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John Dodds's Book Blog

Bookfan. Likes include classic fiction, crime and thrillers.

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Steve Jobs
Walter Isaacson
The Cuckoo's Calling
Robert Galbraith
The Far Corner: A Mazy Dribble Through North-East Football
Harry Pearson
Dick Francis
The Bicycle Book
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World War I: The "Great War"
Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius
A History of Ireland in 100 Objects
Fintan O'Toole
The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood
James Gleick
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A Christmas Carol (Great Stories)

A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens Rather than reading A Christmas Carol, I saw Simon Callow's one man show in which he gave a staged reading of a substantial abridgement.

Callow's convincing characterisation of Scrooge brought life to the story and I had a most enjoyable evening. I knew the basic story already from films and childhood versions but there is much that is gripping about the original. For me, Dickens is best when I listen to a really good narrator, rather than reading it for myself.