Discussion in 'Book Talk' started by Kegman, Jun 1, 2012.
Saying that ........
I'm a dickhead, I thought that was the title of a book Topdog.
Have a good one Slick.
If i turned up in Greece with my lot this summer they'd probably hand us some blankets, food parcels and direct us to the nearest holding camp lol
Stephen King's 11.22.63
V.M. Yeates' Winged Victory- WW1 fighter pilot experience
Harriet Tuckey Everest The First Ascent - biography of a Sport Scientist
a bit of an eclectic mix
I installed UB reader last night Winrew, it seems to read all the formats and easy enough to use to navigate the tablet to find where I downloaded the ebooks.
Looks like I'll be using that too.
In fact I've downloaded that many if they were paper editions the plane wouldn't leave the fcuking ground.
Slick will be back shortly folks. He's currently doing a search on Amazon for a book called "A bit of an eclectic mix"
I,ve arranged to see some Chinese bloke tomorrow who can get free wifi by hacking satellites lol, wtf
I'd try and think of an apt funny name for him but Don't want to waste any brain matter as this won't probably reach bet nod lol
Written by the Guardians Sid Lowe , its all about the history and rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona , its one of the best sporting books i have read .
Just moved onto Agent Zig Zag , Hang on
Review from The Guardian
Ben Macintyre, a quite superb writer, has a knack of unearthing gems of stories. A previous book, A Foreign Field, told the remarkable tale of four British soldiers given sanctuary in a French village during the First World War after being marooned behind enemy lines. Now he has told the equally remarkable story of Second World War double agent Eddie Chapman.
Chapman, a criminal, sybarite and serial philanderer, found himself on Jersey when the Germans invaded and was transferred to a hellhole of a prison in Paris. The only way out of this benighted existence was to volunteer his services to the Abwehr as a secret agent. Eventually accepted, he was then parachuted into England, where he promptly landed flat on his face and then swiftly handed himself over to the police and volunteered to become a secret agent.
Get the picture? This was a man who first and foremost was driven by self-interest. Yet, as Macintyre makes clear, Chapman was not that simple a character. He developed a genuine affection for his Abwehr controllers. As for his many female conquests, he always professed undying affection, an emotion that was uniformly reciprocated.
Even his British secret service superiors, who, correctly, treated him initially with hostility and suspicion, succumbed to his undoubted charm and ability. Only when he volunteered to assassinate Hitler and go out in a blaze of glory did they curb his patent enthusiasm for espionage. That he was eventually sacked as an agent owed far more to another man's jealousy than to Chapman's failings.
Ben Macintyre tells Chapman's story with panache, affection and tremendous wit. In the course of Agent Zigzag, there are many charming and touching vignettes, none more so than the case of Praetorius, one of Chapman's Abwehr minders. A fan of all things English, but especially folk dancing, Praetorius eventually left the secret service and was appointed dance instructor to the Wehrmacht in the middle of the war. It makes you wonder why it took so long for the Germans to lose.
Now who is cutting and pasting? As for my holiday book I might take The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists.
p.s. Win , how does it feel to be chastised by "schoolteacher" steve