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GJ77

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I’ve suddenly found myself enjoying Le Carre’s books, particularly the classics: ‘The Spy Who Came In From The Cold’ and ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’.

Possibly my favourite novel is This Thing Of Darkness by Harry Thompson, it’s a historical novel about Robert Fitzroy, captain of The Beagle, which took Darwin on his first expeditions where his initial research gave rise to Origins Of The Species. The book deals with Fitzroy’s depression and his struggle with reconciling his faith and belief in creationism, with the evidence of evolution. Anyway, I’ve just made it seem incredibly dry, but it isn’t.
 

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I cut my reading teeth on my Dad's book shelf when I was a teenager. Lots of Spy and Wartime thrillers - Le Carre, Len Deighton, Nicholas Monsarrat, Alistair Maclean. Great reading memories. Made me feel like a grown up ;)
 

GJ77

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I cut my reading teeth on my Dad's book shelf when I was a teenager. Lots of Spy and Wartime thrillers - Le Carre, Len Deighton, Nicholas Monsarrat, Alistair Maclean. Great reading memories. Made me feel like a grown up ;)
With the benefit of hindsight, who’d ever want to feel like a grown up? It sucks.
 

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With the benefit of hindsight, who’d ever want to feel like a grown up? It sucks.
I guess that depends on whether you feel like a grown up who sucks? I don't, though granted I may suck at many things..
 

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My lovely aunt had an amazing collection of books when I was just about started to get interested in adult reading - JG Ballard, Ray Bradbury, Graham Greene, Joseph Conrad, Le Carre - all of which were significant in forming my reading tastes. Still have many of her books on my shelves.
 

Tony K

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I’ve suddenly found myself enjoying Le Carre’s books, particularly the classics: ‘The Spy Who Came In From The Cold’ and ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’.

Possibly my favourite novel is This Thing Of Darkness by Harry Thompson, it’s a historical novel about Robert Fitzroy, captain of The Beagle, which took Darwin on his first expeditions where his initial research gave rise to Origins Of The Species. The book deals with Fitzroy’s depression and his struggle with reconciling his faith and belief in creationism, with the evidence of evolution. Anyway, I’ve just made it seem incredibly dry, but it isn’t.
I've rediscovered the Le Carre books. Just finished Agent In The Field. He's got his own style of writing for sure. It takes me a little while to get into his way of using short descriptive statements like lists but I like the way that his novels, although set in conflict situations and are about spies, are always some kind of love story. Not just about boy &girl but about loyality to friends and relatives.
 
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