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Neil Wyatt19/03/2020 17:46:16
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Yesterday I bought a copy of Wolf Hall (it was half the price of the new one, and I reckon I need to read them in order).

I'm sure some of us will be thinking this is a good time to tackle "Au Recherche du Temps Perdue" or "Ulysses" but perhaps there are some better suggestions for filling the hours?

So, what are forum members reading, engineering related or otherwise?


Bazyle19/03/2020 17:53:34
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This s where 50 years of back issues of ME could come in handy.

Martin Connelly19/03/2020 17:57:55
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Not classed as reading but I have just found Planet Knowledge in the smart tv apps. Free to view documentaries.

Martin C

Grindstone Cowboy19/03/2020 17:59:14
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Desert God by Wilbur Smith - have read it before but just picked it up off the shelf the other day. Only realised when my wife commented on it, that I haven't read a proper paper and ink book for a few years, it's all been e-books.

Might go with Trustee from the Toolroom next by Neville Shute, a perennial favourite.

Mick B119/03/2020 18:01:10
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'Stalingrad' by Antony Beevor. If you think our current situation's grim, that'll set you right. 

Just started 'Wakenhyrst' by Michelle Paver. Dunno what to make of it yet, but her 'Dark Matter' was one of the scariest psychological ghost stories I've read.

I've never eaten a 'Madeleine', so I'll never get a Proustian memory of that, but there's a kind of old-building smell, like mashed potato and dust, that always takes me back to schooldays in the 50s and 60s.

Elly Griffiths writes good archaeologically-slanted detective stories. I liked 'The Crossing Places' enough to go visit the Norfolk coastal marshes, but I guess that's difficult these days.

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Frank Gorse19/03/2020 18:14:56
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It’s obvious that you paid more attention in Biology than French Neil!

I read Wolf Hall ages ago,just after seeing it on the telly,and have just started to read it again. I’ve already got the second book waiting,by the time I get through those the final volume will be in the charity shops.

Also highly recommend the Master and Commander novels,all 20-odd of them,they’ve been described as Jane Austen for blokes and there’s far more to them than was in the film. Should keep you occupied for a few evenings.


Ady119/03/2020 18:27:51
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Youtube stuff

The story of Eric winkle Brown will get you off to a flying start

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martin perman19/03/2020 18:32:09
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I've got Stationary Engine magazine, Olg Glory, Aeroplane, Flypast, MEW, 1950's ME, 1950's Aeroplane recognition, two books on Clock repair and maintenance and one on French Polishing for beginners, Friends of GCR Main Line magazine and in the back ground a couple of biographies.

I enjoy reading and cant just read one book/magazine at a time I have to dip into a good selection unless I have a bath and then I will read a magazine cover to cover in one soaking.

Martin P

Cornish Jack19/03/2020 19:01:06
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For me, reading is mainly for bedtime. Wolf Hall was quite magical - unlike any other historical novel - still got the other two to come ... via the 'bay' used route as usual. Taste is, otherwise, non-fiction, particularly political biographies. Present sleep-maker is 'Events, Dear boy, Events', Ruth Winstone's fascinating collection of H of C and general political quotes.

N.B. Must be hardbacks!



SillyOldDuffer19/03/2020 19:09:18
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Non-fiction fun: finished 'The Maltese Falcon' (Dashiell Hammett) last night and started Ann Holt's '1222' Scandinoir this morning.

Fiction fun: picked up 4 volumes of the Proceedings of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers a few weeks ago and time-machined back to January 1895. Currently reading Professor W Cawthorn Unwin F.R.S on 'The Determination of the Dryness of Steam' - very interesting. The Proceedings also contain fascinating Obituarys (called Memoirs) for both famous and less fortunate engineers. They often died young! Poor Edward Cartwright Harvey was only 28.

Frank Gorse mentioned the Master and Commander Novels as being Jane Austin for blokes. I disagree - Patrick O'Brien is better than Jane Austin. Ms Austin wrote 'It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.' Complete rubbish, single men in possession of a good fortune want expensive tools and fast cars.


Former Member19/03/2020 19:32:26
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The Novice Engineer19/03/2020 19:33:20
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Model Engineer 1935-6

Tit bits include :-

The plight of clubs to find younger members !

The new apprenticeship opportunities in the expanding RAF

The Joy of Flash Steam hydroplanes



Edited By The Novice Engineer on 19/03/2020 19:34:37

Chris Gunn19/03/2020 19:42:31
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State of Fear by Michael Crichton

Chris Gunn

Frank Gorse19/03/2020 19:47:43
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agreed,but don’t forget that Jack and Stephen very nearly fought a duel over a woman. (Diana,if memory serves.Obviously time to re-read)

Brian H19/03/2020 19:54:00
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'SAS- the War Years' and, just for light reading, 'CNC Milling in the Workshop' by Dr Marcus Bowman.

And I agree entirely with Cornish Jack, MUST be hardbacks.

Anyway, what's wrong with self isolating in the workshop? you can get a lot done and it's an excellent excuse!


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Joseph Noci 119/03/2020 20:03:29
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Terry Pratchett, Robert Rankin, Robin Hobb ( Farseer Trilogy..)

Wireless World, QEX Magazine...


Mike Poole19/03/2020 20:04:31
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Jordan Peterson, Twelve Rules For Life


Buffer19/03/2020 20:23:47
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I have just finished Les Miserables. You certainly need to skim some of it as its not relevant to the plot. Otherwise its a brilliant story.

Also last year I really enjoyed reading all the Sharpe stories by Bernard Cornwell. They are based on the Napoleonic Wars but Mr Cornwell drops his character in to take all the glory! They can be found very cheaply on ebay or amazon.


Roderick Jenkins19/03/2020 20:33:55
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Just finished rereading the O'Brien saga frown. The Rivers of London series by Ben Aaranovitch are good fun - police procedurals with added magic. I like the sound of Elly Griffiths, must investigate.


Andrew Tinsley19/03/2020 20:57:41
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I am about a third of the way through Roger Penrose's "Road to Reality". Certainly a very interesting read. Should take me to the end of the 12 weeks of self isolation.


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