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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
 
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The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960.
It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award winning film, also a classic.
 
Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior, to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos.
Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal.
Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.

 

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G/day Dave We have added the large sofa in the lounge and large armchair and recliner in the bedroom although the recliner can be moved anywhere, also a large Smart TV, its had a paint job a

I think the book reviews, lodging and restaurant posts are a welcome part of this forum.  Appreciation to Daveo for posting them. 

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Damn Few by Rorke Denver.
 
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With all the SEALs' recent successes, we have been getting a level of attention we are not used to.
It's been flattering but something important has been missing from the discussion.
People keep describing what we do, but no one has even scratched the surface of how and why, the unique psychology behind it.
 
Operating in the world’s most hostile environments, the Navy SEALs are highly skilled warriors, finely tuned and ready for action.
Now; for the first time, Lieutenant Commander Rorke Denver offers a compelling and profound insight into the extreme bravery, borderline lunacy, and touching camaraderie of this elite brotherhood.
 
Packed with tales from the gruelling training process and real-life operations, Rorke Denver recounts his evolution from a young SEAL hopeful pushing his way through Hell Week, into a warrior engaging in dangerous stealth missions across the globe, and finally into a lieutenant commander directing the indoctrination programmes and the “Hero or Zero” missions his graduating SEALs undertake.
 
From hunting Osama bin Laden to hostage rescues in Somalia and momentum-shifting operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, the SEALs hit hard and fast, moving in and out of conflict zones without leaving a trace.
 
Through the course of Denver’s story, you’ll see what it takes to become one of them and why they are the damn few.

 

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An Introduction to Western Philosophy by Antony Flew.
 
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A comprehensive introduction to philosophy from Plato to Popper.

 

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Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets by Nassim Nicholas Taleb.



 



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Everyone wants to succeed in life.



But what causes some of us to be more successful than others?



Is it really down to skill and strategy, or something altogether more unpredictable?



 



This book is the bestselling sensation that will change the way you think about business and the world.



It is all about luck: more precisely, how we perceive luck in our personal and professional experiences.



Nowhere is this more obvious than in the markets, we hear an entrepreneur has 'vision' or a trader is 'talented', but all too often their performance is down to chance rather than skill.



It is only because we fail to understand probability that we continue to believe events are non random, finding reasons where none exist.

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PADI Open Water Diver Manual.
 
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The fun and adventure of learning to Scuba dive

 

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How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive: A Manual of Step by Step Procedures for the Compleat Idiot by John Muir & Tosh Gregg.
 
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When How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive was first published in 1969, launching John Muir Publications, it was affectionately adopted by VW enthusiasts, and John Muir found himself regarded as the "sage" of air-cooled VWs.
As one reader put it, "This book is a philosophy lesson disguised as a repair manual."
With clear instructions on how to fix absolutely everything in an air-cooled VW, it covers all models built through 1978, including the Bug, Beetle, Karmann Ghia, Bus, Camper, and more than 20 other vehicles.
Full of funny stories, philosophical ponderings, and Peter Aschwanden's easy to-understand illustrations, this special anniversary edition includes readers' accounts of how the book made them laugh out loud while they fixed their VWs and saved money.

 

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The Farang Wife by Tony Crossley.
 
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"A sizzling and oft-amusing tale of gender rivalry"
 
An English graphic designer in Bangkok loves his lovely if prim wife, but he finds models at the photography studio he part owns too much to resist.
On the wife finding her marriage under threat, to cure her husband's habitual philandering she decides to be more 'sexy'.
Little did she know the effect this would have on her psyche.
 
An expat Pattaya estate agency manager married in the UK believing that his former mini celebrity wife would serve his social aspirations.
He combines his photography hobby with his penchant for skirt-chasing.
The wife attempts to jump start her flagging marriage by reviving her modelling career.

 

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Arabesk by Barbara Nadel.
 
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When the wife of one of Istanbul's best known popular singers is found dead and his baby daughter missing, the newly promoted Inspector Suleyman, scion of one of Turkey's most aristocratic families, finds himself plunged into the magnificently vulgar, overblown world of Arabesk music, dominated by an ageing star, the monstrous chanteuse, Tansu.

 

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Sunshine by Robin McKinley.
 
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There are places in the world where darkness RULES, where it's unwise to walk. But there hadn't been any trouble out at the lake for years, and Sunshine just needed a spot where she could be alone with her thoughts. Vampires never entered her mind.
 
Until they found her...

 

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The Stolen by T.S. Learner.
 
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Zurich, 1983.
A Roma gypsy lies dead in front of a smart watchmaker's window. His sacrifice will lead to the discovery of a remarkable treasure, kept hidden by the Nazis for decades.
 
But this mysterious artefact is much more than it seems and its power will not be contained...
 
Widowed physicist Matthias von Holindt has been lost in his own world for far too long.
But when his estranged father is implicated in the murder, Matthias is forced on a desperate hunt for the truth.
Fighting against a secret, sinister cabal, he must race to save the artefact from their evil grasp. But the quest will have profound and devastating consequences for Matthias himself and threaten those he loves the most.
 
Heart stopping adventure, rich history and a deep, hidden mystery The Stolen is a compelling and hugely satisfying thriller from the bestselling author of Sphinx.

 

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The Black Count: Glory, revolution, betrayal and the real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss.
 
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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR BIOGRAPHY 2013
 
‘The Three Musketeers?
The Count of Monte Cristo?
The stories of course are fiction, but here a prize winning author shows us that the inspiration for the swashbuckling stories was, in fact, Dumas’s own father, Alex the son of a marquis and a black slave.
He achieved a giddy ascent from private in the Dragoons to the rank of general; an outsider who had grown up among slaves, he was all for Liberty and Equality.
Alex Dumas was the stuff of legend.
 
So how did such this extraordinary man get erased by history?
Why are there no statues of ‘Monsieur Humanity’ as his troops called him?
The Black Count uncovers what happened and the role Napoleon played in Dumas’s downfall.
By walking the same ground as Dumas, from Haiti to
the Pyramids, Paris to the prison cell at Taranto, Reiss, like the novelist before him, triumphantly resurrects this forgotten hero.

 

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No Full Stops in India by Mark Tully.
 
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India's Westernized elite, cut off from local traditions, 'want to write a full stop in a land where there are no full stops'.
From that striking insight Mark Tully has woven a superb series of 'stories' which explore Calcutta, from the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad (probably the biggest religious festival in the world) to the televising of a Hindu epic.
Throughout, he combines analysis of major issues with a feel for the fine texture and human realities of Indian life.
The result is a revelation.
'The ten essays, written with clarity, warmth of feeling and critical balance and understanding, provide as lively a view as one can hope for of the panorama of India'.

 

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The Collected by Jack London.
 
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36 Stories/4 Complete Novels/A Memoir
London's works have enthralled readers for over a century. The Collected Jack London includes 36 stories, 4 complete novels & a memoir that span the literary life of the writer.
A Note on This Edition
Introduction
The North: To build a fire --
An odyssey of the North --
The white silence --
The son of the wolf --
To the man on trail --
The wisdom of the trail --
In a far country --
Siwash --
The God of his fathers --
Where the trail forks --
Housekeeping in the Klondike --
A daughter of the aurora --
The law of life --
The sickness of Lone Chief --
Keesh, the son of Keesh --
The league of the old men --
Bâtard --
Love of life --
Which make men remember --
The men of forty-mile --
At the rainbow's end --
The call of the wild --
White fang --
Through the rapids on the way to Klondike --
From Dawson to the sea. The man: Martin Eden --
John Barleycorn --
Two thousand stiffs --
The brain merchant --
Holding her down. The sea: The cruise of the Dazzler --
The whale tooth --
Mauki --
Koolau the leper --
The sheriff of Kona --
The chinago --
The house of Mapuhi --
The seed of McCoy --
Good-by, Jack --
The bones of Kahekili --
When Alice told her soul --
Shin-bones --
The water baby --
The sea-farmer --
Samuel --
The sea-wolf --
Story of a typhoon off the coast of Japan --
The run across --
The inconceivable and monstrous --
A Pacific traverse --
The Sophie Sutherland --
That dead men rise up never
Chronology

 

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Rootless: An Autobiography by Bruce Oldfield.
 
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Born a mixed-race, illegitimate child to an irresponsible, 'care free' mother and an anonymous Jamaican boxer, Bruce Oldfield's entry into the world was anything but conventional.
As his mother was moved from hospital to mental home to supervision by her mother, likewise Bruce moved through several boy's homes before being fostered for twelve years with a woman who became known as 'Mum' and with three other mixed-race children who became his 'brothers' and 'sisters'.
 
Bruce's 'family' rarely strayed far from living just above the breadline.
To make up the finances Bruce's foster mum worked as a seamstress.
It was her talent to make fabulous clothes from scraps of material that captured Bruce's imagination.
 
What began as a hobby and Desire to ease the family's financial worries became Bruce's life's work as he rose through the ranks of top designers in London, New York and Paris to become one of the best known and best loved figures in the fashion world.
 
He created the most beautiful clothes for an amazing range of people, from the Princess of Wales to Dame Edna Everage.
 
'After thirty years in the business it seems an opportune moment to put down an account of my life, as much to evaluate where I've been as to decide where I'm going.'

 

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Robbie Williams: Somebody Someday by Mark McCrum.
 
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Once in a while a book is produced that captures the energy and spirit of the world of rock.
Somebody Someday was published to massive popular and critical acclaim in September 2001.
It shot straight to No 1 in the bestseller lists and proceeded to spend 14 weeks in the top 3.
The insight, honesty and humour of the book was unprecedented. The photographic quality and design innovation; no more than this pop icon deserved. In short it was a triumph.

 

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Alphaville. Michael Codella & Bruce Bennett by Michael Codella.
 
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Welcome to Alphabet City in the Lower East Side, Manhattan's most crime ridden neighbourhood.
Murder, rape and violence are hitting record levels the streets, fuelled by a drug problem that's got the city by the throat so hard it could explode into full-blown anarchy.
It was into this vision of hell that Mike Codella and his partner Gio stepped in 1988, two plainclothes narcs expected just to pull a few street arrests to keep statistics looking good, and try to get out alive. But Mike had his eyes on something bigger.
Davey Blue Eyes: local kingpin, drug lord and stone cold murderer. Just one drawback, no one even knew what he looked like. Fascinating, brutal and told with a furious, even poetic energy, Alphaville stands shoulder to shoulder with other modern true crime classics such as Serpico, The French Connection, Wiseguy, or David Simon's Homicide.
"Nerve shredding real.
Addictive, brilliant and compelling. A staggeringly well written true life drama, which had me breathless from the first page to the last.

 

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Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett.
 
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A seminal work of twentieth century drama, Waiting for Godot was Samuel Beckett's first professionally produced play.
It opened in Paris in 1953 at the tiny Left Bank Theatre de Babylone, and has since become a cornerstone of twentieth-century theater.
The story line revolves around two seemingly homeless men waiting for someone or something named Godot.
Vladimir and Estragon wait near a tree on a barren stretch of road, inhabiting a drama spun from their own consciousness.
The result is a comical wordplay of poetry, dreamscapes, and nonsense, which has been interpreted as a somber summation of mankind's inexhaustible search for meaning.
Beckett's language pioneered an expressionistic minimalism that captured the existentialism of post-World War II Europe.
His play remains one of the most magical and beautiful allegories of our time.

 

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Vanished (Nick Heller #1) by Joseph Finder.
 
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The bestselling "master of the modern thriller" returns with his most compelling hero and his most electrifying tale yet.
 
Lauren Heller and her husband, Roger, are out to dinner one night when they’re brutally attacked.
Twenty-four hours later, Lauren awakes in the hospital to find that her husband has vanished without a trace.
The only one who has any chance of finding him is his brother, Nick, a high powered investigator with a private intelligence firm.
 
Nick Heller is tough, smart, and stubborn, trained in the Special Forces, he specializes in digging up Secrets that powerful people would rather keep hidden.
He and his brother have been estranged ever since the imprisonment of their notorious billionaire father, but Nick will do anything to protect Lauren and her son.
He never backs down, even if it means taking on the most lethal enemies he’s ever had to face.
 
Plunged headlong into a desperate chase, Nick begins making shocking discoveries about his brother's life and about the giant defense contractor he works for.
Now, in order to keep Lauren and her teenage son alive, Nick must take on a powerful and deadly conspiracy that will stop at nothing to protect its secret.
 
With breathtaking suspense and Pulse pounding action, right down to its final, astonishing twist, here is "the finest of the contemporary thriller novelists" at the top of his game.

 

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Bloody Heroes by Damien Lewis.
 
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It is the winter of 2001.
A terror ship is bound for Britain carrying a terrifying weapon.
The British military sends a crack unit of SAS and SBS to assault the vessel before she reaches London.
So begins a true story of explosive action as this band of elite warriors pursues the merchants of death from the high seas to the harsh wildlands of Afghanistan.
The hunt culminates in the single greatest battle of the Afghan war, the brutal and bloody siege of an ancient mud walled fortress crammed full of hundreds of Al Qaeda and Taliban.
Find it in our extensive War section at Canterbury Tales Bookshop.

 

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Hide and Seek by Ian Rankin.
 
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A junkie lies dead in an Edinburgh squat, spread eagle, cross like on the floor, between two burned down candles, a five pointed star daubed on the wall above.
 
Just another dead addict, until John Rebus begins to chip away at the indifference, treachery, deceit and sleaze that lurks behind the facade of the Edinburgh familiar to tourists.
 
Only Rebus seems to care about a death which looks more like a murder every day, about a seductive danger he can almost taste, appealing to the darkest corners of his mind . .

 

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The Truth About Trump May 2016. by Michael D'Antonio.



 



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For all those who wonder, "Just who is Donald Trump?",



The Truth About Trump supplies the answer.



 



Drawing upon exclusive interviews and exhaustive research, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Michael D'Antonio presents Trump's full story, from his beginnings as a businessman to his juggernaut presidential campaign.



Along the way, D'Antonio charts the successes and failures, scandals and triumphs, and relentless pursuit of money and fame that have made Trump who he is today.



D'Antonio also details the origins of the Trump family fortune, Trump's history of using politics to get ahead, and how he has mastered the media to turn publicity into power.



 



First published in 2015, and now updated to cover Trump's rise to political prominence, The Truth About Trump is an unsparing, eye-opening account of the life and career of the most talked-about man in America.



 


 

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The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami.
 
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When a man's favourite elephant vanishes, the balance of his whole life is subtly upset.
A couple's midnight hunger pangs drive them to hold up a McDonald's.
A woman finds she is irresistible to a small green monster that burrows through her front garden.
An insomniac wife wakes up in a twilight world of semi consciousness in which anything seems possible, even death.
In every one of these stories Murakami makes a determined assault on the normal.

 

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hi david do you have any books by the german crime author andreas franz?plan to visit pattay in august .otherwise ill have to bring one or two

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The Golem of Paris by Jonathan Kellerman.
 
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From two #1 bestselling masters of crime fiction comes an extraordinary thriller about family, murder, and the Secrets that refuse to stay buried.
It s been more than a year since LAPD detective Jacob Lev learned the remarkable truth about his family, and he's not coping well.
He's back to drinking, he s not talking to his father, the LAPD Special Projects Department continues to shadow him, and the memory of a woman named Mai haunts him day and night.
And while Jacob has tried to build a bridge to his mother, she remains a stranger to him, imprisoned inside her own tattered mind.
Then he comes across the file for a gruesome unsolved murder that brings the two halves of his life into startling collision.
Finding the killer will take him halfway around the world, to Paris the city of romance, but also of gritty streets, behind the lights.
It s a dangerous search for truth that plunges him into the past.
And for Jacob Lev, there is no place more frightening.
Jonathan Kellerman has long been known for his mastery of criminal psychology and his ability to create thrilling novels of nuanced drama and suspense.
But in The Golem of Paris, he and Jesse Kellerman raise that suspense to a whole new level."

 

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The Blue Afternoon by William Boyd.



 



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LosAngeles 1936. Kay Fischer, a young, ambitious architect, is shadowed by Salvador Carriscant, an enigmatic stranger claiming to be her father.



Within weeks of their first meeting, Kay will join him for an extraordinary journey into the old man's past, initially in search of a murderer, but finally in celebration of a glorious, undying love.

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