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   Old Thread  #44 19 Feb 2021 at 2.15pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hope it was worth the outlay Bob.
Sometime in the early 80's I was given a book called Follow The Sun - Malcolm Douglas. Adventure along the Kimberly coast Australia with simple living locals in 1972. Sparked my interest in foreign fishing and broadening horizons etc. I've recently found a two parter of the same name on YouTube, along with other surviving off the land stuff from Malcolm. Worth a watch if you like traditional methods and ways of life. Very graphic but that's the way it was.
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   Old Thread  #43 24 Jan 2021 at 7.22pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Just started reading it, enjoying so far . Neighbour wants to borrow after Iíve finished.
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   Old Thread  #42 21 Jan 2021 at 5.38pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Seen the Parangs mate, survival knife of their choice, think they come from a South Asian tribe I read?

Nice keep sake the tin mate

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   Old Thread  #41 21 Jan 2021 at 10.15am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yes I've had all the unedited stories they are a different breed most are fearless some are intelligent and some are just plain fruitcakes.

#39 I have one of Lofty's Tins for years never opened it, sometime ago now he had a series of Parangs made he gave me the first ever prototype one he had made said it would be useful for fishing

Loftys idea of a good fishing Knife
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   Old Thread  #40 21 Jan 2021 at 1.01am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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You lucky bugger, I can only imagine the 'un edited' stories! Had his survival guide since Christ only knows when. Funnily enough I bought a copy for the father in law for xmas, he's 72, he's already read it, he doesn't like books 😀
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   Old Thread  #39 20 Jan 2021 at 6.46pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I already have one of his, the survival handbook

I have always fancied doing one of those survival courses that they run, done a bit of wild stuff over the years lol. As kids we always used to be in the local woods, making Bivvys, spears, bows and arrows swings and lighting fires lol

Bit of a legend, I could spend a few hours bending his ear

I have read a lot of their books mate, really fascinate me, their mindsets and what they have experienced and gone through is unbelievable, proper tuff nuts, mental!

I have read and watched a bit on the old stuff too, Stirling and the gang, crazy! We donít know **** all about life experiences and living on the edge!

I will look out for that mate

Edit - I forgot to mention, even had a tobacco tin survival kit
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   Old Thread  #38 20 Jan 2021 at 3.33pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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My father-in laws best mate of over 50 years is John Lofty Wiseman Author of mainly SAS survival handbooks but a few years ago he wrote Who Dares Grins mainly funny anecdotes/stories of his time in the regiment, I have known Lofty for over 30 years and listened to many a story he has told me from his time served quite a few which are in the book its a bit different to the theater of war books but a good read you might be interested if you've an interest in SAS books, he is a character, not seen him now in nearly 12 months as he's 80 and shielding.



A BIT OF BACKGROUND ON LOFTY
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   Old Thread  #37 20 Jan 2021 at 2.52pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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He's a book writer Mal not number 53 on the menu.
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   Old Thread  #36 20 Jan 2021 at 2.45pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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no that's a new one on me...

I'll have a look
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   Old Thread  #35 20 Jan 2021 at 2.23pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Mal. As you like Gaiman have you tried China Meiville?
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   Old Thread  #34 19 Jan 2021 at 6.58pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Tell you, the force is strong with that one

Mind you, there all a bit weird from up Bulton way
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   Old Thread  #33 19 Jan 2021 at 5.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Nah if I want ninja's I'll go for the Teenage Mutant's
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   Old Thread  #32 19 Jan 2021 at 5.16pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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sod off you. would it help if i said it's got ninjas and samurai? swords? big writing? pictures?
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   Old Thread  #31 19 Jan 2021 at 5.10pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Tales of the Otori - Lian Hearn fictional series set in feudal Japan. very good for reading to chill out.

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   Old Thread  #30 19 Jan 2021 at 4.11pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I'm a fan of reading. it's very good for winding down and relaxing. Prefer real books to audiobooks as for me the quiet is part of the bonus.

some that I've really enjoyed - a range of genres

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time - very well written from the POV of an autistic lad who's mum left.
Tales of the Otori - Lian Hearn fictional series set in feudal Japan. very good for reading to chill out.
I, Lucifer - Glenn Duncan. Lucifer tries out being human for a while...

pretty much anything by Neil Gaiman. American Gods, Good Omens, Anansi Boys, the whole Sandman series of graphic novels. Just got his reworking of the Norse Myths which is ace.

The World according to Karl Pilkington is bloody hilarious (if you like his humour of course) easy to pick up and put down chapter wise too.
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   Old Thread  #29 19 Jan 2021 at 3.42pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Bit like you, if it doesn't grab me instantly I won't read it, but in general I only read factual, not into fictional.. 3 books that I had to keep reading, Bravo 2 Zero, did that in about 2 days, the original Terry Hearn book and John WIlsons fishing autobiography. I have a fair few fishing books, most unread, some still in the delivery box, problem for me is I have to be relaxed to do that sort of thing and enjoy it, don't feel relaxed enough most of the time.
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   Old Thread  #28 17 Jan 2021 at 7.54am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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They are the kind of books I like to read

Read quite a few of the SAS books, three very good ones, the story of the border fox, Colombian drug wars and drugs, meth in the U.K. plus the old Bravo two zero, went to a book signing event and Andy Mcnab was there, signed my books, had a chat, and did a talk about his time in Ireland, B20 and a lot more

Stars in the film too

Once read a few on Russian special forces, Spetsnaz, in Afghanistan, brutal and unbelievable

Also read a bit on real crime and violence, gangs, hitmen and renowned fighters and boxers too

And read a **** load related to my work
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   Old Thread  #27 16 Jan 2021 at 7.43pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I enjoy reading but I find it hard to make time to actually sit down and read a book.I like books I just don't have the time to read them now as I am working on the project together with the guys from https://thewordpoint.com/services/translation-service/personal-contenth . I enjoy novels and the occasional play as rare as that is xD. I hate reading books online - There's something about books the smell or feel of a fresh book.. I just love it.. A lot. So I buy em all.
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   Old Thread  #26 25 Dec 2020 at 1.08pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Looks like I'll be reading the witcher series for a while
Tempted to wait till I've watched season 2 on netflix tho
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   Old Thread  #25 23 Dec 2020 at 8.59pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hopefully you'll enjoy it as much as I have
The best and toughest the French had, Foreign Legion with many ex German army from WW2 and Paras. Brilliant read in an ultimately desperate situation.
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   Old Thread  #24 23 Dec 2020 at 7.21pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The Last Valley just read some of reviews , looks like an excellent book,just ordered a copy.
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   Old Thread  #23 23 Dec 2020 at 6.13pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Can't remember a day I've not read a book I've got on the go. Only read books on true events and buy several on the subject that's peaked my interest. Currently it's post WW2 French colonialism, Algeria, Vietnam etc. Nearly finished the excellent The Last Valley-Dien Bien Phu by Martin Windrow, catastrophic French defeat and the ultimate drawing of the USA into Vietnam.
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   Old Thread  #22 23 Dec 2020 at 3.17pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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anyone that has a kindle reader or similar. i have a load of books in .mobi

re the master and Commander series. i have every one. pm me emails and i can send some
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   Old Thread  #21 22 Dec 2020 at 5.44pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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You'll often find the first books in each series in the supermarkets for a couple of quid
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   Old Thread  #20 22 Dec 2020 at 12.58pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Conn Iggulden was an author i hadn't heard of. Just Googled him. Looks like i've added another lot of books to my list - Cheers
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   Old Thread  #19 22 Dec 2020 at 11.57am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yeah I read all of the Conqueror series. My Dad and my brother rave about the Emperor books but since we've had the boy I've just not had time to read anything other than carp stuff!
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   Old Thread  #18 22 Dec 2020 at 11.48am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Did you read the whole series?
I loved the first two but I think I jumped to the fourth and got a bit lost with it. I'll have to give it another go if they're still in the loft
The roses series and emporer series are well worth a read too, I think I binge read them in about 6 weeks

The fantasy trilogy was OK, but just didn't have the depth of Tolkien, Martin etc
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   Old Thread  #17 22 Dec 2020 at 11.17am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Conn Iggulden

Wolf of the Plains is literally one of the best books I've ever read mate
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   Old Thread  #16 22 Dec 2020 at 10.18am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It's good when you find a local connection as you did.

I was reading a WWII Naval book about getting the supply lines open to Malta, and the battles with the Italian Navy. One of the ships my dad was on got a mention. Just need to dig out his service record to see if he would have been involved at that time. I know from his medals that he was in the North Atlantic, Med and Pacific, so he could have been.
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   Old Thread  #15 22 Dec 2020 at 10.11am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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If you like the Sharpe series, you will probably like the Jack Lark series (Paul Fraser Collard). It starts with the Scarlet Thief, which is set in the Crimean War.

Maybe a few too many similarities with Sharpe, but still a good read.
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Last Kingdom series read all of them brilliant, only halfway through the Sharpe series but getting there.
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   Old Thread  #13 21 Dec 2020 at 8.12pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I really enjoyed the TV show, but when I tried the books I struggled a bit, it just seemed off the way its written, like an autobiography, I did this, I thought that...
I tried another one of his that wasn't from that series and it was much the same.
I will order azincourt tho, the battle is mentioned a lot in the war of the Roses series.

What I like about the genre, I'll often come across a bit of local history. For example when I read igguldens dunstan, it mentioned a coronation stone in Kingston, where athelstan was crowned, the first king of all England among others. Id walked past it tons of times without knowing
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I struggled with the Saxon/Last Kingdom books of his. I started on the Sharp series, of which I think thereís about 25. Enjoyed them all.

I donít know anyone who has started and not finished Azincourt. One of the best books I have ever read, and is probably on level par with Papillon.
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   Old Thread  #11 21 Dec 2020 at 7.13pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I keep trying to read Cornwell books, but I just can't get into them. I might grab that book tho
Conn iggulden is my favourite author for historical fiction, the three big series he did were great, he's started a new series on the greek/Persian war, I'm hoping for the second installment soon.
By the time George Martin releases the next got book I'll have to read that lot again!

I've started a lot of fishing books but only finished a couple
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   Old Thread  #10 21 Dec 2020 at 12.29pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I have. I think i started reading his books once i had finished the Hornblower series.

Just checked the titles, and i think there are a few i've not read. I know the last one I read was Desolation Island - must get onto the rest - thanks for the reminder.

I would normally read all books by an author before moving on, but i think after i finished Desolation Island, a new Jack Lark book (Paul Fraser Collard) was released, so probably got onto that.


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   Old Thread  #9 21 Dec 2020 at 10.29am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Have you tried the Patrick Obrien Jack Aubrey books mate?
For historical fiction
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I struggle to read fishing books apart from a select few - Carp County, Redmire Pool, In the Still of the Night, all of which i have read more than once.

I'm a fairly prolific reader of historical novels - one that i have read a few time over the years is Azincourt - Bernard Cornwell. A good yarn and you learn a bit about history as well.

Another recommend is First Light by Geoffrey Wellum "Two months before the outbreak of WWII, seventeen-year-old Geoffrey Wellum becomes a fighter pilot with the RAF" - Couldn't put it down. Gives a really good insight into what these pilots went through.

Ross, a good starting point is to find a subject/genre that interests you. Personally i can't get into detective type novels. Struggle to get past the first couple of chapters.
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if its not a fishing book I'm reading its real crime or Jeremy Clarkson..halfway through Eddie blundels book at mo and Kenny noyes...
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Yer a guy I worked with used the audio books and he said he rather use them than a normal book. Something wort looking at
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Maybe try a free trial of Audible?
Probably not much in the way if fishing books but
Can be a nice way to enjoy a book.
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Ive got tyson furys auto biography which im saving for a holiday, if we ever get to go again
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Always got a book in hand love reading, never use to. Donít read books about Carp Fishing bore me to tears.
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Now we are in lock down. I was thinking of attempting to read a few of my carp fishing books. I don't read mutch. As if I can't get into a book in the 1st chapter or so I end up getting bord with it and end up not reading it. I've got Dave lanes fine lines book that I've had since it come out which is signed. I've only flicked threw it. Also got Terry hearn still searching that I've only had a flick threw and also Ian chillcott and Tim Paisley book. I seem to buy them then takes me for ever to get round to reading them. I can't get on with reading while sat fishing. Do you guys do much reading in you spair time
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