Author Archive: John Wade

Shantaram

If you like Shantaram then you might like Badventuring too…it’s a blog by Tom Hartland, a young man from Wolverhampton who took off around India and beyond on a bike and wrote about his adventures along the way (there’s a link here) “The best stories are born in adversity, honed in hardship and steeped in survival. …

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Mr Phillips

How often do men really think about sex? Every 7 seconds? That would be 514 times an hour. 19 times a day? Or once a day? Interesting piece here explores the data and the methodologies.  

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The Dry

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The Beacon

psychologically and existentially penetrating

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The Siege

Some useful background reading on the siege of Leningrad here.

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The Utopia Experiment

By the end of the book Dylan has come to a very different view of the state of the world and the value of ‘progress’. Many of the ideas he starts to share are picked up and explored in more depth in Harvard Psychologist Steven Pinker‘s book Enlightenment Now. There’s a fairly lengthy review of …

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

A satisfying trip down memory lane for most Rotters though Teacher John felt that it needed more commas. If re-reading the book is not quite the experience you remembered from 35 years ago, then what do you make of the TV series? Here’s where Arthur Dent saves the day by pressing the improbability drive. Curiously, …

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Black Water Lilies

“Just finished Black Water Lilies – wow! It’s definitely not a book to only part read.. struggle to the end as it’s well worth it chaps.”

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The Essex Serpent

This book didn’t get a great reception when we gathered to discuss it as a group. I wish this podcast of Sarah Perry discussing the book on the BBC R4 Bookclub had been recorded then because I don’t see how anyone could listen to this and not be entranced by the story. I think this …

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The Shepherd’s Life

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a trailer for a book before but this by Penguin Books is rather good:   A about the impact of tourism on Bath, by film director Ken Loach, was in the Guardian recently and picks up a number of the themes explored by James Rebanks. You can read it …

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