James Morris's Coronation Everest would take some beating; firsthand account by a Times journalist. That was before he had a sex-change and became Jan Morris, probably greatest British travel writer.Everest 1953.
Superb account of the British expedition to conquer Everest.
Cheers, I'll have a look.The taking of Annie Thorne.
CJ Tudor. Kind of a horror mystery,, set in Nottinghamshire pit area and much of it struck a chord with references to working class upbringing.
Was surprised it was a woman author when I found out..
@RestlessNatives, I think you would very much like the style. Have to admit I listened on audio book and it was well and atmospherically narrated so I don't know how it will come across in print..
Always intrigued me that. Might give it a go.Withdrawn Traces - Searching For The Truth About Richey Manic by Sara Hawys and Leon Noakes with Richey's Personal Archive.
It's written with the full consent of Richey's sister Rachel Edwards as she opened his diaries, school work and other personal items in his diary.
It's aimed at getting behind the "real" Richey during his lifetime and the lead up to his disappearance in February 1995. According to Rachel herself that timeline and a lot of the "facts" leading up to his disappearance are not infact true.
The first 100 pages have flown by and it's been a cracking read so far.
The author's have also interviewed many friends and people who knew him well, who previously had kept quiet on the topic, as well as Rachel herself to come up with this page turner.
I saw the Manics live in Amsterdam in late '94 at the Paradiso, they were on your with Suede and it was a blistering show...it was during their camouflage/army fatigues/JEB balaclava period, and it was one of the last live shows, if not the last to feature Richey before his disappearance.
A must read for any early incarnation Manics fan, or for music historians who want to find out more about the myth of Richey and his eventual disappearance.
Also subsequently debunked as a fantasy.Finally got around to reading Bravo Two Zero. I'm about half of the way through and whilst I'm enjoying it, it's not really as good as what it's built up to be.
I sort of know TC Boyle (may have mentioned it on here before), and we've chatted about my own travels on the Niger - he's never been, and wrote the book entirely from his imagination. He imagined a river flowing through jungle; the reality is it flows through semi-desert. But it's probably my favourite of his books, written with remarkable freedom.T.C. Boyle: Water Music. I've been enjoying a lot more historical fiction recently, and this is a gripping account of Mungo Park's journeys as first Westerner to travel to the source of the Niger. Mungo Park was from Selkirk and also spent some time in Peebles - my missus is from Peebs where he is well known as a historical figure of significance, so it was interesting contrasting that existence with that of his travels to the wilds of Africa. Other characters - an equal mix of real historical people like the dandy Beau Brummel and minor characters whose existences are widely embellished - have equally fascinating stories. Mebbeees a bit racist like.
Currently 400 pages into J.G. Farrell's The Singapore Grip, which will complete his Empire Trilogy (cheers @Monty Pigeon), then got T. C. Boyle's Drop City staring at me.
i've heard this a few times from different people, makes you wonder whoever the first person was that read it and thought it would make such a good (better) movie...What's the author's name again? He's fucking rank. I was travelling and had nothing left to read and still gave up on one of his. Dreadful. Love the Bourne films, though.