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Desert Solitaire
Edward Abbey
As a frequent bushwalker in remote places, I can empathise with his feelings for country. He describes this area well
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Douglas Adams
Innovative, radical and very funny
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Watership Down
Richard Adams
Although I hate rabbits (they are considered vermin in Australia and have done massive damage to the environment), the story is gripping and entertaining.
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The Arabian Nights
Captivating and enchanting book; but hard to keep going, with lots of repetition of themes. I got the Richard Burton (the explorer/linguist, not that Welsh actor) translation, which is poetic and raunchy. Great fun
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Foundation: The Foundation Trilogy, Book 1
Isaac Asimov
When I was younger, I was captivated by Science Fiction books; now I've moved on to other stuff, but always enjoyed the imagination used to visualise a future scenario by these authors. So much of the distopian views that were expressed are highly likely to occur here, what with ratbag politicians,...show more
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Emma
Jane Austen
Love these classic stories about how women come to terms with the mores and their oppression of the 19th Century in the UK
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Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen
Great story, beautifully written with such intelligent and witty characters. Lots of heart, and good to finally see Elizabeth capture "Mr Right"
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Sense and Sensibility
Jane Austen
Same as I've said for other Jane Austen stories; recreates a perspective of the wealthy and aspiring middle classes in the UK in the 19th Century; such a contrast to the lives of characters portrayed by Dickens and Hardy
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The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Matsuo Bashō
Richard Flanagan is such a wonderful author, especially of life in Tasmania. This book is a gripping account of the experience of POWs on the Burma railroad, with the prospect of torture and not much hope of survival; should be read in conjunction with Dr. Weary Dunlop's book about the same experie...show more
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