Friday, April 28, 2006

More "Tales From The Book Club"

As Keith Telly Topping mentioned previously, he will be using this blog once every couple of months to update the list of those books that have featured on The Book Club (and, those which we haven't been able to squeeze in, but which are still highly recommended).
Show Five:- 3 April
Raymond Khoury - The Last Templar (Orion)
Will Hodgkinson - Guitar Man: A Six-String Odyssey (Bloomsbury)
J Shaun Lyon - Doctor Who: Back to the Vortex (Telos Publishing)
Douglas Greenwood - Who's Buried Where in England? (Constable & Robinson)
Ken Emerson - Always Magic in the Air (Fourth Estate)
Simon Hughes - Morning Everyone (MacMillan)
Andrew Smith - Moondust* (Bloomsbury)

[* not Moonshot as both Keith Telly Topping and Jon Harle insisted on calling it on the show itself - many, many apologies to Andrew and to his publisher for getting the name of the book wrong ... But it's a wonderfully well-written book whatever it's called!]
Also received during March and April:
Robert Dimery - 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die (Cassell Illustrated)
Ray Banks - Saturday's Child (Polygon Publishing)
Gary Rimmer - Number Freaking: The Surreal Sums Behind Everyday Life (Icon Books)
Ian Mortimer - The Perfect King: The Life of Edward III (Jonathan Cape)
Paul Du Noyer - We All Shine On: The Stories Behind Every John Lennon Song (Carlton)
John Kennedy O'Connor - The Eurovision Song Contest: The Official History (Carlton)
Steve Watkins and Clare Jones - Unforgettable Journeys to Take Before You Die (BBC Books)
Gavin Pretor-Pinney - The Cloudspotter's Guide (Sceptre Books)
Matthew Parker - Monte Cassino (Headline Book Publishing)
Thomas Myler - Boxing's Hall of Shame (Mainstream Publishing)
Fred Eyre - Kicked Into Touch (Mainstream Publishing)
Robert and Isabella Tombs - That Sweetest Enemy: The French & The British From The Sun King To The Present (William Heinemann Publishing)
Karen Armstrong - The Great Transformation (Atlantic Publishing)
Harry Thompson - Penguins Stopped Play (John Murray Books)
Mandy Ambert - Geordie and the Spaceman (Author House)
David Nicholson-Lord - Planet Earth (BBC Books)
Nick Hornby - A Long Way Back (Penguin Books)

Several of these will feature in the next programme which is on 8 May (due to next Monday being a Bank Holiday). This blogger is still in the process of sorting out the script for this month as a couple of books which he wanted to feature haven't turned up yet.

Keith Telly Topping would also like to pay a moment's tribute to one of his all-time literary heroines, Muriel Spark, who died last weekend. Most people will know her best as the author of The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie - quite possibly the greatest novel written in the English language in the last Century. However, her work was always challenging and remarkably multi-layered, witty and humane. Check out The Ballad Of Peckham Rye, The Girls Of Slender Means, Momento Mori, Reality & Dreams and the remarkable The Abbess Of Crewe for other outstanding examples of Muriel's work. There's a fine website run by the National Library of Scotland here for further details on this quite extraordinary writer and her, equally remarkable, life.


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