/ Please recommend me a book
Are you looking specifically for biography recommendations? If not, what sort of thing do you like?
Have you read "The Damned United"?
Yeap. I just want a damn good read. Dont tend to do fiction. Have read loads of climbing books, loads.
Have you read 'A Voyage for Madmen' by Peter Nichol? It's about the 1968 round the world yacht race and it's a fantastic read. I'm still a bit haunted by some of the tales.
Give it a whirl. Every time I see a yacht now, I think about it upside down in the middle of a very remote bit of ocean :-/
Sounds good, reserved at the library.
On a similar nautical disaster theme - "Left for dead: 30 years on - the race is finally over: the 1979 Fastnet Race - one man's epic story of survival"
And a bit different on a diving theme - "Raising the dead" - Finch, Phillip
Lords of Finance. Financial history and biography of the bankers involved in events that lead to the first world war, great depression and sowed the seeds for the second world war. Brilliant read.
From the Holy Mountain. Dalrymple tells a history of Christianity in the middle east through the retracing of retelling of the journey of a couple monks from Greece to Eygpt. Hilarious, incite-fully contempary & also brilliantly written.
The unnatural history of the sea
The Sisters Brothers for a quirky cowboy story
The Quantum Thief - good modern sci-fi with a nod to traditional SF
Genus - Jonathan Trigel readable dystopian future
J G Ballard - most of his books
Is this a keyhole procedure these days?
> Have you read 'A Voyage for Madmen' by Peter Nichol? It's about the 1968 round the world yacht race and it's a fantastic read. I'm still a bit haunted by some of the tales.
Just finished reading this, its hard to believe its a true story. Highly recommended even for non nautical folk like myself.
Was that the race when Donald Crowhurst went round in circles?
Cool. Just bought 'A Voyage for Madmen' after reading this thread. Recently finished Minus 148 and was looking for another read.
Dont spoil it for everyone!
Near the end of this now. Moitessier is an inspiration and the xxxxxxxxxx (don't want to spoil it for another reader). Its an enriching story and great to hear of the comraderie among some of the competitors.
Another vote for A Voyage For Madmen. I have no interest in sailing or any sort of competitive racing, yet I still adored this book! Tall Clare first recommended it to me on these forum pages :-)
Would be interesting to read it alongside (quite coincidentally another TC recommendation) Andrew Smith's "Moon Dust" as the events in each book are sort of contemporary, and the characters involved are as fascinating and diverse as each other (OK none of the astronauts were QUITE as bonkers as certain of the sailors...)
The Alan Bombard story
Fiction: Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra is so rich, colourful and exciting, you could dissapear into it for weeks.
Did your mountaineering reading include Gordon Stainforth's 'Fiva'? Great narrative drive makes it difficult to put down but at the same time I didn't want it to end. Am currently re-reading it with a bit more attention to detail! Definitely recommended.
The best non-fiction book I've read recently is 'Moondust' which traced the stories of the 9 astronauts who walked on the moon and the effect it has subsequently had on their lives. Very thought-provoking, fantastic read.
Just read a couple of William Boyd books whic I enjoyed; Restless and Waiting for sunrise - one based on run-up to WW1 the other to WW2 - very readable
Cairngorm John -John Allen
(Former leader of the cairngrom MRT)
A fantasic account of one mans life and how he and the mountains seemed to be symbiotic. Well written, emotive, educational and at times tragic, but a tremendous must read IMHO.
I'll second NWClimber's recommendation for Fiva - gripping and pacy, written in a self-effacing way. An excellent read.
Also, Mark Radtke's Canvas of Rock is one of the best climbing autobiographies I've read in years. Genuine insights into the psyche of climbing and risk-taking, the spooky phenonemon of 'intuition', as well as giving a fresh account of hard trad from the 70's to the 90's.
Forgot to add another - 1000 years of Annoying the French, by Stephen Clarke. Informative and funny.
Currently on 'Man's Search For Meaning' by Viktor Frankl a pyschological survival book by a guy who survived the Nazi concentration camps.
Like the look of Journey for madmen and still dipping in and out of poetry.
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