I go for books with a bit of character in them, Goscinny and Uderzos Asterix books were a favourite of mine as a kid – and I’ve now got my hands on six anniversary editions
My favourite author is Terry Pratchett, he created some brilliant characters. And I’m happy to say I had the pleasure of meeting the man himself at a Waterstones bookstore in Manchester, before his untimely death. One day i’ll have the nerve to pick up and read his final epic – the shepherds crown – but till then I’ll satisfy my discworld fever, by reading one of this lot (and the smaller paperbacks)
and when i’m bored with that (NEVER! sic) youll find me skimming through my comedy collection – The Goons, Monty Python, Morecambe and wise and Scott adams
I’m a big fan of the late Terry Pratchett’s work and keep his novels on a shelf
in my bedroom – office.
They’re kept in two rows, one behind the other – the later editions hiding behind the earlier books, which I enjoy reading.
Later editions being in hardback – are also on another shelf and these are kept, like the paperbacks in chronological order, the last edition being the shepherds crown, which was completed just before terry’s death
The books themselves have series all to do with individual characters, there’s the Wizards, Death, the Witches, the Dwarves, The thieves guild, the Watch, the Vampires and of course, theres the character that kicks it all off – Rincewind.
Each set of books has its own groupings and could be kept in their own sets – I choose to set them out chronologically.
I have a nest of shelves in my room. I’m quite proud of them really. You could say they were my First Do-it-Yourself project after leaving school.
What’s on them ? Books, Mainly. My collection of Terry Pratchett Novels shares space with Authors ranging from the Comedian David Mitchell to William Horwoods Tale of the willows. A Camera occasionally spends time there, when its not being used for a project
A few Discworld Hardbacks reside in the top left corner, they might not be worth anything, but they sit proud on the shelf, signed by the author himself.
There’s a broken up pyramid puzzle in front of some scientific paperbacks – one day – I might just put it back together, but till then it too occupies a space by the books. A CD System sits nearby alongside a selection of comedy recordings. Their Music Equivalents sit on an adjacent shelf
I’ve got a small amount of toy cars commemorating special events held in the UK – mostly from Manchester’s commonwealth games and the London Olympics and these line the top of the shelf.
My holiday trinkets have a shelf all of their own. Snowglobes, Turtles and the odd pic – right now there’s one of Mum and dad up there.
And most recent my own copies of publications I’ve contributed to.
And a whole host of autobiographies from celebrities far and wide.
But alongside these, recently, have come familiar tales from my childhood.
Long john Silver shares a space with Paddington Bear and Winnie the Pooh. The Riverbank tales of Kenneth Graham have evolved thanks to the English Writer, William Horswood and more recently Douglas Adams Arthur Dent has shared a bench with the likes of Rincewind, Angua and Detritus of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld
I’ve read the Arthur Ransome tale of the Walker Children in their boat on the English Lakes, Swallows and Amazons , a number of times. The First time being at High school. It tells the tale of their first adventure out at water on their boat, the swallow and their experiences of taking a boat out for the first time. You could say i caught the bug for exploring after reading this book – exploring the land and sea with the Scouts and Ocean Youth Club some time after.
I’m currently reading a series of books I first came across when imperial war museum north hosted once upon a wartime in its special exhibitions gallery.
Having covered the machine gunners by Robert westall and Michael morpurgo s novels war horse and blitzcat, I’m currently reading something a little more lighter
William at war, part of the just William series by Richmal Crompton.
Wartime has come to Williams backyard and like every schoolboy in the country in the U.K., Williams determined to do his bit for king and country. Trying to catch the enemy with his gang …the outlaws, deciphering messages in code or just trying to be a hero, ten wonderfully written tales show the schoolboy antics of a kid in wartime.
A wonderful book with laughs a plenty
Its on sale as part of the war fiction in the imperial war museum, but is available from all good bookstores courtesy of Macmillan paperbacks for £6.99.
This bit of the blog is going to be an on off review section. Because , believe it or not – I actually like reading books as much as I like writing stuff
Think of this page as not exactly Jonathan Ross but not Michael Parkinson either…
I’ve currently gone back to two books I read in preparation for IWM North’s Book Exhibit – Once upon a Wartime
The first the Machine Gunnersby Robert Westall – is set in World War II and tells the tale of a group of war souvenir hunters, who’s unofficial leader stumbles across a German Bomber crashed in the nearby woods – with the Machine Gun still intact…
“Some bright kid’s got a gun and 2000 rounds of live ammo…”
A brilliant tale unfolds as the lad and his mates set out to aid the forces with dangerous and unexpected results.
The second War Horseby Michael Morpurgo – set at the outbreak of world war I , tells the tale of a young horse Joey, who is sold to the cavalry and sent to France, and Albert – his owner who goes to the battlefields of France in a mission to bring Joey back
Its a surprising tale – told by the horse itself and brings to life what happened to the animals sent to the front during warfare.
The book itself has been turned into a Theatre play and a Film by the film producer Steven Spielburg – well worth a read.