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Re: Books

Post by biggeordiedave » Fri Jun 01, 2018 7:55 am

Blještav Benny wrote:The next book I'll be after for my commute is one about Albert Pierrepoint, saw something on TV a while back about him. He was Britain's Official Executioner for 25 years until the 1950s. Quite interested in all that kind of stuff.

I also really like books about people's time in prison e.g. The Damage done, and books about people who have been in Alcatraz, on Death Row and so on so if anyone has any recommendations let me know.
The Damage Done was excellent, really enjoyed that. Tig Hague has written a couple of books about getting locked up in Russia 15 years ago. I read 'Zone 22' years ago on holiday and it was pretty good.

Just had a quick look on Amazon and I might pick up 'Hotel K' (Bali) and 'El Infierno' (Ecuador) as they're both well rated.
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Post by Colback's Orange Tufts » Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:25 am

Not a book (forgive me) but for stories on being locked up the podcast 'Ear Hustle' is great. It's a podcast made inside San Quentin prison in California. It's a prison famous for its inmate programmes, it can be funny or pretty intense. the last one on death row was amazing imo
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Re: Books

Post by Donkey Toon » Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:30 am

Blještav Benny wrote:The next book I'll be after for my commute is one about Albert Pierrepoint, saw something on TV a while back about him. He was Britain's Official Executioner for 25 years until the 1950s. Quite interested in all that kind of stuff.

I also really like books about people's time in prison e.g. The Damage done, and books about people who have been in Alcatraz, on Death Row and so on so if anyone has any recommendations let me know.
There is a film about him as well, which i'd recommend. Called "Pierrepont" and starring Timothy Spall as the man himself.

Pretty much went under the radar upon release, but unfairly, it is well worth a watch.

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Post by Bodacious Benny » Fri Jun 01, 2018 1:34 pm

Thanks for the tips, will check some of those out.
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Re: Books

Post by Bodacious Benny » Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:02 pm

About 1/3 of the way through Kieron Dyer's autobiography at the moment. Quite interesting so far, talks about how he was sexually abused during his childhood which has obviously affected his entire life, how he had a baby brother who died shortly after birth, and about the impact that being part of the first generation of footballers to have silly money had on him.
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Re: Books

Post by Bodacious Benny » Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:54 am

Nearly finished dyer's autobiography, does make quite a few digs at Newcastle fans as the book goes on. Pretty much says West ham fans are proper fans and Newcastle fans just gave him grief and moan at every mistake.
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Post by Chappy » Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:21 pm

Blještav Benny wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:54 am
Nearly finished dyer's autobiography, does make quite a few digs at Newcastle fans as the book goes on. Pretty much says West ham fans are proper fans and Newcastle fans just gave him grief and moan at every mistake.
Didn't help himself...

No idea how he can call West Ham fans "proper fans" though. They're a horrid lot.
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Re: Books

Post by Bodacious Benny » Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:28 pm

Chappy Al-Shabab wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:21 pm
Blještav Benny wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:54 am
Nearly finished dyer's autobiography, does make quite a few digs at Newcastle fans as the book goes on. Pretty much says West ham fans are proper fans and Newcastle fans just gave him grief and moan at every mistake.
Didn't help himself...

No idea how he can call West Ham fans "proper fans" though. They're a horrid lot.
In his defence he does talk a lot about how stupid he was early in his career. Obviously the injuries aren't his fault, but some of his off the field behaviour he holds his hands up and says he was an idiot.
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Post by Chappy » Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:29 pm

Blještav Benny wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:28 pm
Chappy Al-Shabab wrote:
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Didn't help himself...

No idea how he can call West Ham fans "proper fans" though. They're a horrid lot.
In his defence he does talk a lot about how stupid he was early in his career. Obviously the injuries aren't his fault, but some of his off the field behaviour he holds his hands up and says he was an idiot.
Yeah he came across that way in his interview with True Geordie.
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Re: Books

Post by Bodacious Benny » Thu Jul 26, 2018 3:18 pm

Finished El Infierno about a British drug smugglers experience of being locked up in Ecuador. Was pretty good and I motored through it pretty quickly. Nothing at all like 'The Damage Done' in terms of conditions inside the prison, more a story about the corruption and associated violence that takes place in Ecuadorian prisons, and where everything can be bought.
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Re: Books

Post by lassassinblanc » Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:18 am

picked up the following not to long ago:
Angels With Dirty Faces: The Footballing History of Argentina by Jonathan Wilson
Behind The Curtain: Travels in Eastern European Football
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs ... A New History of a Lost World by Steve Brusate

Coming through London City Airport other day getting rid of shrapnel picked up
A Clockwork Orange and One flew over the cuckoos nest for £8 as part of a buy one get one free deal
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Re: Books

Post by Colback's Orange Tufts » Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:45 am

Just finished Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, by John Carreyrou. Thorough reports on Theranos, the much lauded silicon valley 'startup' in blood testing that seemingly was built on lies, bullying and a lot of investor cash. so many accounts of the culture there and how the founder idolised Steve Jobs but she took up some of his more interesting qualities. I recommend it
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Re: Books

Post by ALF » Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:26 pm

lassassinblanc wrote:
Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:18 am
picked up the following not to long ago:
Angels With Dirty Faces: The Footballing History of Argentina by Jonathan Wilson
Behind The Curtain: Travels in Eastern European Football
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs ... A New History of a Lost World by Steve Brusate

Coming through London City Airport other day getting rid of shrapnel picked up
A Clockwork Orange and One flew over the cuckoos nest for £8 as part of a buy one get one free deal
Great book.

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