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An irresistible meme

From chickenfeet2003 and also nancylebov:

List 10 books you have on your bookshelf that you think nobody else on your friends list has on theirs.

  1. Becoming Somaliland, by Mark Bradbury.
    (Just finished this today - study of the emerging state in the Horn of Africa.)

  2. 'with all faults', by David Low.
    (Rather dull autobiography of a Charing Cross Road bookseller.)

  3. Collision Course: NATO, Russia and Kosovo, by John Norris.
    (Insider's account of the 1999 negotiations.)

  4. Roger Zelazny by Jane Lindskold.
    (Literary study of the writer by the woman who became his lover.)

  5. Lords of Parliament: Manners, rituals and politics, by Emma Crewe.
    (An anthropological study of the British House of Lords.)

  6. A Bachelor's London: Memories of the Day before Yesterday, 1889-1914, by Frederic Whyte.
    (Literary autobiography of a distant cousin)

  7. Charlotte Brontë's Promised Land: The Pensionnat Heger and Other Brontë Places in Brussels, by Eric Ruijssenaars.
    (Looks at the effect of Brussels on the Brontë sisters, and vice versa.)

  8. Ten Years to Oblivion, by "Clem Macartney".
    (Mediocre sf book by veteran Ulster political journalist W.D. Flackes.)

  9. The Banovina, by Donka Stančić and Miško Lazović.
    (Architectural history of the government building of the Vojvodina.)

  10. Malachy, by Brian Scott.
    (Biography of the Irish saint.)

(I'm only including books I've written up here, but don't let that restrict you.)


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 21st, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
Becoming Somaliland
Would you recommend this to the interested amateur, or is it too specialist?
Sep. 22nd, 2008 08:05 am (UTC)
Re: Becoming Somaliland
It's dense but not too dense, published by the charity Progressio for its supporters as well as for policymakers, so I think it would be perfectly approachable.
Sep. 22nd, 2008 12:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Becoming Somaliland
Thanks. I just finished the Somalia chapter in Martin Meredith's otherwise (so far) excellent The Fate of Africa and I didn't feel like I came away knowing much more than I did going in.
Sep. 21st, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
That is, as you say, irresistible!
Sep. 21st, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
You wrote all those?! Wow! and i thought Brian O'Nolan had a thing for pseudonyms.
Sep. 22nd, 2008 08:04 am (UTC)
That "up" is modifying "written" rather than "here", my dear"!!!!
Sep. 22nd, 2008 08:22 am (UTC)
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Enlightenment dawns, creaking.
Sep. 22nd, 2008 05:29 am (UTC)
Ha, I purchased Lords of Parliament after reading your review.
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