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HERE'S THE WHAT TO READ THREAD FOR MARCH...

As March 17th is St Patricks Day, booboo123 has suggested an Irish theme - thank you once again! So here's my take on it...

You are looking for books/authors that fit the following....

Any book/author containing the word SAINT. As a Saint Patrick is a holy man you can also have any other word meaning "holy man", eg: priest, vicar, monk - MUST be male...no nuns!

Any author who's first name is PATRICK or has a surname containing it (like FitzPATRICK). PAT is also okay so you can get away with PATricia or PATty....time to catch up on my James PATtersons I think ;o)

(the word DAY is NOT allowed!)

As St Patrick is reputed to have chased all snakes from Ireland any word meaning SNAKE is fine eg: asp or serpent & I'll very generously allow any type of snake.....you never know you might find a BOA hidden somewhere!

As Ireland is known as the EMERALD Isle any shade of green is ok eg; jade, olive, lime, mint, sage, apple etc

As the emblem of Ireland is a SHAMROCK, you can also have any words meaning...
SHAM eg: mock, bogus, fake, pretend
or
ROCK eg: stone or pebble.
I know there maybe other definitions of these words but am only allowing these....can't be making it too easy for you & have to give you chance to s-t-r-e-t-c-h things a little.

And finally, of course, any book by an Irish author or set wholly in Ireland is acceptable.

I think that's plenty to go on.... Happy St Patricks Day to you all!

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As March 17th is St Patricks Day, booboo123 has suggested an Irish theme - thank you once again! So here's my take on it...

You are looking for books/authors that fit the following....

Any book/author containing the word SAINT. As a Saint Patrick is a holy man you can also have any other word meaning "holy man", eg: priest, vicar, monk - MUST be male...no nuns!

Any author who's first name is PATRICK or has a surname containing it (like FitzPATRICK). PAT is also okay so you can get away with PATricia or PATty....time to catch up on my James PATtersons I think ;o)

(the word DAY is NOT allowed!)

As St Patrick is reputed to have chased all snakes from Ireland any word meaning SNAKE is fine eg: asp or serpent & I'll very generously allow any type of snake.....you never know you might find a BOA hidden somewhere!

As Ireland is known as the EMERALD Isle any shade of green is ok eg; jade, olive, lime, mint, sage, apple etc

As the emblem of Ireland is a SHAMROCK, you can also have any words meaning...
SHAM eg: mock, bogus, fake, pretend
or
ROCK eg: stone or pebble.
I know there maybe other definitions of these words but am only allowing these....can't be making it too easy for you & have to give you chance to s-t-r-e-t-c-h things a little.

And finally, of course, any book by an Irish author or set wholly in Ireland is acceptable.

I think that's plenty to go on.... Happy St Patricks Day to you all!
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First up for me, will be The Husband List by Janet Evanovich & Dorien KELLY (as in Kelly green).
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Thank You

once again for using my suggestion!

For this month I have:

Belle in the Big APPLE (as in green. Even has a GREEN apple on the cover) by Brooke Parkhurst
Irish Girls About Town by MAEVE BINCHY, MARIAN KEYES AND CATHY KELLY (all Irish authors)
The PRETEND Wife by Bridget Asher
and last but not least:
Night of Rain and Stars by MAEVE BINCHY

Once I finish my second February book I should be good to go.


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I have a soft spot for everything Irish and tons of suitable books on my shelves. Now off to pick what to read first....

Thank you booboo123 and Plum-crazy, it'll be an interesting reading month!
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I have decided to read

Notes from an Exhibition by PATRICK Gale
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My first March book will be Irish at Heart by Marie Gray which is non-fiction and set in Ireland. However I have over 200 pages of my present book to read first.
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Kicking off the month with Ripley Under Ground by PATricia Highsmith.
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5813417/
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Two that I think are set in Ireland:
The Spinster Wife by Christina McKenna
Me and My Sisters by Sinead Moriarty
And I think holy men etc can be called Perfect, hence Not Perfect by Elizabeth LaBan :-)
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And I think holy men etc can be called Perfect, hence Not Perfect by Elizabeth LaBan :-)


Well done Nu-knees for finding a perfect man...not many of those about ;o)
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Ha ha. You make me laugh Plum. I always thought all men were perfect!
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Ha ha. You make me laugh Plum. I always thought all men were perfect!

Well, whatever I say I'm going to upset somebody - so I'll just keep quiet (LOL!)
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Two that I think are set in Ireland:
The Spinster Wife by Christina McKenna
Me and My Sisters by Sinead Moriarty
And I think holy men etc can be called Perfect, hence Not Perfect by Elizabeth LaBan :-)


Thanks Nu-Knees. I can always count on you to come up with another twist. Off to see if I have any "perfect" books.
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Two that I think are set in Ireland:
The Spinster Wife by Christina McKenna
Me and My Sisters by Sinead Moriarty

I've had to abandon the first because of all the bullying, somewhere I'm not prepared to go in my reading, so have started the second with my fingers crossed . . . .
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Me and My Sisters by Sinead Moriarty

I've now finished this entertainint Irish family saga.
On the Kindle so no link.
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A Lucky Irish Lad by Kevin O'Hara http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11807258 an older ABC TBR that looks like a bio

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As in a WATER snake! Not my favourite series by this author but as it fits the theme am starting this fourth tale.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14647203
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Just finished

The Reverse Of The Medal by Patrick O'Brian

Tempted to start the next one in the series. Maybe later in the month, if there's time.
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Atonement Of Blood by Peter Tremayne

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13611181/
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The author was born in Dublin.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14887802

Thanks to Nu-Knees for this one.
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The author was born in Dublin.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14887802

Thanks to Nu-Knees for this one.


A very enjoyable read.
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is up next for me since it is the conclusion to a book I read for February's theme CROSS My Heart by James Patterson. I finished The Husband List by Janet Evanovich & Dorien KELLY. Link: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10527382
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I started this in February as a Curling stone and finished it in March as Shamrock stone!
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14886347/
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I started this in February as a Curling stone and finished it in March as Shamrock stone!
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14886347/

Blarney Stone perhaps?
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I started this in February as a Curling stone and finished it in March as Shamrock stone!
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14886347/

Blarney Stone perhaps?

P-C has actually told us that we can have Stone as a word meaning Rock, so I'm not even stretching things . . . . well, not yet anyway!!!!
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A Patrick who was born in Ireland writing a book about a school in Dublin.
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12930366/
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The Girl in the Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman
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I found it very disjointed and not very interesting.
Next up is A Place of Safety by Helen BLACK as in black snake and there are several other snakes with black in their name.
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I found it very disjointed and not very interesting.
Next up is A Place of Safety by Helen BLACK as in black snake and there are several other snakes with black in their name.


ooohhh - thanks for yet another word to see if I have matches for.
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Always happy to help Nancy Nova. If you look at a list of snakes online there are endless possibilities!
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I don't know much about snakes but I do know people who've kept Corn snakes, so this will fit - and I think I've got a Bernard Cornwell novel somewhere as well.

ETA: It's called Scoundrel - which is pretty much the opposite of Saint!!!
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I don't know much about snakes but I do know people who've kept Corn snakes, so this will fit

But it doesn't count because I abandoned it after a couple of chapters!
Kindle so no link
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https://www.goodreads.com/---/18050097-chestnut-street?...

Irish author, Irish setting : ) Although I'm not much into chick-lit, I always make an exeption for Maeve Binchy. Reading her books is like visiting a good old friend...

This is a collection of stories she wrote during many years and was published after her death upon her husband's permission. Nice comfort read : )


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Love Maeve Binchy. So sad we won't be getting more great books from her.
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This is in my 'to read' list...I will read it as soon as I have finished the book that I am currently reading.
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Have sent you a message on Messenger Widget1 as it’s not a good idea to publish a whole BCID.
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Con definition to do or believe something, typically by use of a deception. I think that is pretty much the same as SHAM and I'm going with it!

Finished The First Cry is Mama by Rev. Jennifer Roscoe Oliver. Link: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14399709
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Con definition to do or believe something, typically by use of a deception. I think that is pretty much the same as SHAM and I'm going with it!

Finished The First Cry is Mama by Rev. Jennifer Roscoe Oliver. Link: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14399709


Oooohhh - another good word. Off to see if I have any matches for that - although I've pulled way more potential books than I can read anyway.
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although I've pulled way more potential books than I can read anyway.

Lucky you! I'm a bit thin on suitable books this month . . . . but I can now add Christmas at Conwenna Cove by Darcie Boleyn and Summer at etc . . . . :-)
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although I've pulled way more potential books than I can read anyway.

Lucky you! I'm a bit thin on suitable books this month . . . . but I can now add Christmas at Conwenna Cove by Darcie Boleyn and Summer at etc . . . . :-)

I've now finished Summer at Conwenna Cove by Darcie Boleyn - light hearted holiday reading.
On the Kindle so no link
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although I've pulled way more potential books than I can read anyway.

Lucky you! I'm a bit thin on suitable books this month . . . . but I can now add Christmas at Conwenna Cove by Darcie Boleyn and Summer at etc . . . . :-)

Finished the Christmas version this morning.
Kindle so no link.
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by Anne Patchett.
Good book so far!
It has been on Mt.TBR for a very very long time.
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with The PARSON's Christmas Gift by Kerri Mountain http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8456521
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Death of a Wine Merchant by David Dickinson
I was surprised that you didn't include this in the MARCH "What to read thread" as David Dickinson was born in Dublin.

I hadn't picked up on this relevant biographical detail, so my thanks to Deltic for pointing it out in the March Last Sentence Thread!

ETA: And I'd read another book by the same author earlier in the month, so now I'm claiming that one as well, Mycroft Holmes and the Case of the Bankers Conclave :-)
Thanks, lad!

And I've a couple more Mycroft mysteries I might read before the month's out! They're on the Kindle and the Wine Merchant was a library book, so no links for my DDs.
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It usually is, lass!
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And I've a couple more Mycroft mysteries I might read before the month's out! They're on the Kindle and the Wine Merchant was a library book, so no links for my DDs.

After Deltic pointed out that David Dickinson was born in Dublin I've been counting his works here, this one's just a short novella:
Mycroft Holmes and Murder at the Diogenes Club by David Dickinson

ETA: And I've now enjoyed the final novella in the collection, Mycroft Holmes and the Case of the Romanov Pearls by David Dickinson, so I'm not expecting to read any more DDs this month!!!
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I thought there were probably Sea Snakes and googling tells me it's another name for the Coral Reef Snake.
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I thought there were probably Sea Snakes and googling tells me it's another name for the Coral Reef Snake.

I've now finished this. Not a book to love, nor a story to get lost in, but a good story with a beautiful writing style.
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14886358
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Dublin

for obvious reasons. I will start reading it in March, however like my Feb one I will undoubtably finish it in another month! (and this is a long book, so will likely take a while)

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As it got a bit farcical about half-way through. I skimmed it to the end to see how it finished.
Next up is The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion as in Rosy boa snake.
Ps tried to edit and correct above but can’t do it grrr! Hope readers know what I meant despite the extra letters.
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Yes I’m already enjoying the Rosie Project which is very cleverly written IMHO.
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Next up is The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion as in Rosy boa snake.

If it can work for you, then it can work for me too :-) Thank you!
And yes, I'm another one who loved and strongly recommends the Rosie Project novels!
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Plenty more snakes where that came from Nu-knees!
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The Boy in the Snow by M. J. McGrath
A thriller set in the Arctic.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14936382
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The SNAKE Stone by Jason Goodwin.
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14109465/
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The SNAKE Stone by Jason Goodwin.

Snake and Stone, 2 for the price of 1 :-)
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The first chapter sets the time and place as Donegal, 2010, so that's good enough for me!
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The first chapter sets the time and place as Donegal, 2010, so that's good enough for me!

Well, it didn't stay in Ireland but it did keep returning there on a regular basis - and the author was born in Northern Ireland, so I'm claiming it!
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14846083/
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I understand there to be several snakes called Water Snakes
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I understand there to be several snakes called Water Snakes

Which is why I'm also counting the short story collection I've just read on the Kindle: Dancing with Mr Darcy ed by Sarah Waters, some entries from a Jane Austen competition.
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Rachel Verinder, a young English woman, inherits a large Indian diamond on her eighteenth birthday. She wears the Moonstone that evening, but later that night the diamond is stolen and a period of turmoil, unhappiness, and misunderstandings ensue as efforts are made to identify the thief and recover the stone.

no link - - a library book from my wishlist
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Just finished Patchett's, Patron Saint of Liars.
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Oooooh - surely you get triple points for:

PATchett's, PATron SAINT of Liars !!!!!
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Just finished this one! Good month for clearing out some books from Mt. TBR.
Starting, Ann Tyler's SAINT Maybe.
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Just finished this one! Good month for clearing out some books from Mt. TBR.
Starting, Ann Tyler's SAINT Maybe.
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Just finished SAINT Maybe by Tyler. Next onto Step on a Crack, by James PATterson.
Great month for thinning out MT TBR!
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https://www.goodreads.com/---/18667940-the-temporary-gentleman?...

Partly set in Ireland, Irish author.

A hectic week at work and a bad toothache resulting on various visits to the dentist, held my reading a bit back, but I hope I'll catch up with this month's theme...
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My first book by this author - and I'm now hooked. I love searching for the next read in a series. Charity shops be warned - here I come!!!
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Fast Food Nation: The DARK Side of the All American Meal by Eric Schlosser examines the local and global influence of the United States fast food industry

No link - an audiobook
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Reading with Patrick by Michelle Kuo.

But I haven't been reading much. I finished The Girl in the Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman and The Irish Princess by Karen Harper, but all I've read so far in the current book is the Introduction to Reading with Patrick.
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There is a RED diamond Rattle Snake. Snakes sometimes hide in HAY. There is a WOOD snake in Chinese astrology.

finished The Narrows by Michael Connelly
link: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6350247
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It doesn't really count, although one of the main characters is an Irishman and the epilogue is set in Ireland, but I'm recommending it here anyway!
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14956449
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Finally

finished my last book for February (It was 400 pages) Now it's on to The PRETEND Wife by Bridget Asher.
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The LONGest Day by Cornelius Ryan

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14838328
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The LONGest Day by Cornelius Ryan
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14838328

And don't forget the Corn snake in Cornelius :-)
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by Graeme Simsion which was good.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14951555/

I've been away from home for a few weeks so was restricted as to what I could fit into the March theme which was announced while I was away. Therefore I'm now reading The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan which I don't think will fit at all-unless anyone can see anything that I can't. (The book is quite good though ).
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https://www.goodreads.com/---/12502.McCarthy_s_Bar

Actually I've read this many times during the years and although it's a bit dated now, I always enjoy it : ) I picked it because I needed something lighter to read after finishing The Temporary Gentleman...
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A PERFECT Pair by Karen Toller Whittenburg http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10456877
Light romance about twins separated at birth and adopted by 2 different families.
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I was going to stretch Plum's generous allowance of any type of snake and say WHITE Snake thinking of the music group. Then I googled White Snake and found out there is really a white snake!

Finished The Red Hat Club by Haywood Smith, link: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12606711
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This time it's The Letter Of Marque (book 12 in the series)
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This time it's The Letter Of Marque (book 12 in the series)


Finished this morning. Sadly I haven't got one to fit for April unless I jump to the end of the series!
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Reading with Patrick by Michelle Kuo turned out to be a great book. I recommend it. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14960248/

I also enjoyed The Great Pretenders by Jan Bondeson http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12917573/

Now reading Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt. I've read it before so hopefully I won't cry as much this time.
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by Amy Tan and it didn't fit the theme anyway as explained above! Therefore have now progressed (a bit early) to the April theme which has incidentally been chosen by me-very convenient. For details please see new thread.
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I plan to start this latter today. Irish author, not sure if setting is specific to Ireland though.

https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7122755/
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I picked this up because it's been hanging around my TBR shelves for the longest and was pleasantly surprised to read on the inside cover that the author was born in Dublin so it counts here :-)
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I picked this up because it's been hanging around my TBR shelves for the longest and was pleasantly surprised to read on the inside cover that the author was born in Dublin so it counts here :-)

Enjoyed it
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14688155
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Indian Egg Eater snake.

A non-fiction, well researched, account of Lord Woolton's achievement during the Second World War, managing to feed a nation that lost many of it's food imports.
I have Woolton to thank for being here today - he kept my Dad, who was evacuated to the UK, alive with the ration system which actually provided many people with a better diet than they'd had previously.
It'd be interesting (in fact quite frightening) to see how UK would cope if it were to happen now. Somehow I don't think the Black Market would be curbed and being able to rely on the loyalty and honesty of everyone in the food provision chain would be highly unlikely.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14864258
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borrowed from a friend, so no link
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The Chase http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14797391
The Trial http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14797429
& Airport Code Red http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14797434
all by James PATterson

The Cold Kiss - John RECTOR
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14756049

A BLIND Eye - G M Ford
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12989148

I think blind snakes exist ;o)

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