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Good British Authors

Discussion in 'Non-Music Chat' started by Mr Gary C, Aug 20, 2014.

  1. Mr Gary C

    Mr Gary C Well-Known Member

    Separate book thread.

    I'm looking to read decent books by British authors.

    I'm a big fan of spy stories, but I've re-read just about every Len Deighton, John Le Carre and Fredrick Forsythe.

    I love books written or set in the 1960's and 1970's.

    I'm not too fussed about American authors other than Elmore Leonard...although I do enjoy gritty stuff such as Fight Club and American Psycho.

    I love the works of David Peace, but I've read all his stuff.

    Can anyone help me? 50's, 60's 70's stuff...spy or crime as well?

    I've read all the 60s kitchen sink dramas as well.

    Thanks
     
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  3. MarcPollitt84

    MarcPollitt84 Well-Known Member

    Favourite Bands:
    Two Gallants
    Saturday Night/Sunday Morning, although from your original post im assuming youve read that?
     
  4. Mr Gary C

    Mr Gary C Well-Known Member

    Yeah. I've read and enjoyed that. I've read a lot of 60's stuff, but i know my horizons have been fairly limited and I'm not aware of many authors. Any suggestions welcome...and I may re-read Saturday Night Sunday Morning.
     
  5. alfonse

    alfonse Member

    Am currently reading The Colditz Story by P.R.Reid, which is tophole, what what?
     
  6. Mr Gary C

    Mr Gary C Well-Known Member

    Sounds right up my street! Thanks!
     
  7. millario

    millario Member

    Favourite Bands:
    Mogwai and Seafood
    "The Innocent" by Ian McEwan (dark, cold war shizz) and "Any Human Heart" by William Boyd (excellent decade-spanning yarn) are two that spring to mind.

    Also, Philip Kerr writes a series about a German cop in WW2 called Bernie Gunther that has the feel of a 'gumshoe detective' novel (bit of a character is our Bernie) but also touches on the 'escape' of some Nazis to South America through the 50s. Ace dialogue.

    Not spying, specifically, but plenty of clandestine meetings with dodgy folk.

    Have a look at 'Berlin Noir' where it all begins...
     
  8. millario

    millario Member

    Favourite Bands:
    Mogwai and Seafood
    Oh, and owt by Graham Greene, too.
     
  9. Mr Gary C

    Mr Gary C Well-Known Member

    Excellent. Thanks.
     
  10. GregB

    GregB Active Member

    Dick Francis?
     
  11. Staypuff

    Staypuff Active Member

    Charles Dickens
     
  12. polishpunk

    polishpunk New Member

    Recently read The Magus by John Fowles which was bloody ace, definitely not spying but of the period you're describing (maybe set slightly earlier), worth seeking out I reckon.
     
  13. Lavalas

    Lavalas Member

    Favourite Bands:
    Do Make Say Think
    Have you read The Collector by John Fowles? I think it could be my favourite book.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the Magus too. It's very evocative and surreal.
     
  14. polishpunk

    polishpunk New Member

    I have not, I will now add it to the list.

    The Magus really started to frustrate me because the plot is so...slippery, but once I accepted that it was honestly one of the best things I've read.
     
  15. Mr Gary C

    Mr Gary C Well-Known Member

    I love 'The Collector' and it's one of my favourite books.

    I'll give The Magus a try.
     
  16. BALL OF SHIT

    BALL OF SHIT Member

    Jeffrey Archer is a good story teller.
    The Prison Diaries are worth a look too.
     
  17. JoeBRG

    JoeBRG Member

    Favourite Bands:
    Radiohead/Shellac/Wu
    My wife's into Berlin Noir, it is very film noir though so if wisecrackin' isn't your thing...
     
  18. Black.Wire

    Black.Wire Member

    I'm currently about a third of the way in to this, it's so great.
     
  19. millario

    millario Member

    Favourite Bands:
    Mogwai and Seafood
    Yeah, Bernie's certainly a wise-ass.
     
  20. Eccles

    Eccles Member

    Dirk Gently's holistic detective agency - Douglas Adams.

    Done.
     

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