Discussion in 'Cardiff City Forum' started by Hilly ap Willie, 11 Nov 2018.
Oh, and someone dropped a book in the playground
Got this one for the weekend
"The Japanese advance through Thailand, Malaya and Burma appeared unstoppable and the fate of India looked utterly precarious. The garrison of the Kohima outpost numbering some 1500 British and Indian Army soldiers faced over 13,000 fanatical and previously victorious Japanese troops. The following sixteen days marked the turning point of the war in the Far East thanks to men like Raymond Street who fought with legendary courage and tireless persistence. Raymond was a member of the 4th Battalion The Queen's West Kent and as a company runner he was uniquely placed to witness the dreadful and dramatic events as they unfolded. Not only did he miraculously survive but he made a superb record of the battle as fortunes ebbed and flowed. His memories have been transcribed into this first-hand account of one of the most decisive and hardest fought battles of the Second World War. We Fought at Kohima will surely be judged as a fighting man's memoir of the highest quality to rank alongside such legendary works as Men at Arnhem and Quartered Safe Out Here"
Nearly finished this - the first chronologically of the Bernie Gunther novels - although not the first written. It is the fifth Gunther crime novel I have read.
I only came across them last year (after Philip Kerr died - I had read some of his other stuff before) and they are very good. Set in Berlin originally during the Weimar Republic, they follow the cynical policeman Gunther through the Nazi period, the war and after - moving away from Berlin in some of the later books. The main character is a cross between Philip Marlowe and John Rebus (Kerr and Ian Rankin were friends) and the backdrop of Weimar decay and rising Nazism in the early books is done brilliantly.
The other great series set in the same place and period are the Babylon Berlin books of Volker Kutscher (Gareon Rath and Charlotte Ritter) - also now 3 TV series - which may be even better.
I'm glad you posted this or I'd have started with the wrong book
This might help - the books in order of publication, but also the chronological order.
Bernie Gunther Books in Order: How to read Philip Kerr Series? - How To Read Me - https://www.howtoread.me/bernie-gunther-books-in-order/
I read the first three published but I have now switched to reading them in the order of when they are set - going back to Metropolis in 1928. Metropolis is partly a reference to Berlin and partly to the Fritz Lang film - he and his screenwriter wife of the time are minor characters in the book.
" This book serves as a fascinating guide to 100 war films from 1930 to the present. Readers interested in war movies will learn surprising anecdotes about these films and will have all their questions about the films' historical accuracy answered.
• Applies an internationalist perspective to the war film through entries from countries including Britain, France, Germany, Russia, Australia, Japan, Poland, Finland, and Latvia
• Defines great war films as the most artistically accomplished, politically subversive, and thought-provoking, not merely as the most popular or commercially successful, and is therefore a relevant reference for students and film and history buffs
• Provides clearly written and informative histories of the films themselves as well as of the cultural context surrounding the making and reception of them
• Recounts critical controversies and analyzes the ideological biases implicit in these films in its examination of how the films shaped their source material and what they included, distorted, and added or left out"
Not worth the effort, although no one should be surprised that Braveheart was the film that veered furthest from the truth.
Disappointed with it, riddled with jargon and little insider stories. The Alec Guinness mini series makes a much better job of telling the story.
Managed to pick up a cheap copy of this a few years ago, and I'm glad I did as 1. its a brilliant read and 2. It's now advertised at around £180 a pop!!
First issued in 1996, Rhinos, Winos & Lunatics has gained a reputation as one of the legendary on the road rock'n'roll travelogues. It tells the story of eight years in the life of rock band - Man , Wales' most durable musical exports.
Guitarist, Deke Leonard writes with wit, verve and panache of the 1968-76, the post-'Sgt Pepper' years when rock music expanded its frontiers as never before. The result is a book that tells the story of an era, not just a band.
"Deke does for rock'n'roll what Spike Milligan did for the army" Western Mail
"..Deke Leonard's hilarious unputdownable autobiography..." The Times
A biography by "Man" guitarist Deke Leonard depicting life in the band from 1968 to 1976.
From the Publisher
Man are a band from Wales with more history behind them than the Greeks. Rhinos, Winos & Lunatics is an hilarious account of life in the weirdest rock'n'roll band in the universe. Ablaze with razor-sharp wit, it is a stirring saga of courage, endurance and almost breathtaking stupidity.
cue mad al