beach - Ian McEwan.

    • 8th Jun 2008
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  • Monty Burgess

    Actor

    I'm reading 'The Right to Speak: Working with the Voice' by Patsy Rodenburg, which is proving to be a fascinating read.

    I just finished 'Darwin's Radio' by Greg Bear and Michael Caine's 'Acting in Film'.

    • 8th Jun 2008
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  • Antonio Rochira

    Actor

    'Running with Scissors' which was far better than the film, as invariably books are; so unlike you Lianne I tend to try and watch the film first because I know I'll enjoy the book more later.

    I also have problems with 'Lord of the Rings' though. I've started them about four times and just lose interest...I think I should have read the books when most other people did...at the age of about 14!

    Other reads are Steve Martin's 'Born Standing Up' which is a fascinating insight into his struggle and sheer tenacity to get where he is today...it's a lesson to all I think.

    I then started to read another of his 'The Pleasure of my Company', but I have to admit I'm struggling with keeping an interest.

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    I am so glad I am not the only one who struggles with Lord of The Rings! It seems so ridiculous yet I have tried and tried!

    There are some ace suggestions on here, which I will certainly be sampling!

    Hope you have all had (and enjoyed) the sun like we have in the North!

    Li xx

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  • Lee Ravitz

    Actor

    Lord of the Rings is a weird one. I read it when I was 12 actually, and it was my favourite book at that age. Even today, I know an unfeasibly large amount about it, but have never, in fact, ever read it through the whole way again.

    My basic feeling is that, aside from the fact that Tolkien starts everything off on the wrong foot by doing a sort of rural comedy for half of the first book (which was unlikely to win him fans amongst those who like a bit of high octane drama!), Lord of the Rings is actually a book of set piece moments. When they happen, the moments are unforgettable (hence why Lord of the Rings made for such great films), but there is a lot to plough through before you get to these points.

    I became aware of the books through Raplh Bakshi's obscure 1979 animation version of the story, and listening to the BBC Radio adaptation from the early 80's, and these were both very good at cutting through the unimportant stuff and getting at the interesting bits of the story. So I think when *I* read Lord of the Rings, I was sort of able to get through the tedious sections because I knew the next great setpiece was just around the corner.

    It is certainly one of those books you have to 'get into' before it starts to seem remotely rewarding, however. Unfortunately, the first hundred pages are not concerned with great sieges, surprise deaths, tremendous heroism and maddened kings, but with scrumping for mushrooms, organising birthday parties and riding ponies, which doesn't have quite the same appeal, I suspect.

    • 8th Jun 2008
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  • Morna Young

    Actor

    I love LOTR although I'm another one who read it at about 12 so maybe that does make a difference?! I think the best way into it is by reading The Hobbit first - its a bit easier to interpret but the style prepares you for LOTR. I've just started One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson at the moment... then A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian is next. Anyone read it? xx

    • 9th Jun 2008
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  • Leila Reid

    Actor

    Right, I'm reading at the moment PS i Love, the other boleyn girl, Ballet shoes and Leila by JP Donleay

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  • Rebecca Probyn

    Actor

    The Vesuvius Club by Mark Gatis.. brilliant everyone should read it

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    The Time Travelers Wife, It is amazing I LOVE IT! sobbed like a baby, read it now!!! xx

    • 9th Jun 2008
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  • Victoria Denard

    Actor

    I really liked 'Time Travellers Wife too'. I'm also in the "couldn't read LOTR" camp as well - i did try...twice! I've just finished really 'The Memory Keeper's Daughter' which was pretty good.

    Recently read, for a book club, 'Mister Pip' and 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' both interesting but ultimately dissatifying in their own ways, but provoked a lot of conversation. We're reading the new James Bond by Sebastian Faulkes next - 'Devil May Care' which should be good.

    Vick :)

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  • Simon Nader

    Actor

    Everyone should read William Shatner's autobiography - Up Til Now. As one review said, "it's like having a talk over a cup of coffee!"

    I can't put it down.

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    I'm reading Atonement at the moment - haven't seen the film and don't intend to. Not a big fan of the leads to be honest.

    I read the Time Travellers Wife recently and I didn't cry. No, of course not. Cough. Ahem. That's a tear-jerker of a book if ever there was one.

    The Glass Palace is a good one if you need one book that's going to last you over the summer.

    • 9th Jun 2008
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  • Sheri Copeland

    Actor

    I am currently reading 'I Know This Much Is True' by Wally Lamb (loved 'She's Come Undone' that I read last year) and 'The Gift Of Fear' by Gavin De Becker - recommend it highly that EVERY woman should read this book.

    • 9th Jun 2008
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